Prairiefire advances sensitivity-based design

By Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research Prairiefire Consulting is a provider of engineering consulting, application and training services based in Urbana-Champaign, IL whose differentiating expertise is sensitivity-based design. This approach to new product development focuses on product and process quality, with the goal of ensuring that product functional requirements and supplier capabilities are surfaced, quantified and […]

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Autodesk Announces Multi-head 3D Printing Software

Autodesk announced additional capabilities for its Netfabb additive manufacturing product at Autodesk University, held in Las Vegas this week. Enhancements include cloud-based simulation, subtractive workflows, and collaborative, multi-head 3D printing. The updates will formally be available at the end of November. Autodesk released Netfabb 2017 in September, a manufacturing solution that allows additive manufacturers to […]

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Maple Systems Launches Easy EasyAccess 2.0

EasyAccess 2.0 is a remote supporting service that accesses Maple Systems HMIs and connected PLCs from anywhere in the world. EasyAccess 2.0 integrates with a variety of displays including laptops, desktop PCs, smart phones, and tablets, making it easier to connect to equipment in the field. Accessibility from devices outside the plant helps OEMs and […]

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Autodesk Fusion 360 Updates Announced

Autodesk has updated its Fusion 360 product and unveiled new features and capabilities at Autodesk University, held in Las Vegas this week. The update, now available, includes Autodesk Nastran solver, two subscription options, and updates to computer-aided manufacturing capabilities. Because Fusion 360 includes computer-aided design, CAM, and analysis features and tools, it can connect the […]

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Comsol Update Features Rotordynamics Module and Faster Solve Times

Comsol, the multiphysics simulation software has been upgraded to version 5.2a, which includes  significant performance improvements and a rotordynamics module, said Svante Littmarck, Comsol’s president and chief executive…

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MathWorks adds design space exploration to Simulink Design Optimization

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research Last month’s Release 2016a of MathWorks’ Simulink Design Optimization software includes a new sensitivity analysis tool to support design space exploration. The…

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Comsol Update Features Rotordynamics Module and Faster Solve Times

Comsol, the multiphysics simulation software has been upgraded to version 5.2a, which includes  significant performance improvements and a rotordynamics module, said Svante Littmarck, Comsol’s president and chief executive…

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End-to-End Solution for Engineering Project Management Updated

The EPLAN Platform, which offers a uniform three-dimensional project-planning environment for electrical, fluid, and electrical instruction and control projects, has been upgraded to version 2.6. It brings together…

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Siemens PLM to name Hemmelgarn CEO, Grindstaff executive chairman

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research Siemens PLM Software will appoint Tony Hemmelgarn president and CEO effective October 1. Hemmelgarn is currently the company’s executive vice president for…

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SolidWorks: 2D Isn’t Going Away

Two-dimensional design and drafting is still a big part of many companies engineering operations, said Suchit Jain, vice president of strategy and communications for SolidWorks. An engineer at…

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SolidWorks 2017 Set to Help IoT Development

This week, Dassault Systèmes debuted the latest update to its SolidWorks computer-aided design system, which speeds model development as compared to past versions and acts as part of…

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Move from wind tunnel testing to simulation-driven design offers typical automakers more than 500% ROI

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research Moving from wind tunnel testing of physical prototypes to simulation-driven design processes can offer typical automotive OEMs more than 500% ROI (return…

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Inspection Applications Grow for 3D-Printed Parts

Three-dimensional printing systems need inspection systems tied to the manufacturing process, just as other manufacturing systems do, and those systems are increasingly coming to the market. “The final…

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ESI Pro-SiVIC 2016 models how sensors perceive scenes and smart products make decisions

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research New tools for development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous (self-driving) vehicles are highlights of Pro-SiVIC 2016, ESI Group’s latest…

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Report: Augmented Reality Set to Take Off for Designers

Business Advantage Group has ranked augmented and virtual reality as the eleventh most important of 15 CAD trends in its Worldwide CAD Trends 2016 Survey. But the technology’s…

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ANSYS, GE partner to bring simulation to the Industrial IoT

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research A top CAE vendor has partnered with a world industrial giant to help engineering and manufacturing organizations capitalize on the Industrial Internet…

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FeatureScript amps up power of Onshape

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research Full-cloud CAD pioneer Onshape amped up the power and utility of its software with FeatureScript, a new programming language that lets users…

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Embedded Control

Controllers play a big part in the coming age of the Internet of Things, in which sensors return more information than ever about systems operation. Mechatronic  design, the…

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Outsourcing CAD: The Good and the Bad

by Jean Thilmany, Contributing Editor Outsourcing CAD drafting and design can boost a company’s productivity, but firms looking to outsource should ask some questions and do their own…

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Drone Designed To Capture Crop Status

Cloud computing allows for design on your terms. Those are the words of Ian Henderson, chief executive officer at start-up Skybridge UAV, which is currently working on its…

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Medical Device Design: Balancing Compliance with Innovation

Medical device makers may put innovation on the back burner in light of the ever-increasing numbers of government regulations. Some device makers simply don’t have time to come…

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Six Sigma for the Engineer

The words “Six Sigma” likely conjure thoughts of a manufacturing floor rather than an engineering simulation. Manufacturing, after all, is what the method for eliminating defects is most…

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Cloud-Based CAD Set to Skyrocket

In the near future, many more firms will be embracing cloud-based CAD systems, with adoption of the CAD delivery method set to grow by 70 percent in the…

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To Share Customizable Designs

Businesses that share and sell excess capacity and use technologies to link buyer to seller are growing rapidly, as part of what Tim Fisher dubbed the sharing economy….

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

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research Source: www.siemens.com/press One of Siemens PLM’s hallmarks is its track record of outstanding management of its acquisitions over many years. It consistently…

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