The fifth littoral combat ship produced by Applied CAx client, Austal USA, rolled out of their shipyard in mid-May. The future USS Manchester (LCS-14) is part of an ongoing 11-ship contract worth more than $3.5 billion for Austal.

Scheduled for delivery in 2017, the ship maxes out at 40 knots (an equivalent speed of over 50 mph). With three ships built and seven others under construction, Austal says its LCS program is well under way. Others in the program include the Montgomery (LCS 8), the Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), the Omaha (LCS 12), the Tulsa (LCS 16), the Charleston (LCS 18) and the Cincinnati (LCS 20).

With its shallow draft, the Austal-built LCS is an advanced and agile 419-foot combat ship with the volume and payload capacity needed to support emerging missions.

Teamcenter architect Randy Ellsworth presented at Siemens PLM Connection 2016 in Orlando, May 16-19. The four day event was filled with exciting programs, modern innovations and valuable networking. Thanks to all the presenters and attendees.

"Delivering Custom Status Icons in Teamcenter" was the focus of Randy's presentation, detailing a better method for creating a custom ICD that controls the delivery during an Over-the-Web (OTW) installation. If you're a Teamcenter manager looking to implement this method, download the PDF presentation on delivering Custom Status Icons. And click here for more Teamcenter resources.


Exotic Metals Forming Company engineers, manufactures, and provides aftermarket support on vital systems and components for virtually every commercial airliner and military aircraft in active service today. With approximately 1200 total employees, yearly revenue of over $100 million, 60+ user licenses of Teamcenter integrated with NX, Exotic Metals has won numerous awards from their customers Boeing as a crucial key supplier.

Applied CAx is pleased to announce our successful FEMAP Symposium series is returning to Seattle for 2016! Our 2015 event was filled with excellent demos and great people at a beautiful venue.

At this year's event, discover features from the upcoming FEMAP 11.3 release, gain more insider tips and tricks from FEA and FAA experts, and network with colleagues and friends.

The event will return to the beautiful Future of Flight Aviation Center near Boeing's Paine Field. Please RSVP and mark your calendar for Thursday, May 19th, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

A post-event reception will be held following the presentations. We look forward to seeing many of you again and meeting new people!

Click here to register and for more info on our FEMAP Symposium 2016.

Interested in a PLM World Regional User Group in the Pacific Northwest? Regional User Groups are a local resource of information and education on Siemens PLM products like NX CAD/CAM/CAE and Teamcenter. The Pacific Northwest is a big area encompassing Northern California, Oregon, Washington and sometimes Idaho (depending on what map you're looking at). How far would you drive for a 3 - hour event? An all day event? What topics would you attend a RUG Meeting for? Let's get on the map!

Competition is heating up in the realm of supersonic aviation. Ever since the grounding of the Concorde, no commercial craft has been available to travel faster than the speed of sound for civilian use. This has left travelers crawling along at the same maximum speed as at the beginning of the Jet Age in the 1960s.

Aerion, an Applied CAx customer, is gaining success in its efforts to be first-to-market with a new supersonic option. Its eight-passenger supersonic business jet, the AS2, is targeting a first flight by 2019, with deliveries beginning in 2023.

On Monday Jan. 26, 2016, Siemens acquired U.S.-based CFD simulation software developer CD-adapco. This is a big coup for Siemens PLM Software, since CD-adapco (Computational Dynamics-Analysis & Design Application Company Ltd) was the largest, privately owned CFD company in the world. We spoke with George Laird, CAE expert for Applied CAx and Predictive Engineering, on the possible implications for the CFD consulting landscape.