Posts Tagged ‘NX’
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.
At Siemens PLM Software, this is a newly formed portfolio of tools being developed by the Technology and Innovation team. The purpose of these tools is to help PLM users make smarter decisions throughout the product lifecycle. The toolset is currently being defined and will include solutions that help our customers
- define and clarify problems
- specify solution criteria
- compare, understand and rank alternative solutions
- document decision rationale and encourage decision making best practices.
Meet VIRO, a specialized engineering services outfit based in the Netherlands. 550 strong, VIRO delivers design and analysis consultancy packages to a diverse range of customers in the chemical, petrochemical, energy, industrial machinery, and oil and gas sectors. Core to VIRO’s philosophy is a robust, bi-directional link between design and analysis disciplines – a philosophy that is perfectly complimented by the common, integrated design and analysis environment that is NX.
Over on the GreenGarageBlog, the Cal State Los Angeles team shared a blog post and video they produced on their use of NX and Teamcenter on their EcoCAR 2 vehicle.
EcoCAR 2 is one of the key projects & competitions we support. Thanks to our own Jerry Sarfati for working with the Cal State team. In addition to software, we provide EcoCAR2 teams access to folks like Jerry as well as our customer support. We also invite educators and team leaders to take our instructor-led training for free. David Schmidt, one of the mechanical team leaders, took a course in our Cypress, CA, office. He notes:
“I was proficient enough in NX for design to come back to my team and teach other members. The result was us being able to use NX and FEA to design and build new parts for our Chevy Malibu.”
Here is Cal State’s video:
If you’re an EcoCAR 2 team, be sure to access our Global Technical Access Center for support and have your team leaders check out our instructor-led training courses. Let me know if you need more information.
Happy Engineers Week to all of you current and budding mechanical and software engineers! The theme of this year’s week is “Celebrate Awesome.” So let’s honor some of the awesome engineering brains behind our software and company. Meet computer scientist and software engineer Rachel Ruggieri.
Rachel started working at Siemens PLM Software in July 2007 as part of our Genesis program. (more…)
Last week we gave shout out for Kid Inventor Day. Today let’s give a shout out to all those student inventors back at school and back at work on real-world design challenges. I especially want to recognize the student engineers at this week’s EcoCAR 2 Winter Workshop in Austin, Texas.
They represent 15 universities and are there to learn and share. They’re also reaching out to local middle schools to inspire even younger student engineers. Stay tuned to the Green Garage blog and #EcoCAR2 tweets for the latest.
Happy Kid Inventor Day! Last night I asked my son what he would like to invent. He told me software that works on all computers . He gets frustrated when the operating systems of my iPad or his netbook won’t play nice with online Flash-based games. He doesn’t know it but he’s already a fan of open technology.
To honor today and inspire the kid in all of you, I wanted to share a few new academic items of interest. (more…)
Earlier this week we had a visit at our St. Louis office from Principia College. They brought their solar car that placed third in the American Solar Car Challenge this summer. Students shared stories on solar car racing with employees and customers who were attending a regional user group meeting. It’s no secret you need some sun to race these cars. But we learned a few other tricks of the trade.
The ability to visualize exactly the material that remains to be cut makes it much easier to create the most efficient machining operations and to determine their optimum sequence.
With NX 8.5 CAM you can improve NC programming time by as much as 10X for parts with prismatic features by using Volume-based 2.5D Milling. This new operation instantly displays the volumes machined by each operation and automatically updates the remaining workpiece material when you reorder them. Watch this short demonstration for an introduction to the concept.
NX CAM – Introduction to Volume-based 2.5D Milling
Dan Mekker of Siemens energy gave the afternoon keynote, speaking at length about the role of, and challenges associated with CAE for global product development. I really liked the notion of integrating analysis quality checks into standard analysis workflows. Dan also got me thinking about technology harmonization, particularly in the context of large organizations that are constantly expanding their portfolios through strategic acquisitions.
Ajmal Ansari of Lear presented his thermal analysis of a DC to AC inverter that Lear produces for hybrid vehicle powertrains.