Simulation Driven Design (SDD)

Update on SPLM Strategy for Engineering Solutions

It is that time again! Every year, in the fall, Siemens PLM holds an analyst event where they provide an update on their perspective on the industry, their overall strategy and updates for their products. This year, it was the week of September 7th. This post provides an update on Siemens PLM‘s strategy for engineering …

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Close Up on MSC Software’s MaterialCenter

We all likely can agree that design specifications are vital and should be appropriately tracked and managed. And by now most everyone knows that design simulation and analysis—with its virtual prototyping capabilities–cuts product development costs considerably. So what about material specifications? Though they’re just as needed as their design counterparts, materials lifecycle management hasn’t been …

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Altair Engineering’s New Release of Hyperworks

In the last month or so, we’ve had a a lot of activity in terms of new products and releases in the simulation world, including some that have been fairly revolutionary. So when the folks at Altair Engineering announced their upcoming release of Hyperworks, I was interested to see what they’d do. From my perspective, …

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Will MSC’s Apex Revolutionize Simulation?

"@MSCSoftware’s Apex is an effort to rethink entire simulation process” per CEO Dominic Gallello | #simulation (2/15) — Chad Jackson (@ChadKJackson) September 30, 2014 That quote is what kicked off my briefing with MSC Software CEO Dominic Gallello. If you’ve never heard of a BHAG, a Big Hairy Audacious Goal, then let me tell you: …

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solidThinking Inspire 2014: Refining Simulation Driven Design

Just barely over a year ago, I wrote a post titled The Implications of solidThinking Inspire, introducing the idea of marrying topology optimization with Direct Modeling functionality. A few weeks ago, they released a new version of the product with numerous enhancements. This post looks closer at that release and what it means for engineering …

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PTC’s Design Exploration Extension: Acknowledging Comparative Design

At practically every software user event, there’s an overwhelming number of activities. In the rush to catch user presentations, keynotes and product updates, its easy to miss a thing or two. At the PTC Live event in June this year, that was definitely the case. PTC was talking about the Internet of Things, Service Lifecycle …

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Granularity and Integration Aren’t Diametrically Opposed

Who doesn’t like a little debate? For some, I know, it’s uncomfortable. But honestly, it’s a good thing. It let’s you refine your logic, clarify your position and point out misinterpretations. Furthermore, it’s fun! Really, a little tête-à-tête keeps you sharp. With all that in mind, I owe a thanks to Oleg Shilovitsky, because yesterday, he …

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The Surprise in ANSYS’ Acquisition of Spaceclaim?

Back and the beginning of May, when ANSYS announced their intent to acquire Spaceclaim, pundits and analysts responded with a range of reactions. Some cheered, saying such a combination of geometry manipulation and depth of simulation technology was a breakthrough. Others groaned, saying Spaceclaim’s impact on true design would be undercut. And while I posted by own initial questions, I saw some real potential to solve a longstanding problem.

Simulation Needs Parametric and Direct Modeling

In recent years, much has been made about the relevance of direct modeling on simulation activities. Somewhere along the way, many have forgotten how parametric modeling is just as important. In this post, we’ll take a look at why simulation activities need to be enabled by both.

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