Solution Reviews

Altair’s OptiStruct: Functionally Driven Concept Design

Do you remember when the first simulation based optimization tools hit the industry? From what you might have read, it might have seemed as if nirvana had been found. All you have to do is define a simulation, define the design variables that should change and identify your objective and poof, the perfect design would …

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Tetra4D: Leveraging the Adobe Ecosystem

What are your first thoughts when you hear the words “pdf” and “product development?” When I first heard them together, I have to admit that I wasn’t buzzing with excitement. Sure, there are lots of documents involved in product development, but I there’s nothing specific about that for engineering. My general expectation is that pdf …

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The Second Incarnation of MSC Software’s SimManager

A few weeks ago, I published a post titled The Misnomer of Simulation Lifecycle Management to kick off a longer and deeper look at the current state of these types of systems. As a next step, I started looking at specific SLM systems to understand the differences between them. Two weeks ago, I published the …

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Nuage: The First Social PLM System?

Well, looks like we’ve got PLM systems coming out of the woodwork nowadays. We had Autodesk launch PLM360. We also had Kenesto preparing theirs for for release. And yet, now we have another one: Nuage. But this one feels a little bit different from the other ones. In this post, I’ll provide a little background for …

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A Look at Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA SLM

Earlier this week, I published a post titled The Misnomer of Simulation Lifecycle Management. There I covered some definitions of both Simulation Data Management (SDM) as well as Simulation Lifecycle Management (SLM) as a baseline to start talking more about the SLM solutions that are offered by different software providers. And if you’re going to …

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NX Simulation: One Model to Rule Them All

When you start looking at simulation software tools, you quickly realize that there is a lot there. There are tools for preprocessing. Tools to interrogate simulation results. There are many solvers. But one of the software tools that seems to do a lot is NX from Siemens PLM. Yes, the same NX that is also …

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What Wasn’t Said at SolidWorks World 2012

A few weeks ago, I attended the spectacle that is SolidWorks World in San Diego. It was an impressive event with over 5,500 attendees. But for me, I was struck by the notable lack of news. And that’s not a bad thing necessarily. But just because there might not be any explicitly announced news coming …

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Kenesto: A New Take on PLM

Well, looks like Mike Payne is at it again. The man that’s notable for starting a good number of CAD companies, including PTC, Solidworks and Spaceclaim, is making another run at it. But this time, it’s a little different. While I was out at Solidworks World in mid-February, I had a chance to sit down with …

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Knovel: Modernizing the Engineering Library

When it comes to enabling technology, it seems as if all the talk is about CAD, CAE, PDM and PLM. Just based on that, you might think that all engineers do every day is build geometry, run simulations and manage it. But if you’ve been in an engineering office, you know that reality is far …

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