Whether designing a next-generation smart phone or a state-of-the-art jetliner, there’s no escape from the increasing complexity that defines today’s products.
Engineering teams across all industry sectors are optimizing designs via the use of advanced materials like composites and increasing the role of electronics and embedded software to make smarter products. With this growing sophistication comes a need for advanced simulation tools that help engineering teams optimize designs far earlier in the process.
This backdrop provides the context for ANSYS’ latest release of its flagship simulation offering. ANSYS 15.0 adds a range of new capabilities and enhancements in the areas of advanced materials systems design, fluid dynamics, and electromagnetics in addition to new features for facilitating model setup and meshing and support for HPC scalability. Continue reading
Amidst the backdrop of an already complex regulatory landscape, manufacturers will soon be facing yet another compliance directive—this one requiring them to investigate the sources of certain materials for origination in the war-torn region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, companies listed on the U.S. stock exchanges have until May 14, 2014 to comply with a directive to investigate whether the sources of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold used in their products are from the region in question and thus are considered so-called “conflict minerals.”
It’s not just the 12,000 publicly-traded companies that are on the hook. The compliance requirements are applicable to the entire supply chain, which means the hundreds of thousands of component suppliers also need to have systems and processes in place to orchestrate compliance with the forthcoming conflict mineral regulations.
If the transition of 3D design capabilities to the cloud has been a series of measured steps, think of Autodesk’s latest move as a leap for CAD.
Autodesk, which has been the most aggressive of the CAD vendors to embrace the new software delivery paradigm, has announced a technology preview of full-fledged versions of its 3D design, engineering, and entertainment tools running in a Web browser for the first time. These browser-based versions of Autodesk Inventor, Revit, Maya, and 3ds Max provide access to the bulk of functionality in the traditional desktop versions on any Internet-connected system or device without requiring a full license of the program, and without keeping the user tied to any specific PC. Continue reading
Touting what it claims to be the most significant upgrade to its CAD platform since introducing Synchronous Technology several years back, Siemens PLM Software took the wraps off NX 9, which innovates in the area of 2D modeling and has features that promote the company’s turn toward an industry-specific focus.
Unlike the last few previous versions of the software, the NX development team took a step back with the 9 release to re-examine several key design workflows that have historically been a struggle for its user base, according to Paul Brown, the company’s senior marketing director of NX product engineering. One such workflow is 2D modeling, an area that has been historically neglected by the CAD companies as they shifted attention to 3D capabilities, Brown says.