Mechanical Design

VCollab: Democratizing Simulation Visualization?

Conducting engineering simulations in today’s business environment can be challenging. Executives often give a begrudging approval to simulation teams to do their work. But its infrequent that those simulation teams are able to expose their work to the broader enterprise. There has been trends more recently, however, to expose simulation results in new and exciting …

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3D CAD Model Organic Shape

The Implications of solidThinking Inspire

This post covers the new topology optimization capabilities of solidThinking Inspire, including the implications for engineering organizations.

Leveraging 3D CAD Data

Have you ever read Evan Yares’ stuff? If not, you’re missing out. He’s a really smart dude covering this space. Evan and I got to catch up at the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress, where I presented findings from the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Study. A couple weeks ago, Evan wrote up his own analysis of the findings in a post titled Leveraging 3D CAD Data. And he didn’t just regurgitate statistics. He provided some pretty deep analysis. And it’s good.

Infographic 3D Collaboration and Interoperabilty Study

Transition from 2D to 3D Design Hasn’t Been a Clean Break for Most, Study Finds

In todays product-development environments, 3D models play an important role in design as well as the overall development process — there’s little doubt about that. But how far have we really come in the adoption and use of 3D data for product development?

Simulation CFD Aircraft

Continuous Systems Validation: Implications for Software Solutions

Continuous systems validation brings a whole new level of complication to simulation. In my first post in this series, we looked at how designs progress in various engineering disciplines. In the second one, we looked at how cross-disciplinary simulations are actually assembled out of these different designs. But furthermore, as the design progresses at the …

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Is CAD in the Cloud Truly Terrifying?

For the past three years, the CAD industry has been a really wild and fun ride. The ball started rolling with broad acceptance of Direct Modeling. It’s grown into a full blown peer of feature-based / parametric / history-based modeling. I think that technology has more maturing to complete, but its interesting that just about every CAD application out there now has some form of this capability.
The ball continued right along with 2D tools. We’ve finally seen this industry accept that, in some …

Simulation CFD NASA Shuttle

Continuous Systems Validation: System Simulation Configurations

  Ready for more system simulation?Well, strap in. This is where things get complicated.In the last post, we dove into the progressive means of representing and assessing designs in mechanical, electrical and software domains. We found that in each discipline, the representations changed. We also found that the means by which each design representation is …

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What’s the Biggest Challenge in Transitioning to PLM?

Yes, this is a pop quiz. Alright. Quick, now, think about your answer. Got it? OK, now, hold on to it. Remember it. Stick it in a safe place in your head.
Alright. Ready to hear mine? Let’s see if we agree. On the edge of your seat? OK, Here it is.

Simulation CFD Car Turbulence

Continuous Systems Validation: Progressive Design Representations

I now have no doubt left in my mind: system simulation is now all the rage. A few weeks ago, I hopped on the bandwagon to write on the topic. I published a post titled Systems Simulation: Far-off Future or Feasible Now? here at the NAFEMs blog. That post focused on how to build a simulation model that incorporates various digital and physical representations from different engineering disciplines. Its complicated stuff in its own right. In that post, I posed the question of whether were close to reality or some future vision.

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