Breakthrough technology shatters speed barrier for engineering simulation software
ANSYS Discovery Live will empower millions of engineers around the world to confidently simulate designs in real time quickly and more economically. "We had the opportunity to preview ANSYS Discovery Live, and it's obvious this technology is a game changer in providing instantaneous simulation to enable interactive design exploration," said Craig Skinner, chief aerodynamicist, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. Read the full article.
ANSYS takes on product complexity with release of ANSYS 19
ANSYS 19 delivers enhancements to its engineering simulation software across the entire industry-leading portfolio -- from structures to fluids and from systems and semiconductors to electromagnetics -- making simulation even more pervasive. Long-time users will notice dramatic improvements in time to solution, while new users can take advantage of state-of-the art functionality. From support for Architecture Analysis and Design Language (AADL) to Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) to radar cross-section (RCS) calculations, ANSYS 19 simplifies user experience across every discipline. Click here to learn more.
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. Click here to learn more.
Reverse Engineering add-in 2018 for SOLIDWORKS
ReverseEngineering.com 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.
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. Click here to learn more.
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. Click here to learn more.
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. Click here to learn more.
Biggest reasons engineers hate their CAD system
Darren Garnick of Onshape says that, in a recent CAD satisfaction survey of 230 design professionals, Engineering.com 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. Click here to learn more.
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. Read the full article.
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. Read the full article.
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). Click here to learn more.
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. Click here to learn more.
Autodesk introduces industry's first cloud-based, pay-as-you-go simulation solution for designers
Autodesk recently unveiled Autodesk Simulation 360, a comprehensive set of tools delivered securely in the cloud with a pay-as-you-go pricing model that enables any company to make simulation part of their everyday design and engineering processes.
Autodesk Simulation 360 is the latest offering to build upon the Autodesk 360 cloud-based platform. By performing computationally intensive simulation tasks in the cloud, designers, engineers, and analysts can test multiple "what if?" design scenarios in parallel. The computational power of the cloud also eliminates the need for specialized hardware, thereby removing previous limitations and helping to increase productivity.
"The ability to run multiple simulation studies in the cloud, in the same time as a typical singular simulation study with single variables, really opens up the game for us by helping us understand much more of the system in a shorter amount of time," says Matt Nowicki, senior product engineer at BioLite, Inc. "It's impressive how easy, valuable, and seamless simulating in the cloud can be for a company such as ours."
A cloud-based toolbox for wide-ranging simulation needs
The Autodesk Simulation 360 software portfolio includes a wide range of cloud-based mechanical, fluid flow, thermal, and plastic injection molding tools at an affordable price. Additional benefits include direct geometry exchange, robust meshing tools, extensive material libraries, and proven solver technology to improve simulation accuracy in the areas of greatest concern.
"Businesses simply can't afford not to understand how their designs will perform before anything gets built," says Robert "Buzz" Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle, and Simulation at Autodesk.
Simulation 360 is available as a standalone offering (you do not need to be on Autodesk subscription to get access to it).
Autodesk Simulation 360: includes Mechanical and CFD capabilities, 120 jobs for $3,600/12 months.
Autodesk Simulation 360 Unlimited: includes Mechanical and CFD capabilities, for unlimited jobs for $7,200/12 months.
Autodesk Simulation 360 Ultimate: includes Mechanical, CFDD, and Moldflow capabilities, 120 jobs for $10,000/12 months.
Cloud Capacity Pack: 10 jobs (approximately 1 month of usage for $10).