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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

Business as Usual - Working from Home

During these exceptional times, Desktop Engineering is adapting to the COVID-19 situation with diligence and care. We are doing all that is in our power to provide a safe working environment for our employees and ensure business continuity.

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Topics: CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE on Cloud, 3DEXPERIENCE, ICAM Technologies, MSC Software, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, Dassault Systemes, Training, consulting

Electronics Cooling with scSTREAM

scSTREAM is one of the newest products in the MSC Software portfolio. 

It aims to make the job of simulating fluid flow and heat transfer easy and accessible to more Engineers than traditional Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) packages. 

The movie below shows a quick demonstration of its use for a simple thermal assessment of a small electronics package.

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Topics: MSC Software, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), scSTREAM, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

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

Zoom Modelling with MSC Marc

One of the parameters driving the age old question of “is my mesh refined enough?” is the impact it has on the model size and the knock-on effect to runtime and computer spec.  This comes into starkest relief if you have a dimensionally very large structure but where you need a fine local mesh around some detailed areas in order to refine stress intensity for e.g. fatigue life prediction. 

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Topics: MSC Software, Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Thin Shell Modelling of Plastic Parts

Thickness Attribution in MSC Apex

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Topics: MSC Software, Finite Element Analysis (FEA)