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Simulate 3D printing of a part with Simufact Additive

Developing the ideal process parameters for 3D printing a part can be expensive: in both time and raw materials.

Developing the ideal process parameters for 3D printing a part can be expensive: in both time and raw materials.  Simufact Additive, from MSC Software and available withing the MSC One flexible licensing solution, allows users to quickly evaluate the effects of part orientation, material selection, machine parameters and post-build operations to reduce the number of test runs required in metal to achieve a minimised distortion and residual stress condition.

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Topics: MSC Software, MSC One, Hexagon MSC Software, Digimat

Defining 3D Orthotropic material models

Digimat advanced materials modelling environment

Available within the flexible MSC One licensing environment, Digimat provides many tools for enhancing the fidelity of the material models used by engineers for finite element analysis and reduces the need for lengthy and expensive coupon testing.

This short video gives a demonstration of how easily Digimat MF and FE can be used to define 3D orthotropic material models using simple isotropic models for the constituent materials of epoxy/fibre laminates.

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Topics: MSC Software, MSC One, Hexagon MSC Software, Digimat

Innovative new approach to topology optimisation

Apex Generative Design

MSC Software have just announced the addition of Apex Generative Design to their MSC One flexible token based licensing solution.

This combines the award winning geometry defeaturing capabilities of MSC Apex with an innovative new approach to topology optimisation resulting in higher fidelity shapes suitable for 3D printing but in a small fraction of the time taken for many of the solvers commonly used for this task today.
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Topics: MSC Software, MSC One, MSC Apex, Hexagon MSC Software

MSC Software - working from home licence options

MSC Software have just announced that they have relaxed licencing terms to assist customers having to use the software at home.


Effective immediately until 30th June users can access and use their licenced software from home using any necessary infrastructure (e.g. VPN) to facilitate this use.

There is no need for any authorisation for this temporary arrangement.

For those users who cannot access their company licence server from home there is an option to issue a temporary licence which is available on request.

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Topics: MSC Software, MSC One, #HowCanWeHelpYou?, VPN, Hexagon MSC Software, Remote Working

Scripting with MSC Apex

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

Non-uniform Thickness with MSC Apex

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

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

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

Birdstrike Simulation

A recent emergency landing by an Air France A380 aircraft inspired me to this blog article.  Birdstrike is a standard consideration for any air vehicle but not an easy thing to model accurately with regular FEA software.  The events are typically short duration, involve the failure of materials and a loading complicated by secondary impacts as the bird fragments.

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Topics: MSC Software, MSC One