Posts by Al Dean

Ansys to acquire material data management wizards, Granta Design

Published 24 January 2019

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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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Altair acquires SimSolid, citing ‘profound impact’ it will have on product design

Published 23 October 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, solidthinking, altair, inspire

Altair has announced that it is acquiring SimSolid, an FEA start-up that has focussed on a meshes approach that dramatically shortens the set-up and solve time for structural analysis.

If you’ve not come across SimSolid, we spoke to its CEO, Ken Welch a little while ago and he explains its approach nicely.

Welch said its tools are ‘a generalisation of classical FEA’ - “While it uses the same variational principals, the difference comes in how we build approximation functions and associate them with geometry. SimSolid doesn’t break the system into finite elements, instead it discretises the original geometry in a more abstract mathematical way.”

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Materials realism at core of Keyshot 8.0 release

Published 11 October 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, keyshot, luxion, materials

If you’re rendering sparkly materials, fluids with bubbles or other awesomeness, then this is the release for you!

Luxion has announced the release of KeyShot 8, which introduces a host of new tools and enhancements that aim to provide the advanced features and flexibility 3D professionals to create amazing visuals, while delivering on speed and quality.

While KeyShot built its reputation of providing a very efficient route from CAD data to rendered output, recent releases has seen the company start to introduce more sophisticated control over how both scenes are constructed and how materials, in particular, are defined.

KeyShot 8 continues much of this work adding advanced technology and features such as displacement mapping, materials with embedded flakes and bubbles, volumetric materials including volume caustics, liquid interfaces, interactive cutaways, interactive image colour and intensity curve adjustments, material ways for advanced product configurations, and much more.

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EDF signs 20 year deal with Dassault Systèmes to transform nuclear engineering

Published 03 July 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, design, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, dassault, 3dexperience, digital twin, nuclear, edf, capgemini

Dassault Systèmes, French consulting firm Capgemini and energy giant EDF (Électricité de France), have the signing of a long-term partnership agreement for the future of EDF’s nuclear engineering and its wider ecosystem.

The partnership aims to support EDF in the digitalisation of its plant engineering projects with the view to strengthen plant performance and overall competitiveness of nuclear power. parties describe the deal as representing “a major step in accelerating the digital transformation of the nuclear industry as a whole”.

In keeping with the terms of the agreement, EDF and Dassault Systèmes are engaging in a 20-year partnership that will sustainably support industrial projects using Dassault’s 3dexperience platform.

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Ansys and PTC work to bring real time simulation to Creo

Published 19 June 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, ptc, ansys, creo, discovery live

Ansys and PTC have announced a partnership to bring Ansys Discovery Live (ADL) directly into the Creo interface.

The combined solution will be sold by PTC and its partners as part of the Creo price book and will bring together one of the beasts of 3D product engineering and the simulation world’s hottest new technology.

If you’re not familiar with it, Ansys Discovery Live offers a new approach to simulation by taking advantage of the power of GPU computing to provide simulation results in near real-time (our review from the time of launch is here).

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VR wizards Masters of Pie gain £1.6M investment

Published 05 June 2018

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Article tagged with: cad, design, siemens, vr, ar, masters of pie

Masters of Pie, a London-based technology outfit specialising in virtual and augmented reality software for manufacturing and wider enterprises, has gained some significant investment, to the tune of £1.6 million from Downing Ventures.

You might have seen some of its technology being demonstrated, particularly by Siemens, which has integrated a set of it into NX (in fact, that integration was demonstrated on stage today PLM Connections in Arizona).

There was an announcement around the partnership between the two, but it didn’t see much in the way of exposure.

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Onshape launches Enterprise initiative

Published 24 May 2018

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Article tagged with: cad, design, cloud, onshape, data management, admin

Onshape has unveiled the culmination of 18 months’ work (and arguably, fruition of its plans since founding) with the release of Onshape Enterprise.

This follows hot on the heels of its Design Data Management 2.0 release earlier this year.

The idea here is that rather than having every user within your organisation, each with their own separately managed Onshape account, a master account is used instead to aid control and administration - and that Onshape master account also has some seriously impressive tricks up its sleeve.

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