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Adaptive Building Design

Posted by Geoff Haines on 26-Jul-2018 09:56:00

In recent years many papers, both government whitepapers, research document and industry guru’s have voiced concern on the poor productivity within the construction industry.

Comparisons have been made with manufacturing industry where overall productivity has doubled over 20-30 years. So how did that industry achieve such gains and construction didn’t?

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Topics: CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE on Cloud, 3DEXPERIENCE, Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC), Facade Design, Dassault Systemes, CATIA

Dropbox and BIM

Posted by Geoff Haines on 04-Jun-2018 10:37:47

Dropbox is used very frequently amongst companies within the construction industry as a mechanism to share information. Its cheap, easy to use and available to synchronise files across many hardware platforms. It is easy to see why it has been taken up by many small, medium and even large organisations to help them manage BIM (Building Information Modeling) information on building projects.

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, Dassault Systemes, DROPBOX, BIM, data-driven

3DEXPERIENCE Design Share Collaboration Tool

Posted by Justin Brash & Alex Fernandes on 19-Apr-2018 10:00:00

REAL-TIME COLLABORATION

In this short video you will see some of the powerful live collaboration tools of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform in a scenario where two designers (Justin and Alex) are working on different parts within the same product.

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, Dassault Systemes, Training, CATIA

Scripting with MSC Apex

Posted by Andy Woodward on 12-Apr-2018 12:01:00

In an ideal world every piece of software has a button that does exactly what you want, but in the real world you will find yourself completing repetitive tasks either within a single model or each time to create a model.

Repetitive tasks waste the time of engineers and can lead to errors through lack of attention.  MSC Apex has adopted the Python scripting language with its own extensions in order to make automation of tasks a fairly straightforward thing. 

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Topics: MSC Software, MSC One, TechTips, MSC Apex

CATIA Composer with Composite Part Data

Posted by Justin Brash on 05-Apr-2018 12:01:00

In this short video, see how CATIA Composer can import native CATIA V5 Composite parts, and preserve all of the Composite Design and Analysis data for use in creating rich 3D documentation.

A simple example of a CATIA V5 Composite part is used in the video, modelled using the 'Zone Approach' with one main laminate and four thicker, reinforcement laminates. 

Learn how to open and select the CATPart from your file browser and see how it replicates in Composer, with all the geometry included.  You will now have the ability to design and capture multiple scenes (or views) as well as create high quality key-frame based animations. 

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Topics: Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, Dassault Systemes, Training, Composites, CATIA

Non-uniform Thickness with MSC Apex

Posted by Andy Woodward on 29-Mar-2018 13:47:42

Capturing data

If you work with moulded or die cast parts you’ll be familiar with thin shell parts that have tapering thickness due to draft angles.  Capturing this effect in your finite element mesh can be tricky and lead to approximations that might not be comfortable or conservative.  MSC Apex has an auto-assignment feature that will accurately capture and represent the non-uniform shell thickness with remarkably little effort. 

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Topics: MSC Software, MSC One, TechTips, MSC Apex

Geometry Manipulation with Apex

Posted by Andy Woodward on 28-Feb-2018 11:30:00

Ease of Use

The guiding principle for the development of MSC Apex has been ease of use. Through the intelligent design of an intuitive interface users need no formal  training and can be productive after watching a few short videos.  All the features of the product have both written and video instructions making it easy to learn as well as use. 

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Topics: MSC Software, MSC One, TechTips, MSC Apex

Defeaturing with MSC Apex

Posted by Andy Woodward on 13-Feb-2018 10:20:46

Prepping Computer Aided Design (CAD) geometry for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) can be a complex, time consuming and error prone activity. 

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Topics: MSC Software, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), MSC One

Electric Vehicles – a Gold Rush?

Posted by Geoff Haines on 26-Jan-2018 14:32:24

Global Warming - Global Driving

Foremost on the political agenda across the world is global warming. Whether you believe it or not, and there is one notable leader who doesn’t, there is little point in ignoring the fact most world governments have it on their agenda.

This has led to initiatives of eliminating internal combustion engines on our roads. 

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Topics: 3DEXPERIENCE, Automotive - 3DExperience, Automotive / Motorsport

Modelling methodology in CATIA V5 - Part 7

Posted by Alex Fernandes on 22-Jan-2018 11:00:00

Additional Rules

This is the seventh article of a series concerning how to implement and use modelling methodology in CATIA V5.

In this article, we will discuss additional rules to be considered when defining part files. This article closes the main set of modelling methodology for prismatic geometry driven parts, with single body.

Angle Bracket part - referred to in past articles on modelling methodolgy

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Topics: Dassault Systemes, Training, CATIA