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Mixing CAD and Social Media

Mixing CAD and Social Media Engineering software vendors are moving to link social media outlets with their offerings, but does this trend really enhance design creativity and productivity? Cadalyst's "CAD manager" columnist is a bit skeptical. The columnist praises the fast exchange of ideas made possible by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Autodesk's Socialcam, as well as the Web's valuable role in training and timely software updates. But he also sees rising scrutiny from senior management. Find out why and share with us some of the positive experiences you've had in meshing social media with your design and analysis work.

Announcing NI LabVIEW 2012
National Instruments
Accurately Simulate Fluidized Bed Reactors
CPFD Software, LLC

Announcing NI LabVIEW 2012 If you need to build a high-quality measurement or control system that will scale for the future, LabVIEW 2012 from National Instruments has new tools and resources to help. With new capabilities and features like templates and sample projects, and self-paced training, LabVIEW 2012 accelerates success. Find out how.

Accurately Simulate Fluidized Bed Reactors and Systems Barracuda Virtual Reactor™ is breakthrough CFD technology that enables accurate 3D reacting simulations of complex fluidized bed reactors. Model any particle size distribution in gas or liquid flows with solid particle loading from dense-packed to dilute in one simulation, with or without heterogeneous chemical reactions.

Barracuda VR: -> Simulate -> Understand -> Optimize.

Certify GDT Knowledge with ASME's GDTP Certification
ASME Standards and Certification
ELECTRO 2D/RS Electric Field Simulation Software
Integrated Engineering Software

Certify GDT Knowledge with ASME's GDTP Certification Generally, new design, drafting, inspection, quality, and engineering-related positions require knowledge of GD&T and the ASME Y14.5 Standard. ASME's GDTP Certification is the only way to prove your knowledge of GD&T for moving yourself ahead. Enhance your design credentials for reducing cost and improving quality. Visit here for more.

ELECTRO 2D/RS Electric Field Simulation Software Since its inception in 1985, the ELECTRO 2D/RS field simulator from Integrated Engineering Software has set the standard for electric field design software. ELECTRO combines the advantages of both the boundary element method (BEM) and finite element method (FEM) field solvers.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) . . .
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Startup Banks on the Cloud

Startup Banks on the Cloud Sunglass, a San Francisco software company, has developed a cloud-based CAD collaboration tool designed to integrate directly with such programs as SolidWorks, SketchUp, Processing, and Rhino. Developers say the product's API is compatible with over 40 different file formats, which aids designers who want to share their work and give feedback to co-workers and collaborators. After installing plugins, users can upload models from within the apps to instantly view, annotate, or edit.

CAD for Penny Pinchers

CAD for Penny Pinchers Now you can get three useful CAD programs at no charge. As reported in Design World, IronCAD offers Compose, which lets you drag and drop models and assemblies from other CAD programs into a blank scene for later use in animations or in 3D PDFs. Read the article for details on Autodesk's Inventor Fusion, which lets you edit other CAD files, and Solid Edge 2D Drafting, quite handy for drag-and-drop diagramming of electrical schematics.

Computer Aided Manufacturing & Prototyping . . .
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Artist's Vision Takes Shape

Artist's Vision Takes Shape In executing a unique geodesic shape for the Buckminster Fuller Institute's Challenge Trophy, Minnesota's Blue Chip Engineering demonstrated plenty of imagination of its own. The machine shop, which produces precision parts for medical and aerospace, successfully fashioned artist Tom Shannon's concept for a delicate, rotating two-part sphere. Find out how Blue Chip created the metal trophy's mirror-like surface with the help of GibbsCAM's integrated modeling capabilities.

3D Printing Enriches Play Time

3D Printing Enriches Play Time When a two-year-old's disability prevented her from moving her arms for play, 3D printing came to the rescue. Engineers at a Delaware hospital harnessed the rapid prototyping technology to produce a durable exoskeleton with tiny, lightweight parts. This video describes the design of the Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton (WREX), an assistive device made of hinged metal bars and resistance bands that enables kids with underdeveloped arms to play, feed themselves, and hug.

Femap Complimentary 45-day Online Trial

Solid Edge — Siemens PLM Software
CFD-driven Design and Analysis with
SpaceClaim and SimericsMP

Simerics, Inc.

Femap Complimentary 45-day Online Trial Real FEA made easy. Try Femap with NX Nastran and explore its state-of-the-art modeling functionality with the powerful analysis capabilities of the industry-leading NX Nastran solver. See how these comprehensive simulation and analysis applications can help you save money and reduce time to market through optimized designs, reduced prototyping, and physical testing. Download here. Call us at 800-807-2200.

CFD-driven Design and Analysis with SpaceClaim and SimericsMP Live Webinar: October 3 at 11:30 AM EST. SpaceClaim provides engineers flexibility in geometry prep for simulation; SimericsMP enables unsurpassed ease and accuracy of fluid and heat simulation for complex systems. SpaceClaim and SimericsMP offer an integrated simulation solution. See a live demo from CAD to simulation. Register here.

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) . . .
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Secret to Underwater Survival

Secret to Underwater Survival Reliable operation of offshore oil and gas rigs depends on the ruggedness of underwater "umbilical systems" that house links for power, hydraulics, electric signals, fiber optics, and chemical injection. This article describes the analysis tools that UK engineers rely on to design cables that can withstand deep sea environments and high torsional and axial loads during installation and service. Learn how the team generated cable models with COMSOL's Livelink for MATLAB.

Analysis Tool Boosts Performance

Analysis Tool Boosts Performance Engineers who perform nonlinear structural analysis on parts ranging from car airbags to landing gear will find a marked increase in computing power from the latest version of MSC Nastran. The software, which earned Desktop Engineering's "Pick of the Week" honors, also provides nonlinear analysis in both distributed and shared-memory parallel modes. That feature will enhance your ability to perform nonlinear element stiffness, stress, and force calculations. See this video for more details.

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Software Previews Mars Rover

Software Previews Mars Rover Long before NASA's successful August 6 deployment of the Mars rover science lab on the red planet, Jet Propulsion Lab engineers had simulated the space vehicle's performance digitally with Teamcenter PLM software and NX CAD and NX CAE tools. Engineers had to design a heat shield to resist temperatures of up to 1,600 F and a supersonic parachute that could withstand 65,000 lbs of force. For daily rover updates, visit this NASA Web site.

Bridging the Global Data Gap

Bridging the Global Data Gap Designers using CATIA to create models in complex global environments may find their work easier with the latest release of the CATIA V5 connector PDM workbench from Aras.The connector embeds Aras functionality into the CATIA V5 user interface, helping designers drive collaborative product development. Parallel asynchronous streaming technology provides fast movement of complex files. Among many other benefits: editing of PLM attributes, bi-directional exchange of properties, and automatic thumbnail generation.

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Electromagnetic Design and Analysis

CST — Computer Simulation Technology
MagNet and ElecNet: EM and Electric Field

Infolytica Corporation

Electromagnetic Design and Analysis Software The electromagnetic simulation software CST STUDIO SUITE® is the culmination of many years of research and development into the most efficient and accurate computational solutions to electromagnetic design. It comprises CST's tools for the design and optimization of devices operating in a wide range of frequencies.

MagNet and ElecNet: EM and Electric Field Simulations MagNet and ElecNet use the FEA technique for an accurate and reliable solution. Available for both 2D and 3D designs. The perfect solutions for engineers searching to reduce cost and obtain a better design of motors/generators, transformers, HV components, and more. Download a complimentary trial today or request a Web demo!

Reduce Cost and Time to Market

Quantisweb Technologies
Available at Digi-Key — NKK Switches 3D CAD

Digi-Key Corporation

Reduce Cost and Time to Market Are you under pressure to bring a product to the market? Are the tools that you use not predicting very well? Would you like to start with the end in mind? Read about Quantisweb Technologies and contact us for more information.

Available at Digi-Key — NKK Switches 3D CAD Library NKK's 3D CAD models enable engineers to easily integrate switch models into their designs. Part number-specific models can be downloaded directly from Digi-Key's product Web pages in a single-click. 3D models are available for a wide variety of NKK's comprehensive product line including pushbuttons, toggles, rockers, rotaries, slides, keylocks, and programmable switches.

Register Today!Register Today! GlobalSpec's Automotive & Transportation Technology Online Event — September 26, 2012
GlobalSpec's Automotive & Transportation Technology Event — September 26, 2012

Register Today! GlobalSpec's Automotive & Transportation Technology Event — September 26, 2012 Join your peers and leading manufacturers for this free, informative, and interactive ONLINE conference and trade show — right from the convenience of your desktop. Participate in any or all of the educational sessions, network with peers, and meet with manufacturers eager to showcase their latest products, services, and new technology offerings. Learn more about the educational sessions offered to meet your information needs, and register today!

Industry Standards . . .
Software-based Product Development for
Auto Safety

Software Considerations in Airborne
Equipment Certification

Software-based Product Development for Auto safety This Part of ISO 26262 specifies the requirements for product development at the software level for automotive applications. Included are requirements for specification of software safety requirements, software architectural design, software unit design and implementation, software unit testing, software integration and testing, and verification of software safety requirements.

For more information on IHS standards, visit us here.

Software Considerations in Airborne Equipment Certification This document discusses certification pertaining to production of software for airborne systems and equipment used on aircraft, engines, propellers, and auxiliary power units. In discussing these aspects, the standard describes the system life cycle and its relationship with the software life cycle, with the goal of aiding in the understanding of the certification process.

For more information on IHS standards, visit us here.

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