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DECEMBER 2013
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Newsletter: December 2011
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New Releases in 2011

Solid Modeling Solutions this year released versions 8.3 and 8.4 of their suite of geometry libraries. These releases included bug fixes and the following improvements:

  • Greatly improved tessellation performance due to new memory management model.
  • Enhanced AssertValid database diagnostics to support fine grain error reporting
  • Improved algorithms for cloud of point fitting
  • Completed Unicode compliance
  • Modified Gordon surface fitting algorithms to support closed curves
  • Resolved OpenGL issues
  • Improved blended surface curvature functionality
  • New swept-surface functionality for multiple profiles and rails
  • Added support for non-Windows multithreading
  • Enhanced user interface test facility
  • Revalidated compatibility on 64-bit architectures
  • Substantial new versions of all data translators
  • Continued enhancements to documentation, examples, and interface functions to continue increasing ease of use of the libraries.

We continue to supply SDLib, our subdivision surface library, as an optional part of SMLib licenses at no additional cost. Subdivision surface capabilities are especially useful in graphical applications. It gives our users the ability to easily model complex shapes with hierarchical Catmull-Clark surfaces.

We continue to schedule two or three releases per year with enhanced functionality, improved performance, and better overall reliability and robustness of the kernels.

Plans for 2012

As a result of feedback from our customers, we have developed plans for the coming year that will lead to more robust and capable kernels as well as added functionality in our geometry applications.

Our plans for 2012 include the following:

  • AssertValid will continue to be expanded to detect more error conditions and to support graphical displays of reported problems.
  • New and more rigorous tolerance modeling
  • Improved Boolean operations
  • Gordon patch improvements
  • Database diagnostics, repair, and healing functionality
  • Multithreaded OpenCL implementation

SMS wishes all a happy holiday season

We continue to see growth in the number of customers as well as gross revenue in a very volatile economic environment. Collaboration with our customers continues to yield growth and improvement to their applications in such areas as CAD/CAM/CAE, optics, orthopedic device modeling, animation, medical imaging, and textiles.

To all of our customers, users, suppliers, and friends in the industry, we wish you a very happy holiday season, and may each of you have a prosperous and happy new year.

From the staff of Solid Modeling Solutions

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