Applied Software Announces the Acquisition of Tekni

With world-class integration, consulting and training services, Applied Software recently acquired Tekni expanding its capabilities to provide Digital Prototype Solutions. Tekni is a reseller of Autodesk software for the manufacturing industry located in Chesterfield, Missouri with a proven track record of customer satisfaction and support.

“Customers of both companies should see almost immediate benefits from the combining of solutions and resources.” said Vern Heyer, former owner of Tekni and current president and CEO at VMH International.

Read more at https://prnewswire.com/news-releases/applied-software-acquires-tekni-300223736.html

Sconce Solutions joins Siemens PLM Software Solution Partner Program as a Consulting and Systems Integrator Partner

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Durham, NC – Sconce Solutions, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM), computer-aided design (CAD), and engineering services worldwide, today announced that it has joined the Siemens PLM Software Solution Partner Program as a Consulting and Systems Integrator Partner. This agreement enables Sconce Solutions to help implement Siemens PLM Software’s technology for its customers.

Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of PLM software and services. As part of the partnership, Sconce is able to augment its current offerings with services for Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter® portfolio, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management software, and NX™ software, a leading integrated solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE).

“Sconce is excited to join Siemens PLM Software’s partner community,” said Vern Heyer, President of Global Sales and Marketing of Sconce Solutions. “The strength of our two organizations working together will deliver significant value to our customers.”

“We are pleased that Sconce has joined the Siemens Solution Partner Program as a Consulting and Systems Integrator Partner,” said Jon Thompson, Director of Business Development, Global Sales and Services of Siemens PLM Software. “Sconce’s PLM and enterprise consulting services provide our customers complimentary solutions that add value to their PLM software investment.”

About Sconce Solutions

SCONCE is a global provider of comprehensive turn-key PLM services and solutions across a wide range of industry verticals. Since 2001, we have helped Fortune 500 companies and small organizations alike to maximize the value of their PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), and ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) investments.

Legal note: Teamcenter and NX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.

VMH International Announces Daniel Snyder as Director of Sales


VMH congratulates to Daniel Snyder on the promotion to Director of Sales. In this new position, Dan will be responsible for growing top-line revenue within the United States.

Residing in Berkley, Michigan, Dan has spent over 10 years in a variety of sales-related positions.  Prior to joining VMH, he spent several years in both Document Management sales as well as PLM sales working within the PTC ecosystem.  He has an impeccable track record of success and we are looking forward to a prosperous year ahead with Dan at VMH International.

Announcing CCS 2016 Financing Programs

Complete Capital Services and VMH International have come together to offer special rates along with a Buy Now, Pay Later option with your software, maintenance, training and implementation packages!

Special Rate Offer

Keep Your Competitive Edge! 0% Interest for 12 Months, 3.99% for  24 Months, 4.99% for 36 Months

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  • Includes training, maintenance, implementation
  • 90 Day differed payments option available
  • Secured online application

Terms and Conditions:

  • One payment due at signing
  • $5000 minimum equipment cost
  • Must have 24+ months Time in Business to qualify
  • $1 Buyout Purchase Option
  • Subject to equipment and credit approval

 

 

Buy Now, Pay Later

Get the Software You Need Today! No Down Payment and No Monthly Payments Due at Signing. 

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  • Includes training, maintenance, implementation
  • 12-48 month finance solutions
  • 90 Day differed payments option
  • Easy application process

Terms and Conditions:

  • $5000 minimum equipment cost
  • 12-48 month terms available
  • Cannot be combined with any other promotions
  • Subject to equipment and credit approval

Contact us to find out more about these special offers!

 

 

VMH International Announces Matthew Overall as Director of Customer Success

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Congratulations to Matthew Overall who has been promoted to the position of Director of Customer Success. In this new position, Matt will focus on overall customer satisfaction, maintenance and service. He currently lives in St. Louis and while prior to joining VMH, Matt sold cloud-based SaaS software along with managing a sales team for 10 years. He has also sold non-destructive test equipment. We wish Matt continued success at VMH International.

Cutting Costs in Manufacturing

In the world of engineering and manufacturing, looking for ways to reduce costs and increase efficiency is essential. This is why VMH International offers industry-leading training on new equipment and software that improves manufacturing and engineering. Why should your company invest in PLM software? The math makes sense.

Manufacturing and Money

Whether it is new equipment or new programming, your manufacturing processes will be more efficient, saving you time and money. In addition to allowing your company to be more productive with your current resources, new techniques learned through training produce less wear and tear on your equipment.  This allows you to use existing equipment longer and save money. Learning new software through training doesn’t have to be difficult, and at the end of the day, will save you time and energy. With software upgrades and training, you can work smarter, not harder.

VMH International understands that your business needs custom solutions for your manufacturing and engineering needs. As leader in PLM software providers, we know how important having updated software is. If you want to learn more about how the right tools and training can do help you, contact us today!

Automotive Trends in 3-D Design

Up until a few years ago, designing and producing a vehicle was a very long process. From the time an idea was conceived, designed and put into a real-life production, around five years had passed by. In the increasingly competitive automotive industry, this negatively affected the creativity of designers – if they wanted to implement changes, it would be a long, drawn-out process. Thanks to advancements in 3-D Design, the process of designing a vehicle can now go more smoothly than ever.

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What is one of the biggest automotive trends in 3-D design? 3-D printing. This fairly new process capitalizes on 3-D design and bringing the computer renderings to life. The process “grows” prototype parts out of powder or liquid resin and then can be sculpted by lasers to mirror real life automotive parts.

This process helps designers to see and feel real-life versions of their 3-D designs. This not only allows designers to have more creativity in their designs because things can be changed with greater ease, but it also helps companies save money. By finding flaws or things they want to change in vehicles without having to constantly purchase new parts, companies can save thousands of dollars. 3-D printing also allows companies to take more risks with their designs. Because they aren’t investing as much into a design prototype, they can be bolder with a concept. If an idea doesn’t work, they can afford to change the design because it is more affordable than traditional prototype production.

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Staying ahead of the game in the 3-D design world is crucial. At VMH International, we are a leader in the automotive 3-D design industry and can meet any design needs your business may have. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.

Demands for Planes Boosts Boeing 4Q Profit

We recently came across this article from manufacturing.net discussing Boeing’s recent success. It looks like Boeing is expecting to continue building upon that success throughout this year! Some excerpts from the article are below:

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing’s fourth-quarter profit rose 26 percent as it delivered more commercial airplanes — a speedup that it says will continue this year.

Boeing says it will deliver 715 to 725 planes this year, a boost of at least 10 percent from last year.

In the fourth quarter, Boeing Co. earned $1.23 billion, or $1.61 per share, well ahead of expectations of analysts surveyed by FactSet. Profits grew in both its commercial airplane and defense businesses.

Orders from airlines around the world have pushed both Boeing and competitor Airbus to build more planes than ever before.

-The Dream Team

NX: The Importance of Properly Ordering Features

When designing parts in NX, one important thing to consider is that although there are many different ways to reach the same design, the order in which you do things can (but doesn’t always) affect your final design. For this blog post I have created a simple block that has been shelled, and has had the letters “NX 9” extruded in the side. I will show you how the order of the shell and the secondary extrude change the design.

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For this first design, I added a shell to the box before creating the text. You can see that because of this step, the inside of the box is the same on all sides.

Box with shell feature before text

Box with shell feature before text

As you can see from the picture below, when I reorder the parts so that the letters were created before the shell was applied, the inside of the box has raised sections where the letters are. This is because the shell feature ensures there is the same wall thickness throughout the part.

Box with shell after text. Red circle highlights where inside of box differs.

Box with shell after text. Red circle highlights where inside of box differs.

Neither method is correct 100% of the time. Rather, you should consider the possibilities and consequences of the different methods and ensure that you always follow the proper procedure for the part you are designing.

-The Dream Team

Rendering Parts in NX 9

If you are looking to quickly add some pizazz to your next design review, NX has some great features to put some visual flair in your design. In this blog, I’m going to give you a brief overview of how to do some basic visual changes (using NX 9).

Step 1: Start with a finished 3D design of your own. For this blog, I quickly designed a snowboard.

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Basic snowboard design before any visual changes are made.

Step 2: Click the “Render” tab and select, “True Shading”. You should see something similar to what I have below. A more metallic-looking part, along with a grid that looks like a floor.

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Snowboard after enabling “True Shading”

Step 3: If you would like to change the background, you can select the dropdown arrow that says, “Graduated Light Grey Background”. There are many different styles, and you can even customize your own. You can also toggle the grid by clicking a button next to it.

Snowboard with background changed and grid removed.

Snowboard with background changed and grid removed.

Step 4: To change the appearance of the actual component, you first have to highlight the entire part. This is done by clicking and dragging around the part. Once you have done that, select the object materials dropdown button, and select whichever material suits you best. I selected a yellow glossy plastic for my snowboard.

Finalized snowboard with different material appearance added (Yellow glossy plastic).

Finalized snowboard with different material appearance added (Yellow glossy plastic).

There you have it! Those are the basics for altering the appearance of your component and the background. You can toggle back and forth between that and the original appearance if you click the “True Shading” button. Use this information to wow your customers in your next presentation!

-The Dream Team