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
It’s mid-February, much of the country is getting pummeled by a series of winter storms, and many schools are on break for President’s Week vacation. So what, you might ask, does this third week of February remotely have to do with design engineering?
It turns out, quite a lot. National Engineers Week, held this year from February 16-22, is a week-long celebration, launched in 1951, to focus attention on the role of engineers in society. Started by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the event is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies with participation from more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Continue reading
Just because the Polar Vortex has made an exit prior to this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII kick off, it doesn’t mean the New Jersey Meadowlands will be free and clear of winter winds. In fact, moderately cold weather and any kind of wind gusts could have serious implications for the outcome of the game as this is a rare cold-weather, outdoor Super Bowl match up to be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
To help football fans get a better understanding of what’s happening with the winds, FOX Sports has teamed up with Autodesk to adapt the 3D design tool maker’s new Flow Design cloud computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation technology to chart wind patterns and deliver insight into their impact on the big game. Continue reading
GrabCAD and SimScale are teaming up on a design challenge that encourages participants to show off their CAD and simulation prowess by designing a new underrun protection device for trucks.
What’s important about the collaboration is the coming together of two upstarts with a common vision for how cloud-based 3D design and collaboration tools can radically transform how engineering teams work together to produce more robust and innovative products. Continue reading
Instead of heaping on a laundry list of new bells and whistles, the latest release of Aras PLM concentrates on the user interface and scalability functionality—key attributes to supporting the next wave of adoption as PLM extends beyond engineering. Continue reading