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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





Stay Current, Be More Productive

by herzinj On 01/27/16 06:07:16 PM

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We all know that both software and hardware are getting better all the time.  But how much of a performance improvement could you see by upgrading? We take a look at how things have changed in just 3 years.





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Autodesk Nastran
Benchmark
White Paper





batarang-symmetry.jpgThis post is part of a now weekly series of Tips and Tricks provided for simulation users. 

When creating a model for finite element analysis, natural lines of symmetry and antisymmetry can allow you to analyze a structure or system by modeling only a portion of it. This geometry simplification technique can reduce the size of the model (the total number of nodes and elements), which can reduce the analysis run time as well as the demands on computer resources. 

The following post explains symmetry and shows examples of its benefits for meshing and stability.





Autodesk Simulation Mechanical
Tips and Tricks





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Endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species





Future of Making Things





Composites Pin Board - Failure Indices and Strength Ratios

by angela.schrader On 12/22/15 06:21:46 PM

This is our second post in a collection tagged the Composites Pin Board - intended to discuss composite engineering topics that our own technical specialists find useful or reference often.  

Our first post highlighted some of the most common failure criteria that are used in the structural analysis of composites. Here, we will discuss failure indices and strength ratios. Stay tuned for a discussion on how and when to use the various options. 

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Composites Pin Board
Helius Composite





Engineering Disasters Before Simulation

by herzinj On 12/16/15 03:02:50 PM

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Before the days of simulation there were a number of disasters that could have been avoided.  See how simulation is making the world a safer place by eliminating design and material failures for new structures.





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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.










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PED's aren't the only way to up your game. Simulation and composite materials are making a difference in how sports equipment is being created.

 










What's New: Helius 2016 SAP

by angela.schrader On 11/11/15 06:41:18 PM

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Autodesk® Subscription Advantage Packs (SAPs) help our customers get ahead by giving them early and immediate access to the latest product enhancements. The Helius team is excited to announce the availability of the Helius PFA 2016 SAP. This release includes several changes that improve usability for our customers and make it easier to perform structural analysis of their fiber filled parts. Read more to find a summary of changes and links to a video overview.





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Helius PFA





Nastran-Track-small.jpgAutodesk University 2015 is set to kick off now in less than one month. 

New at this year's event will be an entire track of courses designed to cover a breadth of topics for those interested in mecahnical simulaton. The track will feature many of our products (Autodesk Nastran, Simulation Mechanical, Autodesk Nastran In-CAD, SimStudio, Inventor) - but is really focused on the topics rather than the products. Topics will include everything from Model Prep to Explicit Dynamics. The courses will be taught by product managers, developers and technical specialists.

Read more to see what all is included in the FEA with Nastran track. Whether you are new to FEA or looking to learn new skills, you will want to check out the full list of courses available at this year's AU Las Vegas





Autodesk Nastran
Autodesk Nastran In-CAD
Autodesk Simulation Mechanical
Autodesk University
Events
SimStudio Tools





Seeing Into the Future of Making Things

by herzinj On 09/16/15 06:12:37 PM

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The Future of Making Things is a term coined by Autodesk that has led to a worldwide conversation about the way products will be made in the future. Simulation plays a big part in this conversation, and it’s already leading to lower production costs, more innovative products and more collaboration during the design process.





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Just because you are a modern day startup doesn’t mean that you don’t have to break out of the old fashioned ways of physical prototype testing.  Powerhub Systems has done just that by using Autodesk CFD to become a leaner and greener company than ever before.

 

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Autodesk CFD
Future of Making Things





Radiator Labs – Retrofitting and Sustainability

by herzinj On 07/01/15 03:30:08 PM

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Each year, billions of dollars are wasted through overheating caused by inefficient radiator heaters in old apartments and homes. Through innovative engineering and design, Radiator Labs has developed a solution that can save 30-40% in heating costs and create a more comfortable living environment for residents.





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Composite materials are used for the high stiffness and strength properties they provide at a low weight compared to metals. But composite materials are challenging to use in structural design because of their orthotropic behavior – different stiffness and strength depending on the direction of the material. This makes testing for these material properties a lengthy and expensive process when compared to isotropic materials. Add to this that composite materials are relatively new and substantially more expensive then metals, and you get a limited publically available database for composite material properties.

 

The question is.... where can I locate properties? Or, can I compute the properties for a material?

 

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Future of Making Things
Helius Composite





Autodesk 2016 Composite Products are Live!

by kenikd On 04/23/15 03:20:21 PM

The 2016 versions of Autodesk Helius Composite (the product formerly known as Autodesk Simulation Composite Design), and Autodesk Helius PFA (the product formerly known as Autodesk SImulation Composite Analysis) are now live and ready for download! Click to view what's new in the products and view the new product center pages!

 

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Autodesk Moldflow
Future of Making Things
Helius Composite





Simulation Flex Upgrades for 2016

by kenikd On 04/16/15 07:41:52 PM

Autodesk Simulation Flex users are receiving some great hardware updates in the new 2016 releases. Check out Ian Pendlebury's post here.

 

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Autodesk CFD
Autodesk Moldflow
Autodesk Simulation Mechanical





Autodesk Simulation 2016 Products Released

by dan.miles On 04/13/15 03:46:54 PM

Autodesk's 2016 Simulation software portfolio delivers a faster, more accurate and flexible approach to predicting, optimizing and validating designs earlier in the design process.  The 2016 family of products include new versions of Autodesk Moldflow, Autodesk Moldflow Design, Autodesk CFD, Autodesk Nastran In-CAD, Autodesk Nastran, Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, and Autodesk Helius PFA, Autodesk Helius Composite, and Autodesk Robot Structure Analysis Professional.  Autodesk SimStudio Tools is available for the first time.

 

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Autodesk Moldflow
Autodesk Nastran
Helius Composite





Project Harmony for Simulation Moldflow is our free technology preview of a fully automatic Simulation Moldflow 3D mesher that can mesh a possibly invalid CAD model, i.e., has overlapping surfaces or small gaps between surfaces, and can automatically size the mesh elements based on local thickness and curvature.

 

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Autodesk Advanced Materials Introduction

by dan.miles On 09/10/14 10:35:56 PM

The future of advanced materials is bright at Autodesk, especially in the simulation space.  The bad thing about advanced materials is that they are not cheap. Success is generated through an understanding of manufacturability and performance.  Simulation is critical for advanced materials to take hold of an industry. Design, manufacturing, and performance are all connected. Each step affects not only the next downstream, but they must be considered early and often to eliminate costly redesigns. 

 

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Helius Composite
Helius PFA