Daunting searches for XREF overrides are a thing of the past in 2018.1. (Image Courtesy of Autodesk.)
Autodesk has released the latest update to its venerable 2D (and 3D) drafting software, AutoCAD 2018. The new release, dubbed 2018.1, sees a number of tweaks and improvements to features that have long been standard (Viewport enhancements and XREF improvements, for instance) in the software, and a new “Named View” tool that makes creating drawings a much quicker affair.
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Now that manufacturing tools like 3D printing are capable of fabricating intricate geometries, generative design is all the rage in the world of CAD. There’s one problem, though. Most professional CAD packages, with a couple of very recent or soon-to-be exceptions, aren’t equipped to perform generative design functions.
High-performance isotropic plastic parts produced by Origin on a new process that will formally launch early next year. (Image courtesy of Origin.)
This may be …
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To implement effective model-based enterprise (MBE) processes, it’s not enough for a company to begin using model-based definition (MBD) and then send information-rich CAD models through the pipeline from engineering to manufacturing to the supply chain. It is critical for a company to ensure that documents generated in the MBD process are accurate and contain all of the right information.
Two companies in the MBE space, interoperability specialist International TechneGroup Incorporated (…
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Read any automotive-related article and I’m sure it discusses autonomous cars and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – the benefits, the challenges and what the future may hold. More and more auto makers are moving towards autonomous developing vehicles, but many of the systems that will eventually be integrated into these vehicles to make them fully autonomous are being developed today. In fact, you probably have some of them in the car you are driving now — Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, and Lane Keeping Assistance to name a few. These ADAS applications present a new set of challenges and require a multi-disciplinary development approach. You can read more about these development areas in a blog written by my colleague, Sandeep Sovani.
FloTHERM. (Image courtesy of Mentor.)
Siemens-owned computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software company Mentor has recently announced its latest version of FloTHERM, which in case you didn’t know is a CFD package focused entirely on thermal simulations for electronics hardware design.
The latest iteration is aimed at improving productivity and functionality, and one of the main ways that Mentor hopes to achieve this is via addition of the Command Center, which provides users extra free…
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Google Glass, the futuristic eyewear by Google that took video when you blinked twice – freaked a lot of people out. A new term was coined (glasshole) for the wearer, who took a risk of getting beat up by people who didn’t take kindly to being filmed.
While Google may have miscalculated its acceptance by the public and trimmed its expectations to less than having Glass on everyone’s face, the company never really abandoned Glass. It recently launched a 2nd version. This one ha…
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Simulation giant MSC Software Corporation made a couple of new announcements this past week, promising to add yet more functionality to its already powerful simulation packages.
First up from the California-based CAE megalith are a bunch of new features to its Marc 2017. Marc is MSC’s nonlinear finite element analysis (FEA) software solution that not only simulates manufacturing, but can also predict damage such as fatigue and crack propagation. It combines a multiphysics engine that allo…
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PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann, in the company’s Q3 2017 results earnings call, blamed “sales execution” in Japan for a $12 million decline in that country. It was the worst third quarter in Japan in the last 7 years, added Andrew Miller, PTC’s CFO. Something had to be done.
Hiroaki Kuwahara, president of PTC Japan, welcomes attendees to PlanetPTC Live in this 2010 photo. (Image courtesy of PTC.)
To remedy the “problem in Japan,” leadership has been shuffled. Hi…
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The vast majority of engineering decisions are made without the insights that engineering simulation could provide into the impact of those decisions. It is estimated that 80 percent of the total product development costs are locked in by choices made early in the design process — and subsequent analysis and optimization now has to live within the implied constraints or face very costly and time-consuming design changes.
With increasingly complex products taking advantage of advanced materials, additive manufacturing and IoT, this issue will grow exponentially as many more permutations and design options must be evaluated for any given product. The only way to harness the potential of these mega trends, and tame the inherent complexity, is to bring simulation upfront in the product development process. To design the products of tomorrow, leading companies are doing exactly that.
For organizer Dean Kamen, best known for his invention of the Segway scooter, getting 160 teams of 15 to 18-year olds from all over the world to Washington DC may have been his biggest challenge. He pulled it off with the first ever FIRST Global Challenge, just recently concluded, but not before causing a ridiculous amount of publicity, almost all of it unintended.
At the center of the controversy was a team of girls from Afghanistan that was at first denied entry to the US (thanks to newly ins…
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