Mechanical Design

You Might Not Know It, But You’re Designing Systems

Does your company need system engineering? That’s a basic question that an increasing amount of companies are starting to ask themselves. No organization can afford to really ponder these kinds of questions without some motivation. No, there’s a reason they are becoming introspective in this way: there are some serious implications of failed system-level prototypes. …

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Designing in Virtual Reality: Making Ironman’s Jarvis Real

Ever daydream about designing in virtual reality with Ironman’s Jarvis? Analyzing new technologies, this post suggests it may become reality soon.

Simulation Results

ANSYS’ Discovery Live: Promising Instant Analysis

Discovery Live is a new software application from ANSYS promising real-time simulation. This post reviews its capabilities and their ability to produce. If there is one commonality in most software product announcements today, it’s hyperbole. Trend X will completely change the industry! Manufacturers that don’t adapt will be out of business in five years! It …

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Terminology Trap: The Model Based Enterprise

Terminology. Terminology. Terminology. One of the base challenges that this industry faces is terminology. This space, software supporting engineering and development, is literally overrun with existing technology and concepts of how to use them. So when a software provider comes up with something new, something they don’t want the industry to see as merely an enhancement but …

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3D CAD Model Turbine

With MBD, MBE, AR and VR, the Role of 3D Models is Changing

There’s no doubt about it: we’re living in a time of change. Model Based Definition (MBD) and Model Based Enterprise (MBE) initiatives are gaining more and more traction. More manufacturers are seriously looking at Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) as a means to improve activities throughout and beyond the development cycle. And believe it …

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Simulation Reconciliation, the Series

It took me a while, but I reached a conclusion. More simulation integration is needed. It’s needed in a bad way. You see, there are a ton of good simulation tools being put to use out there. Over the course of the last year, I’ve been digging and digging into them. Some are being used to …

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Simulation CFD Helicopter Pump

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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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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