BETA CAE Systems Releases Version 16.0.2

BETA CAE Systems Releases Version 16.0.2

BETA CAE Systems has released version 16.0.2 of its simulation software quite. This maintenance release is focused on the correction of identified problems and issues for the ANSA and ?ETA software of the BETA CAE Systems suite v16.0x branch, for those who have not migrated to the v16.1x branch yet, the company states.

The 16x version of the ANSA pre-processor provides full compatibility with previous major versions. As with every major release, a broad range of new features and enhancements to existing ones add value to BETA CAE’s solutions, reinforce overall process consistency, accelerate user performance and provide a considerable boost on productivity, a company press release states.

The E?ilysis solver is the new addition to the BETA CAE Systems analysis tools family and is available with the ANSA /E?ilysis/?ETA suite. E?ilysis covers numerous solution types and intends to bridge the gap between pre- and post- processing for disciplines such as Structural, NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), Optimization and more.

The v16x version of the µETA post-processor builds upon the tools available in previous releases, now supporting an increased array of new interfaces including E?ilysis, the in-house solver of BETA CAE Systems, as well as enhancing the multi-disciplinary tools.

For more information, visit BETA CAE Systems.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Maplesoft Adds MapleSim CAD Toolbox

Maplesoft Adds MapleSim CAD Toolbox

Maplesoft has released the MapleSim CAD Toolbox, an add-on that allows engineers to bring their designs directly into MapleSim. By being able to import models, the company states, users can learn how their designs will behave as part of a larger, multidomain system and apply advanced analysis tools for optimization.

Capabilities of the MapleSim CAD Toolbox include feature detection, letting users add points of interest and coordinate frames between separate bodies. It can handle files from Inventor, NX, SOLIDWORKS as well as STEP and STL file formats. Models can be saved to the MapleSim Server, making file sharing easier across engineering teams.

“Today’s complex engineering designs involve components from many different domains, and these are often designed using different tools, often resulting in problems at system integration time. With MapleSim and the MapleSim CAD Toolbox, engineers now have the means to examine how their mechanical designs work as part of the complete system, in advance,” says Paul Goossens, vice president, Engineering Solutions at Maplesoft. “They can detect and correct problems at the virtual prototyping stage, long before expensive prototypes are built. Even better, with the deeper understanding of the interactions of their overall system, they can make performance-enhancing, cost-saving optimizations, resulting in better products for them and their customers.”

For more information, visit Maplesoft.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

TraceParts Launches Certified Onshape App

TraceParts Launches Certified Onshape App

TraceParts has released a 3DX Certified Models application for Onshape’s beta App Store. This app, according to the company, lets users access hundreds of millions of free standard and supplier-certified 3D models directly from Onshape.

According to a company press release, once the 3DX Certified Models app is added, users can find products from over 400 leading suppliers by graphically navigating to specific products, using tag based product search, or search across multiple certified catalogs. Selected parts provide a real-time 3D product preview and a summary of BOM (bill of materials) attributes.

“For the first time ever both 3D CAD and a 3D content library live together in a single Web browser window,” said Jon Hirschtick, Onshape founder and chairman. “Onshape users can choose from hundreds of millions of 3DX Certified Models and bring them directly into Onshape with one click. We are very excited to be working once again with longtime CAD leader Bob Noftle and the TraceParts team.”

For more information, visit TraceParts.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

3D Systems Discontinues Cube Printer

3D Systems Discontinues Cube Printer

3D Systems has stated that it will discontinue production of its Cube 3D consumer printer. The company will continue to sell the product’s existing inventory and offer support through its website. However, the availability of the CubePro 3D printer will remain uninterrupted for desktop engineering and professional applications.

The printer’s website, Cubify.com will remain active until January 31st, 2016. All associated retail products on the site will also be discontinued.

According to a company press release, management believes a greater focus on manufacturing applications and delivering new and enhanced manufacturing systems can drive adoption, yield higher returns on investment and increase earnings. As part of this shift away from consumer products, management expects revenue to be impacted by less than 2% and profitability to improve.

“In connection with our ongoing review of our business and industry, we believe that the most meaningful opportunities today are in professional and industrial settings, from the product design shop to the operating room to the factory floor,” said Andy Johnson, interim chief executive officer & chief legal officer, 3D Systems. “We are focusing our efforts on enabling professionals and companies to improve their designs, transform their workflows, bring innovative products to market and drive new business models.”

For more information, visit 3D Systems.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

COMSOL Releases LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS

COMSOL Releases LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS

COMSOL, a provider of multiphysics modeling and simulation software, has launched support for application development in the latest version of LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS. LiveLink connects Multiphysics simulations and 3D design in the newest iterations and lets users create sharable applications from the models.

LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS includes a bidirectional interface between the COMSOL Desktop environment and SOLIDWORKS software. This allows synchronization of the CAD design with the COMSOL model; it also lets the simulation control the CAD design parameters in the SOLIDWORKS software file. For even closer integration, the one-window interface makes the familiar windows, tools, icons and menu items from COMSOL Multiphysics available within the SOLIDWORKS software user interface, enabling users to set up simulations without leaving the CAD design environment.

The add-on also supports user-defined selections for an easier and more efficient simulation setup on the synchronized CAD design. In SOLIDWORKS software, the user can define selections, including bodies, faces, edges, or points, that are synchronized to the COMSOL model where they are available to assign materials, physics settings or any other model definitions. Users can also create selections from features of the Feature Manager Design Tree in SOLIDWORKS software, or from the components of the CAD assembly. Additionally, LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS can automatically generate and synchronize selections based on the material assignments in the CAD design in SOLIDWORKS software, the company states.

For more information, visit COMSOL.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Keysight Technologies Expands UXM Wireless Test Formats

Keysight Technologies Expands UXM Wireless Test Formats

Keysight Technologies has added GSM, GPRS, EGPRS and TD-SCDMA, HSPA test capabilities to its E7515A UXM wireless test set. With these enhancements, UE developers can validate their multi-format LTE devices within a single UXM test set.

The new GSM and TD-SCDMA test applications allow fast-switching between W-CDMA, GSM and TD-SCDMA formats in a single UXM with just one transceiver hardware set. The new test applications also include the powerful GSM and TD-SCDMA X-Series measurement applications for comprehensive RF testing. The X-Series measurement applications allow engineers to quickly configure test parameters per 3GPP standards, or use the full range of X-Series capabilities to explore beyond the specifications.

“We are excited to add GSM and TD-SCDMA technology coverage to the UXM network emulation platform,” said Satish Dhanasekaran, general manager of Keysight’s Mobile Broadband Operation. “We have utilized world-class software from Keysight’s 8960 network emulation platform and X-series signal analyzers to provide our customers a simple and consistent measurement experience, while simulating complex mobility scenarios that represent today’s real-world wireless conditions.”

Along with expanded RF test capability, the addition of GSM and TD-SCDMA enables one-box LTE to 2G/3G mobility test including CSFB and SRVCC, with time-aligned, multi-format protocol message analysis using the Wireshark-based protocol logging and analysis software.

For more information, visit Keysight Technologies.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

SABIC Explores Integrated Lighting Features

SABIC Explores Integrated Lighting Features

SABIC has released information on its development of polycarbonate (PC) windows with integrated lighting. While the company states that lighting can be decorative, it can also serve a few other purposes. SABIC showcased its new windows at the Symposium on Automotive Lighting in Germany this fall.

One use, a company press release notes, is a lighting component built into a lightweight polycarbonate window indicates the battery status of an electric or hybrid vehicle, from green for fully charged to red for critical condition. This feature could allow the driver to understand the state of battery charge without any need to enter and start the vehicle.

The company believes that lighting integration could serve as a way to provide other information to the driver. In addition to its new concept windows, SABIC current offers material families such as LEXAN, ULTEM, VALOX and STAMAX for the application.

“Our customers are always looking for new ways to surprise and delight consumers,” said Scott Fallon, senior director of SABIC’s automotive business. “Combining PC glazing with lighting technologies opens up a whole new range of possibilities to help them do this. Our long-standing expertise in each application space and our capabilities to support product creation lend themselves perfectly to help automakers develop unique solutions and set new trends in vehicle design.”

For more information, visit SABIC.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.