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“I want it, and I want it now!”
You may have heard these words come out of your child’s mouth at one point or another, or perhaps your inner child has stamped its foot while snarling this phrase. Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that we live in a culture of now.
The ever increasing speed at which technology improves and changes has conditioned society to want new and improved products sooner. While we may not always express our wants in such a straightforward and demanding way, the expectation is there.
“The development lifecycle at Nissan is being shortened all the time,” Nissan senior engineer Ian Keen says. “Customer demands are ever increasing.”
This phenomenon is not unique to Nissan. Anyone familiar with the automotive industry should recognize it as a growing trend. But what can you do to ensure your company will rise to meet these challenges?
Nissan saw the answer was to improve their PLM solution, says vice president of Nissan vehicle design and development in Europe, David Moss.
“We set a target of 99 grams of CO2, something that had never been achieved in a vehicle of this size before,” says David. “We were able to use the advanced simulation tools [in NX] to optimize our design.”
Of course, you must first have a design in order to be able to optimize it. That’s where NX CAD comes into play. Nissan designers were able to reduce data creation time by 20% because they were able to use existing designs from their studio in Padddington.
Nissan also used Teamcenter to work in real time with team members from around the globe. Another effect of increasing technology is the shrinking world phenomenon: People and corporations are becoming more and more global as ease of collaboration and communication increases.
“Many of our teams are geographically dispersed, be it in different locations across the U.K. or even globally in Japan,” says David. “Everybody could work on the same data, and we could really speed up our development and get the answers we needed much quicker.”
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This week’s wrap up from Siemens PLM Software contains a big announcement about the latest release of NX software—NX 10—a mission to Mars that started with NX CAD, and a guest post from TEN TECH LLC’s Director of Engineering, William Villers.
What happened to Mars’ atmosphere? NASA MAVEN probe designed with NX CAD seeks answers – NASA sent MAVEN probe to find out why Mars’ atmosphere has all but disappeared over the last few billion years. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Division developed the craft using NX CAD from Siemens PLM Software.
NX Quick Tips: Foreshortening Symbols added in NX 10 – We announced NX 10 earlier this month, and with the announcement came an exciting new NX Quick Tips video showcasing a newly added capability to the NX CAD software.
Preview Latest Software Release at 2014 RUG Meetings – The Siemens PLM Software team will demonstrate a preview of the next release of software at the Regional Users Group (RUG) Meetings that you won’t want to miss. Events are still being held across the country. Look for a location near you!
Better Battery Thermal Management with Co-Simulation – Temperature is a critical parameter for Lithium-Ion batteries, and co-simulation with NX Thermal and LMS Amesim leads to further insights into the effects of this parameter.
Most of US military active fleet carries electronics certified by TEN TECH LLC using NX CAE – Guest blogger William Villers of TEN TECH LLC discusses how NX CAE has met the challenges faced in engineering electronics for US military fleets.
Better Together: Integrated 1D/3D Simulation with NX CAE & LMS Imagine.Lab Amesim – LMS Imagine.Lab Amesim 1D simulation coupled with NX CAE 3D simulation drives systems driven product development, giving engineers the power to design better products faster.
Today we’re proud to announce the latest release of Siemens’ NX™ software, NX 10.
We’ve made some exciting changes with this latest version of Siemens PLM Software’s NX software. From feature enhancements to brand new capabilities in CAD, CAM and CAE, NX 10 has something for designers, manufacturers and analysts alike.
My favorite option is the new touch-enabled interface that puts product information literally at your fingertips. You can use NX 10 on tablets with Microsoft’s Windows. Using your hands to manipulate shapes is a more natural, intuitive way of designing.
Combine this with improvements made to NX Realize Shape, and you’ll be creating highly stylized shapes with complex surfaces in no time. NX Realize Shape uses an approach to creating 3D geometry that was pioneered by the entertainment industry for films.
Another great enhancement we’ve made should spark the attention of simulation analysts: NX CAE features a new multiphysics environment. You can easily build coupled solutions on the same mesh using the same options you’re familiar with thanks to its consistent look and feel. And this environment streamlines complex simulations, because it connects multiple solvers.
You can experience the new functionality of NX 10 starting in December.
Read about all of the new changes and features we’ve added based on feedback from users like you in the NX 10 documentation.
Today, thanks to the Internet, even the phrase “in the blink of an eye” has nearly become obsolete, as we are able to type something into a search engine and get results in three centiseconds. That’s three times faster than you can blink!
This speed has driven the demand for immediacy: We live in a culture of now. “People must be engaged in a culture of continuous improvement,” states Ed Roubal, design engineering and tooling director for Graham Packaging Company. So where does this leave product development?
As society grows accustomed to the rapid speed of new and improved technology, there is a need for the product development process to catch up. The solution is CAD and CAE integration.
Both CIMData and Scientific Computing World have noted how pivotal to product development CAD/CAE integration is. But due to a longstanding history both within organizations and the PLM industry as a whole, a culture of separateness has endured.
Three factors contribute to the cultural issue of CAD and CAE integration: People, Process and Technology. We will delve into these further in future posts to come, but for now let’s look at where the problem originates and why integration matters.
Divergence between CAD and CAE stems from the way the technologies evolved. Design and analysis were completely separate processes performed by different departments. Only recently has the market has begun to shift toward incorporating analysis into the early design stages. Many companies, however, have yet to make the transition due to the cultural issues listed above, which we will explore later.
Simulation driven design solves problems early on in the product lifecycle. Paul Schrier refers to this process as CAE-centric design, but the meaning is the same: Engineers validate and change designs based on simulations conducted in early concepting. This speeds up the design process and improves the overall design because it guarantees your design will work as you intend.
Siemens PLM Software offers a comprehensive system that is fully integrated between NX CAD and NX CAE. This CAD/CAE integration enables engineers to collaborate and share information. This supports innovation, because there are more ideas readily available to implement and try. Someone may just come up with a solution you didn’t see.
Furthermore, NX Synchronous Technology makes implementing new tweaks to designs fast and simple, which ultimately improves workflow. It allows you to edit native or imported CAD geometry in the model without understanding how the geometry was created originally (the model history).
NX also maintains associativity between the CAD model and the CAE model. When a user edits CAD geometry, there’s no need for you to manually recreate the analysis model because the mesh and boundary conditions are associated to the base design and the definitions can be updated automatically to reflect the new, updated design. This all contributes to a faster, more efficient environment so you can focus on what’s important: designing a better product.
Future Engineer Series
Meet future engineer Arjun Ballal, a mechanical engineering student at Sri Jayachamarajendra College Of Engineering.
In addition to the Personal Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) competition at the PACE Annual Forum, students present papers and posters on research projects. Arjun presented a paper on an Automated Emergency Braking System for the India market. He hopes to design and build a new car in the future.
Arjun shares in the video some of the NX features he learned more about in training at the forum. If you’re a student interested in learning more about NX, check out some of our live and on-demand webinars, like What’s new in NX 9.
Connect with other Siemens PLM Software users when you attend one of the free Regional Users Group (RUG) meetings held all over the U.S. over the next few months.
These day-long conferences not only present a great opportunity to network with peers, but you can also hear firsthand how other customers are using Siemens PLM Software solutions such as NX (CAD, CAM, CAE), Teamcenter, Tecnomatix, LMS and Solid Edge as they share their success stories.
Learn about key feature enhancements and the latest software direct from Siemens PLM Software experts and representatives. The team will even demonstrate a preview of the next release of software.
This is a chance to network, learn, and have fun.
Attendance is free or minimal cost thanks to the sponsorship of PLM World Partners who make these events possible. You must register to attend though, so be sure to follow the links below to register for the event nearest you!
This week’s wrap up from Siemens PLM Software contains new NX Quick Tips videos on Synchronous Technology 2D and Pattern Component, along with the next two articles in the Simulation community’s series on integrated CAD and CAE. These articles offer a look at integration issues from the perspectives of people and technology. Check out the links below to learn more, and don’t forget to join the communities for access to
NX Quick Tips: Synchronous Technology 2D – Synchronous Technology 2D gives you the same freedom and speed in 2D that the groundbreaking synchronous technology gives you for 3D geometry. Learn more when you watch the NX Quick Tips Video.
Technology Issues and Solutions Behind CAD/CAE Integration – Even if you and your company recognize the benefits and are committed to integrating CAD and CAE, you need the right technology to make it happen.
CAD/CAE Integration Lets Analysts Focus on Future – You might fear integrating CAD and CAE will lead companies to consolidate roles and eliminate jobs, but it can lead to more value-added work for and an improved process.
Catch all the latest news on CAD and CAE when you sign up for free to the NX Design and Simulation communities today! These interactive forums offer resources, news, tips and how-to’s from NX users just like you. You can even get news directly to your inbox if you subscribe.
There are exciting new stories and tips in the NX CAD Community you don’t want to miss! This wrap up features soccer-playing robots, a racecar that drives 300 km/h solely on electric power, and plenty of video quick tips that make using NX CAD a breeze. Don’t forget to check out the NX Design forum for more great resources and tips! Registration is easy and free.
NX Case Study: Robots become superior “soccer players” by design — The RoboCup is pretty much the World Cup for robots. Learn how Graz University of Technology in Austria designs their autonomous robots with the help of NX CAD.
NX Quick Tips: Attributes and List Expressions — You can use attributes and list expressions to change a part in various ways. Learn how with this informative video.
The NX Design Community offer great resources like how-to videos and articles, as well as troubleshooting tips direct from users like you. Register today—it’s free to join and there is no subscription fee!
Siemens Product Engineering
At the FIRST Robotics World Championship this year, there were lots of future engineers and lots of robots. 12,000 students from 600 teams traveled from 38 countries to be a part of this robot superbowl.
I had the chance to spend some time with a few of the teams. Let’s meet one of them now.
And meet their NX-designed robot:
I’ve been impressed with the students at Westminster Christian Academy since I met them two years ago. Their science teacher Lisa Harding noted then that they’ve inspired people to consider engineering. So it was interesting to see just how much inspiration has happened in two years. The team has grown from 30 students to now more than 70.
It’s not just a team, it’s really a company complete with a CEO, CTO, as well as engineering, finance and marketing departments.
Meet Alex Kessel - the team lead or CEO. He’s been a part of the team as it has doubled in size.
Alex emphasized that a robotics team is about much more than building a robot.
“Robotics isn’t just building a robot. We have artists here…it’s a way to incorporate people and get them thinking and working together… It’s just awesome”
Alex noted that they use NX because it’s easier and faster and translates the CAM code perfectly for the CNC machine in their school machine shop. I heard that from a number of teams. They are integrating their CAD work on the robot with simulation and manufacturing.
Now meet CAD leader Abby Smith who became plans to pursue mechanical engineering because of her experience on the robotics team.
If you want to see what was playing on that screen behind – here is a video they played in their pit showing NX software driving a CNC machine in their shop to cut robot parts:
You can also see more images of the team and their robot on their Flickr page.
Stay tuned for some more student stories from this event.
P.S. Siemens is a sponsor of this robotics team.
Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014. If your company is still running XP on ANY computers, you should act now.
Here are 3 reasons why you should act:
1. Your unsupported and unpatched environments could be vulnerable to new exploits that come out after April 2014.
2. XP may be working just fine, but it’s more than a decade old. You should upgrade to take advantage of new OS technology. Better memory management for NX, better file search, improved User Interface and more.
3. Your other business applications may no longer be supported after April 2014.
In 1999, there was the fear that key computers around the world would fail and cause a global “meltdown” as January 1, 2000 approached. While there wasn’t a massive “meltdown” of computer systems, many companies used this as an opportunity to upgrade their systems, re-evaluate and re-engineer their processes. I can’t think of a better excuse to modernize your PLM system than this.