How to create molds in less than 24 hours

Whale, a leading manufacturer of water and heating systems for mobile applications, has slashed its lead times for the production of injection mold tools for prototype parts by 97% since introducing Stratasys 3D printing into its tooling process. Said Jim Sargent, 3D Technical Services at Whale, the company is 3D printing injection mold tools in

3D Printed pH Probe Measures Fermentation Acidity for the Best Flavor Coffee

When Stanford University graduate students Kristen Dobson and Calder Hughes studied how coffee moves from harvest to our coffee mugs, their research into the process of harvesting and preparing coffee beans revealed that small farmers lack data on a crucial step in the fermentation process that affects quality. Coffee beans are derived from coffee cherries

Sunstone Circuits is recognized as a Top Work Place for 2013

Sunstone Circuits®, a printed circuit board (PCB) prototype solutions provider, has been named one of The Oregonian Top Work Places for 2013. Companies were recognized based on several factors around employee engagement, direction, execution, connection, leadership, pay and benefits. The Oregonian newspaper teamed up with consulting and data-gathering firm WorkplaceDynamics LLP each of the last

The Pros and Cons of 3D Modeling Paradigms: Direct Modeling and History-based Modeling

Engineering is really all about problem solving. In product design, this means exploring, iterating, changing, testing, and changing again until an optimized solution is found, designed and built. To empower engineers and designers to be able to design truly innovative products, they need tools that are both flexible and powerful. Parametric, feature-based 3D modeling tools

Using CAD to improve free-heel skiing

By Michael Jermann, Assistant Editor Jeff found early on that if he had a fall and his bindings released, it was important to use runaway leashes to keep his skis from becoming hazards to other skiers. Jeff Cox, the owner of Bluebird Day Gear, has always loved skiing, especially telemark. Telemark skiing, often called ‘free-heel

Help Clean Up the Ocean

By Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor Recently when I visited Dassault Systèmes to hear about the developments to SolidWorks 2014, SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot introduced the press in attendance to Boyan Slat, a young engineer with a passion. One of Slat’s hobbies is diving. As he swims in various waters, he sees the effects that the

Ensure Tolerance Information in a CAD Model

CETOL 6s v8.3 software for SolidWorks can initiate directly from the annotations that already exist within a CAD model generated by the SolidWorks design software, reducing the time required to model the dimension scheme. This new feature also allows f2-way associativity between the SolidWorks CAD annotation and the CETOL model. Changes made to the CAD

Flexible Licensing for Solid Edge

Siemens is providing a new option to license Solid Edge CAD software. In select countries, customers can purchase a monthly subscription to Solid Edge. The monthly subscription license is available from the Solid Edge online store where customers can select from four different versions of the software based on the features that best fit their

3D Printer Builds Parts to Test NASA’s Spectrograph, IRIS

Final testing is underway on NASA’s next Small Explorer (SMEX) mission, which will fly into the lower levels of the sun’s atmosphere to use high-resolution images, data collection, and advanced computer models to unravel how matter, light, and energy move from the sun’s 6,000 K (10,240 degree F) surface to its million K (1.8 million

NVIDIA Unveils New Flagship GPU For Visual Computing

NVIDIA unveiled the visual computing industry’s new flagship technology — the NVIDIA Quadro K6000 GPU. NVIDIA also launched a new line of professional graphics GPUs for mobile workstations. The Quadro K6000 GPU delivers five-times higher compute performance and nearly double the graphics capability of its predecessor, the NVIDIA Quadro 6000 GPU, and features a large

Structural Topology Optimization: The opposite of FEA

Most of the big CAE vendors are enthusiastic proponents for the democratization of simulation. In fact, Googling the term leads to a treasure trove of results—and shows that each of the CAE vendors seem to have entirely different ideas about what democratization involves. While everyone seems to agree that democratization involves making simulation more available

Simulation with Nonlinear Structural Materials

Live webinar was September 18, 2013.  When the stress in a structure becomes sufficiently large, many materials display nonlinear behavior. Some materials may exhibit a nonlinear stress-strain response even at very low stress. Material models including elastoplastic, viscoplastic, creep, and hyperelastic require expressions more sophisticated than the linear Hooke’s law. This webinar presented applications of

Simulating Fiber-Reinforced Composites. It’s a multiscale world.

Composite materials, and particularly fiber-reinforced composites, present an interesting challenge. They have superior properties, compared to homogeneous materials, and have the potential to help engineers and designers meet increasingly challenging product requirements. Yet, they can be maddeningly difficult to engineer properly. To understand why this is so, you need to look closely, at the structure

Dorner’s DTools Conveyor Configurator and CAD Site Now Optimized for Tablet

Dorner Tools (DTools), the online site that’s home to Dorner’s conveyor productivity applications, is now optimized for use with tablet computers, giving customers even more access to the design tools they need to fully configure their belt conveyor systems. This new design and layout improves usability on tablets, and is more flexible to fit varying

Maybe you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on CAD/CAM tools

My friend Rachael Dalton-Taggart, Director of Marketing Communications at Geomagic Solutions (which is now part of 3D Systems), often has interesting perspectives on the engineering software market. Every once in a while, she’ll start an email thread on some intriguing or irritating issue, and include a bunch of industry editors/anaysts/consultants in the distribution list (we all […]

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COMSOL Multiphysics 4.3b Offers Breakthrough Analysis Tools

COMSOL announced the release of major new additions to the COMSOL simulation platform. The latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics, version 4.3b, introduces five new application-specific modules and expanded modeling and analysis tools. New Application-Specific Modules With the introduction of the five new modules, users in key application areas from major industries now have access to […]

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Keeping carbonation bottled up with FEA

Verallia, Saint-Gobain’s Packaging Sector, uses Abaqus and Isight to optimize bottle shape and weight early in the design phase. by Chris Hardee, edited by Evan Yares/Senior Editor & Analyst, Software To Dom Pérignon, the 17th century French Benedictine monk, the presence of bubbles in the wine he produced was a fault that often led to

Efficient, smart software

Automation Studio 4 has automated functions, true-to-life architecture modeling, version control, support for shared projects and simple object-oriented programming. Individual projects can split into manageable pieces for developers to work simultaneously. Integrated version control system ensures stability and consistency. Interfaced EPLAN Electric P8 allows synchronization with ECAD projects and hardware configuration in software. Communication through

The Future of 3D Technology From This Day, Forward

by David Reis, Stratasys CEO 3D technology is all around us. It’s changing how we design and manufacture products, make movies, heal our bodies and interact with the world. Work that used to take place on a page or screen now reaches into space. And faster than ever before, 3D technology is transforming our world. To

Thermal simulation for electronic systems

Thermal management of electronic systems is no longer something you can deal with by installing lots of heatsinks and fans, and crossing your fingers. If you’re building high-performance products, and you don’t want them to overheat or burn-up in use, you need to actually engineer their thermal performance. It’s in the nature of electronics to

How real people use CAD: Shane McKenna

In the CAD world, there are all kinds. Some people just use CAD as part of their job—in the same way as they use Word, Excel, or Outlook.  Others become power users, investing themselves in becoming experts at using one or more of the mainstream or high-end CAD systems. Then, there are the CAD hackers. People who […]

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GAM Gear upgrades web-based catalog with new features and improved functionality

GAM Gear launches an upgraded web-based catalog with new features and improved functionality.  The online catalog is a fully interactive experience allowing users to easily find products by browsing features or by searching on performance specifications.  Over 16,000 products can be configured to user specifications and then quickly downloaded in popular 2D / 3D CAD

How to Deliver Real-Time Concept Design with PTC Creo 2.0

Join Nout Van Heumen for a 30-minute discussion on the importance of real-time concept design and the tools he uses in the overall innovation and product development process. Nout is a Dutch industrial designer and engineer with a long legacy of meaningful results through his innovative real-time concept design approach. His work at HSV Packaging

PHD Inc. Moblie Sales Configurator App Powered by CADENAS PARTsolutions

CADENAS PARTsolutions and PHD Inc. are expanding their CAD Sales Configurator with a 3D mobile app. CADENAS PARTsolutions has created a custom 3D CAD mobile app specifically designed for PHD Inc. The app, built for use with the Apple iPhone and iPad, will enable users to instantly access a complete catalog of 3D models, optimized

Understanding Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

“Since the late 1950s, we’ve reduced fuel burn of airplanes per passenger-mile by over 80 percent,” says Joaquim Martins, a professor of Aerospace Engineering at University of Michigan. While more efficient engines get credit for a 50% savings, the balance comes from lighter, higher capacity, and more aerodynamic airframe designs. When designing airframes, designers focus