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PTC Creo FMX and Unite Technology: Better Together

I bet this has happened to you: You’re tasked with creating a new version of a product, a slight tweak in response to market demand. You find the original CAD model for the product, but it’s in some other CAD format. Once you open the part, you can’t figure out what that designer was thinking […]

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Unlock the Value of Legacy Data

Have you been using CAD for a while? Has your company? If yes, you probably have a rich store of CAD models that you need to move forward when you update your CAD environment. There are three basic workflows for migrating legacy data: 1. All at once, before the team starts using the new CAD tool […]

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Four Questions to Ask When Getting Started With Simulation

Many businesses decide that they want to start using simulation — perhaps because a product failed in an unexpected way, or they’re trying a new material or manufacturing process. Designers have taken motion modeling and other CAD techniques as far as they can and now need to add CAE into their process. These designers often […]

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Simulating from Craft to Common Use

Simulation Technology

My old Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “craft” as an occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill. That’s how many people see simulation, as a craft that must be mastered and one that is out of reach for most of us. This view led companies to build centers of expertise around CAE where analysts painstakingly develop models […]

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Creating a Simulation-Driven Design Workflow

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Let’s step back for a moment: Why do we simulate? Why should we add to a design process that’s already being squeezed? Simulation isn’t new, but it’s worth repeating: CAE shortens time to market, improves quality and reduces risk. Let’s start, then, from the decision that simulation will be part of the design process. How do […]

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Pushing Simulation through the Value Pyramid

Simulation pyramid

It’s the perennial question: Who does what? Let’s say you design industrial machinery, such as the device that shapes a potato chip, or a bottle capper, or, as Geoff Hedges recently profiled, a Wave Machine. A significant part of your job is designing the machine so that it’s efficient, it’s cost-effective to operate, and it […]

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Using simulation to determine the root cause of product failure

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Your product is out in the marketplace. Your design team has done the best job it can. The shop guys have put their all into making it. But it’s failing. Warranty claims are escalating and putting pressure on the bottom line and you, the person tasked with figuring out what’s wrong and keeping it from […]

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Rethinking CAM: Let’s Go Back to Where It All Began

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Why do we model things in CAD, anyway? Before there was collaboration, visualization and analysis, CAD models were developed to support computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and numerically controlled (NC) fabrication machines. NC machines carry out subtractive process like milling and turning, while additive technologies like 3D printing build shapes out of layers of material. Whether additive […]

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Rethinking Simulation: Why your company should take another look

Simulation Technology

Not that long ago, design and simulation were done by different parts of the engineering staff. This made sense because simulation required specialized skills and the tools were hard to use. Moving models from CAD to CAE, simplifying and repairing them, and ensuring that the forces were correct all required an expert’s touch. Each cycle took a […]

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