Configurable 3D CAD product downloads from Miki Pulley

If you’re looking for Miki couplings, brakes, or clutches, Miki Pulley has CAD downloads available on its website: mikipulley-us.com. This 3D model interface delivers an intuitive, faceted search so customers can find a solution quickly. To select the correct product, you enter the product type. The search will provide varying degrees of performance criteria, sizes, […]

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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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Version 14 of TIA Portal is here

Version 14 (V14) of the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal shortens the time to market for machine manufacturers. This package focuses on diagnostics, virtual commissioning and multi-users. The technology update has enhanced energy management and motion control, cloud connectivity, and digital twin for virtual commissioning. Cloud-based engineering helps users access the ‘plant controller’ from their […]

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CFD for Solid Edge

Mentor Graphics FloEFD is an embedded computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution for Solid Edge software from Siemens. Users can simulate fluid flow in their design process. When used during the design process, it can reduce overall time to a solution by as much a 65%-75%. FloEFD CFD solution automates many CFD steps, which include transferring […]

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Smart wiring software

The Eplan Smart Wiring software opens new perspectives for wiring switchgear systems. A key feature is the system’s simplicity: the clearly arranged, touch-optimized user interface is suitable for mobile devices. The system includes step-by-step directions for the wirer. No schematic is necessary for wiring – thus making any interpretation of such complex documentation redundant. EPLAN […]

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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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Simulation Is Becoming Democratized—At Last (Part 1)

Software choices for simulation continue to expand. Here’s an overview of some of what’s available. By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research Two decades ago, engineering software developers launched their first efforts to make simulation and analysis capabilities accessible and safe to use by engineers and designers who were not professionally trained analysts. The result was […]

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Dassault Systèmes enriches computational fluid dynamics simulation on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the signing of a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire Next Limit Dynamics, a leader in highly dynamic fluid flow simulation used in aerospace and defense, transportation and […]

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GRANTA and PTC team up to provide materials data in CREO 4.0

Granta Design  announced that sample materials property data from Granta, the materials information technology leader, will be available to users of the new Creo® 4.0 3D CAD software from PTC. This addition provides fast, easy access to property data covering 117 sample materials, including commonly-used metals, plastics, composites, and ceramics. Creo users can browse the […]

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Frustum, GrabCAD Launch Quadcopter Topology Optimization Design Challenge

Frustum, a pioneer in generative design and topology optimization software, today announced the “The Generate Quadcopter Challenge: A GrabCAD Challenge for Topology Optimization,” via the GrabCAD Community platform. The challenge invites participants to use Frustum’s cloud-based generative design software, Generate, to optimize the design of a lightweight, 3D-printed quadcopter with topology optimization. Using Generate and […]

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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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Faster Design When Working With Large Data Sets: 2017 IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite

There’s a good chance engineering companies that work with extremely large data sets across both two- and three-dimensional environments use IronCAD for design. On November 30, the company introduced its 2017 IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite, which makes it faster for users to work with large data sets, thus reducing design time from concept to production […]

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Online Training in Using Autodesk (and other) Engineering Software

At Autodesk University last week, online learning and training company SolidProfessor told attendees it offers extensive Autodesk content in its learning platform, including Fusion 360, Inventor, AutoCAD, Revit, Meshmixer, 3DS Max, Civil 3D, and Navisworks. The company will continue to expand its Autodesk course offerings through its partnership with Autodesk and its commitment to help […]

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Updated EPLAN educational software comes with expanded network license

EPLAN launched a new version of its EPLAN Education software based on the latest release of its EPLAN Platform 2.6 suite of engineering software products. EPLAN Education Campus  provides a network license for up to 300 users and three instructors, a 12-fold increase in user access over previous versions. Developed for schools and colleges, this […]

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PTC Announces Creo 4.0 for Smarter Design

PTC (NASDAQ: PTC)  announced the release of the latest version of its Creo 4.0 3D CAD software. Creo 4.0 introduces new capabilities for Internet of Things (IoT), additive manufacturing, augmented reality, and model-based definition (MBD). Creo 4.0 aids smarter design with an array of core modeling enhancements and new functions. With this latest release of […]

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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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Mentor Graphics acquisition positions Siemens to become mechatronics engineering powerhouse

By Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research Siemens’ just-announced agreement to acquire EDA software leader Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion cash transaction positions the German industrial giant to make itself the unchallenged powerhouse provider of an integrated, end-to-end digital toolset chain for mechatronics product engineering. Mentor Graphics, one of the pioneering Big Three developers of electronics […]

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MSC Software democratizes vibrational analysis with new MSC Apex Fossa

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research The MSC Apex product family is MSC Software’s visionary initiative to make sophisticated linear structural analysis capabilities easily, intuitively and safely usable…

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CFD Embedded in Solid Edge

Mentor Graphics Corp. now has an embedded computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution for Solid Edge, the computer-aided design (CAD) program from Siemens PLM. As a front-loading CFD solution,…

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Napkins Drawings Move to Mobile

Microsoft’s Surface tablet will have another available drawing application with the debut of Mental Canvas later this year. The application is a spatial drawing platform that adds 3D…

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CAD Translation and Cleanup Without the Pain

Businesses that work with multiple computer-aided design systems need to move models seamlessly between CAD platforms. And Millbrook Precision Engineering Ltd., a vehicle test, validation, and engineering services…

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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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