The latest version of UGS’ Parasolid, released this week, offers engineers a host of enhancements. Version 13 has better interoperability, improved modelling automation, better surfacing and blending tools, plus support for new hardware platforms. The software’s new detail removal technology enables users to quickly and easily prepare models for downstream applications that do not require all the geometric detail typically needed in product design or manufacturing. V13’s new built-in intelligence can produce simplified representations from a CAD model that are more appropriate for functions such as visualisation or engineering analysis. And the software now includes the latest release of Parasolid’s XML-based eXT standard, which improves interoperability by providing extended support for design information sharing and exchange. The functionality of V13 has been greatly enhanced. New tapering, offsetting and editing capabilities have been added to automate complex modelling tasks. Thus, developers with applications built on Parasolid can now easily pass these productivity-enhancing functions on to their customers. And with advanced surface modelling functions for hole filling and lofting, v13 allows engineers to create complex shapes much faster and easier than before. And on the hardware side, Parasolid has added 64-bit versions for Hewlett-Packard and Sun systems. This increases the software’s ability to handle large-scale models necessary for digital mock-up and other product modelling applications. But that’s not all. V13 is also the first component geometric modelling software optimised for the Intel Pentium 4 processor, with enhancements that take advantage of Intel’s Netburst micro-architecture.