Simulation Driven Design

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Do We Need a Functional Definition for Mechanical Design?

Ever had a topic that has slowly matured in your head? You get some kind of impetus, a conversation, presentation or something else, and it bug you. You can’t quite put your finger on it. But there’s something wrong. Then you get another impetus. It might be completely unrelated. However, it is somehow connected. And …

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

A Single Source of the Truth for the BOM Still Doesn’t Exist

It is crazy how time flies. Blink and 2015 is gone. I guess that’s what happens when you get busy. I hope that 2016 decides to pass by a little more slowly. But I don’t think I’ll have much luck with that. Regardless, I have a topic that I’ve wanted to touch upon for quite …

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aPriori: Adding Costing to the Engineering Toolbox

If there’s one finding that seems to be show up again and again in our research studies, it’s that engineers are seriously time constrained. There’s simply too much to do in too little time. That’s made me more aware of tools that can aid engineers do things at a higher quality in a short amount …

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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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