January 15, 2007

Autodsys and Solustan Enter Agreement to Speed CAD-based Product Development

Portland, Ore. - Autodsys Inc. and Solustan Inc. have entered into an agreement whereby the companies will market each other's products and Autodsys will become the exclusive developer of IntelliCAD-based CAD software to integrate with Solustan's LinkMotion direct-to-CAM printer driver. 
This new software will allow parts designers to go directly from design to manufacture. Expected availability is first quarter 2007 with a suggested retail price of less than $500.
Ron Prepchuk, president of Autodsys Inc., comments, "IntelliCAD is the low-cost standard for .dwg compatibility. We intend to build on it to create a product that will make it faster and cheaper to create a finished part."
In the past, parts would be designed with CAD software and then imported into a CAM software package before being sent to the machine for milling. With this new combination, designers send drawings straight from CAD to the cutter, just as if they were sending it to a printer. 
Supported machines include 2- or 3-axis machines with step or servo motors, and laser machines with step, servo, or Galvanometric motors. 
LinkMotion driver software is designed to cut the system development and time to market cycle, and reduce the cost of operation for the lifetime of a system.