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Simio announces release of Simio Express
Article Type: New products From: Assembly Automation, Volume 31, Issue 4
Simio LLC, a developer of 3D object-oriented simulation software, recently announced the availability of Simio Express – a fully functional, 3D object-based modeling and animation system. Simio Express, priced at $4,850, uses the Simio Standard Library to provide users with a powerful and flexible 3D simulation environment for rapid modeling.
“Simio Express is the affordable, fast track to results,” said Dr Dennis Pegden, Founder and CEO of Simio. “Simio Express is ideal for the casual user of simulation that wants to rapidly build eye-catching and realistic models of their systems.”
Simio Express is the latest addition to the Simio Product Family of simulation software, which includes Simio’s Design and Team editions. The team behind Simio Express, which includes Pegden, the inventor of Arena, brought the new product to market so modelers could have an affordable, true 3D object-based modeling alternative to older, 2D process-only based tools.
One way Simio Express sets itself apart from other modeling tools is making 3D animation part of the modeling process at no extra cost.
“Many 2D simulation packages limit your ability to visualize your process or capture 3D spatial relationships in your system,” Dr Pegden said. “Others offer expensive or complex 3D add-ons that require you to build a separate 3D visualization of your system, and then tie these two separate components together. This adds unnecessary work and time to your project, and makes your model and animation difficult to edit and maintain.”
In contrast, Simio provides a true object-based 3D modeling environment which lets you construct your 3D model in a single step from a top-down 2D view, and then instantly switch to a 3D view of your system.
Like Design and Team editions, users can use Express’s various camera angles to “go inside” the model and ride along with any moving entity in the system. For example, modelers can get a first-person view of a part’s ride through the assembly process or step into the a vehicle and ride through a simulation of a town. To watch a video of Express in action.
Simio Express also integrates directly with Google Warehouse to allow users to quickly download from a massive library of freely available 3D symbols to easily and quickly add realism to models.