AutoSummit: A High-Tech Future For Michigan’s Legacy Industry

DETROIT — There’s no doubt about the high-tech future of
the auto industry, according to the 2015 MichAuto Summit,
held Wednesday at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

Production components built by 3D printers. Increasing
autonomy of cars that help the driver stay out of accidents.
Advanced powertrains involving electricity and hydrogen. All
were on the agenda before a packed house of hundreds of

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Altair Buys Spanish Casting Simulation Provider

TROY — The Troy engineering technology developer Altair Wednesday announced the acquisition of Click2Cast, a Barcelona, Spain-based developer of casting simulation technology.

Terms weren’t disclosed, but Altair said the Barcelona office and its employees would become part of Altair.

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Ann Arbor Firm Offers New Book Publishing Software

ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor software services provider Front Edge Publishing Wednesday introduced BookMog, XML publishing workflow software that the company says gives the power of a publishing house to organizations of all sizes.

Front Edge says BookMog includes easy to use tools that optimize editing, manuscript management, production, distribution and real-time sales tracking processes for all platforms, digital and print.

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Michigan Native’s Giant 3D Printer Vies For Detroit Prize

SOUTHFIELD — When it comes to 3D printers, Samantha Snabes thinks big.

The 1999 graduate of Wayne Memorial High School is a co-founder of a company currently based in Houston, Texas, re:3D Inc., that has developed a huge 3D printer capable of producing objects up to two feet across.

Forget about 3D printing’s future in making everyone’s plastic household doodads like spatulas and toothbrush holders. Snabes and her Gigabot are capable of making huge machine parts, wind generator components, large automotive parts — the only limit is the imagination.

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LLamasoft Secures $50M Funding from Goldman Sachs

ANN ARBOR — The supply chain design software developer LLamasoft said Tuesday it had closed a $50 million Series B financing round with affiliates of Goldman, Sachs & Co.

The company said the minority investment will be used to fund numerous technology development and growth initiatives. Goldman Sachs will have one seat on LLamasoft’s board as part of the investment.

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AT&T Expands 4G Network Across Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. announced a number of network expansions of its fast 4G data network throughout the southern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

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Airbus Picks Troy Firm’s Design Software

TROY — The Troy-based engineering technology developer Altair says Airbus Group, the European aerospace manufacturer, has signed on for access to Altair’s software portfolio, including the HyperWorks computer aided engineering suite.

The duration of the deal wasn’t immediately disclosed, but a press release described it as “multi-year.”

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Dassault Systèmes Honors LTU Transportation, Industrial Design Programs

SOUTHFIELD — The transportation design program at Lawrence Technological University has been named to the Academy Member Program of Dassault Systèmes, the supplier of the CATIA software that students use in LTU’s transportation design and industrial design programs.

Thierry Collet, vice president of Global Academia & Education for Dassault, came from the company’s headquarters in France to formally award the designation earlier this month to Keith Nagara, director of LTU’s transportation design program. The designation recognizes the LTU program for its “tangible efforts in increasing the benefit of Dassault Systèmes’ tools for student employability and curriculum quality.”

“We commend LTU for its unique program and for recognizing the value of providing students access to advanced product development tools,” Collet said. “Experience in tools that are common to the automotive industry allows easy transition to the real-world work force, as proven by this program’s 100 percent placement record.”

(In the photo above, attending the award presentation were (L-R) LTU Provost Maria Vaz; Thierry Collet, vice president of Global Academia & Education for Dassault Systèmes; Keith Nagara, director of LTU’s transportation design and industrial design programs; Amy Deines, interim dean of LTU’s College of Architecture and Design; and Derek English and Jason Falenski, BSTD’11, two adjunct professors at LTU who provide design instruction as well as CAD  methodologies in CATIA.)

LTU transportation design and industrial design students now use Dassault’s 3DExperience platform and several additional modules. In 2009, CATIA was designated as the design-tool standard for three-dimensional modeling and integrated into the curriculum starting with freshman-level classes.

Some 30 universities in several countries are in the Academy Member Program, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Ohio Northern University, and the University of South Carolina. LTU will gain contacts with the faculty and programs at those universities.

The new designation also gives LTU an edge when recruiting at two top high schools in the Metro Detroit area, Notre Dame Preparatory in Pontiac and De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren, which are also in the Academy Member Program.

LTU’s transportation design program was created in 2007, and from the beginning students have had access to various CATIA software packages that Dassault Systèmes has provided LTU.

“CATIA is a very versatile tool that provides designers with the flexibility to approach a design solution from their perspective, eliminating tool constraints that can affect creativity. Gaining expertise in CATIA provides our students a major advantage in internships and then in their careers,” Nagara said. “Using CATIA in our academic programs has also increased our industry recognition, creating opportunities for collaboration where we’ve jointly pioneered new design processes that result in more efficient and effective product development.”

Nagara said graduates of LTU’s transportation design and industrial design programs have a 100 percent success rate in landing jobs in the auto and products industries.

Dassault Systèmes has more than 190,000 customers for its design software in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit

Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management.

Red Wings Launch New Video Website, App

DETROIT — Just in time for the puck drop on the 2015-16 NHL season, the Detroit Red Wings have partnered with a California entertainment company to launch a new free video app that delivers high-definition video content to fans.

The Red Wings DeskSite is a personalized HD video content library constructed to support fans’ growing consumption of online video by providing instant access to every Red Wings video produced.

“This partnership with DeskSite continues our efforts to give Red Wings fans easy access to content to stay updated with news surrounding the team and never miss a moment of Red Wings action,” said Tom Wilson, president and CEO of Olympia Entertainment. “DeskSite brings all the fantastic content available on to one centralized location, making it extremely convenient and user-friendly.”

DeskSite enables instantaneous video playback, freeing fans from the buffering, freezing and dropping associated with streaming video on a website. Videos are automatically downloaded and stored directly to users’ devices, allowing fans the ability to view content offline, without an Internet connection.

The platform also includes audiovisual alerts, reducing the delay between a video’s initial release and fan access. Video programming consists of Red Wings game highlights, postgame recaps, player and coach interviews, and additional behind-the-scenes footage.

Said DeskSite CEO Richard Gillam: “With this new platform, we’ve made some exciting leaps forward in the evolution of digital media, most notably in the twin pillars of content curation and content access. If you’re a serious Red Wings fan, this is a ‘must have’ experience.”

Fans can download the Red Wings DeskSite at

DeskSite is a product of QDOS Inc. of Aliso Viejo, Calif. Founded in 2003, QDOS designs video entertainment software applications and offers advertising opportunities to marketers through a network of individually branded entertainment applications. More at