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, and thus present unique challenges in finite element modeling, model validation and simulation. Due to the sheer number of parts, users have traditionally taken from weeks to months to build finite element models—where this was possible at all—and thus found it a struggle to have time to model and simulate more than a small handful of design iterations. As a result, engineers were often forced to rely on rougher, lower-fidelity approximation methods to evaluate these massive fabricated structures. Continue reading →
Intelligent, self-aware and situationally aware products capable of autonomous or semi-autonomous operation—reliably and without fail, under every possible set of conditions and circumstances—is fast becoming a, if not indeed the, key competitive mandate for virtually every discrete manufacturing industry today.
A powerful suite of engineering modeling and simulation technologies to help fulfill that mandate will now become available from MSC Software. A unit of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, MSC just announced an agreement to acquire VIRESSimulationstechnologie GmbH, recognized and respected as a leading provider of a software toolchain that supports the development, testing and validation of automated driving, driver assistance and active safety systems. Continue reading →
Doug Neill is an expert in the aerospace industry, and a recognized, respected voice in the engineering community. He is best known for his work on multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) technologies in the aerospace industry, and for his involvement with various organizations such as AIAA (the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics), where he was a leading member of the MDO technical committee for two tours across seven years.
After joining MSC Software, Doug became the company’s representative on the Aerospace Flutter Dynamics Council (AFDC), a private technical committee focused on aeroelastic simulation methods for the aerospace industry. MSC is the only software vendor that is a permanent invited member of that committee, because of MSC’s expertise in, and early and ongoing commercial support of, the relevant technologies. From all his experiences—beginning as a technical contributor, researcher and aerospace engineer, to his management of contracts, aerospace vertical applications, Nastran products and now MSC’s product development organization—Doug has a developed a unique philosophical outlook on leadership.Continue reading →
Our take: The combination positions MSC and HMI to leverage many technology synergies that, if fully developed and exploited, will make the companies world leaders in solutions and platforms for mechatronics product engineering and production, intelligent AM, and the smart connected factory. Development and deepening of touch points with the Intergraph Process, Power & Marine offerings will also be fascinating to watch. To all who followed MSC’s recent turbulent ownership history with concern, the company at last finding safety in the hands of Hexagon, with its impeccable stewardship of many acquisitions across the years, will come as the greatest comfort and relief.
The MSC Apex product family is MSC Software’s visionary initiative to make sophisticated linear structural analysis capabilities easily, intuitively and safely usable by design engineers without requiring specialized expertise in CAE. Its sixth and latest release, MSC Apex Fossa, shipped at the end of September. Continue reading →
Democratizing 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 →