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RFNC-VNIITF Licenses Full Set of C3D Tools for its Facilities

Rosatom Expands Use of C3D Labs Technologies

Moscow, Russia: 29 March, 2017 – RFNC-VNIITF recently licensed the full set of the C3D Toolkit from C3D Labs. The solution was delivered to Rosatom by ASCON Group’s Ural regional center. RFNC-VNIITF -- the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, Zababakhin All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Technical Physics -- is the second research institute of SC Rosatom to select C3D for writing its in-house software.


"We relied for a long time on open source components to develop our proprietary engineering software,” said Igor Pavlov, head of the Software Development department at RFNC-VNIITF. “We were, however, never satisfied with it, be it in terms of performance or functionality. We had been eyeing C3D for some time, and so conducted a major cycle of testing, which proved that the geometric kernel was indeed a component that would be reliable and fast enough for our needs.”

One substantial deficiency of open source components is the lack of technical support from developers and right holders, even in the paid versions of the products. This is why Rosatom decided to switch entirely to C3D Labs, whose mature technology has been developed over 20 years. C3D had already been providing components for some applications used at Rosatom.

“Collaboration between RFNC-VNIITF and C3D Labs began in 2016,” explained Eduard Maksimenko, head of the Application Software department at C3D Labs. “RFNC-VNIITF boasts a wealth of experience in developing software with a variety of components for developers. I know that our components would provide a reliable foundation for researchers at SC Rosatom, and our cooperation will ensure further progress.”

It turns out that the team from Rosatom was able to move its software to the C3D Modeler geometric kernel and C3D Vision visualizer quite quickly. Following testing of the C3D Vision module, the specialists at RFNC-VNIITF made recommendations to C3D that will inspire further development of the product.

In addition, the specialists at RFNC-VNIITF identified tasks that need development in application software. Armed with tools such as the C3D kernel, ASCON-Ural implemented the necessary measures to put it into trial operations. C3D proved that it could handle the tasks defined by the scientific center.

“RFNC-VNIITF and ASCON-Ural have been partners for many years now,” said Sergey Kartashov, Commercial Director at ASCON-Ural. “Our primary area of collaboration includes the automation of design-to-manufacture processes. We know that our C3D Toolkit will enhance the quality and reliability of software solutions created by RFNC-VNIITF, while helping ASCON develop further functionality of our product.”

About Russian Federal Nuclear Center – VNIITF

Zababakhin All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Technical Physics is one of the largest research institutions in fundamental and applied research in the world, specializing in the following areas:

  • Properties of matter under wide ranges of pressures and temperatures
  • Equilibrium and non-equilibrium phase transitions
  • Kinetics of detonation
  • Thermonuclear reactions
  • Plasma physics
  • Turbulent flows
  • Strength and failure models
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Laser physics
  • Inertial confinement fusion
  • Physics of laser beam interactions with matter
  • Astrophysics (stellar processes, bursts of supernovas)
  • Numerical simulation

The institute is structured to favor theoretical studies, as well as the development of physical models for complex phenomena and processes. Results crucial to the following fields are being obtained:

  • Research of inertial confinement fusion
  • Impact of high-power laser beams on matter
  • Laboratory X-ray lasers
  • High-speed collisions of bodies
  • High-intensity magnetic processes

RFNC-VNIITF emphasizes research into cumulative phenomena, such as implosions, and the convergence of shock waves and shells, which lead to growth of internal and/or kinetic energy densities. Areas where such processes take place include inertial-confinement fusion, research of matter properties in extreme states, and the application of cumulative jets in industry. The research is also important for understanding catastrophic natural phenomena, like avalanches, tsunami, star births, and bursts of supernovas. Major contributions to the research of cumulative processes were made by academic Evgeny Zababakhin.

About C3D Labs

The C3D Toolkit is a set of key components for creating computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) systems to prepare control programs for CNC machines, and other engineering software. Starting in 1995, ASCON used the C3D base geometric kernel as a component of its KOMPAS-3D MCAD system.

Five years ago, C3D became available for licensing by third-party developers. Subsequently, additional functionality evolved into independent solutions, such as the C3D Parametric Kernel, C3D Visualization Module, and C3D Convertion Module. Together, these modules form the C3D Toolkit, a set of tools for developing engineering software. The C3D Toolkit is now in use by more than twenty companies and universities worldwide. C3D technologies are developed and marketed by C3D Labs, a resident of the Skolkovo IT cluster.

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