DE Editor Digitally Captured in Photogrammetry and Hand-Held Scanner

Recently, by sheer coincidence, I found myself in two successive press briefings where I was digitized into a 3D mesh model, by two distinctly different methods. During a visit to the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, the Autodesk ReCap team offered to digitize me through its photogrammetry technology (previously called 123D Catch). A few days later, while visiting 3D Systems‘ San Francisco office, the product managers offered to digitize me using Cubify Sense, a handheld scanner. This serendipitous alignment of tech demos gave me the opportunity to observe in person how the different approaches work. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Data Visualization for Optimization and Lightweighting

The use of simulation in engineering is shifting from sequential (one at a time) to parallel (many at a time, running simultaneously on high-performance computing systems). The move is precipitated largely by optimization and lightweighting, which require evaluating a series of design options or families of designs to identify the best candidates.

But this adds a new dimension to simulation. Now, you need a way to view the results — the best ones, as identified by the software’s algorithm — in a comprehensible fashion to understand the correlations between different parameters and the geometry. For example, what happens to the aerodynamic performances of the vehicle when you increase the curvature of the hood by a certain degree? Or how does the position of the side mirrors affect the car’s drag? →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

MSC Software Launches Roadshow to Explain Material Simulation

MSC Software, well-known as the developer behind MSC Nastran, is launching a roadshow this year to discuss the importance of advanced materials. Between Sep. 3 to Oct. 9, MSC plans to host talks and discussions in five different cities:

  • Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 – Newport Beach, CA
  • Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 – Wichita, KS
  • Thursday, September 25th, 2014 – Dallas, TX
  • Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 – Huntsville, AL
  • Thursday, October 9th, 2014 – Seattle, WA

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Intel Releases Xeon E5-2600/1600 v3 Lineup, Targetting Data Centers and Virtualization

A week ago, Diane Bryant, senior VP and general manager, Intel Data Center Group, introduced the new processor lineup — E5 2600/1600 v3 series — at an event at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco, California. The processors, Intel says in its press release, are “central to enabling a software defined infrastructure,” what Intel calls “the foundation for cloud computing.”

Intel writes, “With up to 18 cores per socket and 45MB of last-level cache, the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family provides up to 50% more cores and cache compared to the previous generation processors.”

In a presentation showcasing possible applications, Intel offers statistics showing that the E5-2600/1600 v3 processors give significantly better performance over their predecessors. LS-DYNA simulation software, for instance, shows up to 50% faster on E5-2697 v3 compared to E5-2697 v2. Furthermore, MSC Nastran Software shows up to 46% faster, and ANSYS Mechanical up to 38% faster on v3 compared to v2. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

SolidWorks Launches New Product to Support Paperless Manufacturing

Is the paperless office a reality? Or a Utopian concept? Whatever you might think, SolidWorks seems convinced there’s sufficient interest in it to warrant a new product.

At the press preview of SolidWorks 2015 two weeks ago, the company shared details about a brand new product, dubbed SolidWorks MBD (Model-Based Definition). In a SolidWorks blog post, Jeremy Regnerus, the company’s senior user advocate and community manager, writes, “MBD provides an integrated, drawing-less manufacturing solution for SolidWorks 2015. With these tools, you can define, organize, and publish 3D Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) and 3D model data in industry standard file formats … defines 3D PMI such as dimensions, datums, geometric tolerances, surface finishes, welding symbols, bills of material (BOM), callouts, tables, notes, meta-properties, and other annotations within the SOLIDWORKS 3D environment. The process is both intuitive and interactive and helps multiple people within the supply chain understand the design without the need for 2D drawings.” →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading