Autodesk to Add Production to its Fusion Platform

 Autodesk previewed its newest cloud-based offering in its Fusion family of services at. Executives at the company demonstrated Fusion Production at Autodesk University earlier in November. About 10,000 attendees gathered in Las Vegas to hear about software updates as well as planned future uses for the Autodesk products. Fusion Production allows contract manufacturers to digitize […]

Autodesk and Dropbox Partner for .DWG File Storage

Autodesk announced products to make it easier for its users to access and share large design files on Dropbox. That announcement came at Autodesk University, held in Las Vegas this week. The Dropbox desktop app works with the Autodesk Forge platform and allows Autodesk users to open and save .dwg design files stored in the […]

Automation, Forge API Updates Focus of Autodesk University’s First Day

Autodesk University kicked off its annual event in Las Vegas Tuesday with the company’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Anagost telling the close to 10,000 attendees how his company plans to address the coming age of automated design. “We’re reframing automation. It’s not a threat, it’s an opportunity to do more,” Anagost said. Humans will move […]

Propel Includes Two Compliance Tools in its Updated PLM Software

Propel, which makes cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) software company, has updated its product lifecycle management software with the addition of two new modules for improved product compliance: the first is a specification management and compliance solution and the second is the training records management solution. Both solutions help companies of all sizes improve quality […]

Comsol Users to See Performance Improvements in 2017 Update

When Comsol Multiphysics 5.3a is released by year’s end users can expect to see performance improvements in the handling of bigger models; models that might include hundreds of thousands of boundaries, said Svante Littmarck, Comsol’s president and chief executive operator. He spoke at the company’s Comsol Conference held last week in Boston. That update also […]

Siemens PLM and HP Partner for Design and Printing in NX

HP and Siemens PLM recently joined to create a new additive manufacturing software module, Siemens NX AM for HP Multi Jet Fusion, now available from Siemens PLM Software. The new software model will enable NX customers to combine design, optimization, simulation, preparation of print jobs, and inspection processes for HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printed […]

Additive Manufacturing Parts Maker First in Line for HP Printing Technology

This week, HP named Proto Labs as its first additive manufacturing partner in the launch of its Multi Jet Fusion technology. The collaboration with the rapid manufacturer in Maple Plain, Minn., is part of HP’s efforts to establish a global network of 3D printing service providers. The new production-grade 3D printing technology from HP builds […]

Devices Shouldn’t Burn Your Skin

As consumer products evolve, so do the heat transfer, heat source, and aerodynamic engineering challenges they bring for their designers. And the same is true for nearly all engineered products. For example, smartphones and tablets require ever-longer battery life. But at the same time denser electronics packaging and smaller, thinner phones increase the risks for […]

Around the World in a Solar-Powered Plane Thanks to Engineering Software

Solar Impulse 2, a single-seat monoplane powered by photovoltaic cells made it around the world, 26,000 miles, in 2015 without fuel. The long-range, experimental solar-powered aircraft left Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in August 2015 and returned—with a months-long stop in Hawaii to repair thermal damage—in July 2016. The plane made the first […]

Printed Parts Take Flight

As the aerospace industry moves toward supersonic travel and other innovations, 3D printing is keeping pace. Last week, Boom Supersonic announced a partnership with 3D-printer-maker Stratasys. Meanwhile, Airbus recently debuted a mini 3D-printed aircraft. Boom will accelerate production of advanced tooling and production-grade aircraft parts using Stratasys FDM 3D printing technology. The first flight of […]

Why is CFD Hard to “Democratize?”

The structure of CFD codes will need to change before the simulation method will become widely available to many types of users and engineers, write two officials from Mentor Graphics in a recent white paper. In the engineering industry, “democratization” has come to mean making software like CAD and simulation software available to more of […]

Early CFD Simulation Means Better ROI

Many engineering organizations have moved computational fluid dynamic analysis to the beginning of the design cycle. Other companies find they can now afford CFD software, as it’s increasingly becoming integrated with the CAD packages they already use. These companies want engineers themselves to find and fix the design issues that contribute to problems with air […]

The Democratization of CFD: Taking Off

Like CAD, computational fluid dynamics, or CFD, is moving toward (buzzword alert) democratization. Once the province of a subset of specialists, CFD is now reaching an ever-greater population of engineers. But that change is happening slowly. At many engineering companies, product designs—especially complex designs—are passed to experts CFD experts for detailed analysis and study of […]

Siemens 3D Prints Gas Turbine Blades

Siemens Power and Gas recently announced a new breakthrough in the 3D printing of gas turbine blades. Experts at Siemens Power and Gas have full-load tested gas-turbine blades that were entirely produced via 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, methods. The tests were conducted at the Siemens test center for industrial gas turbines in England. […]

Siemens: Digital Twin Slashes Development Time, Improves Quality

Optima, of Germany, which makes packaging systems, recently created a digital twin of one of its transport systems by using software from Siemens PLM to digitally map the system as it moved through the design and manufacturing process. Engineers at Optima wanted a way to test, develop, and validate their designs digitally. But they wanted […]

Solid Edge Updated to ST10

The Solid Edge CAD system from Siemens PLM has been updated to ST10, with new features detailed at Siemens PLM Connection Americas 2017, held in Indianapolis last week. The updated tool now offers convergent modeling, which simplifies the capability to work with geometry consisting of a combination of facets, surfaces, and solids—such as those created […]

SolidWorks Introduces CAM for Smart Manufacturing

Gian Paolo Bassi, the chief executive officer of CAD maker SolidWorks kicked off SolidWorks World, held this week at the Los Angeles convention center, by introducing SolidWorks CAM, to help manufacturing companies with “smart manufacturing.” Smart manufacturing, he said, uses all the content in 3D models to: Recognize how features will be manufactured Learn how […]

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Stratasys Launches F123 Series of Printers for Rapid Prototyping

The three-dimensional printer company Stratasys of Eden Prairie, Minn., introduced three new 3D printers for rapid prototyping, which company officials say remains a strong use of these printers. They’re integrated with CAD software, so designers can take designs from their software and nto the real world for testing, verification, or even everyday use, says Rich […]

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Tailor-Made SolidWorks and Comsol Interactive Apps

Comsol, which makes software solutions for multiphysics modeling and analysis and for app design, has updated its LifeLink for SolidWorks product. As an add-on to Comsol’s multiphysics software, the LiveLink tool allows simulation applications that synchronize with SolidWorks to be accessed, launch, and run. With the app, designers can analyze and modify SolidWorks geometry from the interface […]

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Design for Composites Keeps Getting Better

To increase fuel efficiency and reduce structural weight the automotive, aeronautical, and other industries are turning from metal to composite materials, said Vinay Dayal, associate professor of aerospace engineering at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Dayal has worked with composites for the past 25 years on projects for the U.S. Air Force and Navy and […]

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MIT Class to Offer CAD Instruction for Boston Area Businesses

Because development happens quickly within the computer-aided design and manufacturing communities, MIT Professional Education is holding a one-week course this summer for those who want to learn more about those fields. The course offers an overview of what CAD and additive manufacturing is, what they can do, and gives a broad look at using the […]

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Digital Factory Software Plans Real Factory Operations

Contrary to what it may sound like, digitizing the factory, as it’s sometimes called, doesn’t mean replacing all the workers in a plant with high-tech robots. Instead, digital factory software can help ensure that a product is manufactured in the most streamlined method possible. The software, also called digital manufacturing software, extends the uses of […]

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As Metal 3D Printing Takes Off, Service Bureaus Add Those Capabilities

The metal 3D printing market is booming–as evidenced by GE’s purchase of printer manufacturers Arcam and Concept Laser GmbH. Also market research firm IDTechEx has reported metal 3D printer sales grew by 48 percent in 2015 and material sales grew at 32 percent. Those types of sales numbers should expand at similar rates of growth […]

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Cleaning Up Designs Before 3D Printing

Efforts continue to make 3D printing happen as smoothly as pressing the “print” command on a Word document. Problem is, the computer-aided models and designs created for 3D have to be cleaned up to ensure they can be properly printed. That is, the designer has to make sure parts of the geometry don’t needlessly overlap […]

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3DExperience Platform to Include XFlow Fluid Flow Simulation

Dassault Systèmes, maker of CAD 3D design software, is expanding its 3DExperience platform of design and simulation technologies to include computational fluid flow capabilities. The company announced this week it has acquired Next Limit Dynamics, of Madrid, which produces fluid-flow simulation software used in the aerospace and defense, transportation, mobility, high-tech, energy and other industries. […]

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