Posts Tagged ‘NX’
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.
On August 23rd, Elon Musk Musk of SpaceX posted a video of a “touch-less design system”. The demonstration consisted of NX plus some custom drivers for a Leap Motion Controller. The video quickly went viral. As of today, it has been viewed over 1,700,000 times.
At the recent PLM Europe event, we showed more about this Siemens PLM Labs project.
This is a technology preview and we don’t know if we will incorporate it into our production product.
What do you think we should do? Would you like to see this in your NX?
P.S. If you want to learn more about NX, check out our NX Design community site.
Lucas Shoults is a first-year graduate student engineer at Virginia Tech (VT). He is majoring in mechanical engineering and is the business manager of VT’s EcoCAR 2 team. I met Lucas at the EcoCAR 2 Fall Workshop where he, his team and teams from 14 other universities received training in preparation for the third and final year of this collegiate engineering competition.
His story highlights how critical real-world engineering competitions like EcoCAR are to developing passionate engineers. He says in our video interview below that EcoCAR changed his college career and made him care about engineering.
So let’s learn more about Lucas and meet “Mary the Malibu” seen below in all her EcoCAR sponsor sticker glory.
When did you know you wanted to be an engineer?
“I didn’t know I actually WANTED to be an engineer until my senior year of college when upon joining Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) I saw the knowledge I had gained throughout my undergrad actually be put to use in a very real and dynamic project. The reasons I joined HEVT was pretty simple. I didn’t know much about cars and figured I could take the opportunity to learn all the systems of a vehicle, specifically one that is a hybrid as that seems to be the direction that a lot of automotive manufacturers were headed. Secondly, I had a good friend who was team leader and I figured if I could get to hang out with him and grow some relationships with the people on the team, why not?”
Here more in this video interview where Lucas also shares how he became an NX and FEA expert for this team.
What lessons have you learned from EcoCAR 2?
“The last 10% takes 90% of the time. Allow ample time for the mistakes that you will make and the unforeseen circumstances that you cannot control such as a delay in the shipment of a critical component.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. I made a rather expensive mistake my first year on the team when dealing with the half shafts and I had to make sure that it was finally done correctly. However, because of that mistake I have been able to show guys on the team this year the correct way to take measurements for half shafts, ensuring that there won’t be another mistake like last year.
If all you care about is taking 1st place, you are doing it wrong. As much as this is a competition, the goal is the universal growth of knowledge and skill among all teams involved. It is hard enough to get a car working in the first place, the support and help we received from our ‘competitors’ was and is much appreciated. Shout out to University of Tennessee, thanks again for the half shaft.”
What advice would you give students considering engineering as a career?
“Do it. It will challenge you in various aspects of your life. Do not expect to have a normal college experience, because engineering is setting you up for a unique after college experience. Even if you decide at the end of your undergraduate to do nothing within the engineering field, I am confident that the lessons you will have learned about yourself, your study habits, ability to work through countless problems for hours attempting to solve it correctly, and just the work ethic that I have personally experienced and seen among my friends is hard to duplicate. So if you want to be challenged, engineering is a great field. If you just have no idea about what you want to do, engineering is a great field. But if you know what you love, and it is not engineering, do not do engineering, do what you love. I am thanking God I can now, as a first-year graduate student in mechanical engineering, say I love what I do.”
It’s clear Lucas and his teammates love what they’re doing. Here’s a picture of them at the EcoCAR 2 Fall Workshop:
Good luck to all the EcoCAR 2 teams in this final year of the competition.
I wonder what other nicknames the teams have given their Malibus ;-).
P.S. Stay tuned here and on our academic projects web page for the latest on great student competitions.
NX9 includes new tools like synchronous technology for 2D greatly facilitate 2D data editing.
The introduction of fourth generation design (4GD) technology will enhance design productivity for massive assemblies in the Marine Industry NX Realize Shape™ software delivers a new state-of-the-art freeform design toolset with unmatched product development integration.
NX 9 also includes tighter PLM integration through Siemens’ Active Workspace environment. There are many more enhancements throughout the integrated CAD/CAM/CAE solution. The enhancements in NX 9 are aimed at creating value by addressing issues common to multiple industries such as automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, consumer products, machinery and others.
NX 9 is available for download today.
To learn more, go to the NX 9 web page.