Beth Stackpole

Jury Rules Against Altair in MSC Lawsuit

While Altair Engineering lost a critical battle in its on-going copyright infringement lawsuit brought by MSC Software Corp., company officials say its simulation software products will not be affected by the ruling.

MSC Software had filed a suit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of confidentially. The six-week trial, held in U.S. District Court in Detroit, culminated this week in a jury finding in favor of MSC Software after two weeks of deliberation. At issue were MSC Software’s allegations that former employees who left MSC to join Altair between the period of 2005 and 2007 knowingly took trade secrets related to its Adams simulation technology and used them as a basis for Altair’s MotionSolve multi-body system simulation product, which is a direct competitor.  Continue reading

Battling Robots Help MathWorks Get Aspiring Engineers in its Corner

An epic battle. Access to one of the country’s largest makerspaces and the latest in design tools and fabrication technologies. A mere two weeks to build and design an autonomous robot that will take down the competition.

No, this is not a Discovery Channel TV competition, but rather a local, in-person event sponsored by MathWorks, Autodesk, Artisan’s Asylum, and SparkFun Electronics. The Autonomous Robot Design Challenge, set to kick off this week in Somerville, MA, is the latest in MathWorks’ on-going efforts to court up-and-coming engineers with a variety of in-school and out-of-school learning initiatives. Continue reading

Altair Enlighten Award Shines A Spotlight On Lightweighting

The automotive sector is certainly no stranger to the concept of lightweighting, and neither is simulation software provider Altair, which has been promoting its CAE suite as a lightweighting tool for years.

But with emerging fuel standards and a continuous push for innovation and cost efficiencies driving the requirements for lightweighting to the next level, Altair, in collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), is hosting a competition to encourage awareness and recognize industry achievements in weight reduction.

The 2014 Altair Enlighten Award, now in its second year, is designed to spark innovations and technologies that provide practical design approaches to achieving the mass reductions that are necessary to meet the new, more stringent fuel economy standards, Altair officials said. Last year’s winner was BASF Corporation, which won the top award for the development of its thermoplastic composite front seat pan for the GM Opel. Continue reading

aPriori Update Helps Engineers Weigh Cost Viability of Product Designs

While engineers have made simulation of structural properties or fluid dynamics an integral part of their workflows, they haven’t applied the same rigor to analyzing the cost aspect of product designs—a scenario aPriori hopes to change with the latest release of its flagship product cost management software.

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New Innovation Institutes To Advance U.S. Manufacturing

Digital manufacturing, PLM, and lightweight materials design took center stage this week as the Obama administration launched a pair of public-private manufacturing innovation institutes as a part of its on-going push to re-invigorate U.S. manufacturing.

Led by the Department of Defense and supported by a $140 million Federal commitment in addition to millions in non-federal resources, the administration announced a Detroit-headquartered consortium of businesses and universities focused on lightweight and modern materials manufacturing and a similar Chicago-based center that will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies. Continue reading






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