Visual Collaboration Presents VCollab 2006

Visual Collaboration Technologies has announced VCollab 2006, a suite of software that delivers visualization of multidisciplinary product engineering data using a single lightweight viewing technology. The new software provides the first common platform for viewing and manipulating 3D digital product design, analysis, and manufacturing information authored in different engineering formats. With VCollab, individuals and groups throughout product development can share and interact with complex computer-aided-design (CAD), computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM), and computer-aided-engineering (CAE) files without having to access the native applications. VCollab 2006 extends the opportunity for product visualization far across the spectrum of engineering disciplines, from the creation of 3D digital product geometry to finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and manufacturing assembly simulation.

VCollab allows individuals and groups throughout global manufacturing supply chains to interact with 3D engineering details that have traditionally been difficult to communicate. The software combines powerful graphics tools with a compression technology that reduces file size while preserving engineering content. VCollab files can be embedded into Microsoft Office applications or opened directly within Internet Explorer. Team members can then view embedded CAD, CAM, and CAE product data with laptop or desktop computers, or on graphics clusters in immersive environments, without needing the native engineering software.

The VCollab 2006 software suite contains:
VCollab Pro, scalable, high-performance visualization software that converts large 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE data sets to highly compressed .vcb format. A file saved in .vcb format loads up to 100 times faster than it does in its native authoring format, so communicating 3D product data is easy and convenient. VCollab Pro contains an array of tools for visualizing 3D digital models and simulations.
VCollab Presenter, feature-rich, easy-to-use CAx viewing software that enables nontechnical personnel to view and manipulate 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE information, using Microsoft Internet Explorer, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on laptops and desktops.
VMove CAE, a direct native reader of CAE output results that converts native CAE results files into highly compressed VCollab .vcb files based on user inputs. CAE software supported includes MSC Nastran, LS-DYNA, ANSYS, and ABAQUS.

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