Back in the day…

There it was, one of the first internet communities, Usenet, about to undergo a sea-change unlike any it had seen before. It was 1993, September, a month that would never end.

IT - Ethernet Cable outletIt started much like the years had before; an influx of new people coming into the universities, getting online for the first time. The community absorbed them in much the same manner as they had in the past. These first-timers were indoctrinated with the well-established etiquette and protocols that were required to thrive in this brave new world.

It seems archaic now, but back then, in the “before times”, there was no way for mass discussion; social media had not yet been born.

The plot twist

And then it happened. AOL, then a name synonymous with the internet, decided to grant access to Usenet for all of its customers. Picture the mobs that gather outside department stores the morning after Thanksgiving: the unlocking of the door let loose a mass of people that overwhelmed the community. There were just not enough graceful souls able to help coach these new users in “civilized” net behavior. Social norms were thrashed; standards went out the window. It was the equivalent of the wild, wild west. In a word, it was chaos.

Future looking

Misc-Walking-peopleNow think of how you on-board new designers or engineers. You show them who’s helpful and who to avoid. You show them around, pointing out places of interest, teach them company standards, design methodologies, workflow processes, etc. Over the coming decade (to be exact, 2014 through 2024), according to stats provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Architecture and Engineering field will grow an average of 3.4%, or about 710,000 jobs.

The biggest (projected) job gainers:

  • Civil – 106,700
  • Mechanical – 102,500
  • Industrial – 72,800
  • Electrical – 41,100

Manufacturing - SuspensionCouple this with the BLS projection of labor force participation over the same time period where we’ll see a 1:1.3 ratio of people leaving the work force to people entering. That will be a lot of churn, meaning a lot of people to on-board. The products will be ever more complicated, and the enabling technology will be as well. Technology is cited as one of the reasons the field isn’t growing as fast as other areas.  The productivity gains in PLM are making companies more efficient, even as the complexity grows.

Conclusion

Business - Chess pawn inverseCompanies will need a strategy for managing changes in their employee base as well as the technology evolution. We offer a series of benchmarking and analysis services called PLM Analytics, and there is one specifically aimed at this issue called PLM Support. Let us know if we can help solve your Eternal September.

Our SIMULIA user community has been using the conventional analysis and portfolio tokens for a while now. These tokens are primarily used to access the Abaqus CAE pre-processor, Abaqus solver, and the Abaqus viewer. The analysis configuration offers Abaqus solver licenses in the form of tokens, and Abaqus CAE as well as Abaqus viewer as interactive seats. The portfolio configuration offers all three components of Abaqus, i.e. the solver itself, Abaqus CAE as well as Abaqus viewer as tokens.

                                                                                                                                                      IS SIMULIA = only ABAQUS!

The new equation has been EXTENDED

                                                                                                                                   SIMULIA = ABAQUS + ISIGHT + TOSCA + FESAFE

The overall simulation offerings from Dassault Systèmes go way beyond Abaqus finite element simulations. The functionalities now include process automation, parametric optimizations, topology optimization, fatigue estimation, and many more. And starting from Abaqus release 6.13-2, all these additional capabilities are included in a single licensing scheme called extended tokens. Here is an overview of these additional SIMULIA products.extended-products

ISIGHT

ISight is an open desktop solution for creating flexible simulation process flows, consisting of a variety of applications, to automate the exploration of design alternatives, identify optimal performance parameters, and integrate added-value systems. The simulation process flows created from ISight can include multiple third party simulation components such as Ansys, LS-DYNA, Nastran, Mathcad as well as general purpose components such as Matlab, excel, calculator, and many more. It offers advanced parametric optimization, Design of experiments and Six Sigma techniques. Moreover, the vast amount of Simulation output data generated by such techniques can be managed effectively using the post processing runtime gateways of ISight. It’s rightly called a Simulation Robot.

ISight-image

 

TOSCA

Tosca is a general purpose optimization solution for designing high performance light weighted structures. As fuel economy continues to be the most important design factor in the transportation and aviation industries, designing lightweighted components and assemblies will remain a top priority, and Tosca can really help to achieve those objectives. […]

When I first started in the Design and Engineering field, CAD was used primarily by large OEMs and some large suppliers. Most companies’ design work was done on drafting boards with vellum and pencils, or Mylar and ink.

paper

As the technology evolved, CAD became more affordable, and increasingly necessary if one wanted to do business with certain OEMs. But while the design work was being done in CAD, the official documents were still paper – actual paper, created in CAD, printed, signed off by hand and distributed through the purchasing departments.

2Dmaster

Eventually the paper gave way to PDF files for distribution, at least from the OEM; most companies still used paper (some still do!) internally to manufacture and inspect their products. They still create, release, and distribute 2D drawings and balloon the drawings for inspection purposes.

3d_process_current

Technology has reached the point where a 2D drawing is really no longer necessary for the manufacture of a part or assembly, yet many companies still create them, even if the OEM does not provide one. Typically, the 3D model is used for fabrication, unless it is being done by hand. The creation, release, storage, and distribution of 2D drawings is huge. I am sure if companies actually looked at what it is costing them they would be shocked.

Some OEMs and other companies have an electronic way to handle the storage and distribution portion which is huge but the creation unless automated is still quite costly. Then there is the interpretation of the 2D drawings which can lead to quality problems, which we know is very costly.
There is a better way. […]

Tangent Select1Autodesk Inventor now includes a new selection filter.  It can be accessed the same way as many of the other selection filters using the “right-click” Tangent Select3menu in Inventor.  Let’s look at an example and the associated steps and results:

  1. Set “Faces and Edges” as your selection filter.  This is typically the default while editing individual components.
  2. Select a face, right click, and pick “Select Tangencies.”
  3. Perform an operation (such as changing color) to all the faces at the same time.

 

Use the selection set of tangent faces to:

  • Delete the selection set with Delete Faces.
  • Assign an appearance to the selection set.
  • Add or remove thickness to faces, or create an offset surface from a part face with the Thicken/Offset command.
  • Copy a set of faces from one component to another (handy for tooling development)

The “Select Tangencies” option can also be used to select a continuous set of tangent edges on a component.

Use the selection set of tangent edges to:

  • Fillet or chamfer the preselected edges.
  • Review or check for tangency conditions or closed loops.

Are you ready for the Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE?  Well, you came to the right place to learn from the industry leading experts at Tata Technologies.  Welcome to the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA V6 R2015x New User Express Learning Path.

In this Learning Path….

  • Users will learn the fundamentals of using CATIA V6 R2015x. This course is designed for new users or experienced CATIA users transitioning to CATIA V6 R2015x. Even if you just want to freshen up your skills with CATIA, this class is perfect for you.
  • We’ll start with an introduction into the user interface. A lot has changed from previous releases of CATIA V6 and for you CATIA V5 users, this is a radical change. We’ll help by explaining how to navigate the interface and show various important toolbars and features.
  • Then our authors will take you through the basic techniques of sketching, part design, wireframe and surface and assemblies.
  • Each section will have videos to demonstrate and explain the lessons along with supporting documentation for reference. Our Try It’s will provide exercises that allow users to practice along and apply what they have learned.
  • After completing the courses, you can pass a final assessment to earn a certificate of completion that can be downloaded.

The following lessons will be taught by two of our experienced authors from Tata Technologies.

To learn more about these training courses click below:

https://www.myigetit.com/LearningPaths/CATIA_V6

The AutoCAD 2017 Update course will take users through all of the important feature updates and make sure you know how best to use them. Users will learn about enhancements to the User Interface, Drawing Enhancements, Annotation Enhancements, Documentation, and Plotting through various video lessons. Users can then follow along with interactive exercises to help reinforce what they have learned.

For more information about the course overview, outline and subscription options click here:

https://www.myigetit.com/Library/CourseDetails/11815?catID=20&name=AutoCAD_2017_Updates_Training_Course

 

 

You have probably heard about Teamcenter. You know it is used extensively at the major OEMs. But what does it actually do? How is it made? This article will explain, from the very beginning, what Teamcenter is and how it is put together.

Teamcenter is a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform and is primarily designed to support the design and development of products that subsequently get manufactured. Siemens PLM Software gives a single-picture representation of Teamcenter as follows:

Teamcenter

Firstly, Teamcenter is a platform, meaning that it houses multiple capabilities (apps) in a single seamless piece of software. A user logs into one interface and is able to access all the installed and licensed capabilities of their Teamcenter from there. The platform is based on a database, allowing for storage and indexing of data.

Secondly, the platform is scalable to suit the requirements of each organization using the technology. In fact, Siemens PLM Software have categorized the apps into three groups: Start, initial deployment; Extend, increase functionality; and Transform, move to advanced capabilities.

Thirdly, Teamcenter grew out of the necessity to store and maintain all the digital data generated during product development after widespread adoption of CAD applications. It now has extensive capabilities beyond that.

Let us look at the three groups and define at a high level each one of the apps: […]

So your company has embarked on the PLM journey. Strategy is agreed, budget is approved, the preliminary plan for execution is in place and Return on Investment has been computed.

The next step in the process is choosing a software suite and an associated vendor. Unfortunately, the nature of software is such that one cannot mix and match programs or modules to suit specific requirements; the major vendors design their solutions is such a way that organizations are locked into a specific monolithic offering. The choice of vendor then has long term ramifications and, on the face of it appears to be a momentous decision.

So, how does one choose a PLM technology vendor? For the purposes of answering, let us submit two potential techniques:

  1. Undertake a comprehensive study to evaluate the merits of each vendors solution against requirements, conduct benchmarks and produce recommendations (The bake off)
  2. Meet in the main boardroom of the company, ensure attendance of auditors and all interested parties and toss a coin to decide which vendor to choose (The coin toss)

Before debating the merits and demerits of each technique, it is instructive to outline a methodology for the bake off option. The high level steps required to conduct a study are as follows:

  1. Outline business imperatives and goals (e.g. global engineering)
  2. Identify the PLM processes that have to be put in place or facilitated to meet these goals (e.g. extended design reviews)
  3. Create use cases to illustrate the processes (e.g. ability to load complete product into webex session and have geographically dispersed teams critique)
  4. Evaluate each technology against the use case and score its capability to support the use case (e.g. how long does it take to load a product into a review session)
  5. Total up all the scores and make a recommendation.

Clearly the bake off would be the conventional business approach. It offers the advantages of rigor, objectivity and a comprehensive approach. By following the evaluation methodology, an organization is guaranteed of having a technology that supports its needs.

So why even consider the coin toss? Any business person worth his salt would recoil at the thought of employing such a sloppy and unscientific method. But before dismissing this out of hand, consider a few items. Firstly, technology changes at an alarming pace and what is good today in one vendors solution will be outpaced by next year’s release. Secondly, the tough part of PLM implementations is managing organizational change and this has nothing to do with technology. Thirdly, agonizing over decisions is probably worse than making a snap decision – fortune favors the bold.

So consider the coin toss or a at least a compressed bake off; it can certainly save time and maybe allow an organization to leap ahead of its competition.

Need help making your plan? Our PLM Analytics Benchmark process will give you the tools you need for your bake-off. Click here to request a session.

Example of Inventor 2017 R2 - Tangent face selection

Example of Inventor 2017 R2 – Tangent face selection

Autodesk has just released a significant R2 (not an Android) version of Inventor 2017.  Keep an eye on our blog (and register for our upcoming Inventor Update webinar) for details concerning some of the following enhancements:

General Enhancements

  • Improvements to Measure Command Precision
  • Enhancements to Projects dialog box
  • Model Browser Enhancement
  • Workflow Enhancements

Parts

  • New Context Menu Options for Make Part and Make Components
  • Automate Selection of all Faces or Edges Tangent to the Preselected Faces or Edges
  • Enhancements to Revision Tables and Parts Lists Exported Excel Formats

Assembly

  • Mirror and Copy Assembly Options to Include or Exclude Relationships
  • Mirror and Copy Assembly Options to Ground the Resulting Components

Interoperability

  • Quickly Customize Properties for Imported CAD Files with the New Property Mapping Tool
  • Reference Model Enhancement to the Parts List and Bill of Materials (BOM)
  • DWG Underlay Now Fully Supports AutoCAD Mechanical Geometry
  • Mesh Support for DWF Export
  • Enhanced BIM content publishing capabilities using Configurator 360

iLogic

  • iLogic Input Field Enhancement
  • Edit Rule Dialog Box Enhancements

Drawings

  • Reorder Attached Balloons with the New Sort Balloons Context Menu Option
  • Specify a Hatch Pattern as SOLID
  • Improvements to Deferring Updates on a Drawing
  • Save Time Printing Multiple Drawings with Auto-Size to Drawing Sheet Size
  • Align Multiple Center Marks in a Drawing to the Selected Edge

Presentations

  • New Create Presentation options
  • Multiple Action Editing
  • Local/World Direction
  • Publish Images with a Transparent Background
  • Publish Raster
  • Performance Improvements for Presentations
  • Mesh components
  • Auto Explode Removed

We will be covering these updates and taking questions and comments in our What’s New in Inventor 2017 R2 webcast, coming up on August 24 at 1PM ET. Click here to register!

We hold a number of online events every month. Some showcase a software solution or feature, others celebrate a customer success, and others offer helpful tips and tricks for users. Here is what we have coming up this month. Click on the title of the event, or the “Register” link, for more details and to join us.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Wine Bottle Stability Simulation
The wine brewing process is complex, and so is the process of manufacturing wine bottles. A bottle must be of specified volume while also being lightweight, stable during motion, and aesthetically attractive. Learn more about a real-life simulation process used to virtually design wine bottles that not only look and feel good but also remain stable on a fast-moving conveyor belt in a packaging plant.
>> REGISTER


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24 – 1:00 p.m. ET
What’s New in Inventor 2017 R2
Autodesk will be releasing a significant update to Inventor, its flagship 3D design and engineering software. Join us and see these new features and a live demonstration of some of the more notable additions to Inventor 2017, followed by Q&A.
>> REGISTER


THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 – 1:00 p.m. ET
What’s New in NX 11
Siemens PLM will be releasing the latest version of NX at the end of August. Get a sneak peak of the new functionality, bells, and whistles that will be coming along with version 11.
>> REGISTER


TUESDAY, AUGUST 30 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Product Design Collection: What Happened to my Suites?
Your Factory Design and Product Design Suites have been retired. What does this mean for you? Join us to learn about the new Product Design Collection and the benefits the new collection offers.
>> REGISTER

 

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