Posts by Stephen Holmes

In-flight comfort - ESI Virtual Seat Solution allows design pre-certification for manufacturers

Published 18 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, simulation, automotive, product design, aerospace, vr, esi

ESI Virtual Seat Solution 2016 aids the design of transport seating - assisting with safety pre-testing

ESI Group’s Virtual Seat Solution 2016 now lets aeronautic manufacturers evaluate seat comfort right from the design stage, to assess the living space available for passengers, and to virtually pre-certify seats.

Reducing the need for costly physical prototypes - and therefore associated costs and time - the faster resolution means more design time can be spent creating innovative lightweight seats, while ensuring their performance.

With Virtual Seat Solution already established in the automotive sector, the new 2016 version brings in dedicated functionalities to benefit aerospace applications.

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First Look: Comsol 5.2 - variety is at the heart of this expansive new release

Published 08 July 2016

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Article tagged with: simulation, cfd, analysis, comsol, multiphysics

With a list of hundreds of new features and enhancements to Comsol Multiphysics and Comsol Server, version 5.2a expands on the software’s electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical design and optimisation capabilities.

While its myriad of add-on products have been ‘implemented with an emphasis on accuracy, usability, and productivity’, most CAD users will be interested to see the advancements made in Cosmos LiveLink toolset.

A new LiveLink app for SolidWorks, for example, lets users interface with SolidWorks directly from the app to modify the geometry of a CAD model and analyse different configurations, while more traditional CAD file import and export functionality has been extended to support new versions for multiple file formats.

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Crowd investment marks next stage for ‘clean CNC machine’ start-up Muncaster Technologies

Published 04 July 2016

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Article tagged with: autodesk, machining, cnc, muncaster technologies

Muncaster Studio series are looking to modernise professional quality CNC machining, while making it more inclusive

We’ve been keeping an eye on the progress of Muncaster Technologies’ compact CNC machine for some time, and thankfully its progress is coming on apace as it opens up for a round of crowd funding.

Measuring just one meter square, the compact, sound-proofed Muncaster Studio series machines will be able to fit through an office doorway and plug into a normal office wall power outlet - making it the office CNC machine of your dreams.

An automatic cleaning system deposits waste material into a removable, self sealing cassette, thus keeping your studio super clean and convenient, while it churns out prototypes from proper materials using a high speed machining process.

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CD-adapco adapts to life with Siemens as STAR-CCM+ forms part of Simcenter

Published 04 July 2016

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Article tagged with: simulation, cfd, siemens, cd-adapco, optimisation

Simcenter has absorbed the CFD and shape optimisation tools from the CD-adapco portfolio

With the acquisition of CD-adapco by Siemens PLM now complete the simulation company’s STAR-CCM+ is the first element to form part of the Siemens Simcenter Portfolio.

Version 11.04 of its leading engineering simulation solution, aimed at empowering engineers to make critical design decisions quickly, offers new modeling capabilities, improved simulation workflows and reductions in overall time-to-solution.

However, the big news is its unveiling as part of Siemens PLM’s newly bolstered Simcenter toolset, with Jean-Claude Ercolanelli, CD-adapco senior VP of product management, stating: “Siemens is building a powerful suite of simulation and test solutions, which advance our mission to allow our customers to predict product performance earlier and more accurately throughout the entire product lifecycle.

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Mapping the UK’s engineering supply chain to build a connected network

Published 23 June 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, uk, reshoring

Reshoring UK is aiming to map the UK engineering supply chain to assist designers and manufacturers connect

Leading industrial and technological associations have collaborated on a new website to help connect the various supply chain skill sets in an effort to the aid British reshoring of manufacturing.

From concept to product and process design, through process engineering, tooling and methods to finishing and inspection, all the way to delivery to the end customer, Reshoring UK already has 3,000 companies in its database, as it aims to help eliminate gaps in established supply chains or provide the opportunity for new ones to be formed.

The new website has been launched where localised supplier information for industries such as aerospace, automotive, defence, renewable energy and power generation, marine, medical, rail, and packaging can be found.

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7 women in engineering that you should know

Published 23 June 2016

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Article tagged with: engineering, imeche, women in engineering, nwed, wes, brunel, women’s engineering society

7 inspiring historical female engineers to celebrate on National Women in Engineering Day

In celebration of it being National Women in Engineering Day we’ve come up with a list of 7 different female engineers that you should probably raise a drink to today.

Beginning in ancient Greece, our list thereon is predominantly British female engineers that vary their skills from Indian railroads to manufacturing methods, eclectic designs to computer programming hundreds of years before the computer was even invented.

Here are 7 for you to remember:

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FeatureCAM 2016 gets new toolpath strategies and Autodesk A360 hook-up

Published 23 June 2016

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Article tagged with: autodesk, delcam, manufacturing, machining, cnc, featurecam, milling

CNC programming legends Delcam might now be fully absorbed into parent company Autodesk, but that isn’t stopping them releasing feature-packed releases, with FeatureCAM 2016 the latest.

New enhancements include the ability to automatically control rotational machine axes during indexing or 3+2 machining.

Machine limits can be used from a machine design file, by specifying custom limits or using the shortest rotation the machine can take.

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