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Heat Transfer with Autodesk CFD and Metroid

by herzinj On 06/27/16 08:22:29 PM

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Often times we will run a thermal analysis to determine just how hot something will get, but it can be just as important to understand what happens when temperatures drop. Let's take a look at just how cold a Metroid gets when shot by an ice beam!





Autodesk CFD





Composites Pin Board - Composite Coordinate Systems

by angela.schrader On 06/22/16 01:00:14 PM

The Composites Pin Board is a collection of posts covering engineering topics that our own specialists find useful or reference often. Previous topics have discussed failure criteria, failure indices & strength ratios, and meshing options.

 

In this post we will take a step back and discuss some key info in conducting any mechanical analysis of composite plies and laminates: how the coordinate systems are defined.

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Composites Pin Board
Helius PFA
Tips and Tricks





Product design is dangerous. Simulate this!

by herzinj On 06/20/16 01:53:35 PM

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Last week we took a look at the mission of UPowerUSA and some of the challenges they are facing to provide wind energy that competes with coal and natural gas without subsidies. Here, we see how they are using Autodesk CFD to optimize their designs to provide the lowest possible cost per kWH generated.










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Generative design is starting to be adopted by many companies on the cutting edge of design optimization. Taking advantages of the power of both hardware and software previously unavailable, new designs are being created like something we would never have done before. This can help out our friend Koopa Troopa as well! Let's see if he can beat Mario in a race with the new kart design. 





Autodesk Inventor
generative design





UPower - Power Your World, Powered by Autodesk CFD

by herzinj On 06/08/16 01:48:00 AM

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Sometimes a company doesn't exist to make someone reach. Sometimes it is the end result of good people trying to make the world a better, cleaner place for their family to live. See how UPower is making this happen for their families and third world countries with the help of Autodesk CFD.





Autodesk CFD





Autodesk Helius PFA – Don’t Break, Don’t Die

by herzinj On 06/06/16 06:27:28 PM

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After spending some time with the beloved classics in the previous episodes, it’s time to turn our attention to a less praised retro gem: Skate or Die. Featuring not-so-iconic characters such as Rodney Recloose and Aggro Eddie, Skate or Die was targeted to relatively older gamers. You know, teenagers who like to break stuff. And that is exactely what we are going to demonstrate here. Specifically, let’s use Autodesk Helius PFA to figure out how fast can the skater crash his board into the edge of a halfpipe without breaking it into two pieces.





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Frequency Simulation using Fusion 360

by herzinj On 06/01/16 03:01:40 PM

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Have you ever wondered what those frequency studies are used for?  Let’s take a look at an example using the reciprocating saw seen above.  Anytime there are moving components such as motors, there is going to be some level of vibration in the model.  The question is whether that vibration is going to cause discomfort to the consumer or even worse, a product failure!





Fusion 360





Fill Preview of Pac-Man in Autodesk Moldflow

by herzinj On 05/31/16 02:05:55 PM

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Fill preview is a great way to optimize your setup without having to run a full analysis. Save time on fill locations and avoiding simple mistakes on all your parts. Or on Pac-Man...





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“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” - Alvin Toffler

 










What’s New in Autodesk Simulation Mechanical 2017

by herzinj On 05/10/16 07:29:38 PM

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Additional support for Autodesk Nastran, improved surface meshing and increased usability are just some of the changes made to Autodesk Simulation 2017. Read on to get the details. 

 





Simulation Mechanical





What’s New in Autodesk CFD 2017

by herzinj On 05/04/16 12:46:16 PM

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There are a number of big improvements to Autodesk CFD 2017, many of which were driven by the community through the IdeaStation. Take a look at some of the bigger changes that you will see in the latest version.





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What’s New in Autodesk Nastran In-CAD 2017

by herzinj On 04/19/16 08:20:07 PM

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Just 6 months after the last release, with nearly 30 improvements added in the 2017 release of Autodesk Nastran In-CAD, we're take a look at some of the biggest!





Nastran In-CAD
What's New





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Welcome to the first episode of 8-bit Simulation! In this episode, we will take a look at one of the more challenging process in FEA, setting up surface to surface contact that runs in a timely fashion.  Using Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, and a little help from Donkey Kong, we'll step through how you can define contact for any model you're working on.





8-bit Simulation
Simulation Mechanical





The Lighter Side of Explosions

by herzinj On 04/06/16 01:39:50 PM

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“Let's blow some stuff up.”  -  Adam Savage





Simulation Mechanical





It is common knowledge that finite element simulations are dependent on the size of the elements. For example, meshes with smaller elements are better able to resolve stress concentrations compared to meshes with relatively large elements. Mesh sensitivity is FEA 101. Less commonly discussed, however, is the effect of element arrangement on the solution. Here, the benefits and drawbacks of 3 element arrangements are discussed in the context of progressive failure analysis of structures made from composite materials.

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Composites Pin Board
Helius PFA
Tips & Tricks
Tips and Tricks





Looking Up to the Future of Making Things

by herzinj On 03/16/16 12:06:37 PM

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“What you need to start doing is to think of computing as though it were infinite.” - Carl Bass, Autodesk CEO

 





Future of Making Things





Collaboration in the New IoT Landscape

by herzinj On 02/10/16 02:12:51 PM

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Creation never happens in a silo. Even when a painter escapes to that retreat far from society, hoping to avoid influence from the “unnatural” world, there’s no getting away from techniques learned from other painters or ideas passed down through generations. Creation is always a collaborative effort, and with the arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT), creative collaboration is taking on a new meaning.





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Future of Making Things
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Autodesk SimStudio Tools has been shipping as a companion application to Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, CFD and Moldflow for almost a year now. Our customers have been delighted by the benefits SimStudio Tools brings to their Simulation workflows. Let’s look at how SimStudio Tools can be your best friend too.





FoMT
Future of Making Things
SimStudio Tools





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If you weren’t able to join us in Las Vegas last week for Autodesk University, don’t worry.  Here’s your chance to catch up on all of the excitement, as well as get access to the Simulation resources and classes made available throughout the week.