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Reduce motion control application development time

ACS Motion Control has launched a new version of its SPiiPlus Application Development Kit (ADK) Suite motion control software with new simulation and motion machine interface (MMI) tools. The SPiiPlus ADK Suite Version 2.50 provides enhanced diagnostics capabilities to minimize setup, tuning, and programming time for motion control applications. With updated ACSPL+ functions, variables, and commands, Version 2.50 enables the implementation of both highly complex motion-time-event sequences with accurate positioning and timing, and simpler tasks such as point-to-point control. The ACS simulator tool models an ideal closed-loop servo system.
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Reverse Engineering add-in 2018 for SOLIDWORKS 2018 for SOLIDWORKS is a reverse engineering application fully integrated into SOLIDWORKS. Users can easily process point clouds, hard probe, and 3D laser scans directly in SOLIDWORKS. Tube measure and quick settings tooling dialog are two features new to the software. Other new capabilities and enhancements include:

  • No wait time when processing gigabytes of point cloud scan data with Voxel thinning.
  • Automatic function generates profile curves through a point cloud, allowing users to define and order equal number and spacing of points for parametric spline creation.
  • Enhanced lock plane simplifies your work flow, users can define point-to-plane snap tolerance capture with a hard probe or 3D scanner.
  • A standalone Integrated Point Cloud module that doesn’t require a SOLIDWORKS license to visualize points, hard probe, or laser scan.
Click here to learn more and read a Schutt Sports application story.

Software: Robot control systems

Han’s Robot, a subsidiary of global Chinese manufacturer Han’s Laser, has licensed Energid’s Actin premier control software for its new line of cost-effective collaborative robots (“cobots”), called Elfins. Actin is an easy-to-use robot control and simulation framework that offers robot manufacturers faster time to market, reduced software development costs, and powerful control with real-time adaptive motion. Han’s Robot was able to leverage powerful collaborative features including collision avoidance, simplified task-based programming, interactive control, and the ability to extend, customize, and rebrand any of the components for advanced product differentiation. Energid provides robotic control systems for a wide range of global customers.
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Easy programming for hydraulic proportional controls

HAWE Hydraulik's eDesign, a new cloud-based, graphical programming interface for electronic control systems, enables users to design programs and to install them directly on the electronic control without knowing a programming language. HAWE eDesign already includes a large number of functions to program either the CAN-knot type CAN-IO or the company's electronic amplifier plug type EV2S. The programming interface is ideally suited to facilitate the transition from on/off valve technology to proportional control, and is primarily intended for low to medium complex programming. Built-in tutorials and hints simplify use.
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Control 3D printing at the voxel level

Stratasys has introduced GrabCAD Voxel Print, a new software solution for its J750 3D-printing solution that provides true voxel-level control during the design and 3D-printing process. Manipulating microscopic voxels, which represent volumetric pixels and are the building blocks of 3D printing, enables users to achieve 3D-printed effects and properties not possible before. Combine this with the full-color, multi-material 3D-printing capability of the Stratasys J750 3D Printing Solution, and you open up a whole new world of digital materials and advanced structures.
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Biggest reasons engineers hate their CAD system

Darren Garnick of Onshape says that, in a recent CAD satisfaction survey of 230 design professionals, asked a very provocative question: What do you hate most about your CAD software? The research, sponsored by SOLIDWORKS®, revealed these four things that engineers and designers despise the most (in order of importance).
Read this informative Onshape blog.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 is here!

With SOLIDWORKS 2018, teams can collaborate concurrently to design a product or part more rapidly and cost efficiently, validate its function and manufacturability, manage its data and related processes, streamline and automate its manufacturing, and inspect it. Any changes in design or manufacturing are fast and easy to manage and automatically flow to all related models, programs, drawings, and documentation. A standout new feature is SOLIDWORKS CAM, which provides rules-based machining with knowledge capture for the automation of manufacturing programming. Plus, there are improvements to many of the SOLIDWORKS features you already use.
Learn all about the SOLIDWORKS 2018 launch.

Optimize your product manufacturing cost analysis

Boothroyd Dewhurst, developer of internationally recognized Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) software, has released DFM Concurrent Costing, Version 3.0. Deployed as a cost-analysis tool for engineering and procurement teams, the latest software allows manufacturers to move beyond "price" models, based largely on past bids, to industrial cost models grounded in scientific test data and studies. The result is a highly reliable "should cost" view of the product that offers insight into hidden cost drivers and ways to optimize both design and production.
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Fastest way to dry your hands? FloEFD investigates

Have you ever wondered what’s the fastest way to dry your hands when using one of those air-shooting hand dryers in a public restroom? Should you rotate your hands or leave them in one place? What position is most efficient? Proving that modeling everyday challenges is fun and insightful, Robin Bornoff from Mentor Graphics tackles these questions using the full-featured 3D fluid flow and heat transfer analysis simulation tool called FloEFD.
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Everything you wanted to know about heatsinks

How well a heatsink performs depends on particular aspects of its design, such as the thermal conductivity of the material it's made of, its overall dimensions, fin type used, airflow rate, and system. A theoretical model can be used to predict performance, or it can be measured experimentally. But because of the complex 3D nature of today’s electronic systems, engineers often use the numerical method via computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to determine the thermal performance of a heatsink before prototyping. This informative blog post from Mentor features two on-demand webinars to run through the basics of heatsink design and considerations.
Read the Mentor blog on heatsink design.

MapleSim provides new approach to tire modeling

To save time and money in the design and development of new vehicles, automotive manufacturers typically use models to simulate the dynamic relationship between tires and road surfaces. Ideally, a tire model must accurately simulate the dynamics of the system and allow designers to vary its parameters, and simulations must also execute quickly. But existing tire models have inherent drawbacks.
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Vital welding and joining data for design and simulation

Granta Design has announced its new GRANTA MI tools for the management of vital material property data relating to welds and other joining techniques. This data is very valuable for automotive organizations seeking to ensure accurate design or simulation, but it is rarely systematically managed -- leading to inefficiencies, inconsistencies, and risk. Granta is working closely with leading OEMs and suppliers through the Automotive Material Intelligence (AutoMatIC) Consortium to create a new, ready-to-go, extensible information system that can ensure proprietary data related to welds or other joints is captured, traceable, searchable, and accessible. User organizations will save time and maximize returns from important intellectual property (IP).
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Complete jobs quickly and minimize downtime on the shop floor

ANSYS SpaceClaim provides machinists with a better solution to edit and repair 3D models created in any CAD format or as a 2D drawing. Intuitive tools help you accelerate fixture and tooling design and reduce time to finished parts. Use SpaceClaim to:

  • Create jigs, fixtures, soft jaws, and tooling
  • Quickly repair and edit CAD models
  • Create manufacturing process plans
  • Remove or adjust all aspects of geometry
  • Grab parts from libraries
SpaceClaim pays for itself in a job or two and eliminates expensive proprietary CAD software. Since it’s easy to learn, you don’t have to pay for employee training, either.
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Latest VISI release addresses sheet-metal springback

The latest release of VISI, Vero Software’s specialist mold and die solution, delivers a number of user experience enhancements and addresses an issue that is often neglected, but that can have an important effect on the final shape of a formed sheet-metal component. When the sheet metal part is removed from the die and the forming forces released, material elasticity will cause the part geometry to experience springback. The new Springback prediction functionality in VISI 2017 R2 is designed to reduce the time and cost of a typical trial-and-error approach to solving this long-standing industry issue.
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PTC expands industrial IoT tech offering with launch of ThingWorx 8

ThingWorx 8 features enhanced platform capabilities, role-specific applications for engineering and manufacturing, a substantial ecosystem of partners and customers, more expansive educational programs, and a new collection of service offerings designed for Industrial IoT customers and partners.
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Maplesoft, VI-grade combine to bring modern modeling techniques to vehicle design

A new product for design engineers easily integrates Maplesoft's physical modeling tool MapleSim with vehicle dynamics tools from VI-grade. The MapleSim Connector for VI-CarRealTime allows engineers to incorporate high-fidelity, multidomain models created in MapleSim into the real-time vehicle simulation environment of VI-CarRealTime.

"The combination of MapleSim, VI-CarRealTime and the Connector allows for the fast, accurate modeling of automotive subsystems, such as powertrains and drivelines," says Paul Goossens, vice president of applications engineering at Maplesoft. "Automotive engineers can easily do innovative work, exploring their designs in new and deeper ways, detecting problems earlier in the design cycle, and developing high-quality, practical solutions to their design challenges."

MapleSim is a Modelica-based physical modeling and simulation tool that applies modern techniques that can dramatically reduce model development and analysis time while producing fast, high-fidelity simulations. VI-CarRealTime provides a fully validated real-time vehicle simulation environment that automotive engineers can use to optimize vehicle designs and control-system performance. By using VI-CarRealTime, Vehicle Dynamics engineers can also perform large Design of Experiments (DOE) and multi-objective optimization studies quickly and easily.

"VI-grade customers can now leverage the intuitive physical modeling environment of MapleSim to create high-fidelity models of vehicle subsystems, in a fraction of the time it would take them in other tools," says Juergen Fett, managing director, VI-grade. "Then, they get automatically generated real-time code of the subsystem that they can incorporate into VI-CarRealTime's full vehicle model, replacing the default subsystem with their own. Not only does this avoid time-consuming and error-prone hand coding, but MapleSim lets them create extremely detailed models while maintaining real-time simulation speeds. As a result, the simulations results are closer to reality, which ultimately leads to shorter development cycles and better products."

The MapleSim Connector for VI-CarRealTime is the latest in a growing collection of connector tools and products for MapleSim, which include connectors for Simulink, LabVIEW, dSPACE Systems, C-code generation, and more.

Maplesoft's customers include Ford, BMW, Bosch, Boeing, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Canon, Motorola, Microsoft Research, Bloomberg, and DreamWorks, covering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, energy, financial services, consumer products, and entertainment. With Toyota, Maplesoft founded the Plant Modeling Consortium to promote the development of new design techniques for automotive and related industries.

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Source: Maplesoft

Published September 2012

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