Simulation of a plastic dashboard being thermoformed. The results show that the part experienced a defect in the form of excessive thinning. (Image courtesy of ESI Group.)
When people think of composite materials for the automotive sector, they typically imagine strong structural materials such as fiberglass or carbon fiber reinforced polymers.
But material and mechanical engineers know that not every composite is designed to offer structural support in worst-case scenarios.
In every train, there are numerous sources of noise. Engineers need to assess how these will affect the comfort and experience of a passenger in transit. (Image courtesy of ESI Group.)
When you’re a kid, you want to hear every bump, squeal and chugalug while riding the train rushing towards a far-off adventure with your folks.
When you’re all grown up, however, you probably want silence while riding the train to some far-off design meeting with your boss. And don’t get me s...
Inspire Unlimited Platform gives users more freedom of how to access the software and how much of an investment they need to make. (Image courtesy of solidThinking.)
Inspire Unlimited is now available, in the form of a free public Beta, to engineers around the world since it’s initial announcement and limited free trial last year.
The release will see the topology optimization and analysis computer-aided engineering (CAE) software Inspire jump into the software-as-a-service m...
Design optimization is something of a trendy topic right now, thanks largely to the advances in processing power coupled with the new design space allowed by additive manufacturing. Shapes that were previously impossible to manufacture are being realized, and with them, engineers are given a whole new pallet of possibilities to work with.
So it stands to reason that design software would have to evolve to meet the needs of designers working within this area.
The latest company to jump ont...
We are happy to announce that our testo Smart Probes Refrigeration Set has been shortlisted and is now a finalist at the RAC Cooling Industry Awards 2017 as Refrigeration Product of the Year.
The awards aim to celebrate leading innovations and environmental successes in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.
This year the competition was fierce and the judges only selected those who demonstrated the very highest standards. We are really proud that the panel of experts judging them considered the testo Smart Probes as to be one of them.
Testo’s Smart Probes have proved hugely popular since their release at the beginning of 2016 and have caused a real stir, attracting attention across the HVAC/R industry. They have been described as a complete “Game Changer” for the industry by some of their early adopters.
The Spatial Interface (Image Courtesy of Spatial)
Spatial Corp, subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes and a leading developer of 3D software development kits, has announced the release of a new 3D model Web viewer.
According to the firm, the new Web viewer uses Spatial’s 3D InterOp suite of tools to give users Web-based access to 3D files that are commonly used in fields such as AEC/BIM, CAD, CAE, CAM, robotics and more. In addition, the new viewer has been built to render models, no ...
Fed up of inconsistencies within your metal additive manufacturing products? Altair Partner Alliance has heard your cries for help and has added Additive Works’ Amphyon to its software package.
Amphyon is designed by Additive Works, who were formed as a spin-off from the University of Bremen’s Integrated Simulation and Engineering of Materials and Processes (ISEMP) in 2015. The addition of Amphyon to the HyperWorks stable will allow users to benefit from a simulation-based approach ...
MPIC is offered as part of the IronCAD 3D package and allows users to simulate across a variety of domains, including thermal, stress, electrostatic and fluid, permitting users to analyze the properties of a product before cutting metal (or whatever the material may be). The main update to the feature is focused primarily on Extended Markup Language Data (XMD) technology, which was introduced to IronCAD MPIC earlier this year, after nearly two years of development. Since the addition of XMD to I...
In the first few hours of June 17th, 2017, the USS Fitzgerald, a United States Navy destroyer of the U.S. 7th Fleet operating out of the Yokosaka Japanese and U.S. Naval base collided with the ACX Crystal, a Philippine container ship built in South Korea in 2008. The collision occurred about 56 nautical miles south of a US-Japanese military base located at the mouth of the Tokyo Bay.
The collision occurred on the container ship’s port bow and the USS Fitzgerald’s starboard side, bot...
Engine model made in EnSight. Model shows how fuel sprays into an internal combustion engine. (image courtesy of ANSYS.)
ANSYS, a company with as complete a toolset as a CAE vendor can get, realized that even its own post-processing and data analysis was not state of the art.
However, the company noted that one of its partners, Computational Engineering International, Inc (CEI), had a terrific post processor called EnSight. ANSYS said this product has taken the lead in visualizing computatio...
It’s widely accepted that CAE technology will be useful to all industries, not just the traditional aerospace and automotive industries. But do they have the experts to make heads or tails of the technology?
Computer-aided engineering (CAE), software continues to suffer from being the outsider at the party, despite predictions of its popularity.
It’s been well documented how simulation software can both innovate designs and increase product quality, while also reducing costs, ris...
Great news! The Testo team have now reached our target of 25,000km for the testo Charity Challenge.
This is such fantastic news and means Treloars School & College will now receive the maximum donation of £10,000. Well done and a massive thank you to everyone participating, I think we can all agree this has been such a great challenge to be a part of and have all really got behind it.
The official end date for this challenge is 22nd September, so although we have reached our target, you can still carry on with the challenge. And whilst the weather is still nice (with the exception of today of course!), we can all try and stay active and continue to log our km’s in the app. Maybe you could set your own target for km’s achieved by 22nd Sept, or maybe some friendly competition with someone on the leaderboard.
Below is some more about Treloars and the challenge, as well as some of the best pictures we’ve had throughout the challenge. Again, we’d like to reiterate a huge thank you to all involved for making this possible! Great job!
About the Testo Charity Challenge
As you might have heard, Testo is turning 60 this year. To celebrate this outstanding landmark, Testo decided to organise a worldwide charity challenge with the aim to become fitter as a team and to donate some of our profit for a good cause. In addition to the global Testo challenge we have decided to create a local challenge for all employees, family, friends, partners and everyone associated with Testo UK.
Team Testo reached new heights – here we are on top of the highest mountain in England – Scarfell Pike
The goal set for the UK Team Testo was to achieve 25,000km of running, walking or cycling from by 22/09/2017. For every active kilometre achieved by our UK team, Testo Limited would donate £0.40 to the Treloar school and college for handicapped children.
A great challenge for a great cause
Treloar is an incredible organisation in Alton that helps more than 150 physically disabled children from all over the UK to learn and live an independent live. 80% of all students at Treloar’s suffer from a very challenging form of cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy and 50% have to communicate with the support from augmentative communication equipment. For those of you who have not heard about Treloar, please have a look at the following link: https://www.treloar.org.uk/
Testo HVAC specialist Jon Bawden, looking a little hotter than usual
While there are benefits to following some traditions, the downside to blindly following tradition, especially in a corporate environment using computer-aided engineering (CAE) technology, is that sometimes it obscures the way to progress.
As President of CAE Associates, I have seen simulation blossom from its limited use by Ph.D. experts creating meshes manually, to pushbutton phone apps than can be used in real-time by non-engineers.
I have watched some companies adopt new simulation proces...
“Generative design” is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of new CAD tools which are all engineered to optimize manufacturability, lightweight products and save on material usage. The end results can often be organic, alien-looking Giger-esque parts that save energy from machining operations. This results in cost savings to the manufacturer and efficient and robust parts, which can, in turn, pass savings on to the customer.
One company, in particular, is making strides in d...
Among the CAD packages on the market, each has its own unique features. For instance, Siemens PLM’s mainstream solid modeling CAD product, Solid Edge ST9, is known for its Synchronous Technology. The importance of these features, however, may depend on whether you plan to perform solid or surface modeling.
Whereas solid modeling involves the use of 2D sketches, revolutions, extrusions and other design tools, surface modeling incorporates the use of control points to define curves. W...