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See you at NAFEMS 2016 Americas!

nafems2016americasThis week we’ll be attending, covering and speaking at the NAFEMS 2016 Americas Conference in Seattle. Hope to see you there!

Here’s a recap of our conference preview coverage:

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

Simulation apps shrink costs, time-to-market for packaging container manufacturer

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Product development process using product-specific, cloud-based Sim-Apps. Source: BWAY Corp.

Simulation apps are the latest development in making advanced CAE capabilities safely and easily available to engineers and designers. As we explored last month (New frontiers in simulation process automation), simulation apps provide sophisticated functionality packaged as easy-to-use, tightly focused apps that automate the design, analysis and verification of a specific type of product, often tailored to the needs and best practices of a specific user company. First the company’s engineering knowledge is captured as rules in a set of templates that automate the design of the targeted class of product. Then, in use, the templates call on general-purpose simulation and analysis software to drive automated CAE model preparation, physics calculations in the various disciplines involved, and presentation of results in the form of an optimized, validated design.

One company putting this new approach into practice is BWAY Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of rigid metal and plastic packaging containers for industrial, commercial and retail markets in North America. In a recent webcast hosted by the CAE professional association NAFEMS, BWAY’s Engineering Manager for Plastics, Forrest Burney, described how the company is using simulation apps to save project costs and shrink time-to-market for new products, as well as to gain more control over the design process by no longer needing to rely on outside CAE service providers. Furthermore, Burney says, “Because we can analyze more design iterations faster, we can do a better job optimizing the design up front and have a higher confidence level in the performance of the finished package.” Continue reading

Democratizing CAE with SPDM at GKN Driveline

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“Democratizing CAE” was the topic of a webinar hosted by NAFEMS on August 27, 2015. Speakers from software, services and engineering/manufacturing firms explored new technologies and methods to embed CAE experts’ “tangible knowledge and intangible judgment into a reusable template, extending this simulation capability throughout the product development team,” in NAFEMS’ words. A highlight of the webinar was a case study by Glenn Valine, Director Engineering IT at GKN Driveline, on “Democratizing CAE with SPDM” (simulation process and data management). GKN Driveline is a leading global manufacturer of automotive driveline components. [A recording of the full webinar is available here: http://nafems.org/events/nafems/2015/democratizing-cae/] Continue reading →

Democratizing CAE: Simulation apps offer potential hundredfold growth in CAE usage

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Source: Juan Betts, Front End Analytics

Democratizing CAE was the topic of a webinar hosted by NAFEMS on August 27, 2015. Presenters explored new technologies and methods to embed CAE experts’ “tangible knowledge and intangible judgment into a reusable template, extending this simulation capability throughout the product development team,” in NAFEMS’ description. Continue reading

CAE user stories continue to paint a compelling picture

CAE user stories continue to paint a compelling picture” is an informative blog post by the Ohio Supercomputing Center’s Dr. Alan Chalker describing how packaging container manufacturer BWAY Corporation is dramatically improving its product design process through adoption of simulation apps. The BWAY case study, and another by AltaSim Technologies, were part of the Oct. 27 NAFEMS webinar Democratization: Accessibility.

Expert knowledge captured and reused for design space exploration

This article is based on the Democratization of CAE ongoing webinar series hosted by NAFEMS.

Democratization of computer-aided engineering (CAE) is happening today, driven by the “appification of simulation” enabled by the rapidly declining cost of creating the underlying automation templates and web front ends for these apps. This new approach is a generational leap forward from the longstanding convention of creating simulation templates through custom scripting and programming.

A key result is automation of the exploration of a product’s potential “design space.” Far beyond just making it easier to apply CAE to narrow point goals in the design process, this app approach automates the exploration of a product’s entire design space across the full product development process. Continue reading