Video review: Computer monitor for design engineers and CAD/CAM work — BenQ PD2710QC

In a recent video I did with my esteemed colleague Paul Heney of Design World, I got the chance try out a BenQ PD2710QC computer monitor designed specifically for designers working in CAD, illustration, and animation. Most useful to design engineers is a CAD/CAM mode that renders better contrast on lines and shapes on technical

DC/DC converters put out 15, 20-W single/dual output in 1×2-in. footprint.

MINMAX is proud to announces its new MKW015M and MKW020M families of IEC/EN/ES 60601-1 Type BF Approved Medical DC/DC Converters offering 15 and 20 Watts of single / dual output power in the industry standard 1 x 2 inch footprint. Each of the MKW15M and MKW20M consist of 21 models offering input ranges of 9~18

J.W. Winco Strengthens Commitment to the Future by Introducing New Logo, Launching Enhanced Website

JW Winco, Inc., A Ganter Company, has launched an evolved company logo and website to reflect its commitment to continued growth and leadership in the standard parts industry. For over 35 years, Ganter, a global leader in manufacturing of standard parts since 1894, formed a synergistic partnership with JW Winco that has since provided world-class

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 […]

LimitState:FORM V3.0 accelerates workflow

LimitState launched a new version of its design optimization software, LimitState:FORM 3.0. The new version includes major enhancements to the tool’s analysis and interactive editing capabilities. LimitState:FORM 3.0 uses layout and geometry optimization technology rather than  topology optimization technology. This means that the time taken to deliver a viable optimized design can be reduced from […]

Renishaw Inc.’s new facility: more than a typical headquarters

Renishaw, Inc. is preparing to move into a new 133,000 sq. ft. office and warehouse facility in West Dundee, IL, about 40 miles from Chicago. The two-story facility will be the company’s new North American headquarters, but also includes space for product development, testing, warehousing and distribution. It includes the new U.S. Additive Manufacturing Solutions

New METAZA MPX-95 Photo Impact Printer

Roland DGA Corporation announced the launch of a new photo impact printer – the METAZA MPX-95. With its diamond stylus and powerful impact force, the MPX-95 can add custom text, data and images with photographic detail onto a wide variety of hard metals, such as stainless steel, iron, titanium and platinum, as well as softer

Multiphysics 5.2a focuses on accuracy, usability, and apps

Comsol Multiphysics 5.2a has a number of user-driven features and enhancements that focus on accuracy, usability, and productivity. From new solvers and methods, to application design and deployment tools, software version 5.2a expands the electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical design and optimization capabilities. Three new solvers deliver faster and more memory efficient computations. The smoothed

Predictive engineering analytics: Simcenter unifies, advances Siemens PLM’s simulation/test portfolio

By Bruce Jenkins • President • Ora Research One of Siemens PLM’s hallmarks is its track record of outstanding management of its acquisitions over many years. It consistently presents a compelling strategic rationale for the move, makes sensible, comprehensible commitments as to how it will operate and integrate the acquired business and its technologies—then follows

The 8 ways 3D printing is changing manufacturing forever

People debate whether 3D printing / additive manufacturing will really have an impact on design and manufacturing. Hod Lipson, professor at Columbia University, recently gave a presentation on why 3D printing will definitely disrupt what we know of today as design and manufacturing. Here are his 8 reasons. 1. No assembly required 3D printing enables

Simulation apps for the IoT

As engineers work toward 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), designers of RF and microwave devices can use multiphysics modeling and simulation of antennas and circuits, not limited to RF and microwaves but extending to the range of millimeter waves and Terahertz. The latest release of the RF Module in COMSOL Multiphysics comes with

Registration Opens for Introductory Powder Metallurgy Short Course

Registration has opened for the Basic Powder Metallurgy (PM) Short Course, the powder metallurgy industry’s longest-running course, which will be held August 15–17, 2016, at Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, Pennsylvania. The Basic PM Short Course will feature nearly three full days of programing focusing on an introduction to powder metallurgy ideal for

Additive manufacturing takes center stage

When Avi Reichental departed 3D Systems, you could argue that this move shifted the focus of the 3D printing market. Investors and vendors appear to have turned away from consumer oriented, desktop 3D printers and are looking instead to additive manufacturing systems. The emphasis now is on how can these systems be used in a

Optimizing manufacturing processes with lightweight data formats

The ability to access and share 3D CAD data is an integral part of design and manufacturing processes. When data must be shared between engineering and manufacturing departments within the same organization, or with the supply chain, translation between different CAD systems may be required. However, translating large amounts of engineering data can cause problems

Better problem solving for math, science, engineering

Maple 2016 mathematical software makes it easy to analyze, explore, visualize and solve math problems. This release offers new abilities to educators, researchers, scientists and engineers to solve more problems, more easily. It solves more mathematical problems from differential equations, statistics, graph theory and other mathematical domains. It also provides a Clickable Math option for

Autodesk and Siemens agree to increase software interoperability

It looks like software vendors are getting the message about ease of use, especially as it pertains to interoperability. For example, Autodesk and Siemens announced an interoperability agreement aimed at helping manufacturers decrease the costs associated with incompatibility among product development software applications and avoid potential data integrity problems. Through this agreement, Autodesk and Siemens’

Additive manufacturing accelerated with introduction of PolyNURBS interoperability

solidThinking Inspire 2016 introduces PolyNURBS functions, which allow users to quickly and easily flow optimized designs into manufacturable products by wrapping topology results with NURBS geometry. The PolyNURBS toolset helps users create geometry from optimized results faster than traditional CAD modeling. Other key updates for Inspire 2016 include: • Results Comparisons—Easily compare results across multiple

Faster mechanical design

IronCAD Mechanical add-on offers a library of intelligent tools such as standard fasteners, steel sections, pipes, flanges and a wide set of utilities aimed at increasing productivity in the design process. Because knowledge and rules are built directly into the tools, typical day-to-day tasks, such as bill of materials generation, component placement and sizing, are

Build applications that integrate simulation and 3D design

The LiveLink portion of Comsol Multiphysics software supports application development for SolidWorks. LiveLink for SolidWorks connects Comsol software simulations and 3D design. This version allows users to build apps with the Application Builder. LiveLink gives design engineers a better understanding of how SolidWorks software designs perform in the intended operating environment by delivering an accurate

CFD software saves 75% in prototype build costs

“Step-Change” developments in the accuracy and resolution of engine design company Ilmor’s CFD capability have slashed development times by around 50% while reducing prototype build cost for its 2016 Indycar engine development project by 75%. Ilmor’s engine design consultancy division has been responsible for the design of Chevrolet’s championship-winning Indycar engine that powered Scott Dixon

Custom coil auger helps save dough

Newcomb Spring recently supplied large, custom coil auger components to a national food distributor. Working on-site at the distributor’s facility, Newcomb analyzed dough-mixing machinery and previous auger components, created drawings and customized their manufacturing process for the new parts. Previous parts in the customer’s dough mixing machinery frequently failed, did not fit properly and required

Cloud-native CAD will disrupt the PLM platform paradigm

An illuminating blog post by Onshape engineering team member Ilya Baran revealed some fundamentals of how the new cloud-native CAD system works: “We are careful to distinguish several types of data: the User Interface (UI) state—for example, selection, camera view, current tab; the Part Studio definition—for example, feature list, part names and colors, import data;

MecSoft releases VisualCAD/CAM 2016

VisualCAD/CAM 2016 is a stand-alone CNC programming software. VisualCAM runs integrated inside the VisualCAD base CAD platform and addresses the CNC manufacturing market with modules VisualMILL, VisualTURN, VisualNEST and VisualART. VisualCAD/CAM 2016 has been enhanced. These changes include: enhancements to geometry construction and design functions in VisualCAD enhancements to 2-, 3- and 4-axis milling methods

Renishaw process control seminar heads to Houston

The Renishaw Process Control Road Show travels to Texas with two half-day sessions featuring metrology solutions to improve machining performance and increase manufacturing process capability. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16 at the Mazak Southwest Technology Center in Houston. The seminar will be offered twice, with the morning session beginning at 9:00 a.m.

3D printers prototype winding body for MRI scanner

3D printing is becoming a common tool for the design of prototypes for medical equipment. This includes, for example, the development of components of a patient table for use in MRI scanners. The specific project for Popp Group involved the development of a winding body for a rotating device, which later had to be fitted