Topology optimization advances to support additive manufacturing

nTopology Element. Source: nTopology. (Click image to enlarge.)

Among the various methods for finding the optimal structure of a product or component, topology optimization is one that software vendors today are working to make more accessible and easier to use by engineers and designers. A key driver of these efforts is the surge of activity around additive manufacturing (AM). In marked contrast to the over-hyped but currently under-performing category of consumer 3D printers, AM is garnering high interest from manufacturing industries today because of advances in materials and processes that make it an increasingly practical method for manufacturing actual production parts and assemblies. Continue reading

Dynardo’s optiSLang now distributed by ANSYS

ANSYS optiSLang GUI. Source: Dynardo. (Click image to enlarge.)

Dynardo’s optiSLang software for CAE-based robust design optimization (RDO) will now be distributed and supported worldwide by ANSYS and its channel partners. “Dynardo and ANSYS contribute unique technology and expertise to this partnership,” noted Dynardo CEO Johannes Will. The new product, ANSYS optiSLang, applies Dynardo’s technology for sensitivity analysis, multi-objective and multidisciplinary optimization, robustness evaluation, reliability analysis and RDO to the ANSYS suite of parametric and persistent CAD and CAE modeling software. Continue reading

Democratizing CAE: Mini-symposium within NAFEMS 2016 Americas

2016-americas-slideDemocratizing CAE will be the focus of an extensive mini-symposium within the NAFEMS 2016 Americas Conference taking place June 7-9 in Seattle. Building on last year’s pathbreaking Democratizing CAE webinar series hosted by NAFEMS Americas—itself a follow-on from a seminal forum on the topic at the 2015 NAFEMS World Congress—the mini-symposium will feature a rich array of proof-point case studies showing how engineering organizations across a wide range of industries are putting democratized CAE into practice today (click session titles to view presentation abstracts): Continue reading

Unlock Untapped Value in Modeling & Simulation Investments webinar

A Hidden Goldmine: Learn how to Unlock Untapped Value in Modeling & Simulation Investments webinar, 10:00 am & 2:00 pm ET, June 1. Existing modeling and simulation tools are often under-exploited because usage is limited to expert or experienced users only, time is wasted by excessive manual processes, sub-optimal designs due to insufficient time for design space exploration, and inefficient usage of expensive software licenses. This webinar will show how two products overcome these limitations and unlock far greater usage by both experienced and novice users, resulting in increased ROI. Register here.

Should you buy design space exploration technology from a PLM vendor?

BruceJenkins_blog_May-2016_image1In its recent acquisition of CFD leader CD-adapco, Siemens PLM also acquired CD-adapco’s Red Cedar Technology subsidiary, developer of the HEEDS design space exploration software. With this move, Siemens PLM joined its principal PLM rivals in owning premier technology for design space exploration. Dassault Systemes entered the market in 2008 with its acquisition of Isight developer Engineous Software, while PTC has long offered an internally developed design space exploration product known today as Creo Behavioral Modeling Extension (BMX).

World-class design space exploration products are also available from a multitude of independent software developers focused exclusively on this area. On the one hand, these vendors’ commitment to design space exploration is effectively assured. On the other hand, many are small companies that must devote a great portion of their resources to software R&D and customer support; the result is often constrained marketing and sales budgets that make robust growth a challenge.

Being owned by a large, deep-pocketed PLM vendor has the potential to liberate a design space exploration software business from such constraints. But for customers, could there be drawbacks as well? In evaluating and selecting a vendor, buyers need to weigh the likely benefits of sourcing design space exploration software from a major PLM vendor against the potential limitations. Continue reading

Packaging SimApps webinar

Gaining a Competitive Edge in Packaging Using Simulation and SimApps™ webinar, 11:00 am ET, June 2. Shortening development schedules and producing optimized products are key to staying competitive in the packaging market. By using simulation and user-friendly SimApps as part of their process, engineering organizations can reduce the number of tooling and testing iterations, reducing both costs and time to market. Webinar attendees will learn the advantages of using simulation and SimApps in a typical development cycle, what accuracy can be expected from using simulation, how simulation and testing work together, what tests and manufacturing operations can be evaluated using simulation and SimApps, and how to overcome the challenges of periodic need, material data, computer hardware and software licensing costs. Register here.

DATADVANCE progresses pSeven at lightning pace

DATADVANCE is adding new features and functionality to its pSeven design space exploration software platform at a lightning pace. pSeven 6.6 Release was unveiled April 5, followed by pSeven 6.7 three days ago. Highlights of the two releases include a new interactive Predictive Modeling Toolkit built on the company’s pSeven Core algorithms (formerly called MACROS), new ANSYS Workbench integration, and a rich array of feature updates and enhancements to further increase pSeven’s performance, stability and ease of use.

pSeven 6.6 Predictive Modeling Toolkit. Source: DATADVANCE. (Click image to enlarge.)

Highlights of pSeven 6.6 that make predictive modeling and data analysis easily available: Continue reading

Design space exploration and design optimization at NAFEMS 2016 Americas

2016-americas-slideDesign space exploration and design optimization will be prominent topics at the NAFEMS 2016 Americas Conference June 7-9 in Seattle. These presentation abstracts from the just-published preliminary conference agenda promise a rich and rewarding program for attendees: Continue reading

RBF Morph showcases virtual prototyping and shape optimization at “Engineering Playground”

Flow streamlines in 3D printed model illustrate pressure reduction achieved through mesh morphing and adjoint CFD sensitivity studies. Source: RBF Morph

RBF Morph is participating in an “Engineering Playground” at Spazio Eventi Tirso, Rome, March 21-April 25, hosted by The Art of the Brick, a global touring exhibition of LEGO® sculptures by New York artist Nathan Sawaya. Says RBF Morph owner Marco E. Biancolini, “Together with my colleague Pier Paolo Valentini and with the support of our industrial partners HSL, Pipistrel and CRG, we have prepared six interesting pieces that demonstrate that engineering can be as exciting and fun as playing with LEGO bricks!”

RBF Morph explains that Engineering Playground “aims to present a new and visionary approach toward engineering. It is addressed to young and less young people who dream about how to become an engineer,” and shows how “the modern tools of Industry 4.0, such as virtual prototyping and 3D printing, are now so close to building parts with LEGO bricks [as] to make engineering an exciting and challenging game.” Continue reading

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