Increasing design reliability with virtual HALT simulation

Craig Armenti, PCB marketing engineer, Board Systems Div., Mentor Graphics. Highly Accelerated Lifecycle Testing (HALT) is the gold standard for physical testing of a product to determine reliability issues. Deriving the physical constraints and fatigue issues for a design prior to manufacturing is essential to reduce board failure and improve product quality. Reliable products have […]

The Self-taught design system

Just where will artificial intelligence fit in with CAD software? Here’s a look at where developments stand now, and a preview of what might be coming. Jean Thilmany, Contributing Editor Artificial intelligence has a place in the future of computer-aided design technology, but right now, the role AI will play isn’t clear. That’s the view […]

Design Manager, STAR-Innovate add fully integrated design exploration, optimization to Siemens’ STAR-CCM+

Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research Two new, seamlessly integrated features in the latest release of Siemens’ STAR-CCM+ software for multiphysics computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation and analysis enable automated product design exploration and optimization. One is Design Manager, a capability in STAR-CCM+ version 12.04 that lets users easily explore multiple design options within their CFD simulations. […]

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 […]

Industrial IoT Acceleration Plans from GE Digital: “Maximize the return on your IIoT investments—accelerate your path to ROI”

Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research “Digital industrial transformation requires more than just installing new software—it requires the adoption and utilization of new tools and solutions across your enterprise,” says GE Digital, developer of the Industrial IoT platform Predix. “Built by industry for industry,” says GE, “Predix is the Industrial Internet platform that connects your organization’s physical […]

ESI Virtual Seat Solution helps JSP improve automotive seat manufacturing accuracy

Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research JSP is a global business serving the automotive, construction, civil engineering and packaging markets with a range of expanded polymers. When the company first began to embed plastic and metal components into its automotive seat designs fabricated in ARPRO® expanded polypropylene (EPP), its engineers discovered that this made post-fabrication shrinkage of […]

Dassault Systèmes partners with No Magic to develop robust solutions to design

Dassault Systèmes and No Magic, Inc. have entered into a partnership to join their expertise in the Model-based systems engineering field.  The two companies will integrate their industry solutions based on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform addressing, among others, the need for competitiveness in the development of connected and autonomous experiences in the aerospace and defense, […]

Siemens unveils Integrated Software Engineering solution for automotive embedded software

Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research The first fruits of Siemens’ 2015 acquisition of application lifecycle management (ALM) tool developer Polarion came to bear in a new Integrated Software Engineering solution for the automotive industry intended to address critical product development challenges stemming from the explosive growth of embedded software in today’s increasingly smart, connected, self-aware and […]

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 […]

ANSYS acquires CEI: Faster, smarter product decisions through engineering simulation visualization

Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research ANSYS acquired Computational Engineering International, Inc. (CEI), the long-established developer of a suite of products that help engineers and scientists analyze, visualize and communicate simulation data. Headquartered in Apex, NC, CEI has 28 employees and more than 750 customers worldwide. Its flagship product, EnSight, is a premier solution for analyzing, visualizing […]

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 […]

Boeing and Dassault Systèmes announce extended partnership

Dassault Systèmes and Boeing have extended their partnership. Boeing will expand its deployment of Dassault Systèmes’ products across its commercial aviation, space and defense programs to include the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform. This decision follows a competitive process that included the rigorous analysis of technical and functional capabilities, cost and business benefits across the value […]

Magnacad releases Magna-Catalogs collection to IronCAD community

Magnacad, LLC has announced the availability of their “Magna-Catalogs” collection  to the global IronCAD community. Magna-Catalogs are developed using only the functionality found in the core architecture of IronCAD solutions. By not using any specific programming language to develop them, makes them ideal for IronCAD users to adapt and modify to suit their own needs without the […]

Altair acquires Carriots IoT platform in bid for IoT leadership in PLM

Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research Joining the industry-wide race for dominance in tools to engineer the Internet of Things, Altair last month acquired Carriots S.L. The Madrid-based IoT technology company is the developer of Carriots, a complete IoT application enablement platform (AEP) to rapidly connect and manage devices, collect and analyze data, and build intelligent applications […]

Computational Acoustics Drives Innovative Design Solution

COMSOL has published a special edition of its annual publication, COMSOL News, celebrating simulation specialists working in the field of acoustics. Acoustics engineers shape experiences that create lifelong memories, whether it’s the hearing aid that allows a loved one to rejoin the dinner conversation, or those moments when you’re singing the words of your favorite song […]

Latest version of FloTHERM helps streamline user interface

Mentor, a Siemens business, announced the latest release of its market-leading FloTHERM product for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software for electronics cooling simulation. This latest version offers functionality aimed at increasing user effectiveness and productivity. It includes Command Center, which allows users to understand the product design space by defining variations of the base models. […]

Tebis introduces release 4 of Version 4.0 software

Tebis America, a leading software company specializing in CAD/CAM systems for design and manufacturing servicing the tool, die, mold, automotive and aerospace manufacturing industries announced the latest release 4 of its Version 4.0 Tebis software creates area curves during part comparison to enable better detection and limitation of modified areas. Design measures can be quickly […]

MapleMBSE from Maplesoft radically expands accessibility of model-based systems engineering

Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research Maplesoft’s just-released MapleMBSE, designed to help engineers create, maintain and validate product requirements efficiently and with fewer errors, is a technological breakthrough that for the first time lets engineering organizations adopt a model-based systems engineering (MBSE) approach to requirements management without forcing every engineer on the project to be an expert […]

Democratizing AM: Formlabs Fuse 1 makes SLS 3D printing accessible

Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research rinting systems that it differentiates as being both “powerful and accessible”—unveiled Fuse 1, its first selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printer. At the same time, it launched Form Cell, an automated production solution for additive manufacturing that uses the Form 2, which Formlabs bills as today’s best-selling professional 3D printer.   […]

Changes in CAD—what you need to know

With the March release of Inventor 2018 and AutoCAD 2018, it’s a good time to review several of the recently released major CAD programs. Here’s a look at some of the biggest enhancements and key features of these programs. Jean Thilmany, Contributing Editor CAD packages are updated with the same regularity as other major software […]

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 […]

International TechneGroup announces CADfix Plant & Process Simplification (PPS) Software

Global interoperability solution leader, International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI), introduces the CADfixTM Plant & Process Simplification (PPS) software solution. CADfixTM PPS is a new, user-friendly solution – built on a proven CAD model translation, repair, healing, defeaturing and simplification platform – to help plant and process design engineers achieve up to 70% reduction in engineering design […]

MSC Apex Grizzly: Structural analysis for massive assemblies

Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research MSC Software just announced MSC Apex Grizzly, the seventh release of its next-generation CAE platform and an unprecedented breakthrough in engineering modeling and simulation of mega-structures. Very large structures such as cranes, ship hulls, shipyard ramps and the like are typically massive assemblies that often include thousands of parts welded together, […]

Dassault Systèmes Acquires Majority Stake in Outscale

Dassault Systèmes today announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Outscale, a global leader in enterprise-class cloud services, thereby strengthening its position as one of the fastest growing cloud companies in the world that is helping industry innovators to digitally transform their business. Financial terms were not disclosed. Founded in France in 2010, […]

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 […]