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Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA Apps on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Over time, Dassault Systèmes has been building SIMULIA apps on their 3DEXPERIENCE platform. This post looks at their capabilities and advantages. Last week, I shared some research and commentary on the current state of Simulation Driven Design as well as the potential solution going forward: Simulation Platforms. In a continuation of that post, I’m starting …

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Simulation Driven Design: Past Failures, Future Promise

Simulation Driven Design has long promised great benefits. This post reviews some failures from the past and emerging solutions with hope for the future. How long have we been contemplating the promise of simulation driven design? For those of you that may be new to the concept, simulation driven design is the idea of running …

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Email: The Enemy of Collaboration

Let’s face it: Design by its very nature is an iterative and collaborative process. In any design project, you will often try one thing to see if it works. When that fails, you try a different approach and eventually (hopefully) meet success. This happens again and again, day after day, as engineers develop new designs. …

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Iterating Toward Iron Man’s Design Process

Every time I watch an Iron Man movie, I drool. Tony Stark sits there, interacting with a hologram of his designs, instructing Jarvis to make this change or that one before offhandedly sending it off to production. Tony’s time in engineering has been reduced to developing new concepts and telling his ‘assistant’ how to improve …

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Supporting MBD with the Right Technology

It seems with every passing day, there is more and more interest in Model Based Definition (MBD) initiatives. Some companies are looking at it to satisfy contractual requirements especially in aerospace and defense. Some are looking at it as a means to become more efficient in engineering and simplify design management. Yet others are looking …

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ANSYS’ AIM: Empowering the Engineer

A software provider wants to enable common engineers to conduct simulations early and often in the development cycle so they can make better design decisions. Sound familiar? Well, it should. It’s been the goal of, well, just about every software provider serving the engineering community over the past twenty years. And what’s more, their approach has …

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In IoT Era, IT Becoming Fourth Key Role in Product Development

I remember back in 2006 when I first heard the term mechatronics. At that time, the term described a burgeoning concept that traditional products were undergoing a transformation. They were no longer just composed of mechanical hardware: electronic hardware and embedded software were increasingly part of products. That idea, of course, carried some serious implications for product …

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PTC’s Integrity Modeler

If you’ve been following some of the latest on new tools that help engineer’s design and develop products, then you’ve seen system engineering come up again and again. Processes and standards have been around for some time for system engineering. However, it has only been in the last few years that we’re seeing a growing …

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Workbench: ANSYS’ Simulation Platform

Concept design. Detailed design. Verification and validation. Prototype and test. Today, simulation can be used in each of these areas to great benefit. However, that doesn’t mean you can simply create one simulation solution to cover all of them. There are distinctly separate roles that would apply simulation in each of those phases of development. …

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