We are pumping up the volume for Solid Edge University, partnering with an electric set of hard core rockers for the event. You definitely want to be there to party with the greats.
The Solid Edge news team went on the road to interview some amazing talent, first catching up with Luxion after one of their light and vector enhanced appearances. It was hard getting past the screaming industrial designers and marketing people wanting autographs. We thought the engineers would help but even they realized Keyshot makes them look good. Read the rest of this entry »
You may remember Kali from our post The Secret to Designing Solar Cars. Now I’d like to share a little bit more from and about her. This semester I got the chance to visit the Principia Solar Team in their garage on the campus of Principia College.
The team shared updates on modifications they were making to their current Ra 7s car for exhibitions this year as well as plans for their new Ra 8. The new car will race in the American Solar Challenge next year and the World Solar Challenge in 2015. It will feature an additional wheel (four vs. three) as well as a light color vinyl wrap instead of clear coated black carbon fiber.
People are always asking me for links to Solid Edge and Femap Apps, how to buy apps, info on our partner program, how it works, how you join, and many more. While I’d personally like to put a big button on the Siemens.com web page that points you to Solid Edge (and Femap) apps, it is probably not going to happen (aside: I do know our web team is working on some updates around Solid Edge so stay tuned).
I do, however, have access to this blog so let me give you some good links and other information to help you out: Read the rest of this entry »
Meet Sean Webb, a first year student at Calhoun Community College. His story is one that highlights how important real-world projects are in STEM education. For Sean the project that did it was Greenpower.
As a high school sophomore, Sean was an average student without much interest in school. Not particularly interested in engineering and without a career plan, Sean picked a tech class as an easy way to fill two electives. When he started the first year drafting class at Huntsville Center of Technology (HCT) while learning the basics of drafting, Sean took an interest in design. He knew he had to maintain good grades to continue coming to the HCT because Mike Evans, the drafting design teacher, set high standards for his students. This encouraged Sean to do better in school. His parents noticed improved grades and increased interest in school.
One thing is becoming certain in the midst of global competition, you either need to create the opportunity or be prepared to meet it quickly, wherever and whenever it arises.
With shifting market demand and the rapid rise of local competitors who compete on the global stage, manufacturers are looking for ways to boost agility and productivity. From optimizing global production strategies to reducing the cost of energy, manufacturers are looking to smart, fast, lean manufacturing from Tecnomatix.
The latest release of our digital manufacturing portfolio, Tecnomatix 11, brings to market numerous enhancements which work together to provide smarter decisions through collaborative product and process development, faster results through right-first-time plans and leaner operations through flawless launches and continuous improvement.
Recently Tim Egloff published a post and video introducing Issue Management and CAPA on Teamcenter. This week I caught up with Kerri Doyle, Teamcenter Marketing Manager for the issue management and CAPA solution, and asked her to share a bit more information about this solution and how it can benefit your company. Kerri gave me plenty of excellent information in the post below and she even shared a demo video for you. Enjoy!
Companies today work diligently to earn a reputation of building safe, reliable, quality products. When product issues do arise, it is of the utmost importance that you act swiftly and efficiently to take corrective actions. With the new Teamcenter issue management and CAPA (corrective and preventive action) solution, you can bring product quality to the forefront at the enterprise level and streamline the process to address product issues. From design analysis of dimensional variation through product build statistics, Siemens makes product and production quality a centerpiece in the PLM Solution.
Meet Dylan Van Dyne, a senior in mechanical engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He’s finishing up this senior semester with work on an interesting personal mobility device.
When did you know you wanted to be an engineer?
“I don’t think there was ever a distinct moment when I realized that I wanted to be an engineer, it was more like a gradual understanding. When I was growing up I could always be found in the middle of a vast collection of Lego bricks, completely absorbed in trying to fit the most rockets onto a spaceship of my own design. Later on I moved to computers, finding immense satisfaction in researching, saving up for, building and testing my own computer that provided me with actual interaction instead of flying my cobbled-together Lego spaceship in my imagination. Eventually, I even began to set my focus on cars and all the systems that make them work. I guess I finally decided on engineering near the end of my high school career, when I decided to combine my aptitude of math and science with a love of all things mechanical to enroll at the University of Cincinnati in Mechanical Engineering.”
In 2011 we surveyed more than 2,000 engineers working in manufacturing organizations worldwide. The results showed that manufacturing organizations of all sizes are still experiencing significant issues with even the most basic aspects of data management such as retrieving the data they need quickly, and completing everyday design management tasks efficiently. Thats a big reason why we have added a design management workshop to our Solid Edge University event this year (you can register here – the workshop is filling up fast!) The table below lists some of these key challenges, the blue bars showing the percentage of respondents reporting that this area is still causing problems for them.
Let’s take 33 seconds and start with this video, Somewhere in America …
Did you see it? Near the beginning of the video, a SpaceX engineer is using an iPad app to access Teamcenter on the factory floor! That app is Teamcenter Mobility and it is available free for you on the Apple AppStore.
This line from the 1986 movie, Top Gun, was delivered by an angry Maverick (Tom Cruise) to Iceman (Val Kilmer) after he accuses Cruise of being a cowboy and minimizes Cruise’s latest victory in the Top Gun competition.
Iceman retorts “You’re everyone’s problem. That’s because every time you go up in the air, you’re unsafe. I don’t like you because you’re dangerous.”
Iceman’s response sets the stage for the rest of the movie and was necessary to underscore his rivalry with Maverick but from a decision making perspective, it was an example of a poorly understood and poorly framed problem.
Iceman’s problem wasn’t that he thought Maverick was an unsafe pilot; rather it was that he was threatened by Maverick’s flying abilities and feared that he would not win the coveted “Top Gun” award.
Of course, the testosterone fueled competition between Maverick and Iceman would not have been so exciting if he had replied “I get scared pulling those high G maneuvers during dogfights and I’m really concerned that you are a better pilot than me.” This would have been the truth, but still falls short of fully answering Maverick’s iconic question….
So let’s explore what a well formed response would sound like. In order to do that, we need to understand problem framing.