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How To and Why To use Flexible Members in Mechanical System Design

System dynamics is very important in the design of mechanisms – ignoring dynamic effects and flexibility in your system by simulating mechanisms using simple kinematics such as the tools in your CAD system, can lead to problems in behaviour downstream - as this short video illustrates.  

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

Unboxing MSC One

The MSC One Method

With MSC Software's subscription based token system, you receive a pool of tokens. Your tokens are checked out from the pool and are used to access and run a full range of CAE solutions available under the MSC One licensing system from MSC Software. Each individual software item requires a certain number of tokens to run. After each use, your tokens are returned to the pool for other use. There are dozens of software items available under MSC One.

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

3DEXPERIENCE Platform – Key Features End Users Will Relate To!

PLM (Product Lifestyle Management) can be a scary term. Costly, complicated and ‘only for large companies’ are some of the general concerns people will often raise. 3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud is a real game changer with regards to most misconceptions around PLM.

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Topics: CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE on Cloud, 3DEXPERIENCE, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, TechTips, Manufacturing, 3DEXPERIENCE on Cloud, Remote Working

ICAM Post Processing Advantage

Post Processing Overview

If you’re a CNC Programmer or Machinist the likelihood is you interact with machine code, often referred to as G-Code, on a daily basis. Around the world thousands of these G-Code files are produced from a CAM system with a few clicks of the mouse ready to be sent to a CNC machine or robot.

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Topics: ICAM Technologies, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, CATIA, consulting, Post Processor, CAM - computer aided manufacturing

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

The advantages and disadvantages of self-driving cars

The automotive sector is one area where technology is developing at a significantly fast pace. From developments in green technology to forward emergency braking in luxury vehicles, innovation is at the heart of the automotive sector. 

A particularly popular area of interest is driverless vehicles. Essentially, these self-driving cars use a vast array of sensors to understand the environment around the vehicle and use this information to navigate through the streets to your destination – without the need for assistance from a human.

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Topics: Automotive / Motorsport, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM

3DEXPERIENCE Design Share Collaboration Tool

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

CATIA Composer with Composite Part Data

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

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

Training Certification - why do it?

How do you get recognition of your skills or you want to be involved in better work or been seen as making a difference - how do you show your difference?  

It’s all about having something unique that gives value to your employer.

  

Or if when job seeking how do you differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack? I had a friend who said you should draw pretty flowers on your CV! – whether he ever did that I don’t know, but in the competitive world we live you have to have a difference. That’s what sells. In sales jargon it’s called a Unique Selling Point, and when going for a job or looking to improve your position, that’s what you need.

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