The final NTB Product of the Year went to SolidWorks Corp. of Concord, MA, for their SolidWorks 2008 3D CAD software that features a new user interface and 3D graphics, an enhancement of the SolidWorks Intelligent Feature Technology (SWIFT), and advanced design analysis capabilities. A new intuitive workflow predicts which tools users will need in the context of a specific task, and makes them readily available.

Jeff Ray, SolidWorks CEO, accepted the award. “The challenges we face right now are not the challenges that are going to be solved by politicians or lawmakers. They’re going to be solved by engineers and designers. All of us at SolidWorks are grateful to play a very small role in that by providing a tool to help solve those problems.”

For more information on SolidWorks 2008 3D CAD software, click here.

The winners of the Photonics Tech Briefs Product of the Year awards were presented by PTB Editor Bruce Bennett. The first award went to Agilent Technologies of Santa Clara, CA, for the N4917A optical receiver stress test set that allows users to accurately characterize and verify standard conformance of receive optical subassemblies and transceiver modules operating up to 12.5 Gb/s.

The 2007 Photonics Tech Briefs Product of the Year winners (fromleft): Thomas Root, President & CEO of OPTIM; Bruce Bennett,Editor of Photonics Tech Briefs; Halmo Fischer, Project Manager atAgilent Technologies; and Joseph Fillion, Product MarketingManager at FEI.

The award was accepted by Halmo Fischer, Project Manager at Agilent Technologies, who said, “Thank you to the readers of Photonics Tech Briefs for making this possible. It was really a surprise to receive this award. The entire team is very proud of this honor.”

For more information on Agilent’s optical receiver stress test set, click here.

The second award for PTB Product of the Year was given to FEI of Hillsboro, OR, for the Phenom™ microscope, bridging the performance gap between optical and scanning electron microscope (SEM) technologies. Capable of yielding magnification up to 20,000X, and with an ultimate resolution of 30nm, the Phenom addresses a variety of applications including quality assurance, product development, research, and testing.

In accepting the award, Joseph Fillion, Product Marketing Manager, said, “We’d like to thank the readers. Like any parent, you’re very proud of your own child, but when someone else tells you that you have a great product, it’s a great honor.”

For more information on FEI’s Phenom microscope, click here.

The final PTB winner was OPTIM of Sturbridge, MA, for the FreedomView™ LED fiberscope, a handheld portable inspection device that combines a high-intensity LED light source with a flexible insertion shaft that can be fully immersed in water, gasoline, or diesel fuel. Thomas Root, President and CEO of OPTIM, accepted the award. “I’d like to thank the editors of Photonics Tech Briefs for that first Product of the Month recognition. And to the readers, we’re very proud of what we did, and we thank you.”

For more information on OPTIM’s FreedomView LED fiberscope, click here.

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