CloudSAFE Ltd. Ships Cloud Deployment of Aras Innovator

CloudSAFE Ltd. Ships Cloud Deployment of Aras Innovator

Aras, a provider of PLM (product lifecycle management) software, has partnered with CloudSAFE to launch the CloudSAFE PLM Cloud. The platform is offered as a monthly subscription and powered by Aras’ Innovator framework.

Organizations an choose to implement a private or hybrid cloud configuration without needed extensive knowledge of setup, configuration or maintenance.

According to a company press release, CloudSAFE PLM Solutions provide:

  • Complete Aras PLM environment with customization & integration capabilities
  • Hot standby option for disaster recovery & business continuity (DR/BC)
  • Seamless scaling based on user load
  • 24/7 customer service by experienced CloudSAFE IT personnel

“CloudSAFE PLM provides global businesses with a leading solution for PLM deployment,” said Jay Pappas, VP of Global Alliances at Aras. “The service is a comprehensive, high-touch solution managed by professionals who are experts in the infrastructure and maintenance needs of Aras Innovator.”

For more information, visit Aras.

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

Becoming 3D Partners with MarkForged

Becoming 3D Partners with MarkForged

Becoming 3D, a provider of 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions, has become a MarkForged Flagship Reseller.

MarkForged currently produces the only composite 3D printer, the Mark One. It lets users print parts with continuous strand carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass. Using a patented process of a Composite Filament Fabrication (CFF) print head, alongside a FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) print head, the Mark One enables engineers to print end-use parts, brackets tooling and fixtures that traditionally are made from metals.

Users can also pause a print then add components before continuing the print.

Becoming3D’s comprehensive assessment and solution approach includes a financing program, training, supplies and servicing — critical elements for schools and businesses that are normally not included in the purchase of 3D printers.

“We are extremely excited to partner with MarkForged,” said Grant Sadowski, founder of Becoming 3D. “Their innovative technology and unique product offerings using nylon, fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevlar positions us uniquely in the marketplace for success. We have experienced tremendous response from our customers since partnering with them.”

For more information, visit MarkForged.

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

Partnership Develops Next-Generation Automotive Design Platform

Partnership Develops Next-Generation Automotive Design Platform

Nissan, HP Enterprise and Siemens AG have developed the first next-generation vehicle design infrastructure that gives a continuous, high-speed connection to the latest vehicle data. The engineering virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), according to the company, gives Nissan more flexibility and manageability of global vehicle design. The company is using the infrastructure in North America and Europe.

This infrastructure uses advanced graphics processing based on virtualization technology. With it, engineers can access a virtual 3D CAD workstations on servers and use them in a desktop environment. It is fully scalable and uses servers with high-performance storage, software and network acceleration technology.

The Engineering VDI solution includes the following HPE technology:

  • HPE ProLiant WS460c Graphics Server Blades – allows workstation-class high-performance graphics that provides engineers with a centralize, virtualized, full-fidelity desktop experience including support for demanding 3D graphics applications
  • HPE 3PAR StoreServ 7400 Storage – allows Nissan to store and manage data from the next generation vehicle design solution on a single, highly scalable and robust Tier-1 storage platform
  • HPE Systems Insight Manager – allows easy management of Nissan’s IT infrastructure, increasing system uptime for teams around the world

The hardware also uses Citrix XenDesktop virtualization technology. The software technology foundation for Nissan’s Engineering VDI solution was provided by Siemens’ product lifecycle management software business. NX has been fully certified on all of the hardware necessary to support this system. In addition, Siemens’ Teamcenter software serves as the digital backbone for Nissan’s VDI solution.

“With the increasing number of new projects globally, IT’s importance has become even more essential. Based on our global IS/IT strategy, Nissan will focus on linking Management with IT to increase the business value IT delivers for Nissan,” says Celso Guiotoko, chief information officer for Nissan.

For more information, visit Nissan.

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

Noesis Solutions Releases Optimus 10.17

Noesis Solutions Releases Optimus 10.17

Noesis Solutions has released Optimus 10.17, extending capabilities for simulation-based engineering. This release has multiple new software integrations and interfaces.

The new included interfaces are built on Optimus’ UCI/UCA infrastructure. This lets users connect with legacy and in-house simulation tools within a single workflow.

The new direct interface for CETOL 6? supports the efficient optimization of engineering challenges involving mechanical tolerance analysis. Product development teams use Sigmetrix’ CETOL 6? tolerance analysis software to acquire the insights needed to confidently release designs to manufacturing. The new Optimus interface for CETOL 6? now enables them to evaluate the impact of assembly and component tolerances on product performance.

Optimus 10.17 now supports CST STUDIO SUITE and parallel execution of MSC Adams. With support for CST STUDIO SUITE, users can run parametric electromagnetic simulation without manual model changes and data process. Additionally, time design constraints imposed by manufacturing realities or stringent regulatory and standardization requirements, can be consistently taken into account.

Parallel execution of MSC Adams is done through Optimus Parallel Services. The software orchestrates the remote execution of inputs substitution, simulations and results extraction.

For more information, visit Noesis Solutions.

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

Optimizing Simulation and PLM Data

Optimizing Simulation and PLM Data

Product complexity is driving engineers to find software that can process lots of data within the same environment. To address trends in data management and optimization, ESTECO hosted its modeFRONTIER user meeting from Nov. 4-5. The two-day event in Novi, MI, focused on how ESTECO helps engineers integrate design, simulation and lifecycle data into an available framework. In addition to a day of training, attendees also saw examples of multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) throughout industries such as automotive and aerospace.

Simulation Optimization at Ford

This year’s event featured Mario J. Felice of Ford Motor Company as the keynote speaker. The organization has been a large proponent of ESTECO’s software since its adoption of an Enterprise MDO framework last year. His talk, titled “Multiphysics Simulation as Applied to the NVH Refinement of Ford Motor Company’s Powertrains,” focused on some of the main challenges generated by CAE data and HIL (hardware in the loop) integration. With MDO and modeFRONTIER, Felice stated these tools help find the optimized seat track idle vibration, and a design that addresses NVH as well as fuel economy standards. Going forward, his goal “is to have variations incorporated into CAE processes and MDO applied to all projects of my global team,” Felice said.

@Ford ‘s Mario Felice kicking off the #mFUM15 now > #simulation modeFRONTIER

— ESTECO (@esteco_mF) November 4, 2015

Conference goers were able to listen to other applications from Ford, BorgWarner Turbo Systems, Modelon and academic institutions. Optimization use cases included system models, commuter motorbikes, restraint systems, steady-state CAM processes and positive displacement pumps. (Editor’s Note: Visit ESTECO for a resource library of presentations.)

Hands-on Experience

To have attendees see modeFRONTIER’s capabilties for themselves, the event also included a one-day course of basic or advanced training. Topics covered included and introduction to modeFRONTIER, building workflows, running DOE, RSM-based optimization, as well as data analysis.

Advanced users were able to learn about problem formulation, optimization strategies, workflow patterns and multivariate analysis.

Expanding Product Capabilities

This year’s user meeting also gave attendees a larger picture on the newest advances for ESTECO’s SOMO and modeFRONTIER softwares. Overall, the company is adding larger integration capabilities for outside PLM systems and the Adaptive Space Filler for space exploration functionality.

“Technology innovations [should] take effect at both the functional and architectural level,” said Danilo Di Stefano, product manager in his modeFRONTIER presentation. To support these innovations, ESTECO is working to refurbish the design space GUI, improve workflow actions and add code refactoring to support modular packaging of modeFRONTIER.

New to modeFRONTIER 2014 are updates for integration and process automation, self-adapting one-click optimization algorithms, stepwise regression capabilities and Adaptive Space Filler. “It is a new modeFRONTIER scheduler which combines a space-filling algorithm with responsive space models,” explains Di Stefano. Once the optimized model is generated, it is saved automatically in modeFRONTIER for design usage. This is a step for providing more automated optimization practices through generative algorithms.

For modeFRONTIER, the company is expanding how users can design optimization strategies. Image courtesy of ESTECO.

For SOMO, ESTECO has currently added more direct integrations with Siemens PLM Teamcenter and PTC Windchill. To complement this, advanced search capabilities as well as a data store node have been added so users can find data to implement quicker. A SOMO node is also available for composing MDO processes from PLM systems.

Future updates, such as the upcoming SOMO 2.0, “will focus on better managing and versioning all the simulation required for the simulation process and generated by the simulation,” noted Matteo Nicolich, product manager. This means having a folder tree structure file system, a standalone version control system and permissions based on users for each simulation project.

The discussion on multidisciplinary optimization will continue in 2016 in Trieste, Italy, under the focus of “The Speed of Innovation.” Interested persons are encouraged to submit an abstract detailing how ESTECO is helping design decision-making within the age of rapid data aggregation.

SimForDesign Available on Onshape App Store

SimForDesign Available on Onshape App Store

Fidesys, a provider of FEA (finite element analysis) tools, has added its SimulationForDesign solution to the Onshape App Store. This gives Onshape users more access to cloud CAE capabilities, allow them to examine parts performance throughout the design process.

With this integration, SimForDesign offers linear stress analysis directly within Onshape. Because SimForDesign operates in the cloud, users also do not have to worry about computational resources required for analysis — SimForDesign allocates everything automatically. Unlike in other cloud simulation services where users might pay for astronomical (real) hours, the SimForDesign billing system is very simple and straightforward basing usage on the actual CPU time, not the time spent setting up a simulation, the company states.

The Onshape App Store is currently in beta, but users can request access.

For more information, visit Fidesys.

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

Airbus APWorks Purchases MetalFAB1 System

Airbus APWorks Purchases MetalFAB1 System

Airbus APWorks, an Airbus Subsidiary, has ordered its first industrial metal printing system from Additive Industries. Airbus APWorks is the first confirmed beta customer for the MetalFAB1, the organization states.

Additive Industries’ offerings cover the entire value chain from component design to serial production. Airbus APWorks supplies customers in robotics, mechanical engineering, automotive, medical technology and aerospace.

“We are proud to team up with Airbus as our first customer to further develop the process, new materials and applications as well as verifying the performance of the MetalFAB1 system. Their commitment emphasizes the potential of our new metal additive manufacturing system for industrial series production of functional parts,” said Daan Kersten, co-founder and CEO of Additive Industries.

“With the integrated MetalFAB1 solution, we believe to be able to simultaneously improve the product consistency and lower the cost price for metal additive manufacturing,” adds Joachim Zettler, managing director of Airbus APWorks.

For more information, visit Additive Industries.

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