Monday December 29, 2014

3D CAD News

Santa Tests New Sleigh Design With ANSYS

Santa's sleigh at supersonic speed, one can clearly see the shock wave occurring as soon as speed is about Mach 1.

As the year winds down and the holidays approach, new product introductions and corporate news grinds to a halt, leaving editors like myself on a somewhat desperate search for news to cover and share with readers. So it was with great delight that I came across a blog post, written by Gilles Eggenspieler, a senior product line manager at ANSYS. It appears that Santa has been having some sleigh problems. His legendary mode of transportation–used to distribute toys and gifts... Read More

COMSOL Releases COMSOL Server

The dashboard and Application Library in the COMSOL Server web interface. From the app icon, you can launch an application, make it one of your favorites, and edit permissions. The dashboard also lets you view the apps that are already running as well as access other menu items such as the Monitor tool.

COMSOL announced yesterday the release of COMSOL Server, a new product designed specifically for running applications created with the company’s Application Builder. Released at the end of October, the Application Builder allows COMSOL Multiphysics software users to build an intuitive interface around their COMSOL model that can be run by anyone–even those without prior simulation experience. COMSOL Server enables the distribution of applications, allowing design... Read More

Siemens Releases Parasolid v27.1

Parasolid is the 3D solid modeling component software used as the foundation of Siemens PLM’s NX and Solid Edge products.

Today Siemens PLM announces the release of v27.1 of its Parasolid 3D solid modeling kernel. Parasolid is the foundation of Siemens PLM’s NX and Solid Edge products and is also licensed to many independent software vendors (ISVs) who develop hundreds of Parasolid-based applications in the product design and analysis market space. Parasolid v27.1 delivers numerous enhancements to support efficiency and effectiveness in complex modeling workflows. These enhancements enable application... Read More

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Engineers


We all know that engineers are a special breed of people, and as such, they need special gifts. Though many of you reading this post probably are engineers, share this list with your loved ones, who let’s face it, don’t get you and your left-brained nature. You love gifts that make you think, that challenge you and put your particular brand of smarts to use. So without further delay, let’s get to those gift ideas that you can both give–and hopefully receive–that... Read More

AU 2014: Embracing a World of Design Disruption

Autodesk has been working on computational design for the last seven years through research projects such as Project Dreamcatcher, a system that generates CAD geometry based on a list of functional requirements.

Autodesk University–as always–was a world wind of activity. Ten thousand design enthusiasts descending upon the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas cannot be characterized as anything but a bit chaotic, however, upon reflection–and a few nights of much-needed sleep–I can now look back and share some of the key takeaways from the event. I would say the word I heard most throughout the event was “disruption,” in this case meaning... Read More

Using simulation to guide product design


by Barb Schmitz, Senior Editor Products vary in size, shape, complexity, and usage so it’s hard to generalize anything about product design. The processes by which companies create new products, however, are typically the same. First they define what the product will do (product specifications), and then they capture all of the things that will define the product (design intent). Once that has been agreed upon, the design team creates detailed designs and tests these burgeoning... Read More

Top Ten Tech Predictions for 2015

Wearables will see an explosion of innovation in 2015, but unit sales will underwhelm.

As the end of the year quickly approaches, we look ahead to 2015 to see what new technologies are poised to disrupt the status quo for all of us. Every year, IDC issues a report that predicts what technologies will be the most significant. In a webcast announcing the report, IDC’s senior vice president and chief analyst Frank Gens advised that all companies should “Amazon” themselves, indicating the trend in innovation today is at scale, high-velocity and low-cost.... Read More

New Balance Uses 3D Printing to Create Customized Shoes for Runners

New Balance Sports Research Lab individually customized spike plates and additively manufactured them using a plastic laser-sintering system from EOS.  Side view of the spike plate attached to the bottom of a track spike.

No two runners are the same. This is especially true for athletes competing at the most elite levels. Their foot-strike patterns, degrees of pronation (the amount a runner’s foot rolls inward with each step), and braking and propulsion forces are all unique. However, the extent to which most running shoe models vary is rather limited in comparison. As a result, there are some who believe that personalizing a runner’s shoes, specifically the spike plate that provides traction... Read More

APEI Builds First Multiphysics Simulation App with the Application Builder

A tab in the APEI application  helps the user select the appropriate wire diameter, loop geometry, and number of wires to find the maximum current the bonds can carry without overheating.

Last month COMSOL announced the release of version 5.0 of its COMSOL Multiphysics software, which includes the Application Builder. The Application Builder, which allows COMSOL software users to build an intuitive interface to run any COMSOL model, has been very well received by the engineering community and users are already building applications and exploring the benefits of sharing their models with colleagues and customers worldwide. Application Builder Expands Access to Simulation One... Read More

Siemens Rolls out Tecnomatix 12

Siemens Tecnomatix 12's robot programming simulation solution for dual arm and cooperative robots can automate more manual tasks, improve efficiency and quality.

Factories today hardly resemble the factories of yesteryear. Today’s factories are full of high-tech digital machinery and robotics that are highly automated. To make today’s digital factories run more efficiency, manufacturing software also needs to advanced. Siemens this week released the newest version of Tecnomatix software for digital manufacturing, which the company says will help companies in a wide range of industries innovate better and at less risk. Let’s... Read More


Siemens PLM

Siemens Releases NX 10 Software

Scanning inspection paths can be automatically created with NX CMM by using the embedded PMI data.

The latest version of Siemens’ NX software has been released, touting among many things increased design flexibility and up to 3X higher productivity for users. New tools, such as the 2D concept development solution, make it easier and faster to create designs, while enhancements to NX Realize Shape software, a fully integrated sub-division modelling environment, […]



Harley-Davidson Uses High-Tech Tools to Create First Electric Bike

Harley-Davidson's LiveWire electric motorcycle has a 74-hp motor and can go up to 92 mph with zero emissions.

When you think of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, often referred to as “hogs,” its iconic, rumbling sound is often the first thing that comes to mind. The company at one point famously sought to trademark its bikes’ distinctive sound. It sounds this way because of its unique two-cylinder, v-twin engine design. The engine has a single pin […]



Autodesk Releases HSMWorks 2015 CAM Software for SolidWorks Users

Autodesk releases HSMWorks 2015 CAM software for SolidWorks users.

Autodesk today announced the release of HSMWorks 2015, a fully integrated CAM solution for users of SolidWorks software. Yes, that’s right. It’s for SolidWorks users. The company was bought two years ago by Autodesk with a promise to its dedicated flock of users that it would continue to both support and sell the product to […]



Dassault Dazzles Attendees in Vegas with 3DEXPERIENCE

A visualization of the Living Heart Project model being explored in 3D.

Editors and analysts in the tech industry are infamously hard to impress, as most of us have spent years–some of us decades–covering the latest wiz-bang software and gaga gadgetry. Though I still stand behind that statement, I will say there were several moments during my recent visit to Las Vegas for Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Forum […]