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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, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, 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, MSC Apex

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

Are Alternative Facts acceptable to an Engineer?

We are currently in a place called “post-truth era” where “alternative facts” are being positioned as acceptable currency. I was wondering how this impacts an engineer who must work with the laws of nature and harness them for the good of mankind.

A key lesson we all learn during our engineering education and working experiences is that the mechanical psychical world obeys Newtons Three Laws of Motion.

These laws have the laid the foundation for classical mechanics upon which engineers have built the knowledge and hence technology that has delivered cars, aeroplanes and got mankind to the moon.

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Topics: CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE on Cloud, 3DEXPERIENCE, Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM, CATIA

Delamination Modelling

Delamination is one of the critical failure criteria in the design of laminates and any bonded joint. Modelling it with simulation software is possible, but can be very fiddly and labour intensive in many finite element codes.  It is often necessary to pre-determine where delamination will occur and then create interface elements that capture the cohesive behaviour of bond.  Doing this manually within a GUI environment is not fun.

The Marc finite element solver, from MSC Software, makes this very easy by having the solver detect where delamination is likely to occur between unique materials (or within a homogenous material) and then create the interface elements itself.  This represents a massive saving in time for the FEA engineer creating these type of models.

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

The threat of 3D Printing to intellectual property

Additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing, is widely recognised as a leap forward in the manufacturing of a wide variety of products. From prosthetic limbs to smartphone cases, 3D printing represents an opportunity to solve a wide range of manufacturing challenges across industry sectors. 

Still, while 3D printing has been lauded for its ability to produce customized parts at a significantly faster rate than standard manufacturing practices, it’s not without its risks.

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Topics: Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM

5 important articles in manufacturing you may have missed

Whether you’ve just started a new project or you’ve got deadlines coming up, it’s not easy to stay up to date with the latest industry news. 

So we’ve put together a list of 5 interesting articles to help you catch up on some intriguing discussions happening right now in manufacturing, including Nissan's development of a solar farm to UPS' on-demand 3D printing network.

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Topics: Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM

3 things you need to know about Stage V emissions standards

Developing a new engine is complicated enough without having to deal with meeting regulations for carbon emissions. For many businesses, it’s going to get tougher. 

As the European Commission continue to clamp down on environmentally unfriendly technologies, many organisations producing engines for new non-road vehicles will face new challenges with the introduction of Stage V emissions standards in 2019-2020.

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Topics: Various - CAD CAM FEA PLM

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