SOURCE: Fakespace Systems

July 11, 2006 09:00 ET

Mechdyne Companies Provide Northrop Grumman With Interactive, Virtual Prototyping System for Catia V5

Fakespace and VRCO Enable Design Teams to Work With CATIA 3D Models in Virtual Reality to Speed Time-to-Market for New Aircraft

MARSHALLTOWN, IA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 11, 2006 -- Mechdyne Corporation today announced that its subsidiaries, Fakespace Systems Inc. and VRCO Inc., have delivered a large-scale virtual prototyping system to Northrop Grumman in Bethpage, New York. The stereoscopic projection display from Fakespace, and VRCO software used to add interactivity to three-dimensional (3-D) applications, makes it easy for aircraft design teams to envision and communicate complex concepts thereby helping to shorten the time required to deliver new aircraft to market.

The display and software components of the prototyping system create a complete solution for advanced visualization using 3-D applications from Dassault Systemes. Fakespace developed a custom, portable projection system that displays stereoscopic images. VRCO, a Dassault Systemes' CAAV5 development partner, provided its CDVI software (Catia Drivers for Visualization and Interaction), which enables intuitive interaction with native computer models.

The transportable visualization system from Fakespace provides an interchangeable flat-screen display, so that 3-D models can be shown on an eight by six foot screen or on a four by three foot screen for use in smaller conference rooms. These large screens create a more realistic scale image, as compared to a desktop display, while stereoscopic viewing provides a realistic sense of depth that is especially useful with spatially complex designs. The system packs easily into self-contained crates for portability and sets up in about 15 minutes, enabling users to transport it to convenient locations where collaborative design decisions improve the work process and speed the delivery of new aircraft.

CDVI software allows engineers and designers to access advanced interaction devices while working with native CAD data, saving the time and risk of porting data to and from VR enabling viewers. In the system provided to Northrop Grumman, CDVI enables virtual wands (with six degrees of freedom manipulation and navigation) as well as user motion tracking to be used directly with Dassault Systemes V5 applications, including Catia™, Enovia™, and Delmia. Advanced interaction tools improve and speed design reviews since users can view and manipulate the stereoscopic virtual models in many of the same ways they would work with real physical prototypes at a fraction of the cost.

About Mechdyne Corporation

Mechdyne Corporation is the world's largest company dedicated to consulting and development of immersive, networked and collaborative visualization systems. The company addresses complex projects where an in-depth understanding of user requirements leads to the development of products and customized solutions involving elements of visual, software and support systems. Mechdyne's subsidiary Fakespace Systems provides advanced display technology and implementation services. Subsidiary, VRCO Inc, specializes in immersive and interactive software development and support. Headquartered in Marshalltown, Iowa, Mechdyne's customers include leading government laboratories, military research programs, energy companies and a variety of 'edutainment,' manufacturing, and other users of visualization technology. More information is available at, and

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