CIMdata, Inc., announces that its President, Peter Bilello, will take part in a webinar entitled "Can a PLM Platform Transform the Business of Engineering?"

Mr. Bilello will be joined by Mr. Rolf Huesemann, Manager of Engineering Systems/PLM at Magna GETRAG Transmissions. The webcast will address the impacts of the business of engineering in the era of Industry 4.0 and show how industry leaders are using a PLM platform approach.

Mr. Bilello has more than 25 years of experience in the development of business-enabling IT solutions for research, engineering, and manufacturing organizations worldwide. During this time, he has been directly involved with consultation on the selection, integration, and implementation of large-scale PLM solutions. He has authored numerous papers and research reports on PLM and related topics, and his articles, commentaries, and perspectives have appeared in publications throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

The webinar will be one-hour long and those attending will learn about: the market dynamics driving the PLM platform approach; how a platform can accelerate digital thread, IoT, Industry 4.0, and other strategic initiatives; and real world examples of how PLM platforms are being used to speed process transformation and efficiencies.

The webinar, hosted by Aras, took place on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 11:00 am EST.

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Granta Design announced guest speakers and topics for a wide-ranging series of web seminars related to materials information for engineering enterprises and university-level educators. Webinars over the next two months will offer insights into how enterprises can better manage and use vital materials information, and provide inspirational ideas to enhance the teaching of materials in the engineering curriculum.

Join Boeing and Granta on May 24 for ‘Experiences in restricted substance risk management’, and find out how manufacturing enterprises are meeting the challenges posed by restricted substances at every level, from executives concerned with corporate liability, to engineers making practical materials choices.

On May 31, Senvol will speak on ‘Selecting and comparing industrial Additive Manufacturing Machines & Materials with Senvol Database’ – the database is the first and most comprehensive for industrial additive manufacturing machines and materials, and will be available through Granta software. Guest speakers from Matériautech Network (from France), Force Technology (from Denmark), and Continuum Blue (from UK) will join us for other webinars.

Materials educators can discover how to teach transferable skills that will be useful in industry, such as how to select the most suitable manufacturing process. This is highly dependent on the materials choice, economics, the quality you want to achieve, and what the process does, and these key factors will all be explored in the ‘Streamlined Process Selection Case Studies’ webinar on May 19.

The webinars in English, French and German, provide an accessible forum to learn from Granta experts and other leaders in the field, and they include an interactive Q&A session.

The full webinar program is:

  • Apr 28, Estimating part cost and predicting properties of hybrid materials (for Materials Educators)
  • May 4, Appréhender et maîtriser le Multi-Sourcing matériaux – avec un représantant de Matériautech Network (French language)
  • May 11, Werkstoffinformationen, CAE-Anwendungen und Prozesse unterstützen (German language)
  • May 18, Minimizing risk when selecting or changing materials – with guest speaker from Continuum Blue
  • May 19, Verbesserung der Produkt-Profitabilität durch Werkstoffsubstitution (German language)
  • May 19, Streamlined Process Selection Case Studies (for Materials Educators)
  • May 24, Experiences in restricted substance risk management – with guest speaker from Boeing
  • May 31, Selecting and comparing industrial Additive Manufacturing Machines & Materials with Senvol Database – with guest speaker from Senvol
  • June 2, Materials data at your fingertips
  • June 2, Introduction to Materials – Service Teaching (for Materials Educators)
  • June 8, Bio-based materials and composites – with guest speaker from Force Technology
  • June 16, Material Intelligence for PLM and CAD

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Altair offers new leading technologies to design and optimize high-performance, weight-efficient, and innovative products with its release of HyperWorks® 14.0. The latest release of Altair’s HyperWorks® open architecture CAE simulation platform includes several new products, feature enhancements, updated functionalities, and licensing methods to help users:

  • Get to the right design: Expanded optimization and nonlinear solver capabilities.
  • Save time in the process: Accelerated meshing, assembly, and graphics.
  • Access the latest technologies: New tools added, and new products in the Altair Partner Alliance.

Key highlights offered by the release:

  • OptiStruct’s capabilities have been elevated to include more nonlinear analyses, new contact and optimization algorithms, and numerous improvements in solution speed. A breakthrough solution for the design and optimization of lattice structures has been developed to support additive manufacturing. “With OptiStruct 14.0, it is now possible to run larger, full vehicle NVH models for more accuracy without the errors generated by our existing NVH solver on the same computer," says Tae-Won Park of SsangYong Motors.

  • HyperMesh has a new part and assembly workflow which promotes flow of data directly from Product Data Management (PDM) data structures. Combined with the new high-velocity graphics engine tuned to handle even the largest models, HyperMesh 14.0’s performance is up to 15x faster for large FE models with solid elements and up to 60x faster for geometry models, while using less hardware memory. “With this release of HyperWorks we’ve introduced parts and assemblies in HyperMesh that directly correspond to those in the CAD and PDM world,” said James P. Dagg, Chief Technical Officer, User Experience at Altair. “The new assemblies are extremely flexible, allowing for modular modeling where entire subsystems can be replaced or updated automatically, keeping your CAE model synchronized with design."

  • Multiscale Designer, a practical tool for the seamless integration of modeling, simulation, testing and optimization of engineered products using complex materials, is now part of the HyperWorks suite.

  • FEKO, the best-in-class software for electromagnetic simulation related to antenna design and placement, electromagnetic compatibility, radar cross-section, and other applications is now fully merged into HyperWorks with added features to reduce modeling and computation time. An integration with HyperStudy has been added for advanced optimization.

  • MotionSolve now provides an improved 3D rigid-to-rigid contact and advanced co-simulation capabilities, and the automotive multi-body simulation library has been expanded for full vehicle simulations.

  • HyperWorks Unlimited Solver Node is an alternate solver licensing scheme offering unprecedented enterprise-scale value.

  • Click2Cast offers the easiest casting process simulation on the market, requiring neither special training nor an extensive technical user background. It is a very effective and powerful design tool, and provides high value at the critical intersection of manufacturing and product design.

The Altair Partner Alliance (APA) continues its portfolio expansion of third-party technology with applications from over 45 strategic partners, directly accessible using HyperWorks Units in domains including: durability and fatigue, noise-vibration-harshness, 1D systems simulation, injection molding simulation, composite modeling, stress analysis, material libraries, thermal analysis, and rapid prototyping.

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GPI Prototype & Manufacturing Services is pleased to announce an engineering collaboration with 3D Systems, an international leader in industrial 3D printing, to expand and advance their next generation of metal additive manufacturing equipment.

“We are enthusiastic to couple 3D Systems’ expert knowledge in machine technology with our production experience in an effort to grow the use of additive manufacturing across all industries,” said Adam Galloway, President GPI.

GPI has added a ProX300 and two new ProX200 units from 3D Systems in its recently expanded production facility, positioning it well for this new research and development collaboration.  The joint effort with 3DSystems will enhance GPI’s leadership role in the advancement of metal additive manufacturing.  Engineers from both companies, including GPI’s in-house metallurgical engineer and metals application engineer, will be working together on process testing and machine testing with GPI providing real-time customer feedback.  Through this endeavor, GPI and 3DS are seeking to further develop the Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) build parameters to make it more widely adopted by all end users.

“Leveraging the significant experience and engineering expertise of both of our companies to move additive manufacturing to the next level is truly exciting,” says Adam Galloway, President of GPI.  “This project is going to be good for our customers and, even more important, a positive for the industry as a whole.”

Published in GPI Prototype

CoreTech System Co., Ltd. (Moldex3D) is pleased to announce that Moldex3D Digimat-RP (“Reinforced Plastics”) is now available. Moldex3D Digimat-RP aims to combine the expertise of Moldex3D’s true 3D analysis on injection molding and Digimat’s specialized technology in advanced material modeling in order to provide a straight-forward workflow that streamlines the process of accurate structural nonlinear FEA simulations of reinforced plastic parts.

Digimat-RP is a unique nonlinear multi-scale structural modeling solution for fiber reinforced plastic parts developed by e-Xstream engineering, a MSC Software company. It not only provides engineers with an innovative micromechanical modeling approach for optimal and predictive design of composite parts, but also bridges the gap between injection molding and structural simulation analyses.

Moldex3D Digimat-RP is a collaborative technology developed by Moldex3D and e-Xstream engineering teams with the aim of including the important process-induced properties, such as local fiber orientation, residual stresses and temperatures predicted by Moldex3D’s analysis into Moldex3D Digimat-RP for an accurate description of the local composite behavior and ultimately achieving a precise FEA structural analysis using all the major FEA softwares on the market today.

Dr. Roger A. Assaker, CEO of e-Xstream engineering and Chief Material Strategist of MSC Software states, “With the extensive list of advanced capabilities, Digimat is today the market standard for modeling the thermo-mechanical behavior of reinfoced plastics structures taking into account the key effects of injection molding process on the final part performance. Today, e-Xstream is very pleased to join forces with CoreTech System to make Digimat-RP available directly from within Moldex3D, offering our common customer bases the ability for concurrent engineering of the molding process and part design for optimal performance.”

Furthermore, providing an integrated framework that streamlines the performing simulation technologies available in the current market is a prevailing trend for the plastic engineering industry. Dr. Venny Yang, the President of CoreTech System (Moldex3D) further stresses on the importance of this joint integration, “On top of the current Moldex3D and FEA integrations, Moldex3D Digimat-RP acts as an enhanced link between injection molding process and FEA structural simulations. We believe our users will greatly benefit from this collaboration and enjoy a seamless CAE simulation workflow which ultimately helps them design better fiber reinforced plastic parts in a faster and more robust manner.”

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Using the newly released ANSYS® 16.2, engineers can now create virtual prototypes of complete systems, enabling them to make significant strides in innovation and to unleash next-generation products within their industries.

As products – from automobiles to smartphones to wearable technology – become more complex and development times continue to shrink, the need to simulate whole systems grows. Through simulation, engineers can take full advantage of the growing number of opportunities presented by the rapid innovation of materials, electronics and processes. While some manufacturers have optimized the design of components or smaller sub-systems, until today's ANSYS release, no comprehensive solution has existed for simulating complete systems. The complexity within systems arises from the challenges of connecting the individual pieces to ensure they work together as designed. By developing complete virtual prototypes, leading companies can jump-start their innovation and leapfrog the competition.

Part of this new simulation approach is made possible by enhancements to ANSYS® Simplorer®, a comprehensive platform for multidisciplinary systems modeling. In this new release, Simplorer can now assemble and simulate electrical, electronic, thermo-fluid, mechanical and embedded software components. The methodology offers advanced 3-D precision when needed, as well as reduced-order modeling for verifying multi-domain system performance interaction.

ANSYS 16.2 offers significant advancements in systems engineering through ANSYS® AIM®, the first integrated and comprehensive multiphysics simulation environment designed for engineers, which was introduced earlier this year. AIM has rapidly developed and ANSYS 16.2 represents its next step forward. Among the many new multiphysics and systems capabilities are heat transfer and thermal-stress, gas flows, and structural deformation and stress.

Optimizing heat transfer and thermal-stress is a critical design issue for many types of industry applications, such as heat exchangers, thermal mixing valves, engine components and electronic devices. In such applications, an accurate prediction of the temperature and heat transfer in both the fluid and solid regions is essential to accurately predict the thermal and thermal-stress performance of the design. AIM now includes new features to support a comprehensive conjugate heat transfer analysis and one-way fluid-structure interaction to compute thermal-stress.

Predicting the correct flow field for compressible gas flows in the subsonic and transonic range is a critical design issue for many different applications. Industry applications include - high speed flow over airfoils or nacelles, and high-pressure flows in natural gas pipelines and valves. AIM now supports an accurate prediction of the flow field, variation of the gas density and thermal behavior for all compressible flow applications, which is critical for predicting the performance of a design.

In a range of structural applications, nonlinear contact is required to accurately predict deformation and stress in assemblies where multiple components are connected by interference fits, bolts, welds or are otherwise joined together. AIM includes robust nonlinear contact simulation using advanced solver technology for surface-to-surface contact combined with automatic contact surface detection and automatic nonlinear solution control.

AIM makes all of these simulation applications available to experts within one physics domain, as well as product designers who need to span multiple domains, making simulation more broadly applicable across different engineering disciplines

Due to the complexity of systems engineering, workflow and automation are critical. ANSYS 16.2 automates the overall approach to developing embedded software systems for avionics. A new systems development product, ANSYS® SCADE System Avionics Package™, simplifies systems design capabilities for the aerospace and defense industries. It delivers out-of-the-box templates for compliant design systems that are compliant with standard avionics protocols and operating systems, including: ARINC 653, ARINC 429 and AFDX configurations.

To accommodate the needs of a wide varieties of industries that require more customized workflows, ANSYS has added new capabilities in the Workbench platform and ANSYS Customization Toolkit (ACT) to customize simulation tools to accelerate the overall design process and workflows. ACT wizards provide customized simulation instructions and user interfaces to integrate any application in Workbench. These wizards span workflows across applications and guide the user through a single set of instructions.

Custom templates, as a part of the ACT enhancements, are also available in AIM to provide an authoring tool for highly automated and detailed simulation processes. These templates span the entire AIM workflow from geometry to results, as well as across all physics that may be a part of the simulation process. This critical capability enables multi-disciplinary teams to work effectively together and to deliver innovative advances across all disciplines of product design.

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Altair announced a new High-Performance Computing (HPC) Cloud Challenge utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel technologies to demonstrate the benefits of leveraging the cloud for large-scale design exploration in the area of computer-aided engineering (CAE).

The Challenge asks CAE users to submit project ideas to a team of Altair, AWS and Intel representatives who then select qualified projects to accept into the program. Altair will supply accepted participants with software, computing resources, and product support for the duration of the program.

The Challenge aims to democratize the usage of cutting-edge CAE tools by reducing barriers for highly complex engineering tasks. Together, Altair, AWS and Intel bring performance, flexibility, scalability and affordability to CAE, triggering simulation-driven innovation.

Participants may choose from among six different configurations of Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited™ (HWUL) Virtual Appliance, a turnkey software solution for high-performance computing in the cloud, in minutes.  Access is free of charge, and participants may use the Virtual Appliance for seven or more days to complete engineering tasks for their Challenge project. The lowest configuration starts with 32 cores and the highest can go up to 128 cores or more on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 product family. The free use of Altair’s HWUL Virtual Appliance is supplemented through free credits from AWS.

“Getting a system ready in less than 15 minutes, with unlimited licensing of Altair’s industry-leading HyperWorks® application software and seamless integration with PBS Works™ middleware and Altair’s HyperStudy® for design of experiments and numerical optimization, paves the path for infinite design exploration. Making this completely turnkey for the engineer is our number one job,” said Ravi Kunju, Altair’s Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.

“This Cloud Challenge is a great opportunity for the engineering community to experience the power of scalable CAE capabilities on the AWS Cloud,” said Hugo Saleh, Director of Technical Computing Segment Marketing and Industry Development, Enterprise and HPC Platforms Group at Intel. “The collaboration with Altair and AWS brings the best of software, infrastructure, and hardware based on leading Intel E5 Xeon Processors, together to enable broader use of advanced simulation and modeling techniques.”

“AWS is committed to providing a seamless platform for the engineering community that has historically been challenged to do more with less while dealing with reduced product release cycles,” said Terry Wise, Vice President of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Through collaboration with Altair and Intel, the High-Performance Computing Cloud Challenge marks a significant opportunity for engineers to get hands-on experience with the AWS Cloud and transform their experience with CAE’s rich toolset.”

Proposals will be accepted through September 30, 2015.

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Professor Iain Todd, Director of the Mercury Centre, has been appointed The University of Sheffield and GKN Aerospace Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) research chair in additive manufacturing.

Supported by GKN Aerospace, the University and the Royal Academy of Engineering, for the next five years Prof Todd will focus on harnessing and developing the extraordinary potential of additive manufacturing (AM) for aerospace and other high value industrial sectors.

The role will have three fundamental aims: to assist in the industrialization of the current state-of-the-art technology as GKN moves towards production; to develop the required technology to enable the integration of materials and processes, extending its application in the short term; to create entirely innovative processes and materials that will carry industry well beyond what is currently possible.

Russ Dunn, Senior Vice President Engineering & Technology, explains: “AM technologies promise a paradigm shift in engineering design and materials. We will be able to create previously impossible or totally uneconomical shapes, with little or no material wastage, and in the longer term we will be able to develop completely new materials and structures fully optimized for the role they perform.  This new chair will build on GKN’s existing developments in additive manufacturing and will sit at the heart of work to ensure UK industry continues to be a pioneering force in this global revolution in engineering.”

Professor Iain Todd says “I’m delighted and honored to be appointed to this prestigious role and look forward to working with GKN Aerospace and the Royal Academy of Engineering in promoting, researching and helping to drive this hugely exciting and disruptive manufacturing technology forwards. This is a very exciting time for advanced manufacturing and materials research in the UK. My role will be to strengthen the link between industry and academia in these fields and to transfer the engineering and scientific breakthroughs at the University level to industrial practice helping to drive productivity and competitiveness.

Professor Ric Parker CBE FREng, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research and Secondments Committee, says: “We are delighted to support this Chair as part of the University of Sheffield’s ongoing and productive collaboration with GKN. Additive manufacturing is an important area for research and development, which has enormous potential to improve industrial processes and UK productivity in the future.”

Professor Todd is recognized as a leading academic researcher in the fields of novel processing and alloys. He has led research into additive manufacturing at the University of Sheffield since its commencement in 2006 and has been a driving force in the growth of the world-leading manufacturing research facility, The Mercury Centre. The current University of Sheffield AM research portfolio includes work on the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) supported, £15M Horizon Programme, led by GKN Aerospace, as well as collaborative research with organizations such as the Culham Centre for Fusion Engineering and CERN.

The University, GKN Aerospace and the Royal Academy of Engineering will make a combined investment worth £1m to support the chair over the five years, with the GKN Aerospace investment including funding for an additional 10 PhD students to support Professor Todd and the team of over 20 senior research staff already operating at the university.

The University has an established relationship with GKN Aerospace, most recently through the Horizon AM programme. They also support PhD and EngD programmes and provide undergraduate student placements.

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ThermoAnalytics has consistently delivered a powerful CAE software suite, but version 12.0 provides users more simulation power, and results that focus on component temperature limits. The most exciting feature being released with the latest version is support for distributed memory parallel processing. By running on a parallel cluster of machines, the already-fast Partial-Direct or Multi-Grid solvers will yield a significantly faster thermal solution.

Development within the software suite has also rapidly progressed with many new powerful post-processing features. “The 12.0 release of our software suite of CAE tools represents our journey into a new era of modeling & simulation,” says Keith Johnson, CEO of ThermoAnalytics. “In the past we focused predominantly on speed and accuracy, which we still value highly, as evidenced in this version’s new solver features. What is transformational is the ability to intelligently visualize your analysis results so that you can obtain the best engineering outcomes and cost benefit over your design space.”

The goal is to give CAE teams increased flexibility and offer more options to process results. For example, in the design phase, catching parts that are at risk of thermal failure can prevent serious headaches down the road. With the “Thermal Pass/Fail Reporting” feature, parts with minimum or maximum design temperatures are easily analyzed. This allows users to swiftly compare extreme part temperatures to their designated minimum or maximum design criteria.

Formerly under the name “RadTherm®”, ThermoAnalytics’ original code was developed as a radiation visualization package for analysis of radiation-dominant heat transfer issues. However, nearly two decades of development has led our software to become one of the most widely-used multimode heat transfer analysis tools available and a program that has officially outgrown the name “RadTherm®.” With version 12.0, RadTherm® and RadTherm IR development will move forward under the new brand TAITherm™ and TAIThermIR. ThermoAnalytics will continue using the MuSES® brand because its moniker remains aligned with its defense mission: Multi-Service Electro-optic Signature code (MuSES™).

ThermoAnalytics, Inc., a leading developer of advanced thermal, fluid-flow, and infrared modeling software, was founded in 1996 and is an employee-owned company. Their engineering team provides custom solutions for thermal modeling, infrared modeling, laboratory testing, field testing, and research & development. ThermoAnalytics’ software products are available directly or through an international distributor network.

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GPI Prototype, located in Lake Bluff, IL, recently announced the completion of a facility expansion to double office space, accommodating new staff brought in to handle the rapid growth experienced at GPI. In addition, existing warehouse space has been remodeled to accommodate six more direct metal machines.

Historically focused on building metal prototypes, GPI has been growing the portion of its business dedicated to additive manufacturing. In preparation for this strategic commitment, GPI added two key individuals to its production and engineering departments in 2014. The team was strengthened by the addition of a metallurgical engineer as well as a metals applications engineer. This engineering strength is spearheading R&D and production capabilities on all DMLM machines.

To further support the growth of its metal additive manufacturing services, GPI has been adding to its production capacity. In 2014, GPI acquired two new direct metal machines. These machines are dedicated to the production of aluminum parts. GPI is currently one of the few companies offering production parts with AlSi12 aluminum on a ProX300.  Growth continues for GPI, especially with the scheduled delivery of a new EOS M290 in June.

In response to increased opportunities from the aerospace and medical industries, GPI recently went through the rigor of certification for AS9100:2009RevC, ISO 13485:2003, ISO 9001:2008 and is a registered ITAR facility. These certifications provide GPI with the standardized processes used to create quality products and meet regulatory requirements. During the course of certifications, GPI created an Internal Management System, providing assurances in all manufacturing processes. Requirements include internal audits, record keeping, process procedures and monitoring, management reviews and corrective and preventative action plans.

In more recent news, GPI is making a change in upper management. Scott Galloway, Founder and President, will take on the new role of CEO. Adam Galloway, has been promoted from VP Sales and Marketing and has assumed the role as President of GPI. Adam joined the company in 2003 and has been an integral member of the management team at GPI for the past eight years. “It is exciting to be part of a company that is not afraid to take risks and realize when diversification is necessary to sustain strong growth. GPI started out specializing in prototypes. As we’ve continued to make giant steps forward, the production capabilities we offer today continue to allow GPI to reach higher levels within the AM industry,” – Adam Galloway.

Published in GPI Prototype

Altair announced that it will host the 9th UK Technology Conference on June 16, 2015 at Stratford Manor in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The conference will feature high profile keynote speakers, discussing current business challenges the UK industry is facing today, sharing their vision for the future of engineering, and highlighting the importance of technology in enabling innovation. In addition, the agenda will be packed with high quality technical presentations from world leading companies who will demonstrate how they are using virtual design and simulation technologies to develop a competitive edge, successfully meeting engineering and business challenges in the current market environment.

Technical experts from multiple industries including automotive, aerospace, consumer goods and more will showcase examples of how they have deployed Altair’s latest cutting edge software solutions including design for additive manufacturing, next generation computational fluid dynamics and engineering on the cloud, among other contemporary industry topics. Also covered will be the newest additions to the HyperWorks suite including the fastest and easiest to use dynamic simulation and model based system development software, a sophisticated frequency domain response and fatigue solution, and a comprehensive electromagnetic simulation solver. This year’s technical speakers come from Airbus, BMW, Gestamp, Jaguar Land Rover, Plaxton, Vertu and more.

In addition the conference provides an excellent platform to network and exchange experiences with others from the UK engineering community. “It’s the event of the year in the UK for networking”, said Ray Long of Tata Steel Automotive. “Excellent presentations and very well attended”, added Tayeb Zeguer, Jaguar Land Rover.

In a technical showcase Altair and its partners will be exhibiting software, hardware, and services solutions that support customers to change their way products are developed.

"This year, we are very excited to be celebrating 30 years of innovation at Altair. With the UK Technology Conference series running for over twelve years the event has gained a reputation for presenting highly innovative and successful simulation applications that demonstrate real business benefits," explains Håkan Ekman, Managing Director, Altair Engineering Ltd. "The conference creates an exciting forum for discussion among leading thinkers and practitioners within the UK and Ireland’s engineering community. With over three hundred attendees at our last conference in 2013, we are confident that this year will be even more successful. We will provide delegates with great value during the day and will make sure they leave with lots of interesting, valuable, and new knowledge about simulation technologies.”

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PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) announced the PTC Systems Engineering Solution, purpose-built to help organizations reduce risk and accelerate innovation in an increasingly smart, connected world. The solution provides a comprehensive systems engineering platform to help organizations design more innovative products, engineer more profitable product lines, and validate that products meet functional and quality requirements.

The coming decade is expected to witness a surge in the growth of smart, connected products with billions of connected devices in use by both businesses and consumers. But while smart, connected products define the future of manufacturing, they are intrinsically more complex to design, build and operate. As a result, many organizations struggle to deliver the functionality, quality and performance that the market demands.

The PTC Systems Engineering Solution provides a complete systems engineering platform to enable rapid exploration and accelerated design and delivery of more successful products. It combines the strengths of the PTC Integrity™ family of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) products with products from Atego, a wholly owned subsidiary of PTC and leader in architectural modeling and Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).

The solution includes the following product families:

  • PTC Integrity™  -- Robust system requirements and validation
  • Atego® Asset Library – Collaborative asset management and reuse
  • Atego® Modeler --  Collaborative, scalable architectural modeling and model-based systems and product line engineering
  • Atego® Process Director – Rich process authoring and deployment with out-of-the-box systems engineering best practices

The new solution enables faster adoption of model-based systems engineering approaches, while allowing organizations to choose among text-based, model-based and hybrid systems engineering techniques. MBSE efficiently captures and communicates design through a common and standards-based language, improving stakeholder communication and buy-in.

“The model-based PTC Systems Engineering Solution is our platform for cross-discipline product development,” says Dirk Denger, head of Synergistic Methods at AVL. “As our products grow in complexity and connectivity, new systems engineering approaches are needed. The PTC Systems Engineering solution allows us to unify all of our engineering teams through a common, model-based systems engineering approach, enabling us to deliver higher-quality engineering services with best value for our customer in time and cost.”

The PTC Systems Engineering Solution enables organizations to:

  • Design more innovative products using a collaborative MBSE approach. Design capabilities include:
    • Requirements engineering  – Author and manage requirements to capture and communicate the voice of the customer throughout the product lifecycle
    • System design– Collaboratively design system specifications using standard (SysML and UML) notation to efficiently explore alternatives
    • Analyze design options– Perform trade-off analysis to make better decisions in both the design and allocation of functionality to engineering disciplines (hardware, software, electrical, etc.)

  • Reuse system artifacts to enable profitable product line engineering. Capabilities include:
    • Requirement, model and test reuse – Reuse all artifacts across design projects to speed time-to-market and reduce costs
    • Modular design – Optimize systems design and architect for reuse to improve architectural resilience and business flexibility
    • Product Line Modeling – Design families of subsystems including commonality and variation to create more profitable product lines

  • Validate products meet requirements and best practices processes are followed. Capabilities include:
    • Model verification – Automate design review to find problems earlier
    • Test management – Author and manage test cases, test sessions and results to improve quality
    • Traceability – Capture rich traceability across design artifacts to improve organizational agility and resilience to change
    • Governance – Utilize out-of-the-box systems engineering best practices to improve individual and team maturity

“The PTC Systems Engineering Solution is specifically designed to enable innovation in the process of designing the product, allowing customers to better address market needs and bring products to market faster,” said Roque Martin, SVP, Application Lifecycle Management, PTC .  “Delivering more complex products on time and at a lower cost is often the edge customers need to make their products stand out in a smart, connected world.”

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Wichita State University has been awarded a nearly $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to purchase laboratory equipment for the experiential engineering building, the first planned building on the Innovation Campus.

The funding will be used to purchase equipment for a state-of-the-art laboratory to allow manufacturers, entrepreneurs and designers to simulate and perform multi-robotic additive manufacturing, allowing them to test production process before committing to large-scale capital investments.

"This laboratory is one of dozens of elements we are bringing to Innovation Campus to ensure that WSU student and faculty researchers and the community have access to the most advanced tools for learning and economic development," said Wichita State President John Bardo. "We are thrilled that Wichita is identified as a leader in the resurgence of American manufacturing."

The lab will consist of two elements:

1) a large-scale virtual reality environment for assessing the feasibility of implementing additive manufacturing
2) multi-robotic additive manufacturing system for developing prototypes.

Additive manufacturing is also referred to as 3D printing, a technology that is gaining the interest of many large scale manufacturers as a way to increase production and decrease cost.

John Tomblin, WSU vice president for research and technology transfer, said equipment and software purchased with the EDA grant will help secure Wichita State's role as a leading university-based research center for advanced manufacturing.

"The laboratory will test the feasibility of using additive manufacturing technology in the manufacturing process – to verify that the newly designed production process is producible, scalable, processable, affordable and maintainable," said Tomblin.

The equipment will also be used to train students and existing and new workforce on simulation and additive manufacturing technology.

The equipment will be installed in the Experiential Engineering building as soon as it is complete. Until then, it will be housed within Wichita State laboratories at the National Center for Aviation Training.

Groundbreaking for the experiential engineering building is planned for February. The building will replace the Wheatshocker Apartments building and is expected to encompass 180,000 square feet. It will include an experiential learning environment, innovation laboratories and an incubator space.

The grant is the first one resulting from the federal government's Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), announced in May.

The equipment selected for the experiential engineering building addresses all four priorities identified by the IMCP task force. Those priorities are:

  • Prototyping facilities with equipment and supporting services that integrate design optimization software including computational fluid dynamics (CFD), cutting technologies, and machining (development, testing, evaluation and certification)
  • Materials-based development, testing and evaluation to support prototyping
  • Process improvements at both the prototyping and manufacturing stages
  • Flexible automation

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Altair announced a new release of HyperWorks®, the most comprehensive version to date of its computer-aided engineering (CAE) software platform, which has set the global standard for enabling its users to create more durable and efficient products.

HyperWorks 13.0 increases engineering productivity in four distinct areas:

  • Performance optimization. Through a wide array of solvers and multiphysics solutions, engineers are able to quickly predict and optimize product performance.
  • Lightweight design. Tailored simulation and optimization tools help reduce weight while meeting design goals through the use of effective geometries, new materials, and advanced manufacturing methods.
  • Lead-time reduction. Process automation, efficient modeling algorithms and advanced visualization capabilities help to dramatically increase simulation throughput to help bring products to market faster.
  • Access to new technologies. Simulation accessibility has been extended to new categories of users for design and optimization, including open access to specialized third party software from members of the Altair Partner Alliance (APA) and HPC, cloud-based products.

“This release of HyperWorks advances the most current trends in product design,” said James Dagg, Chief Technical Officer of Altair. “With an even sharper focus on tools for the analysis and design of composite structures, it facilitates processes for the mass customization of products. HyperWorks continues to offer a broad array of advanced solvers enabling engineers to simulate a wide range of physics, from the analysis of linear and nonlinear phenomena in structures to fluid flow, thermal, and electromagnetic behaviors.”

Performance optimization

OptiStruct® can now operate as a strong nonlinear solver, with major improvements that elevate its functionality to simulate large displacement analysis and hyper-elastic materials like rubber with an extremely efficient use of parallel computing to maximize speed. Its optimization capabilities have been enhanced to introduce new response types and multi-model optimization (MMO), allowing one efficient solution for components that are common across different structures.

AcuSolve® can now be coupled with MotionSolve® for a more accurate analysis of the flow of air or other fluids while the structural part is moving. An example would be simulating the effect of an adjustable rear wing on sport vehicle aerodynamic performance. This solver coupling represents one of the suite’s many multiphysics capabilities.

RADIOSS® furnishes more physics and even more accurate results for crack-propagation modeling through the extended finite element method (XFEM) and enhanced capabilities for airbag deployment. RADIOSS also offers improved parallelization for multi-domain methods and advanced mass scaling for better performance.

Both HyperStudy® and OptiStruct now offer integration with Excel. An engineer may export tradeoff studies to spreadsheets allowing to do post-processing independent of HyperStudy or, in OptiStruct, include Excel calculations as a response type in the optimization run.

Lightweight design

Altair is well-known for its expertise in designing composites structures. Pre-processing features in HyperWorks have been enhanced for improved usability. New, advanced methods of visualizing composite simulations in both the pre- and post-processing stages are now available, with the ability to visualize material, element and ply systems and overlay them with stresses. Additionally, new material laws and failure criteria for laminated composites and polymers are included.

HyperForm® now moves beyond metal forming to apply its capabilities to composite forming for sandwich and multilayered structures. The HyperMesh® drape estimator calculates thickness and angle variations that result from draping. These are very convenient accessories available to every HyperWorks user.

Lead time reduction

With the latest release of HyperWorks, engineers spend less time on the model build and get solutions more quickly. For instance, mass customization requires manufacturing many different versions of the same product. Altair has completely rewritten the part-replacement tool so that, if engineers are bringing in a new geometry, they can simply exchange the parts and all the connections are updated automatically. A new comparison tool can compare any combination of computer-aided design (CAD) and finite element geometry and highlight the differences. Enhanced direct modeling capabilities in HyperMesh allow users to quickly generate such geometries as reinforcement ribs without needing to go back to a CAD system.

Post-processing enhancements provide users with faster access to results and better ways to analyze them. Bidirectional communication between the HyperWorks desktop and PowerPoint is now possible. Results are now cached so that users may switch quickly between result sets when working on larger models.

HyperMesh, HyperView® and HyperGraph® each feature a new, unified Entity Editor to help modify all parameters of model or post-processing session entities faster. In the HyperMesh Entity Editor, new entities, components, properties and materials may be created much more efficiently. Solver documentation also is implemented into the Entity Editor via tool tips.

Interoperability between HyperWorks, CAD and product lifecycle management (PLM) systems allows engineers and designers to communicate easily and share product modifications in a truly collaborative environment. With HyperWorks 13.0, Altair has added bi-directional support for Windchill and Total Materia to the list of supported PLM systems and material databases.

Particular attention has been paid to the development of solutions for industry-specific use cases. HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel™, a complete solution for automotive external aerodynamics, is now part of the HyperWorks suite as is a new aerospace user profile. Other solutions for NVH, drop test simulation and more are now available as HyperWorks solutions via an innovative delivery and licensing system.

Access to new technologies

Altair’s optimization technology, which has been available for more than 20 years in OptiStruct, is now part of solidThinking Inspire®, an easy-to-use package designed to make finite element analysis (FEA) accessible to non-experts. SolidThinking Inspire allows for quick and easy creation and investigation of structurally efficient concepts and now includes analysis and geometry simplification capabilities. In addition, more than 50 third-party specialized solutions are available to HyperWorks users at no additional charge through the Altair Partner Alliance. Altair’s groundbreaking, token-based user model is evolving continuously to provide more value and enable customers to implement a simulation-driven design process.

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solidThinking, Inc. announced the latest version of solidThinking Inspire®, adding a multitude of new features. solidThinking Inspire enables design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily leading to reductions in cost, development time, material consumption, and product weight. Important new features in solidThinking Inspire 2014 include geometry simplification tools, linear static analysis, concentrated mass parts, and smoothing options as well as the ability to export solid geometry.

“With solidThinking Inspire 2014 we focused on enhancing the concept development process by proposing designs that can be rapidly iterated and easily exported to the user's preferred computer-aided design (CAD) tool,” says Andy Bartels, Program Manager for solidThinking Inspire. “We put a strong emphasis on improving the usability of the software while adding new features like geometry simplification tools for easier model setup and analysis to help users verify their concepts, all directly in the Inspire interface. These new features will allow customers to apply Inspire to a much broader set of design problems.”

More details are available on the solidThinking Inspire 2014 website, which features a collection of new videos, including a tour of the user interface, a comprehensive overview of the latest features added for 2014, and an overview of how the software fits into the product design process. In addition, customers may access tutorials created specifically for the solidThinking Inspire 2014 release, product demos and an interactive infographic.

“solidThinking Inspire 2014 fuses direct-modeling tools like push-pull faces and powerful Booleans with linear static and normal modes analysis, as well as geometry simplification and concentrated mass parts,” says Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Architosh. “Another exciting aspect of this tool is that it works on both Windows and Mac platforms, empowering designers to make lightweighting and material efficiency considerations prior to final engineering development.”

solidThinking Inspire is used by design engineers, product designers, and architects in multiple industries including aerospace, automotive, heavy industry, architecture, and consumer products. “Reducing part and assembly mass is important to us and solidThinking Inspire shows us how we can do this while also increasing the durability of structural components,” says Martin W. Dirker, Technical Specialist of Navistar Inc. “The great thing is the rapid feedback from design to an optimized shape.”

Earlier this year, solidThinking released solidThinking Evolve® 2014. Evolve allows industrial designers to develop forms faster, using either a Windows PC or Mac. Evolve captures an initial sketch, then allows exploration of styling alternatives and the visualization of products with high quality renderings generated in real time. It combines both the modeling freedom of organic surfaces and the control of parametric solids with its unique ConstructionTree history feature. Evolve releases designers from the constraints of engineering-oriented CAD tools, while allowing the export of digital models required by others in the product development process.

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A group of engineering students at the University of California, San Diego tested a 3D-printed rocket engine made out of laser sintered metal at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry testing site in the Mojave Desert.

To build the engine, students used a proprietary design that they developed. The engine was primarily financed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama and was printed by Illinois-based GPI Prototype and Manufacturing Services using direct metal laser sintering. This is the first time a university has produced a 3D printed liquid fueled metal rocket engine, according to the students, who are members of the UC San Diego chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.

“We’ve all been working so hard, putting countless hours to ensure that it all works,” said Deepak Atyam, the organization’s president. “If all goes well, we would be the first entity outside of NASA to have tested a liquid fueled rocket motor in its entirety. We hope to see all of our hard work come to fruition.”

The engine was designed to power the third stage of a rocket carrying several NanoSat-style satellites with a mass of less than a few pounds each. The engine is about 6 to 7 inches long and weighs about 10 lbs. It is designed to generate 200 lbs of thrust and is made of cobalt and chromium, a high-grade alloy. It runs on kerosene and liquid oxygen and cost $6,800 to manufacture, including $5,000 from NASA. The rest was raised by students through barbeque sales and other student-run fundraisers.

A 3D printed metal rocket engine would dramatically cut costs for launches, said Forman Williams, a professor of aerospace engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, who is the students’ advisor. Williams admits that he was skeptical at first as the design of liquid-propellant rockets is very complex and detailed, but the students surprised him.

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Valeo is inviting engineering students to take part in the global Valeo Innovation Challenge. The goal is to design equipment that, between now and 2030, will make the car more intelligent and intuitive.

For the initial selection rounds, engineering students are to develop bold, revolutionary solutions for the society of tomorrow and, as a team, submit a project in English. The 20 shortlisted teams will then be asked to create a model in the format of their choice (physical mock-up, application or other). Each team will be given €5,000 to put their idea into practice and build a functioning demonstrator. The three finalist teams will present their projects to the Challenge jury of Valeo experts and external partners, chaired by Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The winning team will take home a €100,000 prize.

With this Innovation Challenge, Valeo is demonstrating once again that R&D is a Group priority, guiding teams who are innovating each day to invent the automobiles of tomorrow.

Most of Valeo’s research and development programs are focused on the design of technologies that reduce vehicle CO2 emissions. The company ranks among the leading patent filers in France and dedicates nearly 10% of its original equipment sales to innovation. With close to 9,000 researchers in 20 research centers and 35 development centers around the world, Valeo has developed an array of innovative products and technologies that represent more than 30% of its order intake.

The Group plans to hire some 1,000 engineers and technicians a year over the next three years, including 400 in France.

Valeo is an independent industrial Group fully focused on the design, production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for the automotive industry, mainly for CO2 emissions reduction. Valeo ranks among the world's top automotive suppliers. The Group has 123 plants, 20 research centers, 35 development centers, 12 distribution platforms and employs 73,300 people in 28 countries worldwide. In 2012, Valeo generated sales of €11.8 billion and invested €1 billion in research and development.

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Job Title: Project Engineer

HOW TO APPLY— Application is a multi-step process.  You will be contacted upon successful completion of each step.  First steps:

  • Email a cover letter detailing how you meet the following minimum and preferred qualifications to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    • Minimum Qualifications. (Required to have your resume considered. Do not apply unless you have them.)
      • 5 years experience in additive manufacturing/rapid prototyping
      • 2-4 year technical degree

    • Preferred Qualifications.
      • Some type of additive manufacturing-related certification, for example, SLA, SLS, FDM, DMLS (MLS)
      • Metal working/finishing experience
      • Machine shop experience
      • Certification in Laser welding, CNC, EDM, project management, etc.

  • Email a current resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Generation of precise instructions to our operations to ensure that customer requirements are clearly defined and met, or in short, to deliver a quality product.
  • Be a subject-matter expert on manufacturing processes and materials to ensure a high success rate in our operations, and continual learning and growth in the technology of Direct Metal Laser Sintering.
  • Review potential projects with sales people and estimators.
  • Conduct pre-production review of projects for capacities, instructions and hand-off to production.
  • Conduct post-production review of whether project happened the way it was supposed to happen.
  • Build the process/materials information base as a reference tools for estimators and production.
  • Provide production support and trouble-shooting.
  • Annotate our routings, key instructions or behaviors that the shop needs to follow.
  • Provide and filter the information that estimators/quoters enter into the system.

Key Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Attributes

  • Knowledge of Additive Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping, especially DMLS.  Substantial knowledge of metal properties and applications, sufficient to know what questions to ask.  Knowledge of blueprint and tolerancing practices and conventions. Overall understanding of traditional manufacturing methods.
  • Can operate an additive manufacturing machine (other than Objet). Can use CAD images to gather critical project information.  Ability to ascertain materials requirements. Effective customer communication to understand requirements. Microsoft Office Suite skills—Excel, Word, PowerPoint. Blueprint reading skills.
  • Open-minded.  Good with people. A good teacher.  Quick recognition of what to do.  Able to quickly take many different perspectives/ opinions at once and create a logical conclusion/solution and recognize what to do.  A creative problem solver, with the ability to think on your feet.

Benefits of Employment

  • Competitive compensation package.
  • Major medical, life insurance, profit sharing and a shared health-club plan.
  • Training and support in developing your understanding of additive manufacturing/rapid prototyping.
  • A fun and exciting work environment focusing on cutting edge technology.
  • Located in beautiful Lake Bluff, IL, 30-40 miles north of downtown Chicago.|

Type of Business

GPI Prototype & Manufacturing Services sets the standard for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing services with practical and exotic applications for all major industries.  GPI specializes in additive technologies that impact product design processes and time cycles. Notable capabilities include Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), Objet 3D printing, RTV tooling, stereo lithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). These technologies build directly from CAD data, and are ideal for low-volume production of metal, plastic and urethane components, resulting in significant time and cost savings. Our market involvement has ranged from pharmaceutical/device implants to aerospace/Department of Defense applications.  Over the past 30 years, our product development and prototype expertise has been utilized to support diverse and challenging projects. Today, GPI Prototype is offering all of its rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing capabilities to every major industry.  Our industry anticipates 200-500% growth in the next 5 years.  Our technologies, processes and materials are well proven, established and documented.  Our value proposition is clear and obvious.

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The huge success of the 2012 Engineering Design Show has convinced organiser Findlay Media that an event designed for design engineers is not only an idea whose time has come, but one that merits further expansion.

With this in mind, the 2013 event has tripled in size. Occupying two halls at the Ricoh Arena – a floorspace of 6,000m2 – the Show will take place on the 2 & 3 October 2013 and is expected to attract as many as 250 exhibitors.

The Show will still remain true to the founding principle of catering specifically for design engineers, but will include a number of new elements. The most significant of these will be the launch of the Electronics Design Show, which will co-locate with the Engineering Design Show, occupying the whole of Hall 2.

Created by Findlay Media using its market-leading magazine New Electronics, the Electronics Design Show will provide exhibitors and visitors alike with a unique opportunity to take part in an event aimed exclusively at electronic design engineers.

As with the Engineering Design Show, the Electronics Design Show will offer best practice learning and practical design ideas for visitors through comprehensive conference and workshop sessions. The conference will provide 16 sessions over the two days, while the workshop programme will offer 20 practical and technical sessions.

Further leveraging the strength of Findlay Media's editorial offering, the Engineering Design Show 2013 will also see a new section specifically devoted to the engineering materials sector called Engineering Materials Live!

The decision to incorporate this element of the Show is based on this year's successful launch of Engineering Materials, the latest member of Findlay Media's stable of design engineering titles.

October 2-3, 2013
Jaguar Exhibition Hall
Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK

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General Electric (NYSE: GE) announced that it is launching two global additive manufacturing quests that invite entrepreneurs, companies and institutions to offer their solutions to both challenges: a 3D Printing Design Quest for technologies used in healthcare and a 3D Printing Production Quest for an aircraft engine bracket.

Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, GE Global Research Center said, “GE is committed to leading the next manufacturing revolution through innovative hardware, material and process advancements. This revolution depends on collaboration with external innovators and partners. These Quests will help us to convene and engage this community in meaningful ways and ultimately build an additive manufacturing ecosystem that scales the industry to new heights.”

Additive manufacturing is a key part of the advanced manufacturing revolution. GE has already reduced production times by up to 25% and achieved cost savings without sacrificing performance by putting additive technologies to work on an industrial scale. Continued external collaboration with fabrication leaders will accelerate the application of these technologies to further increase the speed and quality of innovation.

The additive manufacturing quests, which leverage GE’s prior successful Flight and Hospital quests in a new space, are launching with partners GrabCAD and NineSigma. Both are open to the public. The first phase of both quests will be open from June 11, 2013 to July 26, 2013.

3D Printing Design Quest

  • The design quest tasks participants to create the best 3D-printable design for an aircraft engine bracket.
  • The top ten designs from the first phase will win $1,000 each and will be additively manufactured and tested by GE during phase two.
  • The top 8 designs in the second phase will be awarded from a total prize pool of $20,000.
  • GE has partnered with GrabCAD to launch the design quest. During the quest, GrabCAD’s online community of more than 650,000 global engineers will have a chance to submit their CAD design solutions to a panel including some of GE’s brightest engineers.
  • See Official Rules for details. Contest opens on June 11, 2013. Must submit at least one entry by July 26, 2013 to be eligible for phase two. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

3D Printing Production Quest: High Precision and Advanced Manufacturing

  • This quest asks participants to use 3-D printing technology to produce highly precise and complex parts with high precision. Such parts will have potential application in medical imaging and a broad spectrum of other GE businesses.
  • An objective of this quest is to broaden GE’s supplier network of high-end 3D fabricators with sophisticated production capabilities.
  • Up to ten winners from the first phase will be awarded $5,000 and invited to participate in the second phase, which includes prototype fabrication with specified materials. Up to three winning prototypes will be awarded $50,000 each.
  • GE has partnered with Nine Sigma to launch the production quest.
  • This open innovation quest will be judged and tested by industry experts in fields of additive manufacturing and engineering.
  • See Official Rules for details. Contest opens on June 11, 2013. Must submit at least one entry by July 26, 2013 to be eligible for phase two. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

Combining GE’s technology and scale with GrabCAD and NineSigma’s communities of innovators and open innovation platforms will inspire and facilitate the creative collaboration needed to generate new solutions to some of the toughest additive manufacturing challenges.

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Sharing information, driving innovation in manufacturing and preparing an advanced manufacturing workforce will be the focus of the 2013 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Annual Conference to be held June 2-4, 2013, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

“This year’s meeting focuses on areas crucial to the future of American manufacturing, innovation and workplace development,” said Mark Tomlinson, CEO and executive director of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). “I invite anyone with an interest in advancing the industry to join us to discuss industry trends and employment, hear from experts in emerging technologies, and visit local manufacturers who are deploying those technologies.”

The conference kicks off Sunday, June 2, with a “State of the Society” luncheon, member workshops and a tech fair featuring area manufacturers using in-demand 3D printing and RAPID technology. Students from George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology in Towson, Md., and local students involved in First Robotics, SkillsUSA and Project Lead the Way will participate in the student activities. The tech fair will be the location for judging of the “The Future of Manufacturing” student competition. This is a collegiate-level manufacturing competition in which student chapter members choose, select and build their own manufacturing project to be evaluated by a select group of manufacturing professionals and educators. Schools participating in the challenge this year are University of Colorado Denver, Colorado; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York; Chippewa Valley Technical College, Wisconsin; and PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh India.

Monday, June 3, is Leadership Day and begins with a keynote address by Dr. Alan S. Gregerman, president and chief innovation officer of VENTURE WORKS, Inc. Gregerman is author of Surrounded by Geniuses and Lessons from the Sandbox. The remainder of the morning is dedicated to presentations and discussions of industry trends and executive briefings from experts in eight technical communities. The afternoon features a workforce panel on how corporations, government agencies and academic institutions are working together to build a competitive workplace system and narrow the manufacturing skills gap, followed by breakout sessions on leadership in manufacturing.

Tuesday, June 4, is Workforce Development Day, beginning with a keynote panel, "Winning Over Lawmakers to Support Rapid 3D Digital Technologies for Manufacturing.” The keynote luncheon speaker is Ro Khanna, former deputy assistant secretary of commerce, who will also sign copies of his book, “Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America's Future.” That afternoon, SME offers tours of four facilities – NASA Goddard, Marlin Steel, Ellicott Dredges and Domino Sugar.

SME is including a one-year membership with all paid conference registrations. Also included is admission to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers International Awards Gala honoring the outstanding achievements of SME members.

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Altair announced the release of HyperWorks 12.0, the most comprehensive computer-aided engineering platform in the PLM market. HyperWorks 12.0 offers new functionalities and end-user productivity advancements in product optimization, finite element modeling, multiphysics analysis, powertrain durability analysis, lightweight design and many others.

“HyperWorks 12.0 provides automated and easy-to-use features that save time, ensure accuracy and improve products by making them lighter and by offering the opportunity for much more design exploration,” said James Brancheau, Altair’s Chief Technical Officer.

“The very tight integration and interoperability of the open-platform HyperWorks suite allow engineers, designers and analysts to create and evaluate every aspect of their products with assurance that they have found the best design for their objectives.”

The advanced capabilities within HyperWorks 12.0 emphasize performance improvements and enhancements in:

  • Usability – aimed at time compression and providing easy access to CAE technology, including improvements to the model browsers, a new streamlined user profile for quick model setup (BasicFEA) and support for 3D visualization (HyperView).
  • Advanced meshing algorithms – various meshing functionalities for shell and solid meshing, such as a mid-plane mesh generator with automatic thickness mapping from complex solid CAD geometry and the addition of quality control mechanisms (HyperMesh).
  • Model Assembling – various sophisticated model assembly methods, including an automated connectors generation method, are available for faster assembly of complex models.
  • Interfacing – enhanced interoperability of CAD import and export, composites interfacing and collaborative simulation data management.
  • Powertrain Durability and large-scale NVH analysis and optimization – new and enhanced functionalities include one-step transfer path analysis (TPA) and a multi-level sub-structuring solver (AMSES) in OptiStruct.
  • Explicit and implicit finite-element analysis – several new material laws and failure models for accuracy (RADIOSS).
  • GPU support – the implicit solvers in RADIOSS, OptiStruct and AcuSolve add GPU support with a cost-effective licensing schema.
  • Automotive extensions – allow co-simulation with third-party components for multi-body analysis (MotionSolve).
  • Best-in-class optimization capabilities – speeds lightweighting of designs and now includes new manufacturing constraints for composite materials (OptiStruct).
  • Noise levels prediction – new Ffowcs-Williams-Hawkings acoustic solver accurately predicts noise levels at distant microphone locations (AcuSolve).
  • Smart Multiphysics simulation – novel multi-core licensing model cost-effectively leverages HyperWorks and Altair Partner Alliance solvers for high-end multiphysics problems.
  • Design exploration, study and optimization – an entirely redesigned release of HyperStudy accelerates design robustness and reliability studies.
  • Simulation-driven concept design tools – the most recent version of solidThinking Inspire allows designers to generate and explore structurally efficient concepts in the earliest phases of the design process, and solidThinking Evolve delivers a NURBS-based 3D modeling and rendering environment to create manufacturable models and render CAE results with unsurpassed photorealism.

The advancements in HyperWorks 12.0 received positive reviews from customer beta users. For example, Jonathan Gabrys, Technical Fellow of The Boeing Company, said, “The new 3D capability creates a fully-immersive environment that improves our ability to support conceptual design and analysis efforts. Specifically, being able to interrogate complex analysis results, such as stress fields or deflections, using 3D visualization provides an enhanced level of understanding.”

In addition to the HyperWorks suite, Altair provides virtually limitless value and access to third party technology through the Altair Partner Alliance (APA).  Directly accessed using HyperWorks Units (HWUs), today HyperWorks clients have access to wide variety of specialized software applications developed by nearly 30 different strategic partners.

With the launch of HyperWorks 12.0, Altair continues to increase the value, flexibility and portability of the HyperWorks licenses. The suite remains available “in the cloud” via HyperWorks On-Demand (HWOD), a platform that uses Altair’s PBS Works suite for high performance computing (HPC) for work load management, job submission, monitoring and workload analytics. This allows easy access to cloud computing and subsequent accounting – all using HWUs, requiring minimal additional investment.

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NASA is inviting potential partners to help the agency achieve its strategic goals for education.

Using its unique missions, discoveries, and assets, NASA supports education inside and outside the formal classroom to inspire and motivate educators and learners of all ages in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The agency is seeking unfunded partnerships with organizations to engage new or broader audiences across a national scale.

NASA recognizes the benefit of leveraging those unique resources and abilities that partners can provide in order to improve efficiency and maximize impact of its STEM efforts. This announcement requests information from organizations interested in working with NASA to improve STEM education in America.

Potential partnership activities are varied, and NASA is receptive to a wide range of possibilities. All categories of domestic groups, including U.S. federal government agencies, are eligible to respond to this announcement. NASA particularly seeks responses from creative organizations with wide-ranging areas of expertise that can affect systemic change for improving STEM education. NASA will accept responses through Dec. 31, 2014. Review of responses will begin April 1.

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Organovo Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: ONVO) ("Organovo"), a creator and manufacturer of functional, three-dimensional human tissues for medical research and therapeutic applications, is working together with researchers at Autodesk, Inc., the leader in cloud-based design and engineering software, to create the first 3D design software for bioprinting.

The software, which will be used to control Organovo's NovoGen MMX bioprinter, will represent a major step forward in usability and functionality for designing three-dimensional human tissues, and has the potential to open up bioprinting to a broader group of users.

"Autodesk is an excellent partner for Organovo in developing new software for 3D bioprinters," said Keith Murphy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Organovo. "This relationship will lead to advances in bioprinting, including both greater flexibility and throughput internally, and the potential long-term ability for customers to design their own 3D tissues for production by Organovo."

"Bioprinting has the potential to change the world," said Jeff Kowalski, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Autodesk. "It's a blend of engineering, biology and 3D printing, which makes it a natural for Autodesk. I think working with Organovo to explore and evolve this emerging field will yield some fascinating and radical advances in medical research."

Organovo's 3D bioprinting technology is used to create living human tissues that are three-dimensional, architecturally correct, and made entirely of living human cells. The resulting structures can function like native human tissues, and represent an opportunity for advancement in medical research, drug discovery and development, and in the future, surgical therapies and transplantation.

The Autodesk Research group is dedicated to innovation and discovery ranging from methods to help users learn powerful digital prototyping tools to visualization and simulation techniques that enable designers to achieve new levels of performance. Advancing the state of the art in human-computer interaction, computer graphics and digital design technology, Autodesk Research collaborates openly with researchers at leading universities around the world. The bio/nano/programmable matter group within Autodesk Research is extending this expertise by developing software for the design and simulation of molecular systems and living systems.

Organovo designs and creates functional, three-dimensional human tissues for medical research and therapeutic applications. The company is working in collaboration with pharmaceutical and academic partners to develop human biological disease models in three dimensions that enable therapeutic drug discovery and development. Organovo's technology can also be applied to create surgical tissues for direct therapy. Their three-dimensional bioprinting technology was selected as one of the "Best Inventions of 2010" by TIME Magazine. Organovo leads the way in solving complex medical research problems and building the future of medicine.

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) today announced a new partnership that will increase the value of both associations to their respective members and increase awareness that plastic materials and products are contributing to a more sustainable future.  Through the partnership, members of both organizations will enjoy certain reciprocal benefits and to some extent, the associations agreed to use each other’s communication channels.
“Our partnership with ACC’s Plastics Division will provide value to our members by enhancing access to market data and information on the sustainability of plastics, and by creating a framework to better leverage the expertise and the communications networks that exist within this industry,” said Willem De Vos, SPE’s chief executive officer.  “In an increasingly challenging economic environment, the supporting bodies of our industry can only gain by doing things together and taking advantage of each other’s resources to support our industry, our companies and our members in a professional manner,” said De Vos.
“Plastics engineers are working every day to bring innovative materials and applications to life,” said Steve Russell, ACC’s vice president of plastics. “Through this new partnership we hope to support their work through access to more comprehensive information about the sustainability of plastics across a variety of applications.”
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A materials research scientist who works at NASA's Langley Research Center has been named 2013 Robert A. Mitcheltree Young Engineer of the Year - an award presented by the Hampton Roads Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Dr. Hyun Jung Kim, who conducts her research in the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch at NASA Langley, but works for the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of solid-state physics and energy harvesting, including advanced thermoelectric and solar cells.

The local AIAA chapter cites her work as, "a remarkable achievement in the field of thermoelectric material development and a gateway to utilize waste heat recovery technology for the green energy.” Her work at NASA Langley includes new material configurations and has led to a number of patent and invention disclosures related to emerging thermoelectrics and solar cell technologies.

“Dr. Kim is a very intelligent and gifted scientist who consistently has excellent solutions to challenging technical problems, and enjoys exploring new and interesting areas of research,” said Robert Bryant, NASA Langley's Advanced Materials and Processing Branch head. “One of the difficulties with her research topics is that the materials and devices do not exist and have to be created from the ground up. Consequently, the methods and instrumentation to measure and compare their effectiveness against the current technology also has to be developed from the ground up.”

This marks the second consecutive year that a member of NIA’s research staff, who works at NASA Langley, has been named Hampton Roads Section AIAAYoung Engineer of the Year. The local chapter is one of the largest chapters of the professional organization in the nation, and the nomination process for this award is highly competitive.

As the recipient of this award, Kim is also the HRS nominee for the Peninsula Engineers Council (PEC) 2013 Doug Ensor Award.

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Altair’s HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA) today announced a new partnership with local Michigan company, Dimensional Control Systems, Inc. (DCS). The company’s product, 3DCS Variation Analyst Multi-CAD (3DCS Multi-CAD), performs tolerance analysis, predicting the amount of variation inherent in designs and identifying the sources of that variation. While 3DCS is best known in the automotive industry, it is also applied in aerospace, defense, energy, medical device, consumer electronics and industrial equipment. Any company that manufactures a product and is interested in controlling quality can benefit from 3DCS Multi-CAD’s capabilities.

“We look forward to the new opportunities presented by being a part of the HyperWorks Partner Alliance, as well as the value this partnership will provide to both companies,” said DCS Product Manager Dave Johnson. “The addition of tolerance analysis will open new doors for dimensional engineering initiatives within companies through the easy access of the HWPA and allow users the opportunity to realize the value of 3DCS Multi-CAD with little risk.”

3DCS Multi-CAD adds capability to the HWPA in a discipline that was previously unavailable within the program, furthering Altair’s commitment to offering users a complete solution. The variation and tolerance analysis software creates a virtual prototype by simulating the assembly process and final product variation.  This determines the design’s ability to be manufactured before the first product is ever made. The result makes it possible for manufacturers to predict and solve problems before they arise, which in turn helps control costs by reducing the need for redesign and retooling and by avoiding future warranty claims.

In addition to 3DCS Multi-CAD, DCS is providing 3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler (FEA CM) as an add-on solution to allow users to accurately model variation of compliant parts and assemblies. FEA CM incorporates variation from clamping, welding, springback and stresses on a vast array of materials and assembly methods into a 3DCS model. 3DCS Multi-CAD and 3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler provide fast visualization of these deformations and predicted results, as well as targeted studies for evaluation of advanced design concepts.

“The addition of DCS to the HyperWorks Partner Alliance will help our customers increase their product quality,” said Tony Norton, Altair’s senior director for global automotive and off-highway vehicles. "The 3DCS Multi-CAD technology also will save HyperWorks customers money through reduced scrap rates. Obviously this is important not just to our automotive customers but also to those in many other industries."

For the past 12 years, Altair’s innovative and versatile unit-based licensing system has allowed HyperWorks users to access a growing portfolio of applications while optimizing their investment. Every license is composed of a pool of recyclable HyperWorks units (HWUs), which can be used to access any application within the HyperWorks family.

After seeing the success of the unit-based system, Altair decided to expand the model to third-party companies and allowed them to run their own applications under this unit-based system, a collaboration known as the HyperWorks Partner Alliance. The overall flexibility of these HWUs empowers users and allows them access to the largest and most complete suite of CAE applications available. This licensing model makes the benefits to participating HyperWorks customers infinite, with their return on investment increasing each time a new application is added to the offering. They can access any of the partner programs using the same leased HWUs they are already using to run HyperWorks, all available at no incremental cost or long-term commitment.

To learn more about 3DCS Variation Analyst MultiCAD, attend one of the introductory webinars being held on December 14th at 9am ET and January 16th at 11am ET. Both will be hosted by Altair and presented by DCS.

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Moldex3D announced its leading mold filling simulation technology has been integrated with the latest release of NX™ software. NX EasyFill Analysis will enable the innovative and professional mold filling simulation technologies to further enhance the mold design-to-manufacturing process for users of NX 8.5. Siemens’ PLM software business unit started distributing and supporting NX EasyFill Analysis globally with the release of NX 8.5.

“We are very happy to incorporate Moldex3D filling analysis capabilities in NX to offer designers a more accessible and easy-to-use injection molding solution,” said Dr. Venny Yang, President of Moldex3D, “Predicting and preventing manufacturing defects in the earliest design phase of plastic injection-molded product development will become more efficient and cost-effective, and help companies avoid unnecessary waste of time and money on repeated mold trials and fixes.”

“NX has been a global leader in the design of high-end plastic product and mold tooling in a wide variety of industries. We believe that incorporating Moldex3D CAE technologies will further enhance our customers’ ability to validate designs upfront and solve design bottlenecks. The EasyFill Analysis in NX 8.5 demonstrates our commitment to bringing integrated design and manufacturing simulation solutions for plastic parts to our customers,” said Jim Rusk , Senior Vice President of Product Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software.

NX EasyFill Analysis enables designers to easily check potential manufacturing defects without leaving the NX design environment. It helps users tackle significant molding issues more efficiently to optimize gate number/locations, material selection, or process conditions. Additionally, Moldex3D provides more advanced capabilities in its “eDesignSYNC for NX” to support packing, cooling, fiber orientation and warpage predictions. It allows NX users to visualize more critical molding factors and evaluate the results, such as sink marks, overpacking, or thermal displacement and part shrinkage.

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NASA is offering high school junior girls from across the United States an opportunity to jump-start their future by participating in the Women In STEM High School (WISH) Aerospace Scholars program for 2013.

WISH participants will participate in online forums focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics, and complete online activities to qualify for a six-day summer experience at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. During the summer experience, they will work with mentors to design a mission to Mars, interact with NASA female role models, and mingle with scientists and engineers as they learn about careers in STEM.

Applications are due January 3, 2013. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, female high school juniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and interested in STEM. They must have access to the Internet and e-mail, be able to commit to the project for one year and participate in the Johnson summer program in 2013.

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CD-adapco is proud to announce the release of STAR-CCM+ v7.06, the latest version of its multidisciplinary engineering simulation software tool.  As the third release in 2012, STAR-CCM+ v7.06 introduces a number of enhancements and new feature that have the specific aim of helping CD-adapco customers: shorten their product development schedules; create more reliable and better quality products; and to gain additional insight into their product behavior and performance.

"STAR-CCM+ v7.06, illustrates our continued commitment to making our customers even more successful through engineering simulation," said Jean-Claude Ercolanelli, Senior VP of Product Management.

Accelerate Your Product Development

In order to play a role in product development, simulation results need to be supplied on time, every-time.

With this is mind, STAR-CCM+ v7.06 is specifically designed to allow customers to get meaningful simulation results faster than ever before:

  • The Continuity Convergence Accelerator (CCA) increases the speed of convergence for the coupled server by up to 400%, delivering increased simulation throughput, and demonstrating our continued investment in innovative coupled solver technology.
  • The STAR-CCM+ CAD-Clients now include associative geometry transfer to STAR-CCM+ with a single click and also maintain the naming between the CAD and CAE models. The new feature facilitates rapid design space exploration with "one-click" design updates.
  • The new Defeaturing capabilities in 3D-CAD allow users to simplify imported CAD models by removing unnecessary fillets, chamfers and holes, or geometrical details.

Improve Your Product Quality and Reliability

Improving product quality is a strategic objective of every company involved in product design or manufacture.  

  • STAR-CCM+ v7.06 delivers more accurate and realistic simulation of droplets with the addition of a Droplet Collision and Coalescence model to our Lagrangian Multiphase capability. The new model is useful when simulating dense or multiple streams that interact with each other.
  • A new Fluid Film Boiling capability is an industry-first and it enables simulation of liquid films coming in contact with very hot surfaces. This capability is a critical requirement for the simulation of Selective Catalytic Reduction in Automotive and Chemical Process Industry applications.
  • As part of an ongoing effort to provide a complete icing & de-icing capability, STAR-CCM+ v7.06 also introduces a Fluid Film Melting & Solidification model, which allows fluid films to form, move, freeze and melt. In the aerospace industry, the model can be used to predict ice accretion and melting on wings. For automotive applications, the model can be used to predict the freezing of films on windshields and defrost/deice simulation.
  • This version also features a unique 3D electrochemistry model for simulating the electrochemical field at a micro-structural level of a Lithium-Ion battery cell.

Better insight into product performance

The ability to communicate engineering information, while engaging with an increasingly non-specialist audience, is a key skill for any CAE engineer. “Effective communication of complex engineering simulation data is a key part of this process,” said Ercolanelli.

One of CD-adapco’s ongoing aims is to make its solution easier to learn, easier to remember and easier to work with on a daily basis. STAR-CCM+ v7.06 includes a range of user experience improvements to facilitate its operation and the analysis of the results: new load simulation dialogue, bounded/slider values, flexible export, color bar formatting and table auto-export, slider control for cross section visualization, reporting and monitoring on the fly

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Renishaw has been announced as a sponsor of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineer's Fair as part of its ongoing commitment to develop the next generation of engineers.

The Big Bang Fair, which takes place at ExCeL, London from 14 – 17 March 2013, is the largest celebration of science and engineering for young people in the UK and is designed to inspire young people to make the link between their classroom experiences and a future career. At the fair, visitors will experience a wide range of explosive theatre shows and interactive exhibits, as well as having the opportunity to meet some of the country's leading scientist and engineers.

In sponsoring the Big Bang Fair, Renishaw is continuing its commitment to raising awareness surrounding Engineering as a career. The Company's Education Liaison Executive, Julie Collins, explains, “It is increasingly important that we encourage young people to study subjects that will give them the qualifications that they will require for an interesting and rewarding career in engineering and science. Events like the Big Bang Fair really help to spark the interest of young people and inspire them to keep studying STEM subjects.”

In 2012, the Big Bang Fair hosted 56,000 visitors of all ages, who both enjoyed and learned from their experiences. The organisers report that over 76% of 12 – 14 year olds viewed engineering more positively as a result of their visit. Renishaw is working with education establishments to help promote STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in schools, and engineering as a career, to help combat the nationwide skills shortage of high calibre scientists and engineers.

The Big Bang Fair is delivered by over 170 organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors, including EngineeringUK, the British Science Associate and the Institute of Physics.

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ESI Group announces the release of Virtual Performance Solution (VPS) Version 2012. Virtual Performance Solution enables you to virtually assess and optimize the overall performance of a future product at a very early stage of the design process. It cuts product development costs and time-to-market by reducing the number of physical prototypes, and by significantly improving the whole design process efficiency throughout the supply chain.

In various industries, manufacturers are striving to develop greener and safer products, using lighter materials and innovative designs, while ensuring leading-edge functional standards, including safety, comfort, NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), acoustics, stiffness and durability. VPS addresses all these key attributes and allows engineers to handle interactions across multiple - and sometimes conflicting - domains efficiently. Leading-edge accuracy is achieved in each domain by accounting fully for non-linear physics and manufacturing effects.

VPS enables efficient multi-domain optimization to master safety margins and lower product weight, reduce the number of physical prototypes, shorten design cycles and cut development costs. Featuring a single-core model for all domains of performance, and the ability to run all load cases on a single cluster, VPS reduces drastically the model conversion tasks and errors, and the lead times induced by synchronization between domains, in comparison to using multiple solvers on multiple hardware platforms.

VPS delivers outstanding performance for massively parallel computing for all domains of performance, and increases the overall workflow flexibility. The unified user environment for all domains (Visual-Environment) enables the management and the synchronization of the virtual engineering processes. Costs associated with multiple software installation and maintenance are reduced, and the efficiency of the whole engineering process is significantly enhanced.

Significant improvements in VPS 2012 specifically include:

  • the modeling of non-linear phenomena for Strength and Durability;
  • the modeling of highly damped components for Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH);
  • the accuracy of airbag deployment for Safety;
  • the handling of assembly pre-loads for all domains.

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The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has released Infusing Real World Experiences into Engineering Education which showcases 29 engineering programs at colleges and universities across the nation that effectively incorporate such activities into their curriculum and highlights best practices for schools seeking to create new programs. The publication was sponsored by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) in support of the AMD NextGen Engineer initiative.

“This nation’s prosperity, security, and quality of life are direct results of leadership in the engineering achievements that drive society forward,” said Dr. Charles M. Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering. “These programs are strategically preparing students to become the engineers who will tackle the technical and social complexities that lie ahead in the 21st century.”

“Simply mastering technical engineering is no longer enough to successfully compete and lead in today’s marketplace,” said Mark Papermaster, AMD’s senior vice president and chief technology officer. “We see first-hand at AMD that our engineers must also be able to solve complex problems, communicate clearly, and collaborate globally. The innovative approaches taken by these leading engineering schools will help prepare our future engineers.”

The best practices outlined in the report include incorporating multidisciplinary team-based projects into curricula to help students develop skills in decision-making, leadership, written and oral communication, organization/time management, cultural awareness, and problem-solving. The report identifies frequent impediments to infusing real-world experiences into engineering programs and suggests ideas for overcoming these barriers to program implementation. The most frequent obstacles cited include lack of funding and financial support, faculty workload concerns, and challenges encountered with partners.

The best practice case studies included in the NAE report compare anticipated versus actual program outcomes to demonstrate how each institution is improving the level of preparedness of its engineering students.

Programs at the following schools are recognized in the report:

  • Arizona State University
  • Auburn University
  • Boise State University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Lehigh University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Santa Clara University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Utah
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • West Virginia University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The NAE’s Real World Engineering Education committee received 95 nominations for inclusion in the report from accredited four-year undergraduate schools with engineering or engineering technology programs. Submissions were reviewed by the committee and judged based on seven factors: program creativity, innovation, attention to diversity (including geographic, institution, racial/ethnic and gender), sustainability plan, assessment of student learning, level of real-world experience, and anticipated versus actual outcomes.

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Miles O'Brien, Science Nation Correspondent
Ann Kellan, Science Nation Producer

It started with a TV show, "Silence of the Bees," about honeybee populations in steep decline. At Harvard University, electrical engineers Rob Wood and Gu-Yeon Wei, and computer scientist Radhika Nagpal saw a challenge. And, so began the creation of the "RoboBee," a miniature flying robot, inspired by the biology of a bee and the insect's hive behavior.

"Nothing is off the shelf. We are developing all the physical and electronic components from scratch, and working out issues, such as how they communicate with each other," explains Wood. "We are also coordinating all the algorithms, so that the members of the RoboBee colony can work together."

"This set up is where we do all the flight tests," says Wood, as he shows a Science Nation producer around his lab. In one corner, researchers at a white board are drawing small bee designs and discussing proportions. In another area, a prototype RoboBee, tethered to a power source, is about to takeoff.

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and one of the agency's programs called Expeditions in Computing, Wood put together a diverse team of collaborators to get the RoboBee project off the ground.

"A key here was to get everyone, all with great ideas about different aspects of the problem, lined up to work together. That made it possible for this team to attack an enormous challenge," says Ken Whang, program director for the division of information and intelligent systems within the NSF's Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering.

"3-2-1. Go!" The tethered RoboBee prototype lifts off the ground, if only for a second, veers right, and lands. High-speed cameras track the short flight. "Expeditions in Computing is looking for new architectures for computing--new ways of thinking about different important problems in computer science," says Wood, as he nods at the successful test flight.

One challenge is to design a small exoskeleton to house the bee's wings, motors, brain and electronics. Wood's team developed a folding assembly. "The idea is inspired, in a lot of ways, by a children's pop-up book. We can take a variety of different materials and layer them up," explains Wood.

Wei heads up a team developing the RoboBee's intricate, multitasking, computer chip brain. "We have different regions on the chip responsible for different things. We also have an electronic nervous system within the RoboBee brain that tells the bee to flap its wings," says Wei.

Power is another issue. If the fuel source is too heavy, the bee can't fly. "We have a collaborator that's making micro fuel cells that should be much better than the batteries," says Wood.

"There's so much that goes into recreating what real bees just do naturally," adds Wei.

"Even after all that, a single bee or RoboBee is tiny, compared to the world in which it needs to operate," notes Nagpal. She develops algorithms for distributed and multi-robot systems.

"Honeybees live in colonies of thousands, and, through amazing cooperation, achieve efficiency far beyond the sum of individuals. Bees do a number of things to increase efficiency, from sharing information within the hive to continually adapting their division of labor. All of this allows them to solve the very complex task of survival in an ever changing environment. What we need to learn is how to utilize those same principles, such as collective search and collective decision-making, but turn them into algorithms that can be used to solve new problems posed by human needs," explains Nagpal.

Ultimately, Wood, Wei and Nagpal hope to build a colony in which the RoboBees interact, using their hive as a refueling station. The researchers say RoboBees have the potential to be useful in a number of ways, including search and rescue missions, traffic monitoring, and weather mapping.

The research in this episode was funded by NSF through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Altair invites its customers to participate in a beta testing program for HyperWorks 12.0, a new version of Altair’s globally acclaimed computer-aided engineering (CAE) suite. The beta program is designed to gain feedback from engineers, designers and others, who will test the upgraded version in real-life applications.

Each time beta testers submit their feedback to Altair via the HyperWorks website, they will be entered in a drawing for any of three prizes that will be awarded: a Kindle Fire HD tablet, a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader and a traditional Kindle e-reader. Submissions for the drawing, in the form of relevant comments for fine-tuning HyperWorks 12.0, will be accepted via the registration site until Thursday, November 15, 2012. Winners will be notified by January 25, 2013. Additional information, terms and conditions are available at To join the beta program and become eligible for the drawing, current customers should contact their local Altair representative for registration information.

The rollout of HyperWorks 12.0 is scheduled for early 2013, and users can subscribe for updates on the release, related training material and webinars at The latest version of HyperWorks will incorporate hundreds of new features to meet the changing needs of those engaged in finite-element analysis, simulation-driven design, product optimization and other CAE projects.

HyperWorks 12.0 will reflect additional advancements in the extensive capabilities of the CAE suite:

  • HyperWorks modeling and visualization tools, like HyperMesh and HyperView, consistently surpass users' expectations, as demonstrated by their clear supremacy in both automotive and aerospace markets.
  • HyperWorks 12.0 will further enable the optimization and analysis of innovative composite materials.
  • Through RADIOSS, AcuSolve and MotionSolve, HyperWorks 12.0 will offer extended solver capabilities and performance improvements, in particular for such analysis domains as powertrain durability, noise and vibrations, multibody dynamics, aerodynamics and multi-physics.
  • Optimization through OptiStruct and HyperStudy continues leading the way to efficient, lightweight products and design exploration.
  • Collaborative knowledge management is increasingly important in HyperWorks, easily connecting engineers to other enterprise tools.

“We strive to provide the best-quality technology to our customers for their current and emerging needs,” said Altair Chief Technology Officer James Brancheau, “so the more models on which HyperWorks 12.0 is tested during the beta phase, the more certain we will be that any potential issues are averted and that the quality of the release will meet the highest standards.”

Each beta tester will be furnished with a beta license and a link to download the beta version of the software. Feedback from the testers will be analyzed and introduced into Altair’s quality assurance system as part of the HyperWorks 12.0 release validation process.

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Using input from 135 girls across the country, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) re-designed its popular EngineerGirl website which was unveiled today. This is the first major redesign since EngineerGirl! premiered in 2000 and was made possible by support from the Lockheed Martin Corporation. The website is a platform for informing, inspiring, and supporting students interested in engineering. Its target audience is middle school girls, with the aim of introducing them to the rewards of an engineering career.

The annual EngineerGirl essay contest for 2013 was also announced today and focuses on engineering advancements for disease prevention.

“We are passionate about encouraging our nation’s young people to consider careers in engineering,” said NAE President Charles M. Vest. “The EngineerGirl website provides a wealth of resources not only for girls, but everyone interested in ways they can be a part of building our future.”

The girls who helped design the website, known as the Girls Advisory Board, held 19 virtual meetings. Girls from 28 states participated in discussions about content and interface for the new site. In addition to a completely new look and site organization, the revised website will include new features not previously available on EngineerGirl There are blogs about what an engineer does and a new section called “Try on a Career” that allows girls to explore different engineering fields. The new site also provides an opportunity for engineers to sign up as role models and maintain a profile on the website with a short bio and information about their line of work.

The 2013 Health Engineering essay contest asks students in grades three to 12 to choose from five diseases listed by The World Health Organization as the leading causes of death throughout the world: Heart disease, Stroke, Influenza (and other lower respiratory infections), Emphysema (or COPD), and Diarrhea. Students will describe engineering advancements in the treatment or prevention of one of the diseases and explain the types of engineering fields that have contributed to addressing these diseases. Essays will be judged on the basis of design content, research, expression, and originality. Winners will be chosen in three categories: elementary (grades three to five); middle school (grades six to eight); and high school (grades nine to 12). Monetary prizes and certificates are given to the winners.

The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

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When University of Virginia engineering students posted a YouTube video last spring of a plastic turbofan engine they had designed and built using 3-D printing technology, they didn’t expect it to lead to anything except some page views.

But executives at The MITRE Corporation, a McLean-based federally funded research and development center with an office in Charlottesville, saw the video and sent an announcement to the School of Engineering and Applied Science that they were looking for two summer interns to work on a new project involving 3-D printing. They just didn’t say what the project was.

Only one student responded to the job announcement: Steven Easter, then a third-year mechanical engineering major.

“I was curious about what they had to offer, but I didn’t call them until the day of the application deadline,” Easter said.

He got a last-minute interview and brought with him his brother and lab partner, Jonathan Turman, also a third-year mechanical engineering major.

They got the job: to build over the summer an unmanned aerial vehicle, using 3-D printing technology. In other words, a plastic plane, to be designed, fabricated, built and test-flown between May and August. A real-world engineering challenge, and part of a Department of the Army project to study the feasibility of using such planes.

Three-dimensional printing is, as the name implies, the production or “printing” of actual objects, such as parts for a small airplane, by using a machine that traces out layers of melted plastic in specific shapes until it builds up a piece exactly according to the size and dimensions specified in a computer-aided drawing produced by an engineer.

In this case, the engineers were Easter and Turman, working with insight from their adviser, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor David Sheffler, a U.Va. Engineering School alumnus and 20-year veteran of the aerospace industry.

It was a daunting project – producing a plane with a 6.5-foot wingspan, made from assembled “printed” parts. The students sometimes put in 80-hour workweeks, with many long nights in the lab.

“It was sort of a seat-of-the-pants thing at first – wham, bang,” Easter said. “But we kept banging away and became more confident as we kept designing and printing out new parts.”

Sheffler said he had confidence in them “the entire way.”

The way eventually led to assembly of the plane and four test flights in August and early September at Milton Airfield near Keswick. It achieved a cruising speed of 45 mph and is only the third 3-D printed plane known to have been built and flown.

During the first test, the plane’s nosepiece was damaged while the plane taxied around the field.

“We dogged it,” Easter said. “But we printed a new nose.”

That ability to make and modify new parts is the beauty of 3-D printing, said Sheffler, who works with students in the Engineering School’s Rapid Prototyping Lab. The lab includes seven 3-D printers used as real-world teaching tools.

“Rapid prototyping means rapid in small quantities,” Sheffler said. “It’s fluid, in that it allows students to evolve their parts and make changes as they go – design a piece, print it, make needed modifications to the design, and print a new piece. They can do this until they have exactly what they want.”

The technology also allows students to take on complex design projects that previously were impractical.

“To make a plastic turbofan engine to scale five years ago would have taken two years, at a cost of about $250,000,” Sheffler said. “But with 3-D printing we designed and built it in four months for about $2,000. This opens up an arena of teaching that was not available before. It allows us to train engineers for the real challenges they will face in industry.”

MITRE Corp. representatives and Army officials observed the fourth flight of Easter and Turman’s plane. They were impressed and asked the students to stay on through this academic year as part-time interns. Their task now is to build an improved plane – lighter, stronger, faster and more easily assembled. The project also is their fourth-year thesis.

“This has been a great opportunity for us,” Easter said, “to showcase engineering at U.Va. and the capabilities of the Rapid Prototyping Lab.”

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An environmental consciousness is rising in the occupational mindset of engineers, who are showing a heightened interest in incorporating energy-saving and other green initiatives in product design projects, according to a survey conducted jointly by ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and 3D design software company Autodesk.

Eighty-seven percent of mechanical engineering practitioners and mechanical engineering students responding to the 2012 ASME/Autodesk Sustainable Design Survey indicate they are “extremely or somewhat” interested in sustainable information and causes.  And 75 percent of the respondents indicated that their organizations are involved or extremely involved in sustainability, with most of these organizations focused on reduced energy consumption and reduced environmental emissions in products and systems.

“Sustainability is clearly establishing itself as part of the mechanical engineering culture,” says Thomas G. Loughlin, ASME Executive Director.  “This is yet another example of the vision and commitment of engineers around the world to improve the quality of life for all.”

Industrial firms, however, find it more difficult than individuals to embrace sustainability, due in large part to financial constraints and corporate goals to enhance the serviceability of products, according to the survey. Yet, 75 percent of respondents believe that sustainable designs produce greater product innovation.

The ASME/Autodesk Sustainability Design Survey is drawn from the responses of 4,500 engineering practitioners and 1,900 engineering students.  The survey reveals that 19 percent of students are “extremely involved” with sustainability projects and initiatives.  Mechanical Engineering magazine published an analysis of the ASME/Autodesk survey in the October 2012 edition.  As stated in the article in Mechanical Engineering: “Mechanical engineers expect to see a greater emphasis on sustainability in the future.”

Among other key findings of the ASME/Autodesk survey:

  • 70 percent of respondents said their companies are involved on projects that reduce energy or emissions or that comply with environmental standards and regulations
  • 29 percent said their companies would invest in green design if it does not add to cost
  • 55 percent of students indicated that elective classes on sustainable engineering are available
  • 90 percent of students believe that sustainable designs foster greater product innovation

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.

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SpaceClaim announced the immediate availability of SpaceClaim Engineer 2012+. This release introduces significant new capabilities for manufacturing, simulation, concept development, and mesh remodeling. These enhancements will help all engineers work more effectively in 3D, without the high cost and complexity of traditional CAD.
SpaceClaim has revolutionized modern mechanical design by providing an easy-to-use and affordable way for engineers and product teams to create, modify, repair, and enhance 3D CAD geometry, without compromising existing processes and methods. SpaceClaim users can leverage existing 2D and 3D designs, including customer and supplier models, analysis and simulation results, mesh and STL data, and surface models, along with PMI and tolerance data, in all their work.
SpaceClaim adds value to existing CAD and PLM infrastructure while removing the waste and rework caused by incompatible file formats. In stark contrast to overpriced and inefficient history-based solid modelers, SpaceClaim works with foreign CAD data as easily as it does its own. It directly opens and edits all leading 2D and 3D CAD file formats as well as neutral file formats, such as JT (with PMI), STEP, and 3D PDF.   

SpaceClaim Engineer 2012+  enables small and large manufacturers competing in a global market to get parts out the door faster, finish projects on budget and ahead of schedule, and win more business. SpaceClaim makes it easy for companies specializing in CNC machining, tool and fixture design, injection molding, sheet metal, and production automation to communicate more efficiently with their customers, focus on value-added work, and increase production rates.

New capabilities in SpaceClaim 2012+ include:

  • Numerous enhancements for manufacturing workflows, including connections to Mastercam and Esprit, new annotation types like weld symbols and semantic datums, machinist-friendly measuring and positioning, broken and broken out section views, and advanced sheet metal capabilities such as formed bends.
  • New tools to work with mesh and STL data, such as the ability to compare a mesh to a solid, improved section curve fitting, plane and cylinder fitting, mesh splitting, and improved selection and coloring.
  • Major improvements to core modeling, including significant performance improvements, radial move, curve filling, structure search, section properties, and XYZ-based move.  
  • SpaceClaim 2012+ is certified for Windows 8.
  • New language support for Polish, Czech, and Portuguese, bringing the total number of languages supported by SpaceClaim to 12, including English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, as well as Traditional and Simplified Chinese.
  • The production release of version 10 of the SpaceClaim API, including mesh support, animation handlers, custom window support, the ability to replace panels, asynchronous threading to update custom objects in the background, and the ability to add custom items to the structure tree.
  • As previously announced, built-in, free PDM using Microsoft SharePoint.
  • Go to the What's New page for a review of all the enhancements found in this release plus videos that showcase the new features.

In addition to appealing to a wider range of end-users with this release, SpaceClaim is continuing to expand its partner and OEM channels. SpaceClaim’s direct modeling technology better serves independent software vendors, as its technology is easily adapted to specialized and proprietary tools and processes. In addition, SpaceClaim’s modern and extensive API makes it the most flexible 3D platform for third-party customization, and the fastest route to market for ISVs. New Solution Partners include fluid simulation experts Simerics, EDM provider First Trace, and 2D drafting provider SofTech. AMC Bridge is a new Software Development Partner offering services to develop SpaceClaim customizations for end-user customers and partners.

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Purdue University’s Formula SAE team is utilizing NVision's HandHeld laser scanner to pursue its goal of taking home a first-place trophy in the annual Formula SAE Competition. The team anticipates that reverse engineering data obtained by the HandHeld scanner will allow for a strong Purdue showing at the upcoming 2013 competition.

The Formula SAE competition is an annual event sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in which teams of SAE student members from about 130 colleges and universities around the world compete to design and manufacture the best all-around small formula-style racing car. The competition’s restrictions on the vehicle frame and engine are limited, which challenges the students’ knowledge, creativity, and imagination. Their goal in the competition is to produce a prototype of a high performance car that is low in cost, easy to maintain, and reliable. Also of concern is the vehicle’s marketability, so the team members must keep in mind factors such visual aesthetics and passenger comfort when they design the cars. The end result of participation is a valuable engineering experience for students and an opportunity to be part of an engineering project requiring a team effort, which often improves students’ skills in time management and communication.

In the most recent competition, the Purdue team needed to reverse engineer some of its engine components. In order to do that, however, it first needed to create a 3D CAD model of the engine and its parts. The Purdue team obtained access to a HandHeld laser scanner from NVision, a leader for over two decades in providing the highest accuracy non-contact optical measurement systems and services for reverse engineering and inspection.

The NVision Handheld scanner is a powerful portable scanning device that is capable of capturing 3D geometry from objects of almost any size or shape. The scanner is attached to a mechanical arm that moves about the object, freeing the user to capture data rapidly with a high degree of resolution and accuracy. An optional tripod provides complete portability in the field. Intuitive software allows full model editing, polygon reduction, and data output to all standard CAD packages.
Engineers were able to quickly scan the engine and camshaft using the HandHeld scanner. The scanning process took less than one day, after which NVision converted the scan data into an STL model, which was then provided to the Purdue team and used to analyze its engine components.

With the information from NVision’s scanning now added to its knowledge base, the Purdue team intends to devote the upcoming year to building and testing a racecar that will allow it to achieve its dream of taking home a first-place trophy in the competition.

“NVision is proud to offer support and assistance to the Purdue Formula SAE team at no charge,” said Steve Kersen, NVision’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We feel it’s important not only to invest in tomorrow’s engineers but also to help students who are passionate about their dreams.”

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Siemens PLM Software, announced the latest release of NX™ software, the company’s fully integrated computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) solution. The latest version, NX 8.5, includes extensive customer-driven enhancements and new capabilities that provide increased flexibility and productivity across product engineering and manufacturing to help reduce time to market. NX 8.5 builds on Siemens PLM Software’s HD-PLM vision, which was established to help companies make smarter decisions more efficiently and with a higher level of confidence.

“The extensive customer-driven enhancements and new capabilities in NX 8.5 will help our customers further reduce time to market and facilitate smarter decisions that result in better products,” said Jim Rusk, senior vice president, Product Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software. “By intelligently integrating information and providing customers with a high definition user experience, we are reinforcing our commitment to HD-PLM. NX 8.5 also continues our focus on maximizing customers’ return on their PLM investment. By conducting extensive testing to ensure version compatibility between each new release, we can deliver a future-proof architecture our customers will never outgrow.”

NX 8.5 for Design

NX 8.5 delivers a wide range of new and enhanced design functionality, to help improve efficiency and reduce design time. Streamlined workflows and an enhanced user experience help improve productivity, minimize input, and reduce the effort required to accomplish design tasks.

In addition, new design commands help shorten design cycle times by up to 30 percent. For example the new Emboss Body command requires fewer steps when combining a region of faces from another intersecting solid or sheet body. NX 8.5 also includes new capabilities for feature modeling, sheet metal design, freeform modeling, validation checking and drafting.

NX 8.5 continues to leverage synchronous technology, a Siemens PLM Software innovation that combines the speed and flexibility of direct modeling with the precise control of dimension driven design, to provide designers and engineers a better way to create and edit designs.

NX 8.5 for Simulation

NX 8.5 includes new simulation enhancements that help development teams more efficiently engineer products. For example, new optimization tools such as NX Shape Optimization, suggest specific, detailed improvements to an existing design to reduce stress concentrations. NX 8.5 also includes improvements in simulation modeling, structural, thermal, flow, motion and multi-physics analyses to help prepare more accurate analysis models faster, and speed solution time by as much as 25 percent.

The release of NX 8.5 for Simulation also includes the release of a new version of the widely used NX Nastran® software, a premier FEA solver for computational performance, accuracy, reliability and scalability. The new version, NX Nastran 8.5, further increases the types of solutions that can be performed, along with a number of computational performance and engineering workflow improvements, such as new edge-to-edge glue contact and glue connections.

NX 8.5 for Manufacturing

NX 8.5 includes the full release of Volume Based 2.5D Milling. Customers working with the initial introduction of this solids-based approach to the programming of prismatic shaped parts have reported excellent ease of use and faster programming times. Also new are functions to support and automate multi-part and multi-stage machining. These new NX 8.5 CAM functions are particularly relevant to the type of parts commonly found in the machinery industry.

The highly automated quality inspection programming capability offered by NX CMM Inspection Programming has been added to NX 8.5 with measurement results analysis and display inside of NX. NX CMM extends the value of NX as a single, wide-ranging solution for manufacturing engineering.

In addition, new cutting tool library and CAM data management capabilities support faster NC programming and make it easier to access and re-use resource information, and ensure the use of the correct data from NC programming through to machining.

NX 8.5 is expected to be available in October.

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Creaform is celebrating its 10th anniversary by extending its 3D engineering services portfolio with the addition of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to its expertise in structural simulation (FEA), for a complete numerical simulation offer.

Numerical simulation helps companies identify efficient and reliable solutions to structural, dynamic, thermal or fluid dynamics issues. Having concepts and 3D models undergo CFD analysis contributes to reduce the cost and length of development cycles, while improving the quality and reliability of products. Plus, it makes it possible to detect and correct issues before they arise, better understand complex thermofluid systems or validate operation concepts or conditions, for instance.
Creaform also offers comprehensive thermofluid systems simulations:

  • Liquids, gas, flow mixing and multiphases
  • Turbulence modeling: RANS, RSM, LES, DES
  • Moving bodies and FSI analysis
  • Heat transfer and thermal modelling
  • Simulations from CAD or 3D scan files

After 10 years in business and more than 10,000 projects delivered, Creaform has acquired a solid track record as a trustworthy service provider with major worldwide OEMs from the aerospace, mass transportation, recreational products and consumer product industries.

Creaform develops, manufactures and sells 3D portable measurement technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions that cover the entire range of 3D applications, including 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, non-destructive testing, product development and simulation. Its products and services are intended for industries such as the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy industries, health care, manufacturing, oil & gas, power generation and research & education.

Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D portable, self-positioning 3D scanners, along with the HandyPROBE optical portable CMM and the MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners. The company also offers an intuitive photogrammetry device: the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system.

The company employs more than 300 people worldwide, and has offices in Lévis, Montréal, the United States, France, Germany, China, India and Japan. The company’s head office and Quebec-based offices are 9001 : 2008 ISO certified.

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ESI Group, announces the release of VA One 2012. VA One is a complete solution for simulating noise and vibration across the full frequency range and seamlessly combines Finite Elements, Boundary Elements (BEM), and Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) in a single model. This new release includes an easy-to-use Design Optimization module that is fully integrated within the VA One environment, along with significant enhancements to VA One’s Boundary Element solvers that deliver faster solution times.

Design Optimization Module

When designing for noise and vibration performance, it is often useful to be able to optimize automatically or balance various parameters of a design in order to meet certain performance goals. A common application is to ‘balance’ the interior sound package in transportation applications in order to reduce mass whilst also meeting various performance targets. VA One 2012 provides a fully integrated Design Optimization module within the VA One environment. Parameter Variations, Parameter Optimizations and Monte Carlo simulations can all be performed quickly and easily using the VA One Graphical User Interface. VA One’s intelligent data caching also ensures fast solve times when using Design Optimization.

“Optimizing interior sound package is important in order to meet vehicle cost, noise, weight, and fuel efficiency targets” said Fumihiko Kosaka, Noise and Vibration Engineer, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), “VA One is a standard tool for MMC and helps us meet our targets”.

Faster BEM models

The recent emergence of online cloud computing resources has opened up new possibilities for solving large BEM Models from desktop machines. VA One 2012 includes inbuilt support for solving BEM models in parallel on multi-core desktop machines, remote Linux machines, departmental networks, clusters and clouds. VA One automotive and aerospace BEM models, that previously required overnight execution on standard clusters, have been solved in minutes using Cloud computing (using over 800 parallel cores, while incurring negligible hardware costs). A new flexible ‘surge’ licensing option is being piloted in VA One 2012 to support this functionality. The BEM solvers in VA One 2012 have also been enhanced with a new adaptive integration scheme for standard BEM which results in faster solutions times, and a new preconditioner and iterative solver for Fast Multipole BEM which results in significant convergence improvements.

Productivity enhancements for Statistical Energy Analysis models (SEA)

New functionality has also been added to VA One 2012 for quickly editing the attributes of multiple SEA subsystems. This reduces the time required to build and modify SEA models resulting in significant productivity gains.

“We are pleased to announce the release of VA One 2012” said Dr. Phil Shorter, Director of Vibro-Acoustic Product Operations at ESI Group. “This release ensures our customers have access to advanced noise and vibration methods to help guide design, without needing customized processes for optimization or for solving large BEM models.”

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The 2012 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, including presentations on topics ranging from energy to aerospace, will be held Nov. 9-15, at the Hilton Americas, in Houston, Texas.

Thomas L. Friedman, bestselling author and foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, will deliver the keynote address on the theme of energy diversity.

Among other activities, the 2012 Congress will showcase the annual ASME Student Design Competition finals. The competition, named Energy Relay, will challenge mechanical engineering students to design a scaled, proof of concept prototype for sustainable transportation. Major funding for the competition is provided by Boeing.

Other highlights include:

  • The Society-wide Micro & Nano Technology Forum, an interdisciplinary program bringing together leaders from across ASME divisions to discuss the contributions of nanotechnology and micro-based systems to fields ranging from healthcare to textiles.  The forum will include a student poster session.
  • International Undergraduate Research and Design Exposition, in which students present their research programs and design projects to engineers and scientists from industry, government, and academia.
  • Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition, in which students are judged on the clarity and effectiveness of oral presentations.
  • Early-career Engineers Mini Talks, a social networking event for engineers in the early stages of their careers.

Combining technical sessions and an equipment exhibit, the ASME Congress will bring together engineers and research scientists from around the world to discuss breakthrough innovations that are shaping the future of engineering.

The Congress will feature technical tracks on topics including aerospace technology, manufacturing, dynamic systems, safety engineering, and transportation.  Multidisciplinary in format, the conference also will explore microsystems, nanotechnology, mechatronics and other subjects that are at the forefront of engineering innovation.

ASME will also pay tribute to the accomplishments, distinguished service and professional achievements of some of today’s most accomplished engineers in the 2012 ASME Honors Assembly.

Additionally, the Equipment Exposition will feature the products and services of technical publishers, CAD/CAM developers, and other players in the engineering field.

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Altair Engineering, Inc., announced today that its HyperWorks CAE platform has been used by [AB]structures, an Italian structural design and engineering company, to structurally design and optimize the winning yacht in the Volvo Ocean Race, Groupama 4. The yacht, skippered by Franck Cammas, claimed victory in the Volvo Ocean Race on July 9 in Galway, Ireland, after nine months and more than 37,000 nautical miles sailed around the world under the harshest conditions.

It has been a busy year for [AB]structures, taking on the structural design of three of the six yachts in the 2011-2012 edition of the race:

  • Groupama winning the overall title, scoring the highest points of the offshore long distance legs and short course inshore racing series combined.
  • The yacht of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, finished third overall and winning the overall inshore racing championships.
  • Team Telefonica followed in fourth-place overall, after initially winning the first three legs of the race.

With the naval architecture carried out by Juan Yacht Design, each of these teams required different solutions from [AB]structures and pushed the design envelope.

The [AB]structures engineers employed several HyperWorks tools in the development of the successful yachts. They used HyperMesh, the meshing tool of the suite, to create finite element models, OptiStruct for optimization, the RADIOSS solver for linear and non-linear analysis, and HyperView to post-process the results. The Engineers used the tools extensively to design and optimize the carbon structures of all three Volvo Open 70 yachts and to help again achieve fundamental structural improvements over the older-generation yachts that competed in the 2008 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The combination of continuously updated, cutting-edge CAE technology and the extensive hands-on experience of [AB]structures’ designers has enabled the engineering company to deliver the best design for lightweight structural projects in all regions of the world.

“We structurally designed our first VO70 for the ABN AMRO White team in 2006,” said Andrea Avaldi of [AB]structures. “When we were contracted to structurally design Ericsson 3 and 4 for the 2008 Volvo Ocean Race, we wanted to further improve the weight optimization aspect and extended our use of HyperWorks. Beyond the optimization aspect, HyperWorks also includes the capability of simulating complex carbon-composites laminate sequences, which is helpful in our projects, since the VO70 yachts are designed and built completely from carbon composite. For the 2011-2012 edition, with Groupama, Puma and Telefonica all wanting different things at pretty much the same time, we would not have been able to deliver this kind of result in the set time frame without the technology provided by Altair.”

“The open architecture of HyperWorks has allowed us to integrate several design processes into one portal, which has partly automated our calculations and allowed us to have more time for the design aspect of structural engineering,” added Fabio Bressan. “It enables us to handle most of the development tasks in structural design not only within one user interface but also under the same license agreement, which is very attractive for companies like us. We continuously push the software boundaries, and throughout the entire process we are very well supported by Altair’s technical team.”

[AB]structures intends to continue working with Altair and HyperWorks on current and future projects, such as the Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran and wings for the 34th America´s Cup 2013.

“We congratulate the Groupama Team and [AB]structures on their outstanding success and are happy to have had the opportunity to be part of such a remarkable project,” said Mauro Guglielminotti, director for Southern Europe and Africa at Altair Engineering. “HyperWorks is the best CAE suite that structural design companies like [AB]structures can use, since it provides the tools needed to drive an optimized design process; and, thanks to the unique licensing system, opens up a whole world of CAE tools, while engineers only pay for what they use.”

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Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced a unique general-purpose software solution that combines 1D and 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD). This is an industry first, providing a tight coupling of 1D and 3D software technologies engineered to work natively together with integrated source code. This innovative solution is based on 1D Flowmaster®, recently acquired by Mentor Graphics, and 3D FloEFD™ Concurrent CFD. The new combination is the first result from the merged technologies made possible by the recent acquisition of Flowmaster Ltd. This enables customers to further speed up the design process while ensuring accurate upfront systems analysis based on fluid flow and heat transfer data by using 3D simulation at the component level. The result is higher quality, more competitive products to market faster.

Systems engineers commonly use 1D and 3D CFD software in the automotive, aviation, oil, gas, power and energy industries. For designing complex systems, 3D CFD would be extremely accurate but it can be computationally expensive depending on the size of the models used. Therefore, 1D CFD is used, which is faster, but it may require significant amounts of data to characterize the components accurately. To facilitate 1D CFD systems analysis, data is needed to describe the component. Until now, the process to achieve a high level of design accuracy has been tedious and based on assumptions.

“Mentor is delivering a very innovative solution for fluid and thermal system simulation,” noted Dr. Keith Meintjes, practice manager for Simulation and Analysis at CIMdata. “If the system performance is of primary interest, Mentor’s 1D-3D combination is a superior solution.”

This tightly coupled, general purpose 1D-3D CFD simulation software combination can characterize the more complex components of the system in 3D and insert those component characteristics into the 1D system-level models for simulation. This provides higher accuracy for the components while minimizing the computational resources and execution times at the system level. Consistent with the Mentor® strategy of virtual prototyping analysis early and throughout the design process, this technology breakthrough now enables systems engineers to examine more variables across a wider range of design scenarios to quickly achieve optimal system and component design.

Mentor Graphics announced acquisition of Flowmaster Ltd. in January 2012, the industry’s leading general purpose 1D systems simulation software used for all industry sectors. “Mentor’s investment in leading technologies such as the Flowmaster 1D family of products has allowed us to further advance our strategy of putting upfront analysis into the hands of the systems engineer,” stated Erich Buergel, general manager of the Mentor Graphics® Mechanical Analysis Division. “With the escalating complexity of systems designs and shorter time-to-market windows, more effective and timely solutions are needed. We see this as an important fulfillment of that market need.”

The Mentor Graphics 1D-3D product line will be available for shipping the second half of the year.

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Ever find yourself wrestling with a CAD system, trying to design a fixture around a CAD part? Wish there could be an easier way? SpaceClaim is a breakthrough geometry editor specially designed for manufacturing engineers who need to get the job done without hassle. Its direct modeling technology provides a new way of working with imported CAD parts and building fixtures off of them. Most manufacturing engineers find that SpaceClaim can get the job done at least twice as fast and at much lower cost than the CAD tools used for detailed design.

In this webinar, we'll show you how SpaceClaim:

  • Opens parts from any CAD system
  • Interactively repairs problematic geometry
  • Can markup CAD parts with suggested changes
  • De-features parts to create in-process models
  • Quickly creates matching geometry to hold parts

Thursday, July 26th
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An ambitious British expedition to Lake Ellsworth in Antarctica is using Autodesk digital prototyping software to help discover new answers about the evolution of life and effects of climate change.

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) engineers will transport equipment overland for three days to the sub-glacial lake, where they will use a hot water drill to melt a 2.2-mile hole in the ice covering the submerged lake to extract water samples. The team will have a very short window of 24 hours to gather their samples before the hole re-freezes.

This exploration of one of Antarctica’s subglacial lakes has been planned for 15 years, but the team lacked the right tools to adequately try and test their plan to ensure they could gather the samples they need in the timeframe allowed. Through the use of Autodesk’s digital prototyping and simulation technology for sustainable design; BAS engineers can create a digital model of the drill; simulate the conditions under which they will work; test and analyze their approach; and make necessary adjustments before they embark on their expedition.

“This is hot water drilling on a scale never achieved before,” said Andy Tait, the BAS engineer managing the design of the hot water drill. “Because everything will have to be done so quickly, it is vital that we create an accurate 3D model of the entire drilling operation and simulate its performance because there will be no room for error once we are out on the ice.”

As a participant in the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program, designed to help groundbreaking environmental projects such as this, BAS received Autodesk’s digital prototyping portfolio, including Autodesk Showcase, a visualization tool, and Autodesk Inventor Publisher for technical documentation. Tait will use Autodesk Inventor Publisher to visually and interactively communicate how the drills and its components work to colleagues and partners. He also believes that Autodesk Showcase will be invaluable for developing stunning presentations and other visualizations to help explain the technology to wider audiences.

Autodesk Inventor automatically coordinates changes across the digital model, streamlining the analysis, experimentation and eventual optimization of a design. This has been important to this project, not just because of because of need to carry out the operation within a tight timeframe, but also because of size, weight and strength parameters. The equipment must be transported over great distances and, therefore, needs to be strong, lightweight, and capable of withstanding extremely low temperatures.

“When our technology is being used to make this ambitious project successful, it gives me great confidence in the collective power of talented people working together to solve problems that otherwise could not be solved in isolation,” said Lynelle Cameron, Autodesk’s senior director of sustainability. “We’re delighted to be partnering with the BAS team on their unprecedented expedition.”

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"When developing the STAR-CCM+ v7 series, our goal is threefold; to further shorten the product development schedule of users, to help them increase the quality of their products, and to deliver unique insight into their product's behavior and performance. STAR-CCM+ v7.04 again illustrates our commitment to achieve our goal," said Senior VP of Product Management, Jean-Claude Ercolanelli.

Accelerate Your Product Development

One of the central tenets of simulation as applied to the product development process is that "sometimes a late simulation result is no better than no result at all." In order to play a role in product development simulation, results have to be supplied on time, every-time.

  • Multi-part Solids improves the scalability of thermal simulations that previously involved multiple parts and materials.
  • Solar Loads Calculator allows solar radiation to be automatically specified by latitude, longitude, time and date.
  • Optimate and Optimate+ add-on modules directly employ state-of-the-art process automation and design optimization technology from Red Cedar.

Improve Product Quality and Reliability

By most standard definitions, quality and reliability are the extent to which a product meets or exceeds a customer's expectations. Increasing product quality is a strategic objective of every company involved in product design or manufacture. "If making better quality products were easy, everyone would do it. Any improvement in product quality is usually the result of significant investment in simulation-based-design," said Ercolanelli. "STAR-CCM+ v7.04 includes new modeling capabilities allowing users to tackle the most difficult problems industry has to offer, delivering better engineered products with premium quality and enhanced performance."

  • Implicit Co-simulation between STAR-CCM+ v7.04 and Abaqus v6.12 increases the stability of highly non-linear fluid-structure-interaction problems, speeding up the solution time by use of typically larger time-steps, bringing practical FSI simulation within reach of every simulation engineer.
  • Overset Mesh feature is expanded, allowing regions to travel to, and beyond, the boundary of the domain.

Better Insight into Product Performance

The ability to communicate engineering information, while engaging with an increasingly non-specialist audience, is a key skill for any CAE analyst.

  • Line Integral Convolution plot brings 3D vector fields to life, allowing the interrogation of the complete flow-field.
  • Aero-Vibro Acoustics add-on module provides a complete toolset for aero-acoustics analysis.

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A team of engineering students at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) won the Judges Innovation Design Award in a NASA contest that challenges college teams to build an efficient digging machine for the moon.

The soil of the moon has minerals that potentially can be mined, but in order to do so, NASA needs a light and efficient digging machine. To construct one, as well as encourage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – the STEM subjects – NASA sponsors a contest in which college students build a lunar excavation device called a Lunabot.  Fifty-eight teams competed in NASA’s Third Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Its project also received NYU-Poly’s first Paul Soros Prize for Creative Engineering, named for the alumnus whose engineering changed ports throughout the world.

The main test for the Lunabots was to mine and drop in a bin 10 kilograms (about 22 pounds) of simulated lunar dirt within 10 minutes. Challenges included the abrasive nature of lunar soil, the bot’s weight and team-to-robot communications.

“On the moon, dust eats away at everything,” said team captain Stanislav Rosylakov, who graduated in May in civil engineering and is enrolled at NYU-Poly for graduate school. Poly’s Lunabot had very good dust tolerance, he explained, as all the belts and chains were inside the structural frame. “Our robot was light, which is important because it costs so much to send supplies to the moon,” he said. For communications, NYU-Poly’s was one of the few teams that didn’t use a laptop, instead installing a small microcontroller with a Wi-Fi attachment.  

In addition, most of the teams built bulldozers, the simplest way to dig, while Team Atlas used a track, with scoops as part of the treads. “It could do somersaults, flip forward and get back on its feet,” noted Jessica Aleksandrowicz, from East Rutherford, New Jersey, an electrical engineering major who just finished her junior year.

The team used bright NYU-Poly green for parts, thanks to its 3D printer, a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic. The NYU-Poly students’ bot was festooned with a flag, Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. They also made parts for other teams and little rockets for kids who came by their lunapit.

Along with Rosylakov and Aleksandrowicz, Team Atlas included Yusif Nurizade, (Electrical Engineering, BS 2013), who developed the software for wireless communication; Jack Poon (Mechanical Engineering, BS 2012), who engineered the excavation hardware and systems;  Nick Cavaliere (Mechanical Engineering, BS 2012), who engineered the power transmission, manufacturing and overall optimization;  Salvatore DiAngelus (Computer Engineering, BS 2013), who integrated hardware and software for wireless communication and control and worked on the onboard communications; Matthew Izberskiy (Computer Engineering, BS 2015), who engineered the data transfer and graphical user interface for wireless communication and control; and Ryan Caeti (Mechanical Engineering, MS 2012), who integrated hardware and software, engineered network communication and developed the graphical user interface.  In addition to his role of team captain, Rosylakov optimized the craft for the lunar soil conditions.  Aleksandrowicz was in charge of the website, media and fundraising.

The NASA competition also included a social media component, a 20-page paper and outreach. To educate about and promote STEM and space exploration, the NYU-Poly students visited the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women and The Christa McAuliffe School (I.S. 187), both in Brooklyn.

Atlast succeeded, said the team’s faculty advisor, Alexey Sidelev of the NYU-Poly Department of Civil Engineering, because students “were passionate about what they were doing and devoted a great deal of time to the project. They really worked as a team. They are proud to be engineers.” He added that the judges “said they liked everything about the NYU-Poly robot. The judges were cheering for them! I never saw judges so involved with a team.”

The best part of the competition, team captain Rosylakov added, is that the NYU-Poly students “got to see SpaceX launch! We met astronauts, and they complimented us. A few of us possibly have job offers from NASA.”

The Paul Soros Prize for Creative Engineering is a $10,000 annual prize established through a gift from Paul Soros, who earned his master’s of engineering degree in 1950 from what was then Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and served as a trustee from 1977 until 2007. NYU-Poly established the prize this year in recognition of Soros’s creative engineering solutions that improved port operations and his entrepreneurial acumen. The prize will be awarded each year to an individual student or a team from the fields of civil or mechanical engineering for the most innovative design idea or invention.  

Judging the first Paul Soros award were a panel of distinguished engineering faculty and alumni including Konstantinos "Gus"Maimis (’84 CE), vice president and project executive of WTC Memorial & Museum Projects;Jay Shapiro (’77 ME), vice president of Howard I. Shapiro & Associates Consulting Engineers, P.C.; Masoud Ghandehari, NYU-Poly associate professor of civil engineering; and Joseph Borowiec, NYU-Poly industry associate professor of mechanical engineering.

The team received support from Verizon Foundation, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), BatterySpace and MakerBot.

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Seventy-eight of the nation's brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 18th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.  Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will come together for the 2 1/2 day event. The participants -- from industry, academia, and government -- were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from approximately 300 applicants.

“Our nation’s health, quality of life, and security will depend on the engineering achievements of the 21st century,” said NAE President Charles M. Vest.  “The Frontiers of Engineering program gives young engineering pioneers the opportunity to collaborate and share approaches across fields. We believe those interactions will generate new ideas for improving the future.”

The symposium will be held on Sept. 13-15, 2012, at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan; and will examine serious games, vehicle electrification, climate engineering, and engineering materials for the biological interface.  Alan I. Taub, retired vice president of General Motors global research and development, will be a featured speaker at the symposium.

The following engineers were selected as general participants:

  • Pieter Abbeel: University of California, Berkeley
  • Andrea Armani: University of Southern California
  • Muhannad Bakir: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Billy Bardin: Dow Chemical Co.
  • Halil Berberoglu: University of Texas, Austin
  • Alexandra Boltasseva: Purdue University
  • David Brumley: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Xi Chen: Columbia University
  • Gian Colombo: Carpenter Technology
  • Xiquan Cui: Qualcomm Inc.
  • Frank DelRio: National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Zhiqun (Daniel) Deng: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Jennifer Dionne: Stanford University
  • Nathan Domagalski: Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Ayman EL-Refaie: GE Global Research
  • Michael Escuti: North Carolina State University
  • Joelle Frechette: Johns Hopkins University
  • Yan Fu: Ford Motor Co.
  • Weiying Gao: DuPont
  • David Garrett: Broadcom Corp.
  • Brian Gerkey: Willow Garage
  • Sayata Ghose: Boeing Co.
  • Anindya Ghoshal: U.S. Army Research Laboratory
  • Jordan Green: Johns Hopkins University
  • Piyush Gupta: Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Robert Hampshire: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jessica Harrison: DNV KEMA Energy and Sustainability
  • Steve Hartmann: Medtronic
  • Reed Hendershot: Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
  • Elizabeth Hillman: Columbia University
  • Jeremy Hollman: Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Mona Jarrahi: University of Michigan
  • Michael Jewett: Northwestern University
  • Suzette Johnson: Northrop Grumman
  • Anupama Kaul: National Science Foundation
  • Scott Klemmer: Stanford University
  • LaShanda Teresa Korley: Case Western Reserve University
  • Christopher Kruegel: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • T.C. Michael Law: Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
  • Chunhao Lee: General Motors
  • Steven Little: University of Pittsburgh
  • Xiang Liu: Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Jason Lyons: Arkema Inc.
  • Brian MacCleery: National Instruments
  • Youssef Marzouk: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Kristyn Masters: University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Meagan Mauter: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jason May: HRL Laboratories
  • Timothy McKnight: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Brett McMickell: Honeywell Aerospace
  • W. David Merryman: Vanderbilt University
  • Rahul Mital: General Motors
  • Mohammad Mofrad: University of California, Berkeley
  • Nathan Moody: Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Elisabeth Nguyen: Aerospace Corp.
  • Nicholas Peters: Applied Communication Sciences
  • Desiree Plata: Duke University
  • Yadunandana Rao: Motorola Solutions
  • David Reeder: Cargill Inc.
  • Kate Riggins: Procter & Gamble Co.
  • Wallace Sawyer: University of Florida
  • Charles Schroeder: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Stephanie Severance: Cummins
  • Behrouz Shafei: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Leena Singh: Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
  • Shukri Souri: Exponent Inc.
  • Joshuah Stolaroff: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Tong Sun: Xerox Webster Research Center
  • Kevin Turner: University of Pennsylvania
  • Kimberly Turner: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Chris Urmson: Google
  • Peter van Beek: SHARP Laboratories of America Inc.
  • Sergei Vassilvitskii: Yahoo!
  • Kuansan Wang: Microsoft
  • Kevin Wasson: Corning Inc.
  • Ulrike Wegst: Dartmouth College
  • Jianzhong Wu: University of California, Riverside
  • Miao Yu: University of Maryland

Speakers at this year's event are:

  • Matthew Gevaert: KIYATEC Inc.
  • Christopher Jones: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Eli Kintisch: Science Insider
  • Ben Kravitz: Stanford University
  • Helen Lu: Columbia University
  • Arindam Maitra: Electric Power Research Institute
  • Rahul Mangharam: University of Pennsylvania
  • Richard Marks: Sony
  • Cory Ondrejka: Facebook
  • Zoran Popovic: University of Washington
  • Lynn Russell: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Jeff Sakamoto: Michigan State University
  • David Schaffer: University of California, Berkeley
  • Constance Steinkuehler: Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Matthew Willard: Naval Research Laboratory

The organizers of the 2012 symposium are:

  • Kristi Anseth (chair): University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Karen Burg: Clemson University
  • Li-Te Cheng: IBM
  • Michael Degner: Ford Motor Co.
  • Ali Khademhosseini: Harvard University
  • Sanjeev Naik: General Motors
  • Ben Sawyer: Digitalmill
  • David Sholl: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Armin Sorooshian: University of Arizona

Sponsors for the 2012 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering are General Motors, the Grainger Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation, Microsoft Research, and Cummins Inc.

The mission of NAE is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The NAE is part of the National Academies (along with the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council), an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to provide objective analysis and advice to the nation on matters of science and technology.

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Recently, Tecplot announced Tecplot Chorus 2012, our most advanced CFD visualization management system to date. And in order to help our users take advantage of new features and enhancements, we’re holding a free webinar on Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m. PST.

Join Dr. Durrell Rittenberg as he illustrates Chorus’ new features by evaluating blade optimization and performance prediction studies of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). In each study, he will show you how to:

  • Evaluate results from multiple simulation cases
  • Model system performance with surrogate models
  • Compare results qualitatively and quantitatively
  • Use results to create reports

Thursday, June 21, 2012
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any questions about Tecplot Chorus or the webinar, please contact us at 425-653-1200

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John F. McDonnell and the James S. McDonnell (JSM) Charitable Trust have made a $1 million gift commitment to the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) program, a symposium series dedicated to strengthening the engineering and innovation capacity of the nation by catalyzing a vibrant community of emerging engineering education leaders.

"Engineering education is critical to building our national capacity for engineering innovation," said McDonnell.  "We are pleased to support Frontiers of Engineering Education, which brings together some of our best educators to become a force for teaching and inspiring a new generation of innovative U.S. engineers."

The annual symposium series began in 2009; this year's symposium will be held Oct. 14-17 in Irvine, Calif.  Each year, a select number of engineering faculty are chosen to participate from a pool of candidates nominated for their demonstrated educational innovations by engineering deans or National Academy of Engineering members.  FOEE participants present their approaches to classroom, laboratory, project, experiential, and computer-based teaching and learning during sessions moderated by experienced "coaches" from university and industry.  They also discuss the context and forces that should shape 21st-century engineering and engineering education.

“The mission of FOEE is to strengthen the engineering capability of the nation,” said NAE President Charles Vest.  “And it is gifts such as this that allow us to bring together skilled engineering education pioneers to inspire innovation."

John F. McDonnell spent more than 35 years at McDonnell Douglas Corp., serving as CEO from 1988 to 1994 and chairman of the board from 1988 until 1997.  He oversaw the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing and retired from the Boeing board of directors earlier this year.  McDonnell has served on numerous civic boards and as chairman of the boards of Washington University in St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the Saint Louis Science Center.  He is also the founding chair of BioSTL and BioGenerator, nonprofits which provide funding and support to St. Louis-based researchers, entrepreneurs, and young companies in the life sciences.  McDonnell made his commitment as a member of the National Academies Presidents' Circle, an advisory and philanthropic group whose members are from business and industry.

The National Academy of Engineering, an independent, nonprofit organization, was established in 1964 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers.  Part of its mission is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. NAE along with the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies.

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Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the availability of its FloEFD™ v11.3 Concurrent Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology, the industry’s fully embedded solution for PTC’s Creo Parametric, Creo Elements/Pro, and Pro/ENGINEER® Wildfire® design software. Unlike other CFD software, Mentor Graphics® FloEFD for Creo works directly with native PTC product geometry to keep pace with ongoing design changes. Since designers are using the same geometry and a common user interface for CAD and analysis, FloEFD for Creo allows users to maintain a single set of data across the entire project design flow.

A key benefit in using Mentor Graphics FloEFD for Creo is “Concurrent CFD,” which can reduce simulation time by as much as 65 to 75 percent in comparison to traditional CFD tools. Concurrent CFD enables users to optimize product performance and reliability while reducing physical prototyping and development costs without time or material penalties.

PTC customers using FloEFD for Creo will realize a wide range of physical simulation capabilities for fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, including a special module for electronics cooling applications with extensive property libraries.

“As a ‘Platinum’ member of the PTC PartnerAdvantage™ Program, Mentor’s Mechanical Analysis Division provides advanced CFD products that are seamlessly integrated with our products,” stated Brian Thompson, vice president of MCAD Product Management from PTC.  “Mentor’s full support of FloEFD for Creo will help our customers eliminate design errors, reduce costs, and optimize designs involving heat transfer and fluid flow before physical prototypes.”

The FloEFD for Creo product is available and designers can download a free CFD software version at:

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MSC Software Corporation, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced Adams/Machinery 2012, a new functional virtual prototyping and multibody dynamics solution for high-fidelity modeling and simulation automation of common machinery components in equipment, such as robotics, conveyors, agricultural equipment and industrial machinery.

Adams/Machinery 2012 is a fully-integrated set of tools within MSC's Adams multibody dynamics software to assist engineers with virtual test and prototyping, and mechanical system simulation in general.

Valuable product attributes for engineers include the following:

  • High-fidelity simulation of common mechanical parts, such as gears, belts, and chains
  • Enhanced productivity with incredibly quick model-solve-evaluate process times
  • An automated, wizard-driven model creation process for ease-of-use
  • Straightforward evaluation of results in Adams/Postprocessor

With this solution suite, equipment and machinery manufacturers will be able to design, model, and evaluate common mechanical components with relative ease in a world-class CAE environment.

Custom Suite of Modeling Productivity Tools
The Adams/Machinery solution provides designers and engineers with a custom set of tools for rapid modeling and pre-processing through automation of activities including geometry creation and establishing subsystem connections. The new offering also assists users with post-processing by providing automated plotting and reporting commonly needed by machinery equipment manufacturers and their suppliers to communicate system performance. Modeling productivity tools in this first release include the following:

  • Gear Module: model and evaluate the behavior of gear pairs for a variety of gear types, including spur, helical, and straight/spiral bevel;
  • Belt Module: examine planar dynamic behavior of belt-pulley systems for a range of belt types, including smooth, poly-V groove, and trapezoidal-toothed designs;
  • Chain Module: model and evaluate the dynamics for both roller and involute, i.e., silent, chain types.

Easy-to-Use Interface for Engineers
With the productivity tools for modeling and pre-processing of chain, gear, and belt components, Adams/Machinery provides an extremely approachable, easy-to-use interface with in-line help and useful information about the components, their connections, and applicability of modeling fidelity options. Wizards help guide users through model setup and provide the ability to quickly edit, modify, and/or change modeling fidelity options.

System-level Optimization within Adams
The Adams/Machinery components are parameterized and compatible with multi-run options for design studies and optimization simulations using Adams/Insight. Engineers can take advantage of the full set of functional virtual prototyping features within Adams and seamlessly extend activities into full system-level simulations to assess overall design performance.

This first release of Adams/Machinery 2012 includes belts, chains, and gears, with bearings, cables, motors and other common machinery components planned for future releases.

"Reducing downtime and warranty claims is of paramount importance to machinery manufacturers around the world. Yet, the utilization of simulation that can provide important insight during the design phase is behind where it is in industries such as aerospace and automotive," said Anthony Gugino, Product Development Manager for Adams/Machinery. "Adams/Machinery changes all of this because of its application focus, ease of use and extensive productivity value."

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, today released the first version of its popular HyperWorks computer-aided engineering software suite that is designed to run on Mac OS X. The Mac version offers the same high-performance CAE capabilities and intuitive user interface as the original Windows and Linux versions of HyperWorks, but it enables users to capitalize on the Mac’s advanced memory management system, robust platform and fast, Unix-based operating system.

While Windows-based systems have some tools available that can mimic a Unix-like environment, they often come with limitations to their capabilities, especially when working with large files. HyperWorks for Mac offers more flexibility to users, who now can use their platform of choice – whether Windows, Linux or Mac OS X – for their CAE analysis. Moreover, it opens the world of CAE to a broader range of industries and professions that traditionally work with Mac systems.

“With this platform, we extend the availability of HyperWorks to designers and other creative professionals,” noted Paolo Sansalvadore, senior vice president of modeling and visualization, “people who don’t primarily crunch numbers but who interact with the software to visualize their creations and can benefit from the HyperWorks user experience. Altair’s concept and industrial design products, solidThinking Evolve and Inspire, are already available on both Windows and Mac OS X.”

Scientists comprise another important user group that will be able to take advantage of HyperWorks running on the Mac, since much of their work is designed and executed on Mac computers. Last but not least, the new software version also makes CAE more accessible to a broader range of computer-aided design professionals conceiving products largely on Mac systems.

"Much of my work deals with being able to transform data from very large files into formats that allow further specialized analysis and visualization and having the capability to use the Mac OS operating system allows me to get my work done on one machine without having to deal with compatibility, transfer media issues, etc.," said Mary Leibolt, a structural acoustics analyst at the Naval Warfare Center, Carderock Division. "This is especially important for classified work, where data transfer between machines is cumbersome at best. It would be a great advantage to be able to create models on the same machine that I do most of my work – especially for classified applications as data transfer between machines in a secure environment can become quite complicated."

The extension of HyperWorks to the Mac OS is part of the evolution of Altair software to new devices and platforms. A cloud-based software-as-a-service, HyperWorks On-Demand, is now available through a modern service oriented architecture web-app for running, monitoring and managing simulation workloads and results (Altair Compute Manager). Altair will also offer enhanced mobility through several iOS apps currently under development.

HyperWorks, a platform for innovation, is a comprehensive simulation solution for rapid design exploration and decision-making. HyperWorks provides a tightly integrated suite of best-in-class tools for all facets of the simulation process: modeling, analysis, optimization, visualization, reporting and collaborative knowledge management. Leveraging a revolutionary pay-per-usage licensing model, HyperWorks delivers maximum value and flexibility for customers worldwide.

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Reliable simulation results require the right geometries. SpaceClaim is a CAD geometry editor with a special focus on getting data ready for meshing, removing CAD bottlenecks and creating remarkable savings over conventional approaches.

In this webinar, we'll show you how SpaceClaim can:

  • Detect and repair common issues with CAD geometry
  • Remove unnecessary small features such as rounds and holes
  • Convert imported solids to beam and shell elements
  • Check for shared topology and ensure non-manifold junctions
  • Add your own custom driving dimensions to optimize CAD parts
  • Create and edit new concepts to drive detailed design

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

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Altair, developer of the popular HyperWorks computer-aided engineering software suite, today announced the addition of C&R Technologies’ Sinaps® and SINDA/FLUINT thermal/fluid design software to the array of applications available through the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA).  Sinaps combined with SINDA/FLUINT is a comprehensive finite-difference, lumped parameter tool for heat transfer design analysis and fluid flow analysis in complex systems. It is used by more than 500 companies globally spanning the aerospace, electronics, petrochemical, biomedical, and automotive industries. Sinaps provides flow modeling analysis allowing abstraction and simplification of complex systems.

Altair HyperWorks customers can access Sinaps and SINDA/FLUINT through the HWPA, a suite of third-party applications from HyperWorks partners that can be employed with the same units used to invoke HyperWorks software. The flexibility of these HyperWorks Units empowers users to deploy the largest and most complete suite of CAE applications available at no incremental cost and with no long-term commitment.

“SINDA/FLUINT has provided users with reputable heat transfer and fluid flow design and analysis software, which has proven itself repeatedly for several decades. This extensible tool saves time and money by giving users the means to better understand complex systems,” said Brent Cullimore, president of C&R Technologies. “Sinaps and SINDA/FLUINT are used in a diverse number of industries, including electronics, automotive, petrochemical, and aerospace, for the analysis of transient two-phase flow, compressors and turbines, automated calibration to test data, and for space exploration applications. With Sinaps and SINDA/FLUINT’s addition to the HyperWorks Partner Alliance, C&R Technologies has the opportunity to leverage Altair’s global customer base to reach and empower engineers in new markets.”

Sinaps provides advanced off-the-shelf thermohydraulic model systems while also providing an advanced design module for design optimization, test correlation, and reliability engineering.  Sinaps can also be used to analyze turbomachinery and rotating passages for secondary flows. The thermophysical property database manager supports temperature-dependent properties and the fluid property library contains over 100 working fluids, plus the option to add user-defined fluids.  Post-processing capabilities allow users to visualize results, and integration with Microsoft Excel allow for tabular data postprocessing and plotting. This software is useful for engines, spacecraft and launch vehicle thermal analysis, electronics, turbomachinery, oil and gas pipelines, and alternative energy systems.

“We are very pleased to welcome C&R in the HyperWorks Partner Alliance.  Adding leading solutions such as Sinaps and SINDA/FLUINT to our current technology lineup will deepen the thermal analysis offering available to our global user base,” said Antoine Poussier, vice president of global partner programs at Altair. “This new partnership demonstrates once again Altair’s commitment to bringing its customers the most comprehensive platform of on-demand CAE applications delivered through its innovative licensing model.”

The HWPA provides one of the most comprehensive offerings of software applications across multiple relevant domains related to computer-aided engineering. With the addition of C&R Technologies’ software, the flexibility of the HyperWorks Units extends even further and increases the overall value of HyperWorks to its customers.

Altair’s HyperWorks platform for enterprise analytics employs a revolutionary subscription-based licensing model where customers use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair-developed and third-party software applications on-demand. The HyperWorks Partner Alliance effectively extends the HyperWorks Platform from 28 internally developed solutions to more than 50 applications with the addition of new partner applications. Customers can invoke these third-party applications at no incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks licenses. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI.

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Tecplot, Inc. announced today the 2012 release of Tecplot 360®, the company’s flagship software for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) visualization and analysis. This latest version features a new ANSYS CFX data loader, a faster ANSYS Fluent loader, automated streamtrace seeding, and new cut plane tools.

"Every new release of Tecplot 360 focuses on helping our users get their work done more productively and with greater ease," said Rich Stillman, president. "This version provides important new capabilities to ANSYS users specifically, but it also delivers important improvements to streamtrace seeding and constrained slices in the cut plane tools.”

Tecplot 360 2012 offers performance improvements and enhancements, including:

  • Ansys CFX file loader: Load files generated by the CFX CFD code directly into Tecplot 360.
  • Faster loading of Fluent files: Automatically generates index files for each Fluent case and data file. The index file significantly speeds up the data loading process to rapidly provide the user with an initial plot.
  • Automated streamtrace seeding on surfaces: Select surfaces, such as bodies, slices, and iso-surfaces, and then automatically seed a specified number of streamtraces to start on that surface. This can be very helpful in identifying flow patterns on a body or in the 3D flow field.
  • Constrained slices: Constrain the extent of slices by restricting their range to a user defined box. This focuses the region under investigation and prevents surrounding details from being obscured. Multiple sets of slices can be specified with independently-positioned constraint boxes.
  • Performance improvements. Numerous operations have been optimized to run faster in this version.

Tecplot 360 2012 is available for 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Vista, and XP; 64-bit Mac and UNIX platforms and Linux platforms. Tecplot 360 users with current SMS agreements can upgrade to the latest version at no cost.

Founded in 1981 and based in Bellevue, Wash., Tecplot, Inc. empowers engineers and scientists to discover, analyze, and understand information in complex data, and to effectively communicate the results to others. The company launched Tecplot, its first software product for the scientific visualization market, in 1988. Since then, Tecplot has added Tecplot Chorus and Tecplot RS to its visualization and analysis products. With thousands of users worldwide, Tecplot, Inc. has become a trusted name in data visualization.

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Over the weekend, 30,000 participants, fans, families, educators and industry leaders celebrated students’ engineering and robotics prowess at the annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, held in St. Louis, Mo., at the Edward Jones Dome.

Three teams from Stuart, Fla., Mountain Home, Ark., and North Brunswick, N.J. won the final showdown, earning the coveted FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Winning Alliance. FIRST® Robotics Competition is for grades 9 to 12, ages 14-18.

This year’s FIRST Robotics Competition challenge was “Rebound RumbleSM,” where matches were played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competed by trying to score as many of the basketballs in the hoops as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. Balls scored in higher hoops score teams more points. Team Alliances were awarded bonus points if they are balanced on bridges at the end of the match.

The NBA all-time leading scorer and STEM education advocate, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar headed to the practice fields to visit with students and checked out the Skyhook robot, which is appropriately named after his signature move!

Several other U.S. and international FIRST student robotics teams earned honors for design excellence, competitive play, research, business plans, website design, teamwork, and partnerships.

A not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST strives to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

This year,, pop superstar, was on hand to kick off the week-long event, meet teams, and take part in a ceremony and a new innovation competition, “Wouldn’t It Be Cool If” sponsored by Time Warner Cable, a FIRST Strategic Sponsor.

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and nearly $15 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST®Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST®Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST®LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

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Published in FIRST Incorporated [TSXV: EGN], developer and owner of the web site and business for engineers, today announced Todd Grimm as the editor of its new 3D Printing micro site, a section that delivers practical information for designers and engineers.  

Grimm is president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, a consultancy focused on the 3D printing Industry.  Highly regarded for his insights and observations, he has reported on 3D printing technologies and applications as an author, writer and speaker for 22 years.

“We launched the 3D Printing micro-site in response to enormous interest from our audience,” said John Hayes, president of   “We are delighted that Todd Grimm has agreed to bring his renowned editorial skills to make this site a benchmark in the 3D printing industry.”

The new micro-site has a library of articles, blog posts and news release commentary as well as a regularly running video series hosted by Grimm, called “In Short”.

“Producing the In Short videos has been a new yet rewarding experience,” said Grimm. “We’ve designed it to cut through all the chatter to give our viewers a quick summary of the news that they can use.” He continued, “I’m happy to have the support of sponsors like Stratasys and Objet for this new venture. I view their support as a vote of confidence in what is doing for the 3D printing industry.”

The new micro-site can be found at:

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Top engineering students from the United States, Canada and Colombia will roll out new concept designs in pedal powered transportation while competing head-to-head in the 2012 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC-East), April 27-29, in Grove City, Pa. In all, thirty-four colleges and universities will demonstrate innovations in human-powered transportation.

Grove City College will be the site for the HPVC-East event, in which student teams will put their vehicle prototypes through a series of performance trials in speed, endurance and driver skills. Organized by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), the event will examine the students’ ability to apply sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical human-powered transportation alternatives.

The ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge also gives student engineers hands-on experience and teambuilding skills, while offering a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge and explore the field of engineering in a practical and fun way.

Bearing names such as Sonic Gator, Seabagel, Crimson Fury and Silver Bullet, the vehicles will be judged on safety, maneuverability, practicality and design efficiency as the students run these sleek “super bikes” over designated courses on the scenic Grove City College campus in western Pennsylvania.  

“The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge is a demonstration of creativity and technical innovation,” said ASME president Victoria A. Rockwell. “In designing the vehicles, the students bring classroom engineering theory and design to actual concept and fabrication.  In the process, the participants learn to work in a collaborative team environment and acquire the essential skills needed to be successful in the engineering workforce.”

Judges will award cash prizes and trophies to the top teams in each of several categories.  Special recognition will go to teams that exhibit outstanding sportsmanship and team spirit.

The 2012 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge is sponsored by Knovel®, the leader in Web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools.

The event is free and open to the public.

The HPVC-West event will be held May 4-6 at the Miller Motorsport Park in Tooele, Utah.

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InspectionXpert Corporation announces the release of InspectionXpert for PDF 2012 and InspectionXpert OnDemand 2012.  InspectionXpert for PDF and InspectionXpert OnDemand work with PDF/TIFF files created from any source, including scanned drawings, to quickly and accurately turn engineering drawings into ballooned inspection drawings and quality inspection forms.  The new releases provide powerful enhancements that improve ease-of-use and functionality.

New enhancements include:

  • Easily handle drawing revisions and changes with new ability to Cut, Copy and Paste balloons and/or characteristics, and easy Drag & Drop re-ordering of characteristics in the Table Manager
  • User friendly GD&T Builder tool provides more options for working with Geometric Tolerances in your inspection reports
  • Additional Sub Types and Units (such as Torque, Temperature, Voltage, Electrical Capacitance, etc.) are now available for even more comprehensive reporting options
  • New Grid Setup options and interface make it easier to customize grids across multiple pages
  • New Hide Captures feature hides captured dimensions to show what you have missed
  • OCR capabilities have been added to Bill of Materials and Specifications tabs to make it even faster to capture information for AS9102 Forms 1 and 2.

“These new releases make InspectionXpert even more flexible, customizable and easy-to-use,” says Jeff Cope, president of InspectionXpert Corporation.  “Companies in the aerospace industry benefit from the new OCR capabilities for capturing AS9102 form 1 and 2 data.  Medical device manufacturing and oil and gas companies appreciate the traceability features InspectionXpert offers when dealing with drawing revisions.”

InspectionXpert identifies and extracts critical dimensions and tolerances from engineering drawings in almost any format.  Supported formats include PDF®, TIF, AutoCAD®, CATIA®, ProENGINEER®, Creo Elements/Pro®, Solid Edge® and SolidWorks®.

Since 2004, InspectionXpert Corporation has focused on developing integrated software solutions and productivity enhancement tools designed to eliminate manual processes, improve accuracy and save time. Leveraging our expertise in software development and deployment, InspectionXpert Corporation is able to provide innovative and high-quality solutions to customers in a variety of industries across the globe.

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) unveiled its new 3D design and engineering software portfolio for manufacturers, offering a complete set of integrated and interoperable suites and cloud services to simplify design, visualization and simulation workflows from product development through delivery.

The new Autodesk design suites are geared especially for manufacturers and include Autodesk Product Design Suite and Autodesk Factory Design Suite. The new suites provide a broad range of cloud services to help manufacturers more efficiently design, build and deliver better products faster and at reduced costs. The new Autodesk Simulation family of products delivers a faster, more accurate and flexible approach to predicting, optimizing and validating designs earlier in the design process.

“Autodesk’s 2013 portfolio provides our customers with a faster path to ROI for product development and delivery,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Our 2013 suites and scalable cloud services help manufacturers improve productivity and minimize upfront investment.”

Autodesk Design Suites Enhance Interoperability, Collaboration

Autodesk suites provide comprehensive workflows to connect desktops to mobile devices and to the cloud. These workflows enable manufacturing customers to develop complete definitions of product designs; integrate electrical and mechanical design to increase productivity; predict product performance; and visualize designs or complete factory layouts in 3D.

Autodesk’s 2013 design suites integrate with Autodesk 360 cloud offerings to better enable collaboration. Cloud-based assets promote design sharing and reuse. The suites also offer interoperability with the new 2013 version of Autodesk Vault product data management software and the company’s next generation, cloud-based alternative Autodesk PLM 360. Autodesk Vault software enables workgroups to organize, manage and track their engineering CAD data, manufacturing bills-of-material and change processes from a centralized location.

The 2013 Autodesk Product Design and Factory Design suites are available in three cost-effective, convenient editions: Standard, Premium and Ultimate.

Autodesk Product Design Suite Completes the Entire Engineering Process

Delivering a comprehensive software solution, the Autodesk Product Design Suite enables design, visualization and simulation capabilities, helping to drive innovation with integrated, discipline-specific tools and workflows built for Digital Prototyping.

New for Autodesk Product Design Suite 2013 are the addition of one-click workflows created to help customers seamlessly move through the engineering design process, advanced cloud-based services for simulation and the inclusion of additional software allowing customers to realize their end-to-end design process. Autodesk Product Design Suite 2013 updates include:

  • Autodesk Inventor software in the Standard edition, establishing 3D parametric design as the foundation to the engineering design process and providing a solution that delivers powerful 3D design and drafting capabilities.
  • AutoCAD Electrical software and Autodesk Inventor Routed Systems in the Premium and Ultimate editions, delivering a complete integrated electromechanical system capable of producing an entire product definition, including fully defined tubing, piping and hydraulic systems.
  • Autodesk Navisworks Simulate in Premium and Ultimate editions, providing integrated electromechanical, markup and visualization workflows capability.

“The Autodesk Product Design Suite has been an invaluable tool for Sunkist Research and a big part of our success, from generating animations in Autodesk 3ds Max Design, to overlaying a 3D model in a real-time factory environment to actual engineering design and 3D modeling with the Autodesk Inventor suite,” said Alex Paradiang, director of engineering, Sunkist Research. “We have showcased our engineering talents with Autodesk software and displayed to our customers that we are constantly looking for the best solutions to help maintain our lead in the citrus industry.”

Autodesk Factory Design Suite Brings Digital Prototyping to the Factory Floor

The suite enhances AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor software with exclusive access to interoperable, layout-specific workflows, new cloud-based factory asset resources and powerful visualization and analysis tools that help increase design accuracy, efficiency and communication.

Specifically, the one-to-one synchronization between 2D AutoCAD drawings and the 3D Inventor assembly within the suite means changes made in the AutoCAD drawing will propagate to the Inventor 3D layout, and changes in the 3D layout will propagate back to the original 2D drawing. The bidirectional associative workflow of the suite provides veteran AutoCAD users with a familiar, easy to learn process for generating compelling 2D and 3D factory layouts while improving efficiency and accuracy.

“The Autodesk Factory Design Suite allows us to model packaging lines in a digital environment,” said Brian Strothcamp, senior designer with the Barry-Wehmiller Design Group. “We can visualize different options more easily to find innovative and practical solutions. Interactive, 3D walkthroughs give our clients confidence that our factory layouts will satisfy all their needs.”

Autodesk Inventor Publisher: Accurate and Compelling Product Documentation

Autodesk Inventor Publisher 2013 extends the value of Autodesk Design Suites by leveraging the same 3D digital model used in the design process for developing highly visual and interactive 2D and 3D technical documentation that helps explain and differentiate products and processes. Inventor Publisher 2013 features faster performance, new video output formats that can be published directly to YouTube and Facebook, and many new interoperability additions, such as new file import formats, automatic update with new assembly formats and integration with Sketchbook Designer.

Autodesk Simulation: Fast, Accurate and Flexible

The Autodesk Simulation family of products delivers a fast, accurate and flexible approach to predict, optimize and validate designs earlier in the design process. The new family includes 2013 versions of Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, Autodesk Simulation CFD, Autodesk Simulation Moldflow and serves as a comprehensive set of simulation software tools that are easy to integrate into each phase of the product development process. Enhancements to the 2013 simulation portfolio include:

  • Autodesk Simulation Mechanical – Interoperability with Autodesk Showcase 2013 allows for results to be imported into Autodesk Showcase to create high-quality photo realistic renderings and presentations.
  • Autodesk Simulation CFD – Up to a 34 times improvement in overall solve time, while Autodesk Inventor Fusion enhancements include the ability to create associative internal and external fluid volumes, the ability to detect interferences, and automatic model simplification.
  • Autodesk Simulation Moldflow and Autodesk Moldflow Insight WS – Allows designers and manufacturers involved in injection molding simulation to address the trend towards lightweight designs. The cloud-enabled tools provide access to computation power and enable the user to solve multiple scenarios in parallel, thereby reducing previous limitations and increasing productivity.

“Articulinx is a small, yet innovative company. Our unique technology requires that we have the ability to run multiple simulation computations in parallel without being bogged down or losing productivity,” said Rick Lilly, R&D engineering manager at Articulinx. “We selected Autodesk Insight WS so that we could easily scale our Moldflow access, and it works amazingly well for us.”

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) introduced a new release of Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order software that can be deployed over the web, providing access to real-time, 3D visualization and pricing information for customized product configurations. Manufacturers can more accurately predict the actual cost of a completed design, generate more precise proposals and reduce overall lead time for product delivery.

Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order automates the order and bid process right at the point of sale by providing easy-to-use tools for capturing business and engineering rules. The new browser-based access is powered by Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order Server, as well as new templates and modules that can significantly reduce the time it takes to develop and maintain Engineer-to-Order applications. This new capability makes it easier for sales teams to do on-the-fly analysis of one-off custom designs from virtually any location, without having the software locally installed.

Swedish press manufacturer, AP&T, develops and sells hydraulic presses and complete production lines for the manufacturing industry. Using a modular-based system, AP&T can help provide automotive, indoor climate and domestic appliances customers with simple updates for existing equipment or complete customized production solutions. "We see enormous opportunities with Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order as it’s helped us speed up product development and reduce time required for routine design and engineering tasks. The cost estimate errors in predicting key components decreased from 10% to just 1%," says Mikael Karlsson, project manager, AP&T “Being able to develop five times faster doesn’t seem impossible when we are meeting our targets.”

Unlike many other configuration tools, Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order integrates with Autodesk Inventor software and AutoCAD software — providing a straightforward path to creating and maintaining a single digital model in a multidisciplinary engineering environment.

Streamlining Product Configuration, Optimizing Resources

Using the application, sales teams can help set customer expectations, capture crucial requirements and accurately predict margins — all before a proposal is submitted. When the time comes to submit a complete proposal, it can be automatically generated, complete with customer requirements, price quotations and drawings.

“The underlying challenges faced by manufacturers of configurable products are very similar across industries,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design Lifecycle and Simulation Product Group at Autodesk. “Whether they’re making conveyor belts, water boilers or cabinets and furniture, manufacturers can produce custom designs in less time — and with better results — by using Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order.”

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element14, Premier Farnell’s global collaborative engineering e-community, has announced the winner of “A Day in the Life of An Engineer” video challenge, which was open to electronics design engineers and enthusiasts worldwide from October 14, 2011 through to January 31, 2012. This competition was the latest in a series of activities which demonstrate element14’s commitment to help engineers connect, collaborate and be inspired.
Entrants were invited to “tell their story” by submitting a 1 to 3 minute video at The videos were judged on their creativity by element14’s Jeremy Blum, who recently won IEEE’s “New Faces of Engineering – College Edition” award. The challenge publicised an array of highly creative projects, including the use of a satellite dish as a WiFi antenna, and a robot whose gesture-based remote control was embedded in an ordinary glove.
The winner of the competition was Iltimas Doha from New York for his video detailing the construction of wind turbines. This video allowed us into Iltimas’s lab and to witness the construction of the turbine.
Iltimas has won an iPad2. During the contest, other winners were randomly selected on a weekly basis to receive a selection of element14 branded merchandise from that week’s entrants, which include those who comment, vote or post videos.
“At element14, we support electronics innovation daily by bringing everything together for the designer in one site--solutions, services, tools, components and a collaborative engineering community of experts and peers,” said Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and eProcurement, Premier Farnell. “Our aim with this video challenge was to salute innovators, by providing them with a chance for recognition from their peers plus an opportunity to win some cool prizes. I’m pleased to say that we were very successful in achieving our goals.”

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"When developing STAR-CCM+ v7.02, our goal was threefold; to further shorten the product development schedule of our users, to increase the quality of their products, and to deliver unique insight into their product's behavior and performance," said Senior VP of Product Management, Jean-Claude Ercolanelli.

Overset Mesh
For the past 30 years, the ability of engineers to perform Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations of the interaction between multiple moving objects has been severely curtailed by the need to generate an interconnected mesh between the objects. Not only did this requirement make the creation of "moving mesh" simulations an intensive manual process, it also often rendered it impossible in the case of objects with extreme ranges of motion or with very close interaction.

The release of STAR-CCM+ v7.02 changes this forever with the introduction of a new Overset Mesh capability. Overset Mesh (sometimes called "overlapping" or "chimera" mesh), allows the user to generate an individual mesh around each moving object which then can be moved at will over a background mesh. The Overset Mesh capability is fully compatible with the full range of unstructured meshing options in STAR-CCM+. With no need to worry about interconnecting meshes or cell distortion, Overset Mesh brings genuine moving object simulation within the grasp of all engineers.

Overset Mesh can also be used for parametric studies, steady or unsteady simulations, providing an easy way to reposition or replace objects in order to study multiple design configurations.

"The term 'paradigm shift' may be overused, but the introduction of Overset Mesh in STAR-CCM+ v7.02 truly offers a new way of carrying out CAE. Overset Mesh revolutionizes the entire analysis workflow while opening a whole new range of application areas to simulation," said Ercolanelli.

Indirect Mapped Interfaces
STAR-CCM+ v7.02 also revolutionize the simulation workflow for conjugate heat transfer (CHT) simulation (those in which temperatures are solved for both fluid and solid regions). The new Indirect Mapped Interface allows to using non-conformal meshes between solid and fluid domains. Not only does this reduce the time required to set up a CHT simulation, but it also has the potential to greatly increase the accuracy of the simulation results by allowing the user to specify the most appropriate mesh for each region without worrying about making them conformal at the interface.

Solution History
The Solution History is an entirely new feature of STAR-CCM+ v7.02, allowing engineers to review and explore the analysis results space by providing a complete history of a simulation, both in terms of changing results and changing design configuration. For the first time, engineers can record, store, compare, and visualize results from any analysis type. Results from multiple simulations may be recorded in a single simulation history file and easily replayed. Since the user can choose exactly which data is stored for each configuration or time-step, all this can be achieved without a large storage overhead.

The Solution History feature also provides a way of comparing multiple design configurations in a single STAR-CCM+ session.

See STAR-CCM+ v7 at the STAR Global Conference
The STAR Global Conference (March 19-21, 2012, the Netherlands) is the official launch event of STAR-CCM+ v7.02, and will include demonstrations of all the new features and a dedicated training course designed to orient users with the new software.

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Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the release of Fibersim™ software version 2012. Fibersim helps reduce risk throughout the aerospace, automotive and wind energy industries by optimizing the design and manufacture of innovative, durable and lightweight composite structures. It is developed by Vistagy, which was acquired by Siemens on December 7, 2011, and is now a business segment within Siemens PLM Software.

Fibersim 2012 reduces uncertainty in the performance of composite parts by defining, communicating, and validating desired fiber orientations throughout the product development process, ensuring that they meet specifications. By eliminating design interpretation errors, this new release significantly reduces the risk of producing over-engineered parts that not only behave unpredictably, but are also heavier and more costly than necessary.

Fibersim is the world’s leading software for composites engineering, enabling premier organizations in aerospace, automotive, wind energy, and other industries to successfully address challenges throughout the entire engineering process—from supporting conceptual design, defining detailed laminates, simulating ply layup and generating manufacturing data feeds to verifying quality. Fibersim is fully integrated into industry-leading, 3D commercial CAD systems.

“Inaccuracy in fiber orientation, from the design through the manufacturing phases of composite parts, leads to sub-optimal design,” said Guy Lambert, director, Experimental, Design, Material and Process, Bombardier Aerospace, which standardized on Fibersim software for all composites design-to-manufacturing processes in 2009. “It is critical to have confidence in the way manufactured composite parts will perform. Otherwise, engineers will need to account for the fiber orientation variability, which generates parts that end up weighing and costing more. By providing the ability to define, communicate, and validate desired fiber orientations from the beginning to the end of the development process, Fibersim provides engineers with the best opportunity to optimize parts.”

Specific benefits of Fibersim 2012 include:

Increasing opportunities for optimizing designs
Fibersim 2012 increases confidence in the way manufactured composite parts perform by providing a new Spine-Based Rosette, enabling desired fiber orientations to be defined along a path that can then be communicated and validated throughout the development cycle. Maintaining desired fiber orientations in manufactured parts—whether an airframe stringer, an automotive C frame, or a 60-meter wind turbine blade—is critical to optimizing weight and performance.

Accurately simulating how composite materials conform to complex shapes
Fibersim 2010 introduced new advanced material and process simulations for multilayered materials, including non-crimp fabric and ply forming simulations. Fibersim 2012 builds on these capabilities to simulate a greater number of materials and manufacturing processes used with the first-ever Spine-Based Simulation for parts produced using steered fiber methods. Steering fibers along the path of an aerostructure stringer, an automotive B pillar or a scribed line on a wind turbine blade mold will cause localized buckling and deformation. By identifying these issues early in the design cycle, key decisions can be made to ensure expected part strength is achieved in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Efficiently communicating a complete part definition between design and analysis
The new versionintroduces a breakthrough in the exchange of Multi-axial Material and Core data to allow for efficient communication of two critical design components between analysts and designers throughout the iterative development cycle. Accurate analysis of part stiffness and strength necessitates the inclusion of multi-axial and core materials commonplace in aerospace, automotive, and wind energy designs.

Simplifying composite part development and documentation
Fibersim 2012 simplifies composite development with new, intuitive tools for design and documentation for engineers with different levels of composites experience. The most challenging and time-consuming design task is capturing drop-off specifications for regions of varying thickness. Fibersim 2012 introduces a new Stagger Editor, a visual drag and drop method for easily capturing those specifications. Large aerospace panels, such as wings, stabilizers or empennage, have a significant number of different drop-off profiles. The Stagger Editor makes it easy to develop the profiles and reduce design errors.

Fibersim can be used independently or as a key component of the Aerosuite™ portfolio of software and services, which provides a comprehensive solution spanning preliminary design to quality assurance that enables aircraft designers and manufacturers to engineer optimized parts and assemblies in less time at lower cost. Aerosuite also includes Syncrofit™ software for designing and manufacturing complex assemblies and large aerostructures, Quality Planning Environment™ software for developing plans to assess aerostructure quality and Vistagy professional services for the aerospace industry.

“The innovations in the latest version of Fibersim are born from our conviction that the most effective way to address composite engineering and manufacturing challenges is to develop industry-specific solutions,” said Leigh Hudson, director of product and market strategy for Fibersim. “Fibersim 2012 provides end-to-end solutions for developing and optimizing composite part types that are common to aerospace, automotive, wind energy and other industries, enabling our users to develop robust products on schedule and on budget and, ultimately, to meet their goals.”

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Shortage of skilled workers? The Gene Haas Foundation, Oxnard, Calif. is taking a long-term view, investing in its future, and supporting students with a $27,000 grant to the SME Education Foundation for the development of a new SkillsUSA Machining Championship Award Program.

Peter Zierhut, representative, Gene Haas Foundation says, “We are looking for employees with specific skill sets, and very often a rare combination of skill sets. Students competing at the SkillsUSA Championship this summer will be using our advanced manufacturing equipment, be monitored and judged by engineers, learn from their peers, and meet future employers. The industry needs to spend more time directing young people while they’re still in school where we can make a difference.”

The 48th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), including the SkillsUSA Championships, a showcase of career and technical education students, returns to Kansas City, Mo., June 23-27, 2012. The opening ceremony will be held on Monday evening, June 25 at Kemper Arena; the SkillsUSA Championship on Monday-Tuesday, June 25-26 at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City, and the Awards Ceremony at Kemper Arena on Wednesday evening June 27.

Winners from SkillsUSA state competitions – high school and post-secondary, will compete against each other and the clock in creating manufacturing parts using these skills: manual turning, manual lathe, CNC programming – turning, and CNC Programming – milling. Haas Automation, a technical and hardware sponsor and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) are sponsoring the Precision Machining Technology, CNC Milling and CNC Turning Contests. Thirty-six Haas CNC Simulators will be used for the three CNC contests, along with a Haas TM 1P Toolroom Mill and Haas TL 1 Toolroom Lathe.

The Gene Haas SkillsUSA Machining Championship Award certificates will be presented at the June 27th Awards Ceremony to 18 national medal winners in the following amounts: Gold: $2,000, Silver: $1,500.; and Bronze: $1,000.

The 2012 SkillsUSA Machining Championship Award program will be administered by the SME Education Foundation. Winning medalists will receive a designated amount each year to support continued learning by submitting their application and award certificate to the SME Education Foundation. The Foundation will then send designated award funding directly to the medalists’ respective schools.

The award program builds on the efforts of the SME Education Foundation to align education and training to the needs of employers and job-seekers, and help manufacturers to differentiate themselves through innovation and a highly skilled workforce.

Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation sees their partnership with the Gene Haas Foundation and their mutual involvement in SkillsUSA as reflective of a shared vision for workforce development. “Each of the award winners represents a community network which includes their school, a local business that perhaps employed them as an intern, and a local manufacturer anxious to hire. The metalworking industry defines manufacturing. And, as this industry reignites, we are pleased to have the Gene Haas Foundation working with us.”

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ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading solution provider in virtual prototyping for manufacturing industries, announces the release of ACE+ Suite’s latest version. This unique multiphysics modeling and simulation software combines tools in advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Electro-Magnetics (EMAG), Gas Dynamics and Finite Elements Structural Analysis, all working in a seamlessly integrated manner, helping to take decisions based on several physics involved in product manufacturing or performance, speeding up product development processes and increasing final product quality.

ACE+ Suite addresses the increasing need of all industries to look beyond one domain of physics to the important interactions underlying the “cause and effect” relationships that drive the performance of products. The software is delivered in separate but connected modules designed for customers working on fast developing applications such as plasma and semiconductor processes, MEMS, biotechnology, microfluidics, fuel cells and battery as well those of mainstream automotive and aerospace applications.

Enhancements for the automotive sector

The latest version of ACE+ Suite comes with an advanced automatic meshing tool for creating polyhedral cells. The CFD-VisCART mesher can now process in parallel for Single Domain meshing, including boundary layer generation. The calculation time required to automatically create meshes for large models, with hundreds of millions of cells, can be drastically decreased!

Enhancements for the semiconductor industry

Plasma-based processes such as those used in the semiconductor and photovoltaic industries will benefit from improvements related to coupling electromagnetics (EMAG) with plasma models, essential when simulating for plasma. ACE+ Suite enables the modeling of Electromagnetic Wave Effects in large area high frequency coupled Plasma Reactors.

Addressing specific challenges of radiative heat transfer

Designed to reduce computational costs of radiation heat transfer models, the CAFVM Discrete Ordinate Method for Radiation generates results significantly faster than comparable algorithms, which helps industries such as the semiconductor industry solve problems related to reactive flow analysis and plasma models. ACE+ Suite provides a vast range of optical and thermal conditions including grey and semi-transparent media, Fresnel interfaces and participating media.

Enhancements for applications in the aeronautic industry

Also included in ACE+ Suite, CFD-FASTRAN density-based solver used to investigate supersonic speed flows in the aerospace and defense industries, has gained in accuracy with improved compressibility corrections for Turbulence models.

Other enhancements

CFD-VIEW, the software suite’s post-processor, extends support of cell-centered data visualization and supports logarithmic color maps; greatly helping visualization of large data variations. Also, ACE+ Suite offers improved linear and pre-conditioner choices for the multiphysics solver, including additional gradient calculation options. This will greatly help the users of this software in delivering results with desired precision levels and conversion settings.

“The latest release of ACE+ Suite includes a unique combination of specialized solvers incorporating highly accurate physics for specific applications spanning automotive, aeronautics and semiconductor industries”, affirms Anshul Gupta, Product Manager for CFD/Multiphysics Solutions at ESI. “Its advanced features give engineers the ability to make the right decisions in the development of innovative products.”

ACE+ Suite meets the Intel® Cluster Ready specifications and has passed the tests of the Intel® Cluster Checker, which means it can run smoothly on any Intel® device.

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Tecplot, Inc. released the 2012 version of Tecplot® Chorus™, the company’s simulation analytics tool. This latest release offers improved data loader support, case management, and advance data extraction features.

“When we released Tecplot Chorus in the fall of last year, it had been developed in close collaboration with a core group of customers from world renowned aerospace organizations in the government and private sectors” said Mike Peery, Tecplot, Inc. chairman. "This time is no different: the enhancements released today are the direct result of customer input.”

Tecplot Chorus enables engineers to manage CFD projects by bringing together results from simulation cases, derived quantities, and plot images in a single environment. An engineer using Tecplot Chorus can evaluate overall system performance and visually compare tens, hundreds, or thousands of simulation cases without writing scripts. It also allows them to analyze a single parameter over the entire project both visually and quantitatively. This gives engineers the ability to make decisions faster and with more confidence. Tecplot Chorus changes the post processing paradigm by pre-computing the plots, making downstream analysis faster. Currently, CFD engineers use a time-consuming combination of scripting and manual steps to do that work.

Enhancements in the 2012 version of Tecplot Chorus include:

  • Improved project setup and data loaders. Tecplot Chorus now opens data files in CGNS, Fluent, and PLOT3D formats directly in Tecplot 360 and can be configured to use other Tecplot 360 loaders. Users can also associate multiple data files with a given tag per case and can be opened in Tecplot 360 from Tecplot Chorus.

  • Case and data management. When appending data to a project, it is now possible to update existing cases or add duplicate case records in situations where the independent variables match. Users can now show and hide filters, and easily reset them to their defaults, using the Manage Filters dialog.

  • Plot and data extractions. Tecplot 360 macros can be specified when loading data or generating plot images or data; the macro runs after each case’s data is loaded and can be used in combination with a style template. Users can now designate selected cases as active or inactive and filter cases on this attribute using the variable case status.

  • Reporting. Plot Images viewed in Tecplot Chorus may now be copied to the clipboard. Multiple selected plot images may be exported to a folder in one operation. Exported plot images may include labels.

Tecplot Chorus is available on 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Vista, and XP, 64-bit Linux platforms, and can easily interface with SQL databases stored locally or on a server. In addition, the company offers engineering consulting services to help with deployment preconditioning the metadata.

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PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC) today announced the general availability of Mathcad Prime® 2.0 -- the latest release of PTC’s engineering calculation software. Mathcad Prime 2.0 adds powerful new calculation features and advanced capabilities to an easy-to-learn, easy-to-use interface. Additionally, Mathcad Prime 2.0 integrates with other best-in-class PTC products like Creo® and Windchill® to enable increased productivity, improved process efficiency and better collaboration between individuals and teams.

Mathcad Prime 2.0 delivers the following enhancements that improve the personal and engineering process productivity benefits currently offered by the Mathcad® product family:

Excel Component
Seamless and meaningful integration of Mathcad and Excel enables users to access and utilize data from existing spreadsheets and eliminates need to convert data when introducing Mathcad.

Symbolic Algebra
Automates the process of explicit derivation to manipulate complex equations reducing errors and improves efficiency.

3-dimensional (3-D) Plots
Enables engineers to easily manipulate, analyze and visualize complex data for more complete insight and better documentation.

Collapsible Areas
Allow users to manage content better and have more control over their workspace, by collapsing (placing out of view) details that are not essential at the moment, improving productivity and collaboration.

Computational Improvements including faster performance, 64 bit support, optimization solver and multi-threading
Reduce computation time, remove limitations of data-set size, and enable more exploration to be done in the concept phase. More design approaches can be evaluated with higher confidence, reducing errors and problems that occur later in detailed design.

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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) salutes “National Engineers Week,” and calls on all Americans to reflect on the ways engineers have bettered our society and the world at large.

Robert S. Dickman, AIAA’s executive director, stated: “From the airplanes that have connected the world, to the rockets that have explored beyond it, to our modern, energy efficient offices and homes and the roads we drive on, and the cars we drive on them, there is little doubt that engineering has played a vital role in the progress of our nation. During this week, it is only fitting that we salute the men and women whose talents, dedication, and ingenuity have given us so much of what makes our modern life possible.”

National Engineers Week, February 19–25, celebrates the accomplishments of the current generation of engineers in the United States with a view towards inspiring students in grades K–12 to pursue careers in engineering. Several AIAA sections will mark this week with special events such as presenting programs at local schools, talking to students at career fairs, and hosting receptions to honor local engineers.

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The USA Science & Engineering Festival hosted by Lockheed Martin offers a special appeal for budding entrepreneurs, inventors, engineers and programmers who will find the ideas, tools and resources to help them make their dreams a reality. From robotic technology to amazing desktop manufacturing technology that makes prototype development easy and cost-effective, the “makers” and innovators of society will find a wealth of inspiration throughout the Festival and Expo, as well as in the Robot Fest and DIY Expo pavilion, where creativity and technology meet.

“The Festival is a fantastic place for technical experts of all kinds to learn about the amazing advances that have been made in technology to help them make product prototypes from 3D printers, find designs online for parts and components, and meet an array of experts to help them bring their product ideas to life,” said Larry Bock, serial entrepreneur and Executive Director of the USA Science & Engineering Festival— the nation’s largest celebration of science and engineering that will take place April 28-29, 2012 in Washington, D.C. “If you’re an inventor or entrepreneur looking for inspiration, the Festival will be a wealth of ideas and the DIY Expo will provide the tools to get your ideas in motion.”

Organizations like MakerBot Industries, Fab Lab DC and Fab@Home by Cornell University and Dassault Systèmes Americas will show prospective inventors how they can develop product prototypes with 3D printers and digital fabrication. Sparkfun Electronics will show participants how to bring new product ideas to life more easily and inexpensively than many of us may have thought was possible, through electronics and microcontroller kits. The Festival will also feature an array of robotic technology ranging from military, manufacturing and surgical robots to more entertaining robots like R2DC’s Star Wars droids and other exhibits that allow attendees to build their own robots.

In addition, budding entrepreneurs will be able to network with members of various “hackerspace” groups who work collaboratively to network, socialize and develop technical solutions and new products in their spare time, simply because they love to tinker with new ideas, create something from nothing, and solve problems. The Baltimore Node, Unallocated Space and HacDC are three hackerspace groups participating in the DIY Expo and will show some of their recent projects like the HacDC spaceblimp. Unlike the more malicious forms of hacking, the hackerspace model is borne of an interest in collaboration, shared knowledge and tools to create and innovate.

“One of the most intriguing developments in the world of American innovation over the past few years has been the advancement in collaborative ‘crowdsourcing’ to make it easier for ideas to become reality by working together with like-minded individuals,” said Gary Mauler, founder of Robot Fest and host of the Robot Fest and DIY Expo pavilion at the USA Science & Engineering Festival. “The ‘hackerspace’ groups that have come together across the country are providing volunteer assistance to the defense industry and cyber-security industry, and they are now making an impact on assistive technology for individuals with disabilities, fashion and many other industries,” he added.

The Festival also features a Book Fair where some of the leading authors and experts in the DIY world will speak, including William Gurstelle, author of The Practical Pyromaniac, a professional engineer and has been researching and building model catapults, ballistic devices and flamethrowers for more than 30 years. His previous books include the best-selling Backyard Ballistics, among others.

“The USA Science & Engineering Festival is an amazing place for engineers and DIY enthusiasts to see what’s new and innovative in the world of science and technology,” said Gurstelle. “I can’t imagine anyone in my field who wouldn’t find it to be a tremendously inspiring event, full of creative fuel to spark that next great idea or invention.”

Dustyn Roberts, author of Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists and Artists, will also appear at the Festival. Roberts is an engineer who started her career at Honeybee Robotics working on the Sample Manipulation System project for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission. She is the founder of Dustyn Robots where she consults on projects ranging from gait analysis to designing guided parachute systems.

“I’m looking forward to this year’s Festival to find out what all of the world’s leading innovators have developed to demonstrate the wonders of modern science and engineering,” said Roberts. “I’m particularly excited to see the array of female innovators who will be sharing their expertise and inspiring young girls to consider a career in the science, technology, engineering or math fields.”

The USA Science & Engineering Festival and Book Fair is a free, family-friendly event that allows kids and adults to participate in over 2,000 hands-on activities and see more than 200 live performances by science celebrities, explorers, best-selling authors, entrepreneurs and world-renowned experts. For inventors and others looking for ideas and information, the Festival offers a smorgasbord of scientific and technological wonders that will entertain as it inspires the American spirit of innovation.

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is the country’s only national science festival, and was developed to increase public awareness of the importance of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engineering by celebrating science in much the same way as we celebrate Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and pop stars. Lockheed Martin is again the presenting host of the USA Science & Engineering Festival and is joined by many other Festival sponsors and partners. The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a grassroots collaboration of over 500 of the United States leading science and engineering organizations.

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MSC Software Corporation, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced its new 2012 releases of Patran and MSC Fatigue. The new releases, scheduled to be available for download in early February, provide engineers with significant modeling productivity, extended nonlinear and failure event simulations, and improved capabilities for predicting product fatigue life.

Accelerate Modeling Productivity
The Patran 2012 new Model Browser Tree is introduced to help users efficiently navigate through the menus and also access and modify various aspects of their model.  In addition to being intuitive and easy to use, the tree is also customizable so that users can adjust to suit their process. Easily visualizing, accessing, and manipulating database entities through the model tree reduces learning curves, increases productivity and makes Patran even more intuitive to use. The Model Browser Tree is available on Windows and Linux platforms.

Perform Extended Nonlinear & Failure Event Simulations
Engineers can analyze more nonlinear events and also study failure more accurately. Newly supported capabilities include cohesive zone modeling and virtual crack propagation for failure analysis, enhanced support for contact that include segment-to-segment contact detection, contact table enhancements and new nonlinear elements.

The cohesive zone modeling technique is used to simulate delamination or crack growth and is especially beneficial for composite structure failure analysis. Virtual Crack Closure Technique is popular in simulating crack growth using a simple, but general way to evaluate energy release rate of a crack. The segment-to-segment contact method implemented in Marc and MSC Nastran and now supported in Patran, provides improved accuracy and overcomes the limitations of master segment-slave node approach of the traditional node-to-segment contact method. This method is well suited for both higher and lower order elements and provides smoother contact stresses.

Other contact enhancements include shell edge-to-edge, shell edge-to-solid face, and beam-to-solid face contacts with support for moment carrying glue, and also improved contact table support for breaking glue, anisotropic friction and wear factor. Several new 1D, 2D and 3D element formulations implemented in MSC Nastran and Marc are also now supported by Patran, providing engineers with more tools and options to analyze nonlinear models more accurately.

Predict Fatigue and Product Failure
Several fatigue analysis types have been updated as part of the new solver in MSC Fatigue 2012. MSC Fatigue uses stress or strain results from finite element (FE) models, variations in loading, and cycling material properties to estimate life-to-failure.

Both the traditional Stress-Life (S-N or total life) and Strain-Life (E-N, local strain or Crack Initiation) methods are available. With minimal knowledge of fatigue analysis, users can perform such evaluations directly in their familiar FE modeling environment. The intuitive interface and the speed at which the fatigue analysis is performed enables durability concerns to be moved up front in the product development cycle, thus avoiding costs due to re-designs, prototyping and testing.

MSC Fatigue Shaker in the 2012 release predicts the fatigue life of components subjected to a single input random vibration load. Shaker table tests are widely specified and are routinely used to "proof test" components before sign-off. Additionally, analysis of spot welds using MSC Fatigue 2012 Spot Weld can help users build optimized designs and reduce prototyping and testing costs. MSC Fatigue 2012 also includes a new structural stress based Seam Weld module as well as the traditional weld classification approach (BS5400/ BS7608 etc.) for the fatigue design of weldment details.

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Dassault Systèmes announced that the six finalist vehicles in the 2012 North American Car/Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards were all developed using CATIA, long recognized as the leading design solution in the automotive industry. The finalists within the car category are the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Passat, while the truck finalists are the BMW X3, the Honda CR-V and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

“We congratulate these finalists and recognize that each of them has developed an outstanding vehicle,” said Olivier Sappin, vice president, Transportation & Mobility Industry, Dassault Systèmes.  “We feel honored that our solutions have played a part in helping these companies deliver exciting vehicles to the industry while meeting multiple criteria.”

The NACTOY awards are unique in the United States since they are given by a coalition of no more than 50 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada, representing magazines, television, radio, newspapers and Web sites, and not by a single media outlet. The awards are financed by the jurors’ dues and NACTOY does not accept advertising from automakers.

To be eligible, a vehicle must be completely new or substantially changed. The intent is to select a car and a truck that establishes new benchmarks in the classes in which they compete. Jurors evaluate the vehicles on factors including value for the dollar, innovation, handling, performance, safety and driver satisfaction.

After considering dozens of vehicles this year, the jurors finally voted on 17 cars and seven trucks, which were then narrowed down to three in each category.  The jurors will now vote again on these three finalists. The winner of each category will be announced on Monday, January 9 at 7:15 a.m. EST, the opening press day of the North American International Auto Show.

The world’s leading car and truck manufacturers have been relying on Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions (e.g. CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA and SIMULIA) for nearly 30 years.  Today, the world's major automakers recognize the value Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions bring to the design, safety and eco-sustainability of their automotive, transportation and mobility products.

Dassault Systèmes’ latest Version 6 has made next generation PLM possible with a unique and new approach to the technology. This single, open and scalable platform enables automakers to collaborate across their global enterprise and supply chain, allowing for innovative practices while providing full traceability throughout the vehicle lifecycle. Users can simulate how vehicle will perform, be built and experienced by the customer before making any capital investment.

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The engineering profession's highest honors for 2012, presented by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), recognize ground-breaking contributions to the development of the modern liquid crystal display and achievements that led to a curriculum that encourages engineering leadership. The awards, announced today, will be presented at a gala dinner event in Washington, DC on February 21, 2012.

T. Peter Brody, George H. Heilmeier, Wolfgang Helfrich, and Martin Schadt will receive the Charles Stark Draper Prize — a $500,000 annual award that honors engineers whose accomplishments have significantly benefited society — "for the engineering development of the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) that is utilized in billions of consumer and professional devices."

Clive L. Dym, M. Mack Gilkeson, and J. Richard Phillips will receive the Bernard M. Gordon Prize — a $500,000 award issued annually that recognizes innovation in engineering and technology education — "for creating and disseminating innovations in undergraduate engineering design education to develop engineering leaders." Half of each Gordon prize is awarded to the winner's institution to support the continued development, refinement, and dissemination of the recognized innovation.

"The engineers we are honoring have created windows through which people are learning about and shaping our world," said NAE President Charles M. Vest. "The LCD is the human interface with much of today's technology and information. Harvey Mudd College's innovative teaching program is showing future leaders how to use engineering skills for the benefit of humankind."

The Charles Stark Draper Prize

The Liquid crystal display (LCDs) is used by virtually everyone in the modern world on a daily basis. It is the medium through which people get information from a variety of everyday devices – including calculators, clocks, computer monitors, smart phones, and television screens. T. Peter Brody, George H. Heilmeier, Wolfgang Helfrich, and Martin Schadt each made substantial contributions to its development.

George Heilmeier discovered the dynamic scattering mode (DSM), which resulted in the first operational LCD. Liquid crystals are materials that have properties of both liquids and crystals. DSM allows them to scatter light when a voltage is applied. Shortly after Heilmeier's discovery, DSM LCDs could be widely found in watches and calculators.

Taking cues from Heilmeier's work, Wolfgang Helfrich and Martin Schadt invented the twisted nematic (TN) field effect of liquid crystal displays. Unlike the DSM, the twisted nematic field effect electrically controls the polarization state of transmitted light of LCDs. It requires virtually no power and small electric fields. The contrast of light is very large, allowing short switching from dark to bright and vice versa. Helfrich and Schadt's discovery of the TN allowed for the practical use of LCDs in nearly all of today's flat panel LCD applications.

T. Peter Brody created the active matrix (AM) drive, which enabled an array of new capabilities for LCDs. Such capabilities consist of the display of high resolution motion pictures combined with fast response which are prerequisites for television. Brody's AM LCD opened the door for further LCD advancements in television, including color filters and brightness-enhancement films.

T. Peter Brody worked at Westinghouse, where he discovered the first active matrix displays. He later started his own firm, Panelvision, and then went on to become the president and CEO of Amedeo. In addition to his contributions to LCD technology, his numerous patents include a low-cost color filter process and a high-resolution printing process. Brody is also the co-founder of the Advantech in-line fabrication process, designed to create backplanes for the next generation of OLED displays. Brody passed away in September 2011; the award will be presented to his family.

George Heilmeier joined RCA in 1958 where he discovered the dynamic scattering- and a guest-host electro-optical effect in liquid crystals. After serving as a White House fellow at the U.S. Department of Defense, he was appointed Assistant Director for Defense Research and Engineering, Electronic and Physical Sciences. From 1974 to 1977, Heilmeier was the director of the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA). He then became senior vice president and chief technical officer at Texas Instruments. Heilmeier later served as the president and CEO of Bellcore, and eventually as chairman and chairman emeritus.

Wolfgang Helfrich, while at RCA, set up a theory of conduction-induced alignment of nematic liquid crystals as a first step towards a theory of dynamic scattering. In 1970 he joined Hoffmann-LaRoche where he and Martin Schadt began their cooperation. Afterwards he accepted a professorship at the Free University of Berlin. Since then his theoretical and experimental research centered on fluid bilayer membranes and their vesicles. .

Martin Schadt patented the first organic light emitting display (OLED) in 1969 as a post doc fellow at Canada's National Research Council. He then joined the Laboratoire Suisse de Recherche Horlogère at Neuchâtel of Omega. Two years later he became a member of the newly founded research group at the Central Research Center of Hoffmann-La Roche working on liquid crystal field-effects and LC-materials. He was appointed head of the liquid crystal department inventing many new electro-optical effects, commercial liquid crystal materials and the photo-polymer liquid crystal alignment technology. From 1994 he headed the spin-off company Rolic Ltd. as its CEO. He is active as a scientific adviser to governments and industrial research groups.

The Bernard M. Gordon Prize

The Harvey Mudd College Engineering program combines hands-on, experience-based learning, exemplified by its innovative Engineering Clinic, with formal design instruction in an approach aimed at creating engineering leaders. The Engineering program, which also strongly emphasizes writing and presentations, continues to be innovative and has had a profound influence on other institutions and their curriculum. The College's curriculum also includes the opportunity to teach K-12 students and a leadership strategy course in which students meet highly successful businesspeople.

Clive L. Dym created the program's formal design instruction and contributed to a hands-on studio component for the freshman projects class. Dym also advocated the integration of the design and making of tools and prototypes into that class. This helped students learn about manufacturing and design and how to communicate about their work. Dym is the driving force behind the Mudd Design Workshops, which bring together a wide range of institutions to discuss engineering education and their shared experiences. Dym is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Engineering Design and director of the Center for Design Education at Harvey Mudd College.

M. Mack Gilkeson is the co-inventor and co-founder of the Clinic program, a hands-on approach to teaching engineering in which small teams of students are given real-life design problems to solve from industry partners. The program was controversial at its outset because this approach defied conventional wisdom and went very much counter to the then-prevailing thinking about engineering curricula. Thus, while the Clinic program initially faced concerns, even some internally, Gilkeson and his colleagues proved it could work and it became a model for many other institutions. Gilkeson is Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Harvey Mudd College.

J. Richard Phillips was the Engineering Clinic director for 17 years and transitioned the Clinic into a sustainable program that is now integral to the overall Harvey Mudd Engineering curriculum. He also was directly involved in the establishment of Clinic programs in other colleges and universities. The program has now extended to other departments in the college, influencing fields outside of engineering as well. Phillips also was instrumental in the development of the Experimental Engineering Lab to give students a deeper and more intuitive grasp of concepts they learn in their theory classes. Phillips is Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Harvey Mudd College.

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Alexandria Moseley, Newburg, Ore., a manufacturing and engineering student at the Oregon State University – Class of 2013, has been recognized as one of 15 most promising college engineering students, from the United States and across the world, by National Engineers Week through its first annual New Faces of Engineering College Edition. Alexandria has been supported with scholarship funding provided by the SME Education Foundation who nominated her.

In 2008, Alexandria began her career path in manufacturing engineering as intern at an Oregon manufacturing company. In 2010, in another internship, she worked on two projects under the supervision of two Industrial Engineers for the Oregon Department of Transportation. In 2011, building on her internship at the manufacturing company, her responsibilities included supporting production lines by designing work fixtures, modifying layouts, participating in Kaizen and other LEAN events.

Alexandria is focused on her new career saying, “The further I delve into my industrial and manufacturing engineering studies, the more aware I become of just how largely our society depends on this area of work. The opportunity to positively influence the field of manufacturing, whether by instruction or research, provides all the challenge and personal fulfillment I could ever desire in a career. I am so thankful to the SME Education Foundation.”

Recognition of Alexandria Moseley’s accomplishments is a return on investment for the SME Education Foundation funding of $5.2 million since 2005 to address the transformation of manufacturing education, change public perception of manufacturing, and address the shortage of manufacturing and technical talent in the United States.

In 2010, through the SME Education Foundation Scholarship Program, Alexandria received the Charles Chambers Directors Scholarship Award of $5,000 and in 2011, received the Arthur and Gladys Cervenka Scholarship Award of $2,600.

“Alex has proven to be an outstanding student as reflected by her 3.98 GPA. She was selected to become a College of Engineering (COE) Ambassador, representing the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State,” says Bart A. Aslin, chief executive officer, SME Education Foundation. ‘In this prestigious role, she represented the College of Engineering at outreach programs, with alumni, industry, and political visitors, and all College recruiting events. Alexandria represents the future. These student engineers are integral to our community-based PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) program launched this fall.”

This is the first year the popular initiative has expanded to recognize the best and brightest college engineering students. The National Engineers Week Foundation has honored young engineering professionals with its New Faces of Engineering award since 2003.

Winners were recognized for academic excellence, leadership within student organizations, outstanding communications skills, non-engineering related community service and involvement in the engineering industry.

The 2011 winners represent a cross-section of interests, specialties and backgrounds and are all third, fourth, or fifth year engineering students. Examples include students from the University of Logos and British University in Egypt. One winner is leading a team of 100 engineering students to develop ways to make the world more sustainable. Others tutor and mentor children in their communities, thus inspiring the next generation of engineers. Winners also include past participants in National Engineers Week programs, such as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

Other honorees and the participating engineering societies with which they are affiliated include:

Joe Wyatt - American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
4th Year: University of Arkansas
Joe volunteers as a mentor and works to increase the number of minority students in the college of engineering.

Esther Bruce - American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
5th Year: Oklahoma State University
Esther's school programs and internships have taken her to Japan, England, Guatemala, and Spain.

Aaron Nissen - American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
3rd Year: Iowa State University
A hands-on internship at the Vermeer Manufacturing Corporation showed Aaron he was on the right career path.

Danielle Antonellis - American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
4th Year: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
As President of WPI's Habitat for Humanity Chapter, Danielle helped raise $11,000 to benefit the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans.

Ibrahim Ogundeko - American Society of Heating, Refrigerator and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
3rd Year: University of Lagos, Nigeria
Ibrahim's first internship at Nestle Nigeria Plc gave him hands-on experience in the food manufacturing & processing industry.

Michelle Rosen - American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
4th Year: University of Maryland
Michelle volunteers to get more elementary, middle and high school girls interested in engineering by leading them in fun, hands-on challenges.

Charles Shi - Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE-USA)
5th Year: University of California, Berkeley
Charles is interested in the entrepreneurial side of engineering - transforming concepts into tangible products that change lives.

Jeremy Blum - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
4th Year: Cornell University
Jeremy leads Cornell's 100-member Sustainable Design program team, which this year built a passive schoolhouse in South Africa.

Tariq L. Walker - National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
4th Year: North Carolina A&T State University
Tariq's high school teacher inspired him to pursue engineering by demonstrating physics concepts on interesting field trips.

Adegoke Olubusi - National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
3rd Year: Morgan State University
Adegoke describes engineering as the ability to implement the art & creativity in technology, which he utilized at a Goldman Sachs internship.

Colby Hietbrink - National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
4th Year: University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Colby's love of engineering was sparked by his father's enthusiasm for learning how things work and working to improve things.

DeeAnn Turpin - Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
4th Year: Kansas State University
DeeAnn helps people in India, Guatemala, and Ecuador by volunteering for Engineers Without Borders.

Moustafa Ezzat - Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
5th Year: British University in Egypt
Moustafa strengthened his communication, networking, and technical skills as a co-founder and active member of SPE's student chapter.

Heather Sweeney - Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
4th Year: Purdue University
Heather's manufacturing engineering internship sharpened her career goals by piquing her interest in improving efficiency and product flow.

The National Engineers Week Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society. Founded in 1951, it is among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts. Co-chairs for 2012 are Battelle and ASME. For more information, visit:

Since 1998, the SME Education Foundation has provided over $5.3 million dollars in financial aid through its various scholarship programs. The Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors, current undergraduates and masters or doctoral degree students pursuing degrees in manufacturing and related fields at two-year and four-year colleges. The SME Education Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for the academic school year 2012/2013. To find out more information about SME Education Foundation scholarships and how to apply, visit:

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Dassault Systèmes, announced the availability of Isight 5.6, the market-leading open desktop solution for simulation process automation and design optimization from SIMULIA, the Dassault Systèmes brand for realistic simulation. Isight 5.6 includes enhancements in optimization, modeling and simulation integration, and postprocessing.

Isight provides designers, engineers and researchers with an open system for integrating design and simulation models—created with various CAD, CAE and other software applications—to automate the execution of hundreds or thousands of simulations.  Isight allows users to save time and improve their products by optimizing them against performance or cost metrics through statistical methods such as Design of Experiments (DOE) or Design for Six Sigma.

“Isight has features and add-ons that allow us to integrate all of the different codes and interfaces used for our physics subroutines,” said Cosimo Chiarelli, head of the Aeromechanics and Propulsion unit in Business Segment Space Infrastructure and Transportation at Thales Alenia Space Italia in Turin.  “It played a key role in helping us unify our processes and saved a considerable amount of time in our design optimization process.”

Among the new features for design optimization, Isight 5.6 provides a reliability analysis technique for importance sampling that allows users to compute and sample around the most probable point of failure in a design. When compared to sampling around the mean value point, importance sampling requires orders of magnitude fewer evaluations for the same accuracy in predicting the probability of failure or success. This is especially important in the verification of high-reliability systems, such as jet turbines or automotive brakes.

“Many customers, such as Thales Alenia Space, are gaining significant business benefits from using Isight as a tool for virtual product verification and validation,” said Alex Van der Velden, director, SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes. “For example, when designing a space vehicle, one rarely has the luxury of using full-scale physical prototypes to iteratively optimize both the vehicle and its reentry trajectory. Virtual testing supported by simulation automation and design exploration technology is critical in helping manufacturing companies achieve the right performing design, faster and with less physical testing.”

Isight 5.6 also enhances several components, which are the building blocks of simulation process flows. The latest release includes updates to the Abaqus component to support multiple Abaqus/CAE cases by providing users with the option to parse all detected input files and create output parameters for multiple analyses. Improvements to the Data Matching component enable the definition and matching of multiple data sets within multiple ranges.

Isight 5.6 delivers a number of postprocessing enhancements, including new options in the approximation viewer for overlay constraints graphs to perform quick trade-off studies by relaxing constraints, showing or hiding constraint boundaries, and viewing constraint violations using a floor projection graph.

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President Obama has honored nine individuals and eight organizations as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The mentors received their awards at a White House ceremony on Monday, December 12.

Administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring is awarded by the White House to individuals and organizations in recognition of the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering--particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. By offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow's innovators reflect and benefit from the diverse talent of the United States.

Colleagues, administrators and students in their home institutions nominate candidates for the award. The mentoring can involve students at any grade level from elementary through graduate school. In addition to being honored at the White House, recipients receive awards of $25,000 from NSF to advance their mentoring efforts.

The mentors and organizations announced yesterday represent the winners for 2010 and 2011.

"Through their commitment to education and innovation, these individuals and organizations are playing a crucial role in the development of our 21st century workforce," President Obama said when he first announced the awardees. "Our nation owes them a debt of gratitude for helping ensure that America remains the global leader in science and engineering for years to come."

The individuals and organizations receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring are:


* Solomon Bililign, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, N.C.
* Peggy Cebe, Tufts University, Mass.
* Roy Clarke, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich.
* Amelito Enriquez, Cañada College, Calif.
* Karen Panetta, Tufts University, Mass.
* ACE Mentor Program of America, Conn., represented by Charles Thornton
* Ocean Discovery Institute, Calif.
* Women's Health Science Program for High School Girls and Beyond, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Ill., represented by Teresa Woodruff


* Winston Anderson, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
* Juan E. Gilbert, Clemson University, S.C.
* Shaik Jeelani, Tuskegee University, Ala.
* Andrew Tsin, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas
* Camp Reach, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mass. represented by Chrysanthe Demetry
* Diversity Programs in Engineering, Cornell University, N.Y. , represented by Sara Hernández
* The Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute, Arizona State University, Ariz., represented by Carlos Castillo-Chavez
* The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, Stanford University, Calif., represented by Marilyn Winkleby
* University of California San Francisco Science & Health Education Partnership High School Intern Program, Calif., represented by Rebecca Smith

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MISUMI USA, Inc., is pleased to announce that it will partner with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as a sponsor of the 2012 ASME Innovation Showcase (IShow). Held annually, the highly popular IShow competition provides entrepreneurial teams of college students with a platform to compete for seed money to advance their efforts to further develop, package and market their innovative products or technologies.

Next year’s IShow is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The collegiate teams will be judged by a panel of successful innovators, industry experts, venture capitalists, and intellectual property specialists. In addition to presenting an innovative product or technology, students must also demonstrate that they have formulated a sustainable business model. Entries for the 2012 competition are being accepted until January 13, 2012.

“We are excited to be working with the ASME in sponsoring the 2012 ISHOW,” states Andy Sklierenko, MISUMI USA Product Manager - Motion. “This sponsorship reflects MISUMI’s commitment to proactively encouraging future generations of creative product design engineers. We recently launched our 2011/12 University Engineering Program, which provides engineering students and their professors with our comprehensive product catalog, as well as access to our engineering blogs and online library of technical webinars. In addition, our experienced engineers stand ready to provide counsel on the uses and diverse applications of configurable components.” More information and nomination forms for MISUMI’s University Engineering program can be found at:

Sklierenko adds: “Another advantage for engineering students is MISUMI’s comprehensive selection of mechanical components and a unique business model, with affordable pricing, fast delivery time and no minimum order quantities, which allows them to experiment and rapidly create prototypes to advance their research.”

As an additional incentive for student participation in MISUMI’s University Engineering Program, the company is holding a special iPad Promotion through June 28th, 2012. Students and professors who register and are accepted into the program will be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of three (3) Apple iPad 2 tablets. The first drawing will be on December 19th, 2011.

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Many United States colleges and universities are committed to creating quality engineering programs. Among these institutions is Ohio’s Cedarville University, a 125-year-old liberal arts college whose undergraduate department of engineering and computer science holds its own internal design competitions and dominates external competitions, such as Solar Splash, an intercollegiate solar boat regatta.

Cedarville’s engineering and computer science department has been relying on SolidWorks® 3D design solutions since 1996. Using SolidWorks, the department teaches more than 100 freshmen per year about modeling and CAD, challenging them with increasingly difficult projects until they demonstrate proficiency with SolidWorks. The goal is to prepare them for the real world with marketable skills. Likewise, senior students are tasked with a year-long design project that enables them to use every aspect of SolidWorks, such as lofting and analysis.

Cedarville also runs regular engineering competitions, such as a contest to design, build and race a cardboard canoe across a lake during homecoming weekend. The value of these competitions is to design, simulate, test and then use the physical end result.

“We want our students designing in SolidWorks because it’s the software they’ll use in the industry,” said Jay Kinsinger, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Cedarville University. “It’s so much more than CAD—it’s computer-aided engineering. Teaching students to use SolidWorks gives them a leg up in the job market, and testing their skills through different types of competitions keeps them engaged, encourages creativity and trains their minds to always be designing. SolidWorks has been a critical asset to the success of our engineering program.”

One of the most significant competitions that the Cedarville engineering team participates in is Solar Splash; the team has also participated in the Frisian Solar Challenge in the Netherlands. The contest comprises two challenges: one for endurance and one for speed, requiring that the boat encompasses design elements for both challenges. Cedarville, a six-time Solar Splash champion, designed a revolutionary hull that changes its characteristics by shifts in on-board weight to achieve endurance versus speed. With SolidWorks they were able to design hull shells more intuitively using the lofting feature, and analyze how that hull cuts through water using SolidWorks Simulation.

“The Cedarville design team has a long track record of winning the Solar Splash competition and provides a fantastic example of how to build a robust engineering program using SolidWorks,” said Marie Planchard, director of education at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks. “We’re looking forward to seeing how the team does at this year’s Solar Splash event and to welcoming Cedarville’s current class to the design industry.”

Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.

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ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading solution provider in virtual prototyping for manufacturing industries, announces the release of Visual-Environment 7.5, a flexible and open engineering framework within a common platform, addressing multiple simulation domains. Visual-Environment encompasses the entire Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) process, from interfacing with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to model set-up and post processing; all using a single core compute model.

This latest release Visual-Environment 7.5 provides important improvements related to software usability. Pre and post-processing are now visually integrated within the environment for improved user experience. Overall, this new version offers a better look and feel and common windows and page management that deliver enhanced graphic unity to run smooth, flawless workflows.

The increasingly intuitive user interface also offers greater interaction. For example, from the homepage, users can access shortcuts to their most common operations, recently loaded files, and useful quick links such as software highlights.

An ever-evolving platform, Visual-Environment adapts to the needs of various disciplines, solvers and industries. For each application in Visual-Environment, engineers can use the comprehensive modeling tool “Visual-Mesh” to generate, for complex geometries, solution quality meshes for various disciplines, including vehicle crash testing, passenger safety, NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness), heat treatment, welding, casting, and electromagnetics. The Visual-Viewer post-processing tool caters to the demanding requirements of the CAE community through its multi-page, multi-plot environment while the integrated software development toolkit, Visual-SDK, provides for customization and extension of the open architecture through process templates and macros.

The VisualDSS application, the end-to-end decision support system of Visual-Environment, allows for Engineering Change Management by propagating changes made from one iteration model to another. New in the Visual-Environment 7.5 release, users can directly create workflows, upload key results and reports, and compare iteration models online in the VisualDSS client web portal.

Interface with various disciplines

ESI’s Visual-Environment is flexible: every application can be updated individually.

Visual-Environment is open: version 7.5 boasts enhanced conversion utilities that facilitate the integration of data from third-party software. Other smart improvements in version 7.5 include better visualization; for instance, in the display of meshless simulation methods such as Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) and Finite-Point Method (FPM), and in visualizing airbag folding thanks to a new tool introduced in Sim-Folder. The complete support for Heat Treatment Advisor in Visual-Weld, enables realistic simulation by supporting chaining Welding and Heat Treatment in a manufacturing process.

Improved meshing abilities targeted at NVH and Internal Acoustics applications tremendously ease the meshing of cavities. Visual-Cast, the meshing-pre-post processing environment for foundry applications, provides for set-up of models using CAD topology; enabling the automatic update of iteration models and delivering considerable time gains.

Visual-Environment 7.5 incorporates engineering knowledge, best practices, process, workflow management and simulation content management into the engineering design process.

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From building the better soccer net to designing a more fuel-efficient vehicle, Penn State engineering students displayed their innovation and design proficiency at the 2011 Engineering Design Showcase on Dec. 8 at the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. The event was hosted by Penn State's College of Engineering and organized by the Learning Factory, a University-industry partnership program that provides hands-on educational experience to future engineers.

During the showcase, final projects were judged by a panel of industry experts with prizes awarded to the groups with the best design applications and best displays. This year's event featured 76 student-designed and industry-sponsored projects that combine classroom learning with real-world technical demands and expectations.

The semester-long projects merge the classroom and real-world by exposing students to the technical demands, pitfalls and professional expectations they would experience as a practicing engineer in the industry.

Companies sponsoring this semester's projects include 4Carrots; A Lean Machine; Advantage Metal Powders; Air Products; Appek; Bell Helicopter; Textron, Inc.; Boeing; CONSOL Energy, Inc.; Discovery Space; Dresser-Rand; Experimental Designs, Inc.; Flowserve; General Motors; Green Thumb Services; Harris Corporation; Instasol Technology; Jersey Shore Hospital; KC Innovations, Inc.; Kydex; M4 Sciences; Metso; Movasu, Inc.; Nascent Services; NSWCCD; Pratt & Whitney; Quaker Chemical Corporation; Rockland Manufacturing; Samsung Electronics, Inc.; Shell; ShowKase; SimpleServe; Solar Dynamic Technology; Solutionwerks, Inc.; The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; The Net Return; The Vitamin Shoppe; URS; and Volvo Powertrain North America.

The Student Design Project Showcase is organized by the Learning Factory, a university-industry partnership to educate the next generation of engineers by providing hands-on experience with real-world capstone design projects. The Learning Factory has facilitated more than 2,500 student design projects for more than 350 companies since its establishment in 1995.

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Published in Penn State

ANSYS has launched the newest release of its engineering simulation technology suite, ANSYS® 14.0. Designed to optimize product development processes, ANSYS solutions reduce the time and cost needed to foster product innovations.

The advanced technology behind ANSYS 14.0 includes hundreds of new, advanced features that make it easier, faster and less costly for organizations to bring new products to market. The framework for the industry's broadest and deepest suite of advanced engineering simulation technology, ANSYS Workbench™, delivers unprecedented productivity. Tighter integration, for example, brings more physics applications together to power customers' simulation efforts, enabling them to predict with confidence that their products will thrive in the real world.

As a whole, ANSYS 14.0 delivers new benefits in three major areas:

Amplifying engineering: Companies are looking for ways to leverage their existing engineering resources. Engineers are most effective when they concentrate on making engineering decisions rather than performing manual and tedious software operations. ANSYS 14.0 automates many user-intensive operations, which helps product developers minimize time spent setting up problems.

Simulating complex systems: Today's products come with built-in complexity -- such as state changes, nonlinear phenomena and multiphysics interactions. Designs often combine hardware, electronics and software to form a complex system. This requires new approaches to engineering. The latest ANSYS release allows engineers to simulate such complexity as it exists in the real world, from a single component to entire systems, with uncompromising accuracy.

Driving innovation with high-performance computing (HPC): Competitive pressures demand faster and more frequent product introductions; at the same time, products must be innovative, desirable and high quality. Organizations can resolve these conflicting requirements only by evaluating a large number of design alternatives -- more rapidly than ever before. ANSYS 14.0 capitalizes on modern hardware advancements to deliver complex simulation calculations faster than other alternatives on the market today.

"Simulation-Driven Product Development™ has been a core theme of ours for some time. Using simulation, companies can analyze many design iterations early in the process, thus driving innovation. HPC is a key enabler to reduce design cycle times," said Jim Cashman, president and CEO of ANSYS.

Amplifying Engineering
Workbench at ANSYS 14.0 goes well beyond enhancing customized workflows, automatic parametric evaluations, and transparent sharing of common data between different applications. Embedded design optimization capabilities enable design of experiments as well as parametric and six sigma studies to reach the right design. Tools developed specifically to manage engineering simulation data are integrated for use across teams, groups and regions, preserving an organization's intellectual property. ANSYS 14.0 further opens the door for non-traditional users to gain full value from simulation.

In fluid dynamics, prior to setting up a simulation, engineers face the time-consuming task of creating a high-quality mesh. ANSYS 14.0 provides fast and robust capabilities to perform these tasks automatically. The assembly meshing tool extracts fluid volume from CAD assemblies and automatically creates structured Cartesian meshes or unstructured tetrahedral meshes, depending on user goals and preferences.

In the structural mechanics arena, simulating composites structures brings a number of challenges, such as defining hundreds or thousands of plies on a structure that includes various orientations, or analyzing potential failure ply by ply. The dedicated ANSYS Composite PrepPost™ tool provides significant ease of use for such models. ANSYS 14.0 tightly integrates Composite PrepPost with other structural simulation capabilities in Workbench.

When simulation results must be shared among physics, standard practice is to import data -- such as pressure fields, temperatures or heat exchange coefficients -- from external files. Automated algorithms provide an efficient tool to project the data from one mesh to another. In ANSYS 14.0, automated algorithms and weighting options have been enhanced to provide users with additional control and correction capabilities. "Using the ANSYS external data tool to import 3-D scan data, we are able to easily map the thickness of aerodynamic profiles onto 3-D models for static and modal analyses, as well as axisymmetric models for thermomechanical studies of our engines," said Herve Chalons, mechanical and structural analysis engineer at Turbomeca, a Safran company that develops helicopter engines. "The smoothing algorithms and control tools allow us to ensure the quality of interpolated data as well as the robustness of the mapping procedure. Ultimately, this easy-to-use tool will help us save time in setting up our simulation models."

Simulating Complex Systems
R&D teams must accurately predict how complex products will behave in a real-world environment. Only the ANSYS suite comprehensively captures the interaction of multiple physics -- structural, fluid dynamics, electromechanics and systems interactions -- with deep physics and from within a single simulation system.

A new ANSYS Fluent® cosimulation link with ANSYS Simplorer® allows engineers to analyze battery systems in Simplorer without neglecting nonlinear behavior of the fluid system. The cosimulation delivers high-accuracy results of multidomain system simulation using a fully integrated set of tools.

ANSYS 14.0 also introduces two-way electromagnetic coupling with stress analysis and the ability to re-simulate the electromagnetic field distribution on the deformed geometry. Applications include electrical machine, magnetic actuator and electric transformer designs in the automotive, aerospace, and power industries, for which accuracy of localized part deformations is important.

The successful design of many industrial processes depends on accurately predicting the dynamics of, and interaction between, different phases (gas, liquid, solid particles). Because of continuous progress in the area of multiphase modeling, ANSYS fluid dynamics capabilities at 14.0 widen the range of multiphase applications that can be simulated accurately, efficiently and robustly.

Applications that must consider complex nonlinear phenomena -- such as biomedical devices, hot rolled steel, acoustics and brake squeal -- can benefit from the suite's advanced models. For example, biomedical application developers access enhanced material formulations such as the Holzapfel model to capture behavior of fiber-reinforced tissue or shape-memory alloys for stent modeling. Moisture diffusion has been implemented in thermal, structural and coupled simulations for electronic components.

Driving Innovation with HPC
For enhanced insight, ANSYS 14.0 features a comprehensive suite of solver and HPC advancements across the entire range of physics. Smart solver management enhancements -- including architecture-aware partitioning -- evenly size and efficiently distribute jobs to available compute processors. "Petrobras relies on ANSYS software for its superior parallel scalability, together with advanced multiphase models and dynamic meshing," said Carlos Alberto Capela Moraes, technical consultant at CENPES (Petrobras Research and Development Center). "New enhancements such as architecture-aware partitioning and improved scalability will allow us to consider even more detailed, accurate and complete simulations than ever before -- yielding the kind of understanding that is essential to reproducing critical scenarios and complex operations of upstream processing systems in the oil industry."

GPU advancements are being leveraged to produce increased hardware performance. With ANSYS Mechanical™ 14.0, users can take advantage of the latest generation of GPU boards as well as minimize the amount of I/O required for post-processing operations. ANSYS is committed to staying synchronized with the latest computing technologies.

In a compressor or turbine, accurately capturing the transient interaction between rotating and stationary blades is complicated by the different blade count (or pitch) between different stage rows. This pitch change often means that a time-accurate simulation requires modeling the full wheel, a full 360 degrees of geometry -- a transient simulation that is sometimes computationally prohibitive. Users can dramatically reduce computation requirements, in terms of time and memory, with the new advanced transient blade row methods in ANSYS CFD™ 14.0. Only a few blade passages are required for simulation, yet results are highly accurate predictions of transient interactions.

In the antenna design field, an important research topic is analysis of finite-sized antenna arrays, which can provide beam-steering capability. Due to the structures' large size, rigorous analysis with full-wave 3-D simulators has been a challenge. An accepted method is to solve a single element of the array with a linked boundary condition, extracting performance of this single element effectively embedded in an infinite array. Because the method neglects edge effects from the true, finite size of an array, the results are approximations of far-field patterns and element-to-element coupling factors. The new finite array capability in ANSYS HFSS 14.0™, built upon the proven ANSYS domain decomposition and adaptive meshing technologies, models the finite array explicitly. The time- and memory-efficient HPC technique properly predicts the array's behavior including finite-size edge effects.

ANSYS 14.0 is available this week for customer download.

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James Dyson believes that creativity and innovation are related to discovery and exploring the world in a hands-on way.

That's why the James Dyson Foundation has teamed up with Science World to create a North American first: the Engineering Lab by the James Dyson Foundation, which opens free to the public on Saturday, December 3rd - as part of a Dyson-sponsored free admission day.

"Inventing and creating must be encouraged and Canada has a wonderful legacy of engineering and innovative research and development. From the creation of the epic Trans-Canada railway and highway; to the invention of insulin, IMAX films, revolutionizing air and public transit through Bombardier, technology advances and the list goes on," explains James Dyson.

"Science World is a wonderful place and it's been great fun to collaborate with them to create the Engineering Lab. We hope it will help inspire Canada's young inventors, engineers and designers of the future to continue to be curious about the world. That is the most essential element of innovation," says James.

Engineering Fascinating

The Engineering Lab by the James Dyson Foundation that's on-site at Science World features an irresistible tangle of tall tubes and valves that encourage experimentation with air flow.

Brightly coloured scarves are sucked into the apparatus, and children can turn and direct valves to change the route the scarves take before they are vaulted out of clear plastic tubes at the top. In the process they learn about cause, effect and engineering principles.

The Engineering Lab also features an Interactive Classroom where children learn about velocity, gravity and other important engineering principles. Activities include building spaghetti bridges, marble runs and even constructing their very own geodesic dome.

For families and educators who can't make it to Science World British Columbia to see the live exhibit, the James Dyson Foundation offers an interactive companion site at that's filled with activities, scientific facts and more.

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CD-adapco and Access are pleased to announce the release of an exciting new version of STAR-Cast, the technology-leading simulation tool for all industrial casting simulations.

Developed in collaboration between a world-leading provider of engineering simulation technology and recognized international experts in casting and metallurgy, STAR-Cast v1.10 brings automation and ease-of-use into casting and foundry processes.

STAR-Cast provides a comprehensive and intuitive process for performing multiphase casting simulation – liquid, solid and gaseous – including conjugate heat transfer, a sharp resolution of the filling front, free-surface fragmentation, motion of trapped gas bubbles in melt, and natural convection in melt and gas.

“STAR-Cast v1.10 includes a new streamlined casting simulation process that places industrial strength simulation technology in the hands of foundrymen, casting designers and tool makers,” says Robert Guntlin, Managing Director of Access. “The addition of new tools that facilitate High Pressure Die Casting and Investment Casting makes STAR-Cast v1.10 a formidable tool that I sincerely believe will lead to unprecedented levels of innovation and cost reduction in industrial casting.”

“CD-adapco is committed to making the best advanced engineering simulation technology available for solving the most difficult problems that manufacturing has to offer,” said CD-adapco President Steve MacDonald. “STAR-Cast v1.10 is a product of our many years of simulation experience combined with the leading expertise of Access in casting and metallurgy. We are proud to be their partners.”

STAR-Cast v1.10 is now also available on the Windows 7.0 platform.

Enhancements to STAR-Cast v1.10 include:

High Pressure Die Casting: STAR-Cast v1.10 includes the ability to simulate the action of a moving piston, facilitating the analysis of High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC) processes. The piston can be actuated using either a specified velocity profile or controlled dynamically depending on the pressures predicted by the simulation, and includes full heat transfer modeling between the melt and the piston wall.

Shell Molds for Investment Casting: Realistic modeling of dipping-type ceramic shell molds is crucial to accurate simulation of investment casting processes. STAR-Cast v1.10 provides a high-performance tool for calculating the outer surface of the virtual shell in close correlation to the real shape of the mold. The user-defined input parameter is the mean shell thickness. The growth and final thickness of the virtual mold are a function of local surface curvature, controlled by a full-suite of user configurable parameters.

Investment Casting Misrun Prediction: The prediction of misrun formation is based on STAR-Cast’s unique, fully coupled computational continuum mechanics approach, featuring a multiphase mold filling module. Only this combination can enable concurrent computation of fluid flow, temperature and liquid-solid transition and includes a permeability calculation for the mushy zone, which is treated as porous media: the Darcy term in the momentum equation depends on the permeability of the mushy zone; the fraction liquid curve and the secondary dendrite arm spacing are the alloy-specific input parameters.

Material Database: The precision of casting simulation results depends to a high degree on the quality and completeness of the required material data. For this reason, a dedicated material database is key to assuring quality of simulation: the data stored in STAR-Cast mat are certified and qualified according to an internal documentation scheme. For every material included in STAR-Cast mat, all the data you need to run a casting process simulation successfully is provided. For each physical property, a dataset is indicated as recommended for a simulation. Integration of data documentation into casting simulation reports is easy. Searches for and retrieval of data stored in STAR-Cast mat is executed via the GUI, which combines easy use with access to full information about datasets. Straightforward data export allows you to assemble the material dataset appropriate to the simulation problem posed and to transfer this dataset to STAR-Cast.

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced Autodesk ForceEffect, a new mobile simulation app for iPad that allows engineers to quickly and easily simulate design options during the conceptual phase, is now available on the App store.

ForceEffect provides an intuitive environment for drawing, constraining and simulating concepts using free body diagrams by simply tapping objects to select, move, rotate and scale. Real time solving capabilities provide immediate feedback on the performance of a design, enabling users to bring engineering to the point of the problem—whether they’re in the field, at the office or in the class room.

Mobile Simulation Made Easy

ForceEffect solves static systems analysis using free-body diagrams. Users simply create diagrams by leveraging existing design images or create new systems from scratch.

Using the scaled static image, users can easily create joints, supports and loads, and compute reaction forces. User can then easily manipulate the geometry to iterate on the design quickly and efficiently and calculate new reaction forces to optimize the design. Unlike the traditional approach of using paper, pencil and a calculator to develop equations for design options, Autodesk ForceEffect does all simulation and engineering calculations on iPad.

Autodesk ForceEffect generates a rich results report that can be printed, emailed or viewed using any Web browser. In addition, export capabilities enable easy workflow continuation in any CAD design application.

“Autodesk ForceEffect is a mobile conceptual simulation app that brings engineering to the point of the problem,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “This user-friendly app can greatly benefit engineers, students and technical DYIers who need to quickly and easily evaluate their designs upfront in the design process.”

Pricing and Availability

The Autodesk ForceEffect App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at iTunes App Store.

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Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced that it will join General Motors (GM) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in sponsoring the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future program. Managed by Argonne National Laboratory, the EcoCAR 2 program aims to introduce energy-efficient technologies to help reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. EcoCAR 2 requires students to explore a variety of powertrain architectures focusing on electric drive vehicle technology.

As a sponsor, Siemens PLM Software will provide in-kind software grants with a combined value of $476.1 million to the 15 universities across North America participating in EcoCAR 2. The in-kind software grant will be made through Siemens PLM Software’s successful GO PLM™ program, which provides PLM technology to more than one million students yearly at nearly 11,200 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs.

The in-kind software grant will include NX™ software, the fully integrated computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) solution, and Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management solution.

“We are delighted to have Siemens PLM Software on board as an industry sponsor for EcoCAR 2,” said Kristen De La Rosa, Director of Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions at Argonne National Laboratory and the EcoCAR 2 program. “Their support will provide students hands-on experience with leading technologies, and the opportunity to learn how to apply these technologies to the real-world challenge of improving energy efficiency. EcoCAR 2 provides the next generation of automotive industry leaders with the tools and experience they need to guide us to a sustainable transportation future.”

“Siemens PLM Software is proud to sponsor the EcoCAR 2 competition series as it fits perfectly in our broader effort to develop and nurture partnerships that provide significant value for academic institutions to help develop top-notch engineers and technologists,” said Bill Boswell, senior director, Partner Strategy, Siemens PLM Software. “Siemens PLM Software provides EcoCAR 2 universities with access to industry-leading PLM technology, which otherwise would be out of reach for the academic community, giving students a distinct advantage by being able to use the same PLM technology widely-used by leading multi-national manufacturing companies around the globe.”

EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future

EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future, is a three-year collegiate engineering competition and the only program of its kind. The competition's mission is a vital one: offer an unparalleled hands-on, real-world experience to educate the next generation of automotive engineers. The competition challenges 15 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, donated by GM, without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.

During the three-year program EcoCAR 2 teams will follow a real-world Vehicle Development Process (VDP) modeled after GM's VDP. The VDP serves as a roadmap for the engineering process of designing, building and refining their advanced technology vehicles. Following a VDP will give the teams an opportunity to improve their vehicle's efficiency while retaining consumer acceptability, performance and safety.

The first year of EcoCAR 2 will emphasize vehicle simulation, powertrain testing and engineering trade-offs that occur in the early stages of vehicle design. Competitions will be held at the end of each academic year to showcase the teams’ learning and vehicle development. Siemens PLM Software will help judge the teams’ progress in the annual competition.

Established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM), EcoCAR 2 builds upon a successful 23-year history of DOE Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) that exemplify the power of public/private partnerships in providing invaluable experience and training to promising young minds entering the North American job market. EcoCAR 2 follows the widely acclaimed competition series EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge.

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Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced a new offering based on its Solid Edge® software that makes professional-level computer-aided design (CAD) available to the design enthusiast at an unprecedented value. Solid Edge Design1 will be introduced through Local Motors, a Siemens PLM Software partner, exclusively to the Local Motors global design community for a monthly subscription price of $19.95.

In conjunction with today’s announcement, Local Motors and Siemens PLM Software are making available, for a limited time, a downloadable trial of Solid Edge Design1. The trial is being made available now through the end of the year to select Local Motors community members. The entire global community will then be able to purchase Solid Edge Design1 software subscriptions starting Jan 1, 2012. Also, available immediately, Local Motors and Siemens PLM Software are providing a new, free 3D viewing experience to the Local Motors community based on Siemens PLM Software’s widely used JT™ data format. Siemens PLM Software announced its partnership last month with Local Motors, a next generation American car company that employs a unique approach to vehicle design called co-creation.

By offering professional CAD at an affordable price, Solid Edge Design1 establishes a new category of CAD software for design and engineering enthusiasts that fills the gap between free or low-cost solutions with limited functionality, and higher priced full-function commercial solutions. Solid Edge Design1 is based on the same technology found in the full function version of Solid Edge and includes capabilities such as core assembly and 3D part modeling with synchronous technology, a unique capability which combines the speed and flexibility of direct modeling with the precise control of dimension driven design.

“Solid Edge Design1 is a unique and ideal CAD solution for enthusiasts around the world who participate in the Local Motors collaborative design community,” said Karsten Newbury, senior vice president and general manager, Mainstream Engineering Software Business Segment, Siemens PLM Software. “Solid Edge was selected by Local Motors for its functionality and the benefit synchronous technology brings to their collaborative product development model, which harnesses the creativity of automotive design and engineering enthusiasts working in a variety of environments and possessing a diverse set of skills and experience. These designers want robust and very specific CAD functionality that is affordable and available on their personal computer whether on or off-line. With today’s announcement we’re investing in this promising new frontier of product design, and making it even easier for the design community to get involved by empowering them with the tools to define and improve the products they love.”
New 3D viewing experience based on proven, professional data standard

Local Motors has also adopted the JT data format as the 3D standard for viewing all uploaded CAD models throughout its design community, and is providing a no charge, browser-based, 3D viewing experience based on this popular standard. Using either a PC or Mac® computer and the most common web browsers, the Local Motors community will be able to easily view, analyze and comment on other designers’ 3D models, all from within one browser window. All CAD formats will be accepted and downloadable from the Local Motors website in their native format. Most major CAD formats will be converted into the standard IGES format and the Solid Edge format for download. Additionally, Local Motors will convert CAD models in future design projects to the JT format and display them on the Local Motors website. And since JT is one of the global manufacturing industry’s most widely used lightweight 3D data formats for visualization, collaboration and data sharing, the Local Motors community will be sharing design ideas using a proven, professional 3D format.

“The automotive design and engineering enthusiasts participating in the Local Motors community are creating game changing products and dealing with real-world challenges requiring a level of sophistication that goes beyond the limited capabilities available in free or low-cost CAD offerings,” said Jay Rogers, president, CEO and Co-Founder, Local Motors. “That is why we selected Solid Edge as the CAD tool of choice for our recently launched Open Electric Vehicle (EV) project and are recommending Solid Edge Design1 as one of the ground-breaking tools available to our worldwide community. Solid Edge Design1 has the right level of functionality at an affordable price that our community of enthusiasts has been asking for to meet the design challenges of producing a fully functional vehicle. By making it easy for them to collaborate with tools like Solid Edge Design1 and our exciting 3D viewing experience, we are changing the game for the co-creation model and revolutionizing how products are designed.”

"I'm excited about the availability of professional-grade technology like Solid Edge Design1 and JT which will have a huge impact on the Local Motors design community,” said Richard Mansell, an active member of the Local Motors community. “With Solid Edge Design1 we will be able to not only design parts and assemblies with professional accuracy in an affordable manner, but also to share and discuss these designs with others in the community in a way that was impossible before. The fact that we can now view and interact with 3D models right in our standard web browser will greatly enhance and speed up our collaboration with Local Motors and the other vehicle designers in the community."

Local Motors will offer the monthly subscription version of Solid Edge Design1 starting on January 1, 2012. In the mean time, an invitation only trial will be available to participants in the Local Motors community. Community members can contact Local Motors immediately to request a trial of Solid Edge Design1 from the Local Motors web site.

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element14, Premier Farnell’s innovative online engineering community, announces the launch of “A Day in the Life of an Engineer”, an online video challenge, open to electronics design engineers and enthusiasts worldwide until January 31, 2012.

“At element14, electronics innovation is at the core of our business by bringing everything together for the designer in one site, from solutions and services, to components and a collaborative engineering community of experts, peers and a wide range of technical information,” said Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and eProcurement, Premier Farnell.

“Anyone in the electronics field faces a daunting task today with the ever increasing pressure to do everything faster and better. As we’ve seen time and again, electronics innovation can happen in someone’s garage, a lab, at the office or in a classroom – but it is all about the creativity that can happen in this wide-ranging field. This competition gives us an opportunity to better understand those challenges and to showcase how electronic designers find innovative solutions to everyday problems, or even pose their own challenge on what they think needs to be solved in the future.”

Entrants are invited to “tell their story” by submitting a video blog to The choice of topic can be anything from a video blog about a designer’s workbench, to highlighting how a problem was solved or just taking a camera into work and talking about daily challenges around the office. It can even be about what people think the next big innovation needs to be in the electronics industry.

The videos will be judged on their creativity by a panel of element14 peers and the winner will receive an iPad2. In addition, one winner will be randomly selected each week to receive a selection of element14 branded merchandise from that week’s entrants, which include those who comment, vote or post videos.

Challenge details and examples of video entries can be seen at:

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ASME will honor eleven individuals for exemplary contributions and service to the engineering profession at the 2011 ASME Honors Assembly on Nov. 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

Included among the award recipients will be Thad W. Allen, Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) who led the environmental restoration of the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010. Ioannis N. Miaoulis, Ph.D., the president of the Museum of Science in Boston, who has spearheaded numerous programs for advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education nationwide, will also be honored.

This multimedia program titled “A Celebration of Engineering,” will showcase the work and contributions of some of today’s leading engineering innovators and educators, including those who have made extraordinary contributions to ASME.

Among this group of distinguished honorees will be Yvonne C. Brill, inventor of a jet engine for low earth orbit communications satellites, and Clayton Daniel Mote Jr., Ph.D., creator of a comprehensive theory on the dynamics of flexible moving structures.  Thomas P. Pastor, a leader in the Society’s codes and standards programs, and the late Ranga Komanduri, Ph.D., who championed interdisciplinary research at Oklahoma State University, will be recognized for their achievements.

ASME will also bestow honorary memberships to Adrian Bejan, Ph.D., Joseph A. Falcon, Nathan H. Hurt, Junuthula N. Reddy, Ph.D., and Paul J. Torpey.  Falcon, Hurt and Torpey have served as past presidents of ASME.

The 2011 honorees are:  

Thad William Allen
Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)
RAND Corporation
Award: Dixy Lee Ray Medal

Thomas P. Pastor
HSB Global Standards
Award: Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal

Yvonne C. Brill
Aerospace Consultant
Award: Kate Gleason Award

Ranga Komanduri, Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University
Award: M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal

Ioannis N. Miaoulis, Ph.D.
Museum of Science
Award: Ralph Coats Roe Medal

Clayton Daniel Mote Jr., Ph.D.
University of Maryland
Award: ASME Medal

Adrian Bejan, Ph.D.
Duke University
Award: Honorary Membership

Joseph A. Falcon
J.A. Falcon & Associates
Award: Honorary Membership

Nathan H. Hurt
Award: Honorary Membership

Junuthula N. Reddy, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University
Award: Honorary Membership

Paul J. Torpey
Award: Honorary Membership

The ASME honors and awards program is funded through the ASME Foundation by individual awards and endowment funds.

The Honors Assembly is held in conjunction with the 2011 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition.  The Congress will include technical sessions and presentations on aerospace technology, transportation, bioengineering, energy and the environment, fluid mechanics, and other subjects.  The conference runs Nov. 11-17.

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The SME Education Foundation, recognized for its commitment to the educational needs of youth and preparing them to excel with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, and Siemens PLM Software, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced an in-kind software grant valued at $538,500 to the Academy of Engineering at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey, Fla.

The in-kind software grant was made through Siemens PLM Software’s successful GO PLM™ program, which supports more than one million students annually at more than 11,000 global institutions. The software grant includes free center-based training and free upgrades and tech support for 30 seats of Solid Edge® software, the most complete mainstream hybrid 2D/3D CAD system, with synchronous technology, a Siemens PLM Software innovation that combines the speed and flexibility of direct modeling with the precise control of dimension driven design.

The Academy of Engineering was established due to the demands of the workforce to develop prospective engineers. The Academy opened its doors in September 2009 due to the collaborative partnership between Pasco County’s Career and Technical Education Department, River Ridge High School, the Pasco Economic Power Development Council, Pasco Hernando Workforce Board, Business Partners, Pall Aeropower, Micron Pharma Works and Pasco Hernando Community College. Career Academies prepare students to meet the demands of a changing workforce while providing them the opportunity to remain engaged in the educational process to further their knowledge and skill sets for the 21st century.

The Academy of Engineering partners with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a national non-profit organization that works with the academy to implement a curriculum, developed by it and imparted by teachers whom it has trained, that emphasize hands-on experience in STEM education. PLTW is recognized for its ability to respond to the needs of industry by preparing competent high-tech employees.

“Our students understand the competitive nature of today’s economy and are excited about having access to what is considered the industry standard for CAD software,” said Dave Hoffman, the lead instructor at the Academy of Engineering. “We now have the ability to align our students’ base of knowledge with the rapidly changing technologies, as they pursue apprenticeships and other school-to-work opportunities. We are most appreciative of Siemens PLM Software and the SME Education Foundation making this possible.”

“Siemens PLM Software provides the Academy of Engineering with access to PLM technology, which otherwise would be out of reach for the academic community, giving students a distinct advantage by being able to use the same PLM technology widely-used by leading multi-national manufacturing companies around the globe,” said Hulas King, director, Global Community Solutions and GO PLM Programs, Siemens PLM Software.

“The SME Education Foundation and Siemens PLM Software encourage SME Education Foundation sponsored schools to take advantage of this important opportunity to use the latest state-of-the-art PLM tools in their curriculum,” said Bart A. Aslin, chief executive officer, SME Education Foundation. “Students involved in the dual education system offered at River Ridge High School will be technically superior and more productive to companies who hire them.

Applying for a Siemens PLM Software Grant:
Siemens PLM Software Grant applications will be evaluated based on school size, academic program content, program exposure, community impact and financial need. A typical grant involves in-kind contributions of the PLM software for a set period of time along with support and upgrades covered by the grant. Extensive training materials are also available. For more information and access to the online grant application, visit:

About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $31 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at:

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MSC Software Corporation, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced the All New Marc. The new 2011 release of Marc is easier, smarter, and faster; enabling engineers new to nonlinear analysis achieve faster productivity, while providing a host of new features that longtime Marc users are extremely excited about.

Easier User Interface and Model Setup
Marc's all-new user interface combined with improved CAD interoperability and meshing features makes it easier for engineers to create Finite Element Analysis (FEA) models and quickly learn the software program. The new product is designed to provide users with an intuitive interface that improves users experience through:

* Easier model navigation
* Easy to use menu organization
* Native CAD import and faster, improved meshing
* Easily Customizable

Instant benefits are delivered to both new and current users including increased productivity, shorter learning curves and faster FEA model setup. Customers new to nonlinear FEA will be delighted with how easy it is to set up contact problems in Marc compared to other nonlinear products.

"We run models of heavy machine parts and assemblies that require large meshes. The improved meshing capabilities and performance enhancements are excellent and will help us improve our throughput," said Mike Smith, Director, PJH Engineering Solutions Ltd.

Smarter Contact Setup and Analysis
The All New Marc enables smarter setup of nonlinear contact problems including expanded segment-to-segment contact for large deformation analysis, along with other contact enhancements. The segment-to-segment method provides smoother contact stresses and has been enhanced to support directional friction, improving accuracy for engineers.

For multi-physics analyses like heat transfer and electrostatics, the 2011 release enables engineers to utilize a "perfect" glue approach for thermal or other type of contact between bodies. In coupled multi-physics analyses, the "perfect" glue condition can be selected on a pass-by-pass basis. For example, in a coupled thermal/mechanical analysis, it may be desirable to have touching conditions in the mechanical pass (so relative sliding is still possible), but glued conditions in the thermal pass simulating perfect heat conduction in the contact area.

Smarter Fracture Mechanics and Composites Analysis
The Marc 2011 release has several improvements for fracture mechanics and crack propagation including enhanced Virtual Crack Closure Technique (VCCT) and newly implemented Lorenzi method. Crack propagation has been improved both with respect to the physics of the crack motion, and also with respect to flexibility of usage.

In addition to the previous crack propagation methods based on remeshing, constraint release and splitting along element edges, this release offers a new method based on a cut through the element and is available for shells, 2D and axisymmetric elements. In addition, crack bifurcation capability is also implemented which enables engineers to analyze the effects of reinforcing members such as struts and spars on crack growth.

From a composites analysis standpoint, the 2011 release allows engineers to achieve a more accurate prediction of failure through a new Strain Invariant Failure Technique (SIFT), which is based upon the introduction of an amplified strain and examination of the invariants of these amplified strains. Composites simulations result in a massive amount of data, especially when there are a large number of plies in the material. To facilitate the evaluation of the results, new post codes have been added which will result in the maximum and/or minimum quantities through the thickness to be placed on the post file.

Several new electromagnetic tetrahedral and triangular elements are also available in this release for performing both harmonic and transient electromagnetic simulations. These elements may also be used in induction heating simulations. This makes it easier to work with complex geometry and meshes.

Faster Nonlinear Simulations
Marc 2011 offers enhanced solvers for parallel processing that enable faster simulations and significant improvements in computational performance. Out-of-core implementation of Pardiso solver has been shown to perform nearly as well as in-core solver. This would help engineers run larger models and take advantage of high performance processing at no additional cost.

"A much better, faster and more efficient solver, especially for larger deformation nonlinear analysis," said Kris Venkatesan, Design Engineer, DTR VMS, Ltd. "Another significant step forward."

The Marc 2011 release will be available for customers to download later in October.

To watch a video about the All New Marc 2011, please visit:

To register for the upcoming October 18th "What's New in Marc 2011" webcast, please visit:

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element14 and Elektor magazine have launched a series of monthly online webcasts as part of their bespoke training services offered to the electronic design engineering community. The first session will be a free webcast entitled ‘Platino, an ultra-versitile platform for AVR microcontroller circuits’ on Oct 13, 2011, from 16:00 CET.

During the hour-long webcast, Clemens Valens, Editor-in-Chief of the French edition of Elektor will discuss how several microcontroller applications share a common architecture: an LCD, a few push buttons and some interface circuitry to talk to the real world and how Platino offers a flexible through-hole design for such systems based on the popular AVR microcontrollers from Atmel.

The webcast will comprise of a 30-minute online presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A session. The session will also be archived after the event and can be accessed by visiting: This webcast will also discuss how Platino supports all 28 and 40 pin AVR devices, several types of LCD and has a flexible pushbutton and/or rotary encoder configuration. Add-on cards in the form of Arduino type shields or custom boards are fully supported. Platino is compatible with the Arduino IDE and with many other popular development systems.

All attendees of this webinar will be provided with a discount of 10% off online orders placed with Farnell and Newark-element14 valid for 7 days after the event (14 October - 20 October 2011).

For more information or to register, visit:

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, today announced that it will select two engineering students to participate in a paid, two-summer internship program during 2012 and 2013. The initiative is part of Altair's ongoing internship program that will extend to future years as well, as new students cycle into the program annually.

Those eligible for the internships include engineering students who will be completing their sophomore year in 2012 and are enrolled in ABET-accredited engineering programs in the United States. Students can apply by visiting and clicking on the University Internship Program tab.

Altair created the program to enable students to learn the fundamentals of computer-aided engineering (CAE), a crucial discipline for developing simulations that businesses use for designing and perfecting everything from automobiles and airlines to computer chips and golf clubs.

The students will gain the opportunity to work closely with experts at Altair, a high-tech global engineering firm known for its CAE software and consulting services for engineering, computing and business analytics. The company employs more than 1,500 people in North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. Altair's HyperWorks is one of the world's most popular suites of computer-aided engineering software, offering sophisticated capabilities for finite element analysis and computer simulation.

For the internship program, Altair is interested in candidates who are pursuing concentrations in mechanical, civil or aerospace engineering. Students applying for the positions will be evaluated on their desire for computer-simulation careers, aptitude for CAE and academic performance.

The two students who are selected will complete a paid summer internship in the HyperWorks support organization in 2012. They will work with industry customers, project management teams, the HyperWorks sales force and other Altair business units. In the summer of 2013, the same students will return for an internship with Altair's ProductDesign division, learning how the design process takes place within a simulation-driven engineering project.

Interns who complete the two-summer program will be reviewed for possible fulltime employment at Altair's headquarters in Troy, Mich., or on-site with one of Altair's industry-leading customers or partners.

The summer internships complement Altair's longstanding programs in the educational community that are focused on providing collaboration tools and access to the company's world-class technology and engineering expertise. Graduates of Altair's program often have moved into rewarding careers in the engineering field.

"The Altair Engineering internship program jump-started my career by exposing me to the real-world working environment early in my life," said former summer intern Zul Zulkarnain, who today is an Altair account manager. "The valuable hands-on experience gained from working with several different business units at Altair complemented my classroom experience at Kettering University, and that has contributed tremendously to my growth as a professional."

For more information, visit:

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, today announced the release of the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition, a personal academic version of the popular suite of computer-aided engineering (CAE) software used by manufacturers around the world. The Student Edition affordably offers opportunities for engineering and design students to gain experience in computer simulation with the same software that engineering professionals use to design and develop everything from aircraft and automobiles to computer chips and golf clubs. As part of the global roll-out the program, the first 200 students in each country to register at the Altair Online Store will receive the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition for free.

“Simulation is the fastest-growing market sector in the PLM market, from the earliest phases of conceptual design through to manufacturing the product, and demand is high for graduates with simulation experience,” said Dr. Matthias Goelke, business development director for academic markets at Altair Engineering. “Our goal with this program is to simply make our commercial tools and training materials more broadly available to students to expose and encourage careers in engineering and CAE.”

The HyperWorks Student Edition is immediately available for purchase through Altair’s Online Store ( and includes access to core HyperWorks commercial technologies that support the complete CAE workflow process for various solution types and applications. These include:

Modeling (Pre-processing): HyperMesh®
Linear/Nonlinear Analysis: RADIOSS™
Topology/Topography Design Optimization: OptiStruct®
Composites Simulation and Optimization: RADIOSS™, OptiStruct®
Results Visualization (Post-processing): HyperView®
Data Analysis and Plotting: HyperGraph®
Personal Simulation Management: HyperWorks Collaboration Tools™

“It is exciting news that the student version of HyperWorks is now available,” says Dr. Wei Chen, Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design at Northwestern University.  “This program truly demonstrates Altair’s commitment to enhancing students’ learning experiences outside of the classroom so that they can reinforce their engineering knowledge and classroom instruction.”

The HyperWorks Student Edition program further extends and complements Altair’s ongoing academia support initiatives which include discounted university licensing programs, Altair’s University Fellowship program, and collegiate competitions like Formula SAE. A key differentiator of this program is that, for a nominal fee, students can now install HyperWorks locally on their personal hardware and access self-guided training materials for independent study outside of the university network infrastructure.

“The HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition is an important and highly appreciated add-on to the HyperWorks suite that I use for teaching. My students now can use a commercial CAE software package locally on their own hardware, which gives all of us a great deal of flexibility,” said Prof. Dr. Uwe Janoske, University of Wuppertal, Germany.

With the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition, students receive an extended set of e-learning tutorials and a complementary Starter Kit Manual – a HyperWorks best practice guide for beginners. The Student Edition also contains a simplified FEM process guide embedded within the software, which is especially valuable to students who do not have existing knowledge of the syntax of a finite-element solver or the HyperWorks philosophy. This highly automated process reduces the user interaction to a minimum and thus is an extremely helpful tool. Additional online training resources include Altair’s Academic Blog (, a HyperWorks knowledge repository that focuses specifically on the needs of students, teachers and researchers.

More details about the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition can be found at:

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) will host a webinar to discuss its Architecture, Engineering and Construction business segment. Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry Group at Autodesk will conduct a brief slide presentation followed by a question and answer session.

WHEN:             Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time/11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

Autodesk will host a live webcast call at Audio for the webcast will be available at 866-713-8565 (toll-free) or 617-597-5324. Passcode for the live call is 47408139. A replay of the event will be available after 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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MSC Software Corporation, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced its upcoming 2011 Users Conference. Attracting engineers from all industries, the conference is the premier event within the simulation and analysis community, bringing academics, engineers, technologists, designers, executives and managers from all over the world to exchange information and ideas, network with peers, and gain access to the software developers that are redefining Computer Aided Engineering (CAE).

The Users Conference is taking place at the Hilton of Orange County in Costa Mesa, California on October 4-6, 2011. Registration details for the event can be located at:

This year's conference agenda is filled with 54 innovative technical presentations and 5 one-day training classes. Industry experts will gather to share their knowledge, best practices and strategies for developing products that meet the ever-increasing pressures of time, cost, quality, and performance. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to meet with our technical specialists from around the world. To view a listing of the technical presentations featured at this year's conference, visit:

Among the hundreds of industry experts attending, MSC Software is pleased to feature the following 3 Keynote Computational Analytical Engineering thought leaders:

* Mr. Frank Doerner of The Boeing Company presenting "Enabling Next Generation Aerospace Products through Advanced Modeling & Simulation"
* Dr. Steve Jia of Litens Automotive Group presenting "Virtual Product Development at Litens"
* Mr. Christopher Oster of Lockheed Martin presenting "Evolving Lockheed Martin's Engineering Practices through the Creation of a Model-centric Digital Tapestry"

To view Keynote Speaker biographies and Keynote presentation abstracts, visit

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Michael Siemer, founder and president of Mydea Technologies Corporation in Orlando, has been invited to lead a session at the National Academy of Engineers’ 2011 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Sept. 19-21.

Siemer, an engineer and former Disney Imagineer, said he will co-lead a session on additive manufacturing/3D printing at the symposium.

“I am excited about this great opportunity,” Siemer said. “It’s a rare opportunity to be invited and an honor to lead a session on manufacturing,” Siemer added.

More than 300 engineers from across the county were nominated to participate in the NAE’s 2011 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Symposium directors narrowed the list to 85 of the most prominent engineers under 45 years of age who have performed exceptional engineering research and technical work in industry, academia and government.

The NAE’s annual Frontiers in Engineering Symposium brings together a select group of emerging engineering leaders to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research to facilitate collaboration, the transfer of technologies and networking, said NAE President Charles Vest.

The NAE’s 2011 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium will focus on additive manufacturing, engineering sustainable buildings, neuroprosthetics, and semantic processing, Siemer said.

Mydea Technologies is one of the leading industry providers of 3D printing, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, and rapid tooling using digital manufacturing technologies to produce components for technology manufacturers.

Mydea Technologies is a client of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program and located at the Central Florida Research Park in east Orlando

For more information, visit: or

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