Simcenter 3D update focusses on faster modelling and more accurate simulations

Published 31 January 2019

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, siemens, tech, simcenter

In the latest release of Simcenter 3D (2019.1), Siemens PLM Software introduces new, cutting-edge simulation capabilities, along with stronger connections to the broader Simcenter portfolio (That portfolio includes the likes of Femap, Madymo, STAR-CCM+, Flotherm as well as all of the tools from the LMS acquisition for physical testing).

For those that are additive curious, it’s also worth noting that the solution set has also been updated to include simulation of the additive manufacturing process, as well as more traditional engineering simulation tools to cover transmission simulation, aero-structure margin of safety analysis and fluid-structure interaction.

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Cortime brings product risk assessment analysis into SolidWorks

Published 30 January 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, solidworks, design, manufacturing, optimisation, cortime

Users of SolidWorks will for the first time be able to simplify, optimise and perform risk assessments on a design in one integrated tool, thanks to a new plug-in from Cortime.

‘Robust design’ is used to determine the impact of controllable and uncontrollable factors on a design, with Cortime allowing the user to be able to quantify the risk of design failure and avoid nasty surprises later in process.

For example, an engineer can use the probability of failures as objectives when optimising their designs, leading to fewer design failures and a shortened development cycle.

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Creative Fields launches latest version of its advanced meshing software

Published 30 January 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, cfd, london, creative fields

The latest meshing tools from Creative Fields

CF-MESH+ 2.2 has been launched by London-based Creative Fields as it advances its tools and functionalities with added automation for generation of CFD meshes in arbitrary complex geometries for industrial interest.

The latest software comprises of advanced meshing workflows that can reportedly generate meshes with millions of cells within minutes, headed up by an easy-to-use front-end interface that hopes to create a better user experience and efficiency.

CF-MESH+ 2.2 features advanced meshing capabilities that allow for generation in a ‘fully automatic fashion’, while the UI makes it suitable for novice users.

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Ansys to acquire material data management wizards, Granta Design

Published 24 January 2019

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, ansys, granta design, acquisition

Ansys has just announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire material selection specialists, Granta Design. For those working in materials and their data management, this is a fascinating move. For those that aren’t familiar with Granta Design, chances are that if you’ve been through the university system and studied materials selection, chances are you’ve come across the work of Mike Ashby and David Cebon’s seminal textbooks on materials selection - and the associated Cambridge Engineering Selector software.

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Protolabs boosts its additive manufacturing with new materials

Published 23 January 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rapid prototyping, automotive, additive manufacturing, materials, aerospace, protolabs, metals, sls

Inconel 718 has been added to Protolabs’ materials list

Protolabs’ growing range of metals available for its direct metal laser sintering service already includes Aluminium, 316 Stainless Steel, Titanium and now fits Inconel 718 and Maraging Steel 1.2709 into the mix,

As a nickel-based heat resistant alloy, Inconel 718 is high strength, corrosion resistant and can be used at temperatures between -252°C and 704°C - think space rocket engines - crazy capabilities and ones that take a great deal of expertise and post processing to get right.

Maraging Steel 1.2709 is a pre-alloyed ultra-high strength steel in fine powder form, with applications in tooling, aerospace and motorsports due to its mechanical properties and easy thermal age-hardening process.

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How the redesign of a plane wing-tip has saved 95 million tonnes of CO2

Published 21 January 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, aerospace, boeing, aerodynamics

Aviation Partners’ super economical Split Scimitar Winglet

The next time you have a window seat on a flight, check out the very end of the aircraft wing for a guide to how economical your trip is about to be.

The latest design from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB), a Seattle based joint venture between Aviation Partners and Boeing, is redefining the aerodynamics of an aircraft through the reshaping of the wing tip.

Aviation Partners’ Blended Winglets have already demonstrated more than 60 per cent greater effectiveness over similar sized winglets with angular transitions, but now its Split Scimitar Winglet is going a step further, reducing Boeing’s Next-Generation 737 block fuel consumption by an additional 2.2 per cent over the Blended option.

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Solidscape reappears with new desktop DLP 3D Printer

Published 16 January 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, stratasys, solidscape, prodways

When Prodways picked up established lost wax casting 3D printer company Solidscape from Stratasys midway through last year, few were thinking we’d see a new machine arrive so early, let alone in a new sector.

The first SLA 3D printer under the Solidscape brand, will hit the market at the beginning of Q2 2019, and is set to maintain the company’s close ties to jewellery design with the new SolidscapeDL model’s castable resins.

The machine will use a DLP engine, developed from Prodways’ MOVINGLight production scale machine series; and resins developed by Deltamed, Prodways’ UV light curing materials arm, and has more than a few similarities with Prodways’ ProMaker LD3 DLP 3D Printer launched in June 2018.

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