Posts by Stephen Holmes

PTC adds linking and tracing elements in Windchill update

Published 21 June 2019

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Article tagged with: engineering, manufacturing, ptc, plm, cloud, windchill

Following the news of PTC Windchill being available on Microsoft Azure’s cloud platform, the software company has announced further updates to its software management and systems engineering capabilities.

Windchill now includes built-in linking and tracing between its native product data management capabilities and systems engineering, requirements management, source code management, and testing – capabilities inherent in its current Integrity products, which will be rebranded under Windchill.

The Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform is looking to enable full product traceability and provide stakeholders with key insights throughout the product development and manufacturing cycles.

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Brazilian small aircraft company takes ‘absolute control’ of development with Siemens software

Published 21 June 2019

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Article tagged with: engineering, cad, simulation, manufacturing, nx, siemens, aerospace, transport, brazil

Octans Aircraft is using a swathe of Siemens software for the product development and testing process

Having invested $20 million to modernise its plant a few hours outside São Paulo, Octans Aircraft, a Brazilian manufacturer of small aircraft is getting a further lift from the adoption of solutions from Siemens Digital Industries Software.

The company is producing its first aircraft model, the 300A with capacity for five seats, which will undergo the certification process - and Octans plans to achieve positive results by reducing the time and cost of the processes through the implementation of its new software.

It’s fair to say the company has invested fully in Siemens’ product catalogue - based fully on the objective of facilitating the control and traceability processes of the project.

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Ansys partners with Airbus for autonomous flight

Published 20 June 2019

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Article tagged with: engineering, ansys, aerospace, bmw, airbus

Airbus Defence and Space will be using Ansys SCADE tools to help develop future UAVs

Just days after Ansys hooked up with BMW to simulate autonomous vehicle technologies, it’s back at it with aerospace giants Airbus for enabling safety-critical flight controls with sophisticated Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Aiming at autonomous flight by 2030, the partnership with Airbus Defence and Space will build on an existing project where Ansys software is being used to develop an advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicle that will be engineered for speed, safety and affordability.

The partnership between Airbus and Ansys will engineer an advanced Ansys SCADE tool that links traditional model-based software development with new AI-based development flow, which is described as ‘pivotal’ for driving the development, certification and embedding of the drone flight control software, accelerating its speed to market by significantly reducing development time and associated expenses.

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PTC moves to the cloud with Windchill on Microsoft Azure

Published 20 June 2019

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Article tagged with: iot, ptc, cloud, windchill, microsoft

PTC’s strategic alliance with Microsoft has ramped up a notch by delivering its Windchill Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution on Microsoft Azure.

Through the new software-as-a-service offering of Windchill on Azure, users will be able to ‘accelerate their evolution’ from basic product data management to enterprise PLM, given what PTC calls a “simplified deployment and upgrade process”.

PLM functionality is configured through an open architecture which promises to reduce deployment costs and times, as well as lower total cost of ownership.

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Leica launch new BLK2GO mobile spatial 3D scanner

Published 13 June 2019

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Article tagged with: manufacturing, additive manufacturing, 3d scanning, 3d scanner, hexagon, factory, hexagon metrology, leica geosystems

Those readying the factories of the future or simply trying to better plan out their workspaces should probably take note of the latest handheld 3D scanner from Hexagon’s Leica Geosystems.

A wireless handheld imaging laser scanner captures 3D environments while the user is in motion, and continuously creates a digital representation of reality in the form of 3D point clouds - perfect for judging how to set out your additive manufacturing set-up, let alone whether it will fit through the front door.

The BLK2GO’s compact and handheld design allows a much greater degree of mobility, and a simple, one-button operation and a lightweight design, it is easy to use for professional and casual users alike.

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Ansys and BMW partner for an autonomous vehicle technologies simulation tool chain

Published 13 June 2019

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Article tagged with: engineering, design, automotive, ansys, bmw, bmw i, autonomous driving, autonomous transport, autonomous technology, autonomous

BMW’s concept iNext could be among the first vehicles to benefit from the partnership

BMW Group has announced it is leveraging Ansys’ engineering simulation solutions and experience to help speed up the development of autonomous driving systems.

The companies have partnered to create the industry’s ‘first holistic simulation tool chain’ for developing Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technologies, with the first vehicle launch expected in just two years.

Before AVs can take to the roads in large numbers though, they must first support safety testing through rigorous testing in complex driving environments, including boundless road conditions and weather scenarios - requiring billions of miles of physical road tests that can be reduced greatly by digital simulation tests.

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Xact Metal enters UK market with two SLS 3D printers

Published 13 June 2019

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Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, additive manufacturing, tech, sls, laser lines, xact metal

The XM200S and XM200C machines from Xact Metal both offer a 127 x 127 x 127mm build chamber for metals 3D printing, and are now available in the UK via reseller Laser Lines.

Operating out of Penn State University’s Innovation Park, Pennsylvania, the Xact Metal technology is aimed at customers in high-performing industries where high-throughput and print speed is critical including aerospace and medical (XM200S), and for entry-level operators, universities, prototyping laboratories and SMEs (XM200C).

Both systems use a laser-based powder-bed fusion technology in which a laser selectively melts thin layers of metal powder to create parts directly from a 3D CAD model.

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