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, Targeting 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

What Would You Do With Your Mojo?

Your don’t need a sorcerer’s talisman or a wizard’s charm to turn ideas into tangible prototypes. You can do that with the industrial magic of a 3D printer. We have the power to give away one such printer — Mojo from Stratasys.

The Rapid Ready Sweepstakes is back! Like last year, you can enter to win a Mojo 3D Print Pack, which includes:

  • a Mojo 3D Printer;
  • print wizard and control panel software;
  • WaveWash 55 support cleaning system;
  • Start-up supplies.

Last year’s sweepstakes winner Joe Lutgen, who owns and operates the RSI Mechanical LLC. consulting business, began offering affordable printing services to his clients. When we caught up with him a few months after he collected his prize, Joe said, “I’m printing everything, from blow-molded parts and brackets to fixtures that can be glued together. One of my main clients now regularly asks me to print stuff, and smaller clients sometimes also ask me to print designs. It’s been nice to be able to bring [a prototype] to their office, show them what I’ve made already so they can see how it works.”

It turns out, the entire Lutgen household benefited from the presence of the Mojo. For a class assignment, one of Joe’s sons designed a crumb catcher — a tray that snaps onto the edge of the dinner table. Today, a 3D-printed version of Lutgen Jr.’s invention keeps the floor tidy. Last Christmas, Joe also designed and printed a few dangling ornaments for the family Christmas tree.

Mojo uses Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) to build concept models. According to Stratasys, the printer “[builds] spot-on, functional concept models and rapid prototypes in ABSplus thermoplastic. With the lowest price, fastest build and finest layers of any Idea Series 3D printer, Mojo’s good vibes inspire boundless creativity.”

The estimated value of the Mojo 3D Print Pack is $13,900 — and it can be yours, courtesy of Stratasys and DE.

So start thinking about what you might do with your Mojo, and go to the online sweepstakes form posted here to enter.

Transport Vehicle Goes On An Aluminum Diet

It only stands to reason that an aluminum smelter in need of utility vehicles for operations and maintenance would want those vehicles to be made out the same aluminum it manufacturers, not steel.

Manufacturing a structurally-sound utility transport out of a wholly new material wasn’t the only design challenge for this effort, put into play by Aluminerie Alouette, a Canadian aluminum smelter. The new design also had to accommodate an electric power train—a requirement because the smelting process creates such a strong static magnetic field that regular internal combustion engines have a hard time operating properly within that environment. The third requirement was to create a vehicle design that would allow for easy recycling at the end of the transport’s lifecycle. ']);" class="more-link">Continue reading