Seamplex readies CAEplex: Web front end for open-source engineering modeling codes on the cloud

Seamplex, the latest entrant in the burgeoning market for cloud-based engineering modeling Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), is readying for release next month an offering it brands as CAEplex, a web front end for open-source engineering computational codes running on the cloud. The company describes its product as “the first platform designed from the back end outward, embedding the UNIX philosophy in its design basis to write an easy-to-use yet flexible and powerful tool for engineers.” Continue reading

CAEplex workflow Step 1. Source: Seamplex

Romax Technology enters global agreement with Rolls-Royce plc to optimize aircraft engine development

Romax Technology, a leading global provider of software and services for design and optimization of gearbox, bearing and driveline systems, signed a global supply agreement with Rolls-Royce plc to help the aircraft engine maker advance its product design and development processes.

Use of RomaxDESIGNER to develop designs, working with other CAD and finite element applications throughout the design and development process. Source: Romax Technology

Building on Romax’s longstanding relationship with Rolls-Royce, which dates to 1996, the new agreement will provide Rolls-Royce’s facilities in the U.K., Germany and the U.S. with advanced engineering software and consultancy services to help improve design and development processes for both existing and next-generation aircraft engines.

Romax Global VP for Aerospace Younsu Park commented, “At Romax we have a trusted track record when it comes to understanding and developing technologies which can optimize the design process. This is an incredibly exciting time for our aerospace business. We are providing Rolls-Royce with our world-class solutions to enable faster, more accurately and cost-effectively designed aero engines.”

Romax software solutions support and improve the end-to-end engineering design and optimization of gearbox, bearing and driveline systems. Major manufacturers increasingly use the company’s software as the backbone for their entire transmission design and analysis process. Romax says its know-how, coupled with its software suite, offers customers smarter ways to analyze, design and optimize gearboxes, bearings and drivetrains.

See also Comet & EASA partner with Romax to appify & democratize drivetrain & gearbox CAE.

ESI MINESET brings big-data analytics to virtual performance engineering

In February 2016 ESI Group acquired big-data visual analytics and machine learning specialist Mineset Inc. from SGI, terming the move a “disruptive approach to amplify ESI Group’s virtual engineering solutions, providing transformative processes for design and manufacturing, leveraging big-data synergies with existing virtual prototyping technologies, and offering major analytics and pattern recognition value-creation opportunities.” Continue reading

ESI MINESET. Source: ESI Group

Simulation is becoming democratized—at last (Part 1)

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 a wave of CAD-integrated finite element analysis (FEA) applications that were made usable and safe for non-analysts by having their functionality sharply curtailed in comparison with traditional full-featured FEA software intended for specialist users.

After early enthusiasm, more and more buyers as well as prospects evaluating those volume-market FEA products began to conclude that, in being made safe for generalist users, the tools had been dumbed down to the point of delivering disappointingly less value than users had hoped for. Although they did find some adherents, the result in many engineering organizations was widespread and longstanding disillusionment with the idea of trying to de-bottleneck product development and get more value from simulation by expanding its use beyond the analysis department.

However, across the past handful of years, a wealth of new technological avenues are at last making advanced simulation capabilities accessible, practical and safe for use by non-analyst engineers and designers in ways that no longer depend on neutering their function. These include: far more sophisticated and intelligent CAD/CAE interconnection than those early attempts, meshless structural analysis and other techniques to simplify and accelerate problem setup, very affordable cloud-based HPC (high-performance computing) resources, and a rising wave of new fit-for-purpose vertical simulation “apps.” Continue reading

Optimization of a robot gripper claw in solidThinking Inspire resulted in 35%+ mass reduction. Source: solidThinking
Autodesk Inventor’s Shape Generator helps engineers design structurally efficient, lightweight parts right within their CAD system. Source: Autodesk

Design optimization: Past, present and future

Size optimization with Tosca Structure done on a vehicle model developed by The National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC) of The George Washington University under a contract with the FHWA and NHTSA of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation. Source: Dassault Systèmes

Design space exploration and design optimization software tools let engineers systematically and automatically investigate very large numbers of design alternatives to identify those with the most optimal performance parameters. Many of the quantitative and algorithmic methods that underpin design exploration and optimization have been long known—and sometimes applied—in cases where the attendant costs in expertise, time and labor could be justified. What’s changing now is the way that fresh software technologies are transforming these powerful but formerly difficult-to-apply methods into practical, everyday engineering aids. Continue reading

Prairiefire advances sensitivity-based design

Sensitivity-based design workflow. Source: Prairiefire Consulting

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 managed in every phase from concept engineering through manufacturing execution. Continue reading

Source: Prairiefire Consulting


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