Simulation Driven Design (SDD)

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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The Misnomer of Simulation Lifecycle Management

It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when we started hearing about Simulation Lifecycle Management (SLM). But blink your eyes and its five years later. When software providers first started talking about this type of solution, I remember there was quite a bit of confusion. What exactly does it do? Is it like …

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How Many of Today’s Products Are Truly “Engineered?”

Curious question, right? For those that are in engineering and have been exposed to the development of various types of products, you might have pondered this question before. It’s hard not to see other design and engineering processes and wonder what is the same or different. But for me, it’s a little different. In the …

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The Pitfalls of Multi-Disciplinary Simulations: Divergent Model Abstractions

For the past few years, most of the simulation and analysis industry has been abuzz concerning multi-disciplinary (MD) simulations, and rightly so. MD analysis offers a far more realistic view of product performance than one-off simulations. But despite the increasing availability of MD simulation capabilities, it’s not all roses. In fact, there are some serious …

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Kubotek’s ECO Manager: A Usable Difference Report?

Kubotek does CAD stuff, right? Walking into the Kubotek offices out in Marlborough MA, that certainly was my impression. But some two hours later, I left with a different one. Don’t get me wrong. They’re not launching a PLM product or anything. But their ECO Manager is far more oriented towards processes and procedures than …

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Modeling with Creo: Diving into the Details

It seems like 2011 is bound to be the year of CAD. There are numerous updates by so many software providers in terms of introducing new capabilities to their CAD applications. And none may be more anticipated than PTC’s Creo due to their publicly stated goal to revolutionize the CAD industry. Well, a year later, …

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3D CAD Model Turbine

Rapidform: Modernizing Reverse Engineering

Does it ever feel to you like there’s a disconnect between the reality in engineering and what’s most capturing the most buzz in the industry? Based on what you hear, you might think that engineering has gone to a completely digital process where nothing is prototyped until the last second in the design phase. But …

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3D CAD Model Wind Electricity Generator

Inventor Fusion: Direct Modeling the Autodesk Way

Direct Modeling. Seems like every other day there’s another announcement about it from a software provider. Some time ago, Autodesk joined the fray when they developed something called Fusion in the Autodesk labs. Curious about what exactly it would offer, I hopped on the phone with Rob Cohee, Evangelist for Autodesk Manufacturing (twitter @robcohee) and Garin Gardner, Product Manager for Inventor, to get a little bit better acquainted with it. Here’s what I found and my perspective on it.

Mechatronics Management (Part 2): Electrical Aspects

This series of four posts looks at the management of items, data and bills of material for mechatronic products. It is split into mechanical aspects, electrical aspects, software aspects and integrated aspects. In the minds of many, managing electrical aspects of products has, well, already be done. Meaning there have been approaches and technologies that …

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