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Siemens FEA tools helped create the extremely lightweight Solar Impulse 2 plane

Published 16 March 2015

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: siemens, fea, femap, aerospace, nastran, solar impulse, solar energy, nastran nx

Femap with NX Nastran is being used to optimise and verify the structure of first plane to circumnavigate the earth using solar power alone

Last week we published a blog post on the Solar Impulse 2 project and its attempt to fly around the world powered only by solar energy.

Following lift off in Abu Dhabi on 9 March, the plane has been to Muscat, Oman, then Ahmedebad, India, and is currently being prepared for its third flight to Varanasi, also in India. The team’s progress can be followed via the project’s logbook.

A plan hatched by the Swiss team and co-pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the aim is to fly around the world with the craft’s only power coming from the sun.

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Fusion 360 - March update - Rendering, Design, CAM a-go-go

Published 16 March 2015

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, autodesk, rapid prototyping, engineering, cam, fusion

In a bid to keep you up to date with what’s going on with the various cloud-based services and applications, we’ll be taking a more regular look at each major release or update as they roll out. If there’s one change that the rise of cloud-based applications will bring, it is the need to stay on top of things - annual or service pack releases force you to look at what each contains and find areas where you can change your workflows - when those updates happen pretty seamlessly, that’s going to become more of an issue when they’re every month or so.

So let’s begin with a look into what the March update of Autodesk’s Fusion 360 has to offer. We’re highlighting 6 of the big ticket items, but there’s a good anount of documentation for each release, available in the online help (which is here).

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DEVELOP3D LIVE to be streamed live across the Atlantic!

Published 13 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, develop3d live, d3dlive, conference, exhibition, d3d live, live stream

Time to settle down with the family infront of the live stream

Things are ramping up spectacularly for this year’s DEVELOP3D LIVE, so much that we thought we’d invite our lovely cousins across the pond to come take a look-see via the wonder of the internet.

We will be streaming the full day program from our main stage live to two different timezones (9.15am to 5pm EST, and 9.15am to 5pm PST) on 26 March

Register here to watch on 26 March!

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DEVELOP3D LIVE attendees to get two of the latest CAD softwares free on March 26

Published 12 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, cad, develop3d live, d3dlive, fusion 360, onshape

You choose - Fusion 360 or Onshape Beta - or both! Go wild!

We’re still left scratching our heads here as this is simply one of the best offers available to product designers on our small island:

Attendees to DEVELOP3D LIVE get Autodesk Fusion 360 AND Onshape Beta - for free, no strings, no money switching hands, no selling your first born son.

Turn up to DEVELOP3D LIVE on 26 March, and not only get the best design and engineering conference, with an amazing technology exhibition thrown in to boot, but go home with two of the very latest 3D CAD softwares available on the planet. All for free.

Still not signed up? What are you waiting for?
Register to attend for free here

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