Thursday April 24, 2014

3D CAD News

Hybrid Hex-Tet Meshing in Latest Pointwise Release

Pointwise

Pointwise announces the latest release of its Pointwise computational fluid dynamics (CFD) meshing software featuring an extension of the company’s advanced T-Rex hybrid meshing technique to generate near-wall layers of hexahedral cells. “As our T-Rex technique for generating hybrid prism-tet meshes with boundary layer resolution continued to evolve, our customers collectively expressed a strong interest in using hex cells in the boundary layer instead of prisms,” said... Read More


5 Steps to Better CAD File Management

GrabCAD's Workbench is a cloud-based file management solution that is available for users on a monthly basis for $59 (Professional) or $89 (Enterprise).

A problem that plagues most engineering departments is a lack of any type of structured management of CAD files. Individual engineers might deploy what they regard as a very organized way to manage their own files, giving each meaningful file names and storing them on their hard drive. The problems arise, however, when those files must be shared and worked on by other engineers. As the number of engineers working on any one project increases, managing those files in a directory... Read More


PartMaker Releases 3D CAD for CAM Software

PartMaker Modeling 2014 is a 3D modeling tool developed specifically for the needs of CNC machinists.

Problems and errors often arise when 3D CAD models are moved into the manufacturing environment. For years the various software systems used in design and manufacturing spoke different languages so 3D CAD models often needed to be translated or dumbed down before being used as input by CAM software, which often resulted in errors on the shop floor. Bridging the CAD-to-CAM divide PartMaker, a division of Autodesk’s Delcam unit, hopes to change all that by creating 3D CAD... Read More


3 Ways to Improve the Development of Product Requirements

Cross-functional teams should be assembled to create a product requirements document.

Long before the successful launch of any new product, a team is assembled to create a working document that captures all of the product’s requirements. This document encapsulates all the customer’s needs and wants into a definitive description of the new product’s capabilities. Once developed, this becomes the roadmap the design team will follow to ensure that the resulting product matches its intended requirements. Kalypso, an innovation consulting firm, conducted... Read More


Debating the Most Efficient Way to Go from Concept to Documentation

This concept design for Yamaha was created by a Alberto Agnari. It included concept boards, sketches and traditional and digital renderings.

The conceptual phase of design is the only one within the product development window that must be inherently fluid, and in a sense, should be done in a leisurely manner. What, you ask? The word “leisure” is probably not used often when it comes to designing products, right? OK, let me explain. In order to fully evaluate a suitable number of potential design concepts, engineers and designers must have the luxury of time. After all, how can you determine an optimum... Read More


3 Ways Engineers can Implement Sustainable Design

A new bioplastic derived from popanediol (PDO) obtained from bacterial fermentation of corn sugar  is being used in the frames of Smith Optics' Prodigy ski goggles.

Good product designs provide for the needs and desires of its projected users. Increasingly those users want products that don’t just fit their needs, but are good for the environment as well. By adding the principles of sustainable design to the design and manufacturing processes, engineers can not only create products that are more sustainable, but can save their companies money by reducing waste and avoiding costly litigation. The broadening of design intent—beyond aesthetics... Read More


A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: Why Rendering is Increasingly Important to Product Development

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Engineers increasingly use rendering tools to create photorealistic visualizations of products as they evolve throughout development to speed concept approvals, identify problems, and sell products. We’ve all seen them; glossy, slick, perfectly lit product shots that look as if they were taken with a pricey, high-end camera. The vast majority of the time those product shots aren’t real at all, but rather computer-generated, photorealistic renderings of products, many of which... Read More


Autodesk Ships Integrated CAM Package For Inventor

Autodesk now has a commercially available, integrated CAM software for Inventor users.

There has been a real need in the manufacturing industry among users to have a tightly integrated CAM package that works hand in hand with users’ CAD systems. Users wanted CAM functionality but didn’t want to learn a whole new tool. Today, Autodesk announces that Inventor users now have such a package. Autodesk got to this point after a key acquisition in October 2012 of HSMWorks technology, which was originally developed for SolidWorks users. Though there was skepticism... Read More


Product Design with Sustainability in Mind

Sustainable design means taking into account not just the materials used in a product's design but how it's manufactured, powered, transported, used and disposed of at end of life.

I think Kermit said it best: “it ain’t easy being green.” This is certainly true of designing greener, or more sustainable, products as well. The good news is that there are many new tools that are making it easier for product designers to keep sustainability front of mind when embarking on the design of a new product. By definition, sustainable product design consists of a set of objectives to reduce the use of nonrenewable resources. Improving sustainability... Read More


Dassault Ships Mechanical Conceptual

Mechanical Conceptual will help key design participants collaborate on designs early and throughout  the design cycle.

Though it was announced back in January at SolidWorks World, Dassault Systemes today announces that Mechanical Conceptual is now available. The first SolidWorks application on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Mechanical Conceptual has already been hard at work in production environments at numerous customer sites. Touted to be more social and conceptual, the software is expected to greatly facilitate design collaboration among key design contributors through its use of Dassault’s... Read More


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Siemens PLM

Debating the Most Efficient Way to Go from Concept to Documentation

This concept design for Yamaha was created by a Alberto Agnari. It included concept boards, sketches and traditional and digital renderings.

The conceptual phase of design is the only one within the product development window that must be inherently fluid, and in a sense, should be done in a leisurely manner. What, you ask? The word “leisure” is probably not used often when it comes to designing products, right? OK, let me explain. In order to […]

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Pro/Engineer

The failed promise of parametric CAD, final chapter: A viable solution

Model reuse

What is the failed promise of parametric CAD? In short, model reuse. It’s a lot more difficult than it ought to be, for a variety of reasons. Several months back, I wrote a series of articles discussing those reasons, as well as some of the solutions that have come up over the years.  What was missing […]

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SolidWorks

Dassault Ships Mechanical Conceptual

Mechanical Conceptual will help key design participants collaborate on designs early and throughout  the design cycle.

Though it was announced back in January at SolidWorks World, Dassault Systemes today announces that Mechanical Conceptual is now available. The first SolidWorks application on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Mechanical Conceptual has already been hard at work in production environments at numerous customer sites. Touted to be more social and conceptual, the software is expected to […]

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Catia

Dassault Updates 3DEXPERIENCE Portfolio with Release 2014x

Connect instantly to collaborate with other SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual users through chat, screen capture, and on-screen annotation.

One of the CAD giants, Dassault Systemes, announces the latest release of its 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s on-premise and on-the-cloud portfolio of solutions. Release 2014x of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, available to all customers on February 24, includes an on-premise portfolio of 41 industry solutions and their 183 processes, plus a dedicated cloud portfolio of 14 industry solutions, […]