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Global materials engineering group Wall Colmonoy streamlines casting process with virtual prototyping

With the ability to chain together results from simulating multiple manufacturing processes, and to couple multiple physics domains such as fatigue and thermal properties, virtual performance engineering leader ESI Group observes that virtual prototyping plays an increasingly central role in contemporary state-of-the-art engineering practice. One ESI customer making notable strides in virtual prototyping is Wall Colmonoy, a global materials engineering group with world headquarters in Pontardawe, South Wales.

The company’s European headquarters in Swansea, UK began using ESI’s ProCAST casting simulation software in 2016 to assist in design and manufacture of precision cast components, mostly investment and sand castings. The software aids in rapid prototyping, design and manufacture of precisely engineered castings such as valve seats for oil and gas, valves for homogenizers in the food industry, seaming chucks and rolls for canning industry, neck rings for glass container, and roll end bushes for the steel industry. Continue reading

ESI ProCAST solidification model of investment cast seaming chucks for the canning industry. Source: Wall Colmonoy Ltd.


ESI Pro-SiVIC 2016 models how sensors perceive scenes and smart products make decisions

New tools for development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous (self-driving) vehicles are highlights of Pro-SiVIC 2016, ESI Group’s latest release of the sensor simulation platform it acquired last year along with the software’s developer, CIVITEC.

Realistic 3D scene of vehicles driving around a city: ESI Pro-SiVIC lets engineers model how sensors perceive scenes and how smart products make decisions. Source: ESI Group

Targeted primarily at transportation industries, ESI Pro-SiVIC lets engineering organizations virtually test the operational performance of the various perception systems on board a ground vehicle or aircraft design. By helping engineers build realistic, real-life 3D scenarios and experience them interactively in real time, Pro-SiVIC is intended to reduce or eliminate the need for physical prototypes. The software models environmental factors that influence sensor performance such as lighting conditions, weather, and other vehicles sharing the road. The goal is to let users quickly and precisely study the performance of embedded systems in both typical and critical use cases, to ensure the product will be safe and reliable in operation. Continue reading

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

Design space exploration industry timeline

A timeline of company formations, product launches and M&A activity among design exploration and optimization software vendors maps the pace and direction of the industry’s development.

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Design exploration software industry M&A outlook 2015

After 2013 saw Red Cedar Technology acquired by CD-adapco and FE-DESIGN by Dassault Systèmes, mergers and acquisitions in the design exploration and optimization software industry took a breather last year. What could drive M&A activity in 2015? Continue reading

Design exploration vs. design optimization

Automating the search for solutions to engineering problems can take either of two broad approaches: design exploration or design optimization. Practitioners making technology choices need to understand which tools do one, which do the other, and which approach best fits their needs. A global roster of commercially available design exploration and optimization software appears at the end of this post. Continue reading