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How a BattleBot was built using Onshape

Learn how RoboGym Robotics, a veteran BattleBots team, said goodbye to Solidworks and took their design game to the next level using Onshape, the cloud-native, all-in-one CAD and PDM solution. RoboGym was able to analyze key components of their Roundhouse BattleBot like its armor and weapon bar, run simulations, collaborate, iterate, and optimize their design to its fullest.
Read this informative Onshape blog.

Trick to measuring angles in SOLIDWORKS

Learn from the pros at TriMech how to take angle measurements easily in SOLID-WORKS. TriMech has an entire YouTube channel dedicated to SOLIDWORKS tips, and the company is excellent at training too.
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COMSOL Multiphysics Version 6.2 is here

COMSOL Multiphysics Version 6.2 introduces faster solvers for turbulent fluid flow, electric motors, and room acoustics. It also brings data-driven surrogate model functionality for creating multiphysics-based digital twins and building fast and accurate standalone simulation apps. Get the full details of what's new in the latest version.
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17 ways SOLIDWORKS 2024 helps you work faster

SOLIDWORKS 2024 helps designers and engineers work faster than ever. Learn all about improvements to core 3D CAD modeling features, new 3D modeling techniques, and graphical and software performance boosts that will help you get your parts made and your products developed in record time.
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6 tips to streamline workflow in Mastercam 2024

Mastercam 2024 CAD/CAM software has been intentionally upgraded to make programming fast and easy. It prioritizes streamlining workflow so that the entire machining process -- from design to QC -- is as efficient as possible. Learn how to maximize the benefits of Mastercam 2024, including special toolpaths, easier hole-making operations, wireframe shortcuts, and more.
Read this informative Mastercam blog.

How CT data analysis is helping TE Connectivity reach their goal of end-to-end quality inspection

In a bid to cut their mold and part development process to 25% of the time it took in the past, TE Connectivity has taken ambitious steps to interconnect design and simulation with quality measurement. Learn how the company, in collaboration with PTC (Creo) and Volume Graphics, has worked to ensure as-designed parts match as-manufactured parts as early in the process as possible. An in-depth and illuminating read.
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State-of-the-art mesh morphing technology for super optimization: Ansys and RBF Morph join forces

After a long and successful OEM partnership with Ansys, mesh morphing pioneer RBF Morph has two proprietary products featured among the world simulation leader's offerings: Ansys RBF Morph Fluids and Ansys RBF Morph Structures. Thanks to mesh morphing, companies can substantially reduce computational time while performing highly automated design optimization analysis, increasing products' reliability and performance while cutting costs, delivery time, and environmental impact.
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Top Tech Tip: Creating drafts with the rib feature in Onshape

Ribs are used to add stiffness and strength to parts without adding excessive weight or increasing wall thickness -- most commonly in molded parts that require a draft angle so the part can release from the mold. See the basics of how this is done in Onshape, which features the power of cloud computing, real-time collaboration tools, and a built-in PDM system -- all for the same price as CAD.
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How to design a spoon with subdivision modeling: SOLIDWORKS xShape

Learn how to design a spoon with SOLIDWORKS xShape, which is found in 3D Sculptor on the 3DEXPERI-ENCE platform. xShape is a next-gen subdivision modeling tool that runs entirely in your browser and takes a freeform approach to creating complex shapes and surfaces. You can design 100% in the cloud or seamlessly integrate your xShape models with your SOLIDWORKS designs. Follow along with this 7-minute tutorial to see what it's all about.
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What's new in Onshape?

Check out the latest updates to Onshape, the cloud-native product development platform that delivers professional-grade CAD capabilities with next-gen product data management. New features include customizable keyboard shortcuts, better BOM navigation, improved drawing tools, and new Learning Center content. With Onshape, users can innovate quickly while simultaneously or asynchronously collaborating with other stakeholders on any web-connected device.
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Open-access learning center for multiphysics modeling

COMSOL, the developer of the COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software, has introduced a new online resource that provides no-cost, open access to modeling and simulation learning material across all areas of physics. Designed with the user in mind, the Learning Center offers a single entry point for users of all skill levels, where courses, articles, and videos present a clear path for learning how to use COMSOL Multiphysics for modeling and simulation.
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New GrabCAD Print Pro software: Boost 3D-printing productivity

Stratasys, a leader in polymer 3D printing, recently announced the upcoming launch of its new GrabCAD Print Pro software, which has been designed to improve printed-part accuracy, reduce waste, and shorten time to part. GrabCAD Print software manages the print preparation process for Stratasys 3D printers.
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DENSO reduces component sim time by 80% using Simcenter 3D and NX integrated process

DENSO Corp., the second-largest automotive parts and systems provider in terms of sales in the world, is developing its "NX CAD and Simcenter 3D integrated process" from Siemens that allows analysts to understand the simulation processes, which are repeatable for certain types of components. The DENSO team captures modeling and process best practices and packages these up into simulation templates that are leveraged by designers using NX. This process has led to increased quality, because design problems are identified earlier and can be corrected before the project advances. DENSO estimates the average time for analysis was reduced up to 80% using this integrated process.
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3D Printing: Learn all about GrabCAD Print -- best slicing software

The engineers at TriMech are full of incredibly useful tips when it comes to 3D printing. Learn all about GrabCAD Print, which TriMech calls "one of the most powerful 3D-printing prep tools on the market." Better yet, it's a no-cost resource. Learn about file types and updated capabilities like advanced anchoring and stabilizing, remote monitoring, and even building in collaborative schedule management. You always learn something new from TriMech.
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Amazon delivers on massive CAD conversion project for its industrial customers

Recently, Amazon's industrial products division decided to undertake what some are calling the largest CAD conversion project in history. The daunting task of converting millions of 2D drawings and legacy CAD files into modern 3D CAD systems has had its upsides, though, leading to new opportunities and improved processes thanks to capable CAD outsourcing services such as CAD/CAM Services.
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After PowerFLOW simulations, funky Peugeot Sport racecar sets world record time at Pikes Peak

Exa PowerFLOW aerodynamic simulation of Peugeot Sport's winning 208 T16 Pikes Peak racecar. PowerFLOW helped Peugeot Sport achieve maximum downforce to win the race with a world record time of just over 8 min.





Peugeot Sport's 208 T16 Pikes Peak racecar set a new world record of 8:13.878 min. at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race in Colorado on June 30. The racecar was optimized for maximum downforce solely using Exa Corp.'s PowerFLOW aerodynamic simulations.

The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak racecar was expected to do well, but it beat all expectations on the 12.4-mile course that includes more than 156 turns and climbs some 4,700 ft from start to finish. Bruno Famin, director of Peugeot Sport, remarked, "We smashed the previous world record by a minute and a half -- a simply remarkable accomplishment."

"We knew PowerFLOW would accurately simulate the real world, and our driver, Sebastien Loeb, confirmed the car stuck to the road like a F1 racecar throughout the entire climb," said Famin. "We achieved the needed downforce to keep our driver safely on the road during this incredibly taxing race."

Peugeot Sport designed an extremely unique and efficient car. Although the trademark rear wing and front splitter looked a little disproportionate, they were optimized aerodynamic devices.

"Due to timing constraints, we had no hope to develop a prototype and be able to complete some wind tunnel testing," said Famin. "Based on our previous experience with PowerFLOW, acquired during the 908 Race campaign, we decided to fully rely on simulation for this aerodynamic development. The first track test results confirmed that we made the right choice."

"Within only a few weeks, Peugeot Sport's team managed to optimize all the aerodynamic components as well as the underbody of the car using our PowerFLOW simulations," said Jean-Paul Roux, Exa's president of European Operations. "Knowing this team and the potential for creativity in this 'Unlimited' class, I had high expectations that the car would be a winner, but to blow away the record and pull off such a commanding win is fantastic."

The second-place finisher came in at 9:02.19 min., almost 50 sec behind. Many race experts feel that this dominant Peugeot engineering team might be able to approach the 7-min. mark in the future.

Peugeot has not raced Pikes Peak since Robby Unser drove their car in 1989.

Source: Exa Corp.

Published September 2013

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