Posts by Stephen Holmes

Roborace is set to tackle Goodwood FOS with autonomous hillclimb

Published 26 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: automotive, nvidia, siemens, 3d scanning, vr, goodwood, goodwood festival of speed, roborace

As a showcase of all the latest automotive technology, Goodwood Festival of Speed is a big date in our calendar - and this year, it’s 25th no less - will see yet another unique moment: the first ever autonomous hillclimb.

Roborace, the world’s first autonomous race car, will take on the famous 1.16-mile track guided only by automated computer systems and sensors.

This is no milk float - the car weighs 1,350 kg and is powered by four 135kW electric motors used to power each wheel, for a combined 500+ hp. An Nvidia Drive PX 2 computer processes Robocar’s data, which includes inputs from the LiDAR, radar, GPS, ultrasonic, and camera sensors.

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Siemens buy US startup that offers to spot, autocorrect and simulate faults in automated tech

Published 25 June 2018

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Article tagged with: simulation, hardware, iot, automotive, siemens, digital twin, industry 4.0

Siemens has entered into an agreement to acquire Texas-based Austemper Design Systems, a startup software company that offers analysis, auto-correction and simulation technology for automotive, industrial and aerospace systems.

The goal is for Siemens to help its customers quickly bring to market innovations in autonomous vehicles, smart factories and smart cities - with Austempers software adding state-of-the-art safety analysis, auto-correction and fault simulation technology to address random hardware faults.

“The Austemper technology added to the Mentor IC portfolio, along with the Teamcenter portfolio and Polarion ALM software, will give customers the ability to develop and test digital twins of their systems for the highest degrees of functional safety before manufacture and deployment,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, president and CEO of Siemens PLM Software.

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AirShaper launches pay per simulation virtual wind tunnel

Published 25 June 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, cfd, start-up, belgium

A Belgian start-up is looking to enable designers of all levels to access complex CFD simulation information for their designs with the launch of a virtual wind tunnel operated by an expert on a pay per simulation set-up.

AirShaper allows users to analyse and improve the aerodynamics of a 3D model in three steps: users send the 3D model to the website; AirShaper carries out the analysis and the viewer is sent the full report.

The report will list information about the air resistance of the design, 3D illustrations of the air flow, indications of problem zones and supporting explanations.

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Improov3 adds new collaboration tools for VR environments

Published 21 June 2018

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Article tagged with: prototype, design, vr, collaboration

Improov3 has launched with its native CAD viewing powers for VR boosted by a set of useful collaboration features - including voice chat and annotation.

Aimed at design reviews with 1:1 scale virtual prototypes the tool allows for online collaboration in virtual reality, letting teams detect conception errors and discuss solutions and design choices with everyone involved in the project anywhere in the world.

The kit works with standard head mounted display VR, while the addition of A.R.T. or Vive trackers allows for ergonomic studies via a virtual manikin.

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3DReshaper 2018 launches with new reports engine

Published 21 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cloud, 3d scanning, point cloud

Built for processing any type of point clouds in a wide array of 3D scanning applications, the 2018 version of 3DReshaper has added new features to make the software even more versatile.

From point cloud to deliverables, from engineering to heritage, from surveying to manufacturing, 3DReshaper aims to be the complete toolbox for 3D modeling and inspection needs.

3DReshaper 2018 offers a brand-new reporting engine, allowing users to create, edit, and customise reports from pre-defined templates or from scratch.

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WATCH // VW tackles Pikes Peak challenge

Published 20 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, automotive, automotive design, volkswagen, electric vehicle

There’s a huge amount of publicity accompanying Volkswagen’s push to be the fastest car up Colorado’s legendary Pike’s Peak hill climb, but thankfully it also throws up some cool design and engineering background, as well as some of the unique challenges faced.

The I.D. R Pikes Peak car will unleash its 680hp (although being electric, that means 500kW) of power up the hill later this month, but the likes of Ansys have revealed many of the simulation issues that have been worked on to try and be the fastest.

The unique track is 19.99-kilometers long and features 156 turns — climbing from 2,862 meters above sea level at the starting line to 4,302 meters at the finish line - with the high altitude resulting in about 35 per cent lower air density, creating different aerodynamic conditions than a racetrack on flat land.

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New Amazon partnership with Autodesk gives Generative Design new powers

Published 20 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, autodesk, manufacturing, cloud, london, tech, fusion 360, generative design

Autodesk has announced its new partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide the Cloud platform for Autodesk Fusion 360’s Generative Design capabilities.

As part of the launch, 1,000 new Fusion 360 Ultimate subscribers will receive 500 additional cloud credits to get started with the new design technology - on top of the 1,000 credits already provided - enough to potentially run two full scale part solve studies.

Launched by Stephen Hooper, senior director of industry strategy and business development for Autodesk Manufacturing, the news arrived at the company’s Autodesk University London user event.

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