Engineering Software

The study of form, fit and function

Product simulation software company Division is shipping dVise 5.0, the latest version of its program that enables engineers to take 3D data from any major CAD package and use it, in effect, to study ‘form, fit and function’.

Improvements include an advanced fly-through interface, the ability to create interactive cross-sections in realtime and better collision and clearance checking.


Mechanical product development software Pro/Engineer gets a World-Wide Web module in the latest release 19.

Other improvements include more powerful document management and facilities for transferring legacy data from mainframe to workstation environment.


ModelServer Publisher has a Java-based redlining facility which allows engineers to mark-up drawings on screen without downloading a paper version.

The main program, launched by developer Bentley in November, enables engineers working on an intranet or extranet to access live drawings using an ordinary Web browser.


Coordinate measuring machine maker LK has added three modules to its Camio suite of PC software which creates measurement programs from 3D CAD models for any CMM which supports the DMIS protocol.

Modules support flexible fixturing, graphical reporting and freeform digitising for reverse engineering.


Anvil Express, the NT-based mid-range design and manufacturing software from MCS, has features and a level of integration found in high end packages, claims the vendor.

An example is Autosnap 3D which creates solids instantly from 2D geometry, providing a ready evaluation tool for management, marketing and presentations.

Anvil Express runs a version of the industry-standard SolidWorks program for more advanced modelling.