U.C. Berkeley Adopts Open CASCADE for Developing Future CAM Applications And Will Contribute New Components to the Open-source Software

After Three Months of Evaluation, the University Replaces Its Existing

Development Software With Open CASCADE for Reasons of Economy, Performance

And a Wealth of 3D Modeling Functionality



May 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Open CASCADE

    PARIS, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- After a successful introduction at
 U.C. Berkeley's Integrated Manufacturing Lab by Dr. Gilles Debarbouille of the
 Open CASCADE team during a three-month seminar course for professors and
 students in mechanical engineering, Open CASCADE becomes the software tool of
 choice for developing the University's CAM applications and algorithms.
     Available free of charge (see: http://www.opencascade.com ), the Open
 CASCADE modeling kernel provides a number of outstanding functions.  These
 include smart pointers (handles) that enable managing memory and preventing
 memory leaks, a drastic reduction in the number of application source code
 lines, a selection of collector classes for storing data, efficient means of
 subdividing complex surfaces, and a highly effective WOK module for
 recompiling the source code and applying patches.
 
     Impressive Convenience and Time-Saving Features Lead to a Very Positive
      Evaluation
     A spokesperson for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, headed by
 Prof. Paul Wright, comments that Open CASCADE was chosen because of its
 convenience and its numerous time-saving features:  "Our focus is on
 developing small applications for testing and implementing our algorithms.
 Since we use Windows NT as our development platform, Open CASCADE is ideal
 because it is easy to develop an application in Visual C++ using wizards."
     Since these Open CASCADE wizards provide handy standard features like
 zooming, panning and data exchange, the University workers can concentrate
 their efforts on developing their own algorithms rather than wasting time on
 implementing standard CAD/CAM capabilities.  "The applications can be written
 in the familiar VC++ environment, thus avoiding having to learn a new
 development environment," continues the spokesperson.  "This was a very
 convenient match for the kind of quick application we needed."
     U.C. Berkeley plans to contribute to the enrichment of Open CASCADE
 software by publishing components that will allow an optimization of surface
 triangulation.  The University will also contribute a new user interface using
 virtual reality tools that are based on stereoscopic perception and a haptic
 device.
 
     Open CASCADE Provides Expert Guidance and Professional Support
      For the Long Term
     Following completion of the seminar, Dr. Debarbouille continues to serve
 as a consultant to the CyberCut and CyberBuild projects of the University's
 Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory.
 
 

SOURCE Open CASCADE
    PARIS, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- After a successful introduction at
 U.C. Berkeley's Integrated Manufacturing Lab by Dr. Gilles Debarbouille of the
 Open CASCADE team during a three-month seminar course for professors and
 students in mechanical engineering, Open CASCADE becomes the software tool of
 choice for developing the University's CAM applications and algorithms.
     Available free of charge (see: http://www.opencascade.com ), the Open
 CASCADE modeling kernel provides a number of outstanding functions.  These
 include smart pointers (handles) that enable managing memory and preventing
 memory leaks, a drastic reduction in the number of application source code
 lines, a selection of collector classes for storing data, efficient means of
 subdividing complex surfaces, and a highly effective WOK module for
 recompiling the source code and applying patches.
 
     Impressive Convenience and Time-Saving Features Lead to a Very Positive
      Evaluation
     A spokesperson for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, headed by
 Prof. Paul Wright, comments that Open CASCADE was chosen because of its
 convenience and its numerous time-saving features:  "Our focus is on
 developing small applications for testing and implementing our algorithms.
 Since we use Windows NT as our development platform, Open CASCADE is ideal
 because it is easy to develop an application in Visual C++ using wizards."
     Since these Open CASCADE wizards provide handy standard features like
 zooming, panning and data exchange, the University workers can concentrate
 their efforts on developing their own algorithms rather than wasting time on
 implementing standard CAD/CAM capabilities.  "The applications can be written
 in the familiar VC++ environment, thus avoiding having to learn a new
 development environment," continues the spokesperson.  "This was a very
 convenient match for the kind of quick application we needed."
     U.C. Berkeley plans to contribute to the enrichment of Open CASCADE
 software by publishing components that will allow an optimization of surface
 triangulation.  The University will also contribute a new user interface using
 virtual reality tools that are based on stereoscopic perception and a haptic
 device.
 
     Open CASCADE Provides Expert Guidance and Professional Support
      For the Long Term
     Following completion of the seminar, Dr. Debarbouille continues to serve
 as a consultant to the CyberCut and CyberBuild projects of the University's
 Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory.
 
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