8 Ways Working with a CAE Consultant Improves Your Bottom Line

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If you’re viewing your CAE consultant solely as an expense, you’re missing the key contributions they’re making to your company’s bottom line. As advanced simulation software becomes more integral to the engineering process across industries, manufacturers are looking for ways to expand their CAE capabilities. Many of those manufacturers may begin by looking to hire CAE engineers, but this may not be the most cost-effective approach. This is where engineering simulation consultants come in.  While working with a team of […]

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How many ways can I simplify an analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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Imagine the following machine design scenario.  I am tasked with generating early validation data for a machine that flips barrels from one conveyor to another.  The barrel is constructed of American Oak wood staves that are charred, then filled with liquid that will be stored for a very long time.  Years, in fact, if done correctly!  The machine will flip the barrel from one side to the other in three seconds.  Finally, the mass of the barrel and contents are […]

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Can SOLIDWORKS Simulation help my driver shaft find its spine?

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All things considered; I would rather be playing golf.  I have played in temperatures hovering near 110 Fahrenheit in the shade, when it was snowing, in tornado warnings, and in monsoons.  To non-golfers, this is often viewed as a form of psychosis.  To golfers, it is par for the course!  These days I do not get to play as much golf as I would like, but that does not stop me from planning my next round.  It also does not […]

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2D Meshing with Altair

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2D meshing of components with varying thickness using the new direct Midmesh tool in HyperMesh and HyperWorks 2D meshing of components with varying thicknesses such as castings, injection moldings and extrusions have always been a challenge due to their complicated features and varying thicknesses. The mid-surface extraction tool in HyperMesh does a great job for components with uniform thickness, but for those with varying thicknesses there are lots of challenges. The traditional approach of meshing these parts in HyperMesh is, […]

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5 Use Cases for Abaqus CAE in Multiphysics Simulations

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Simulations that show the effects of multiple environmental factors offer essential insights to product developers. From the early days of simulation, incorporating multiphysics simulations has been a core need for engineers and designers alike. Real-world product performance is often dynamic and nonlinear in nature, with scenarios playing out in unexpected or hard-to-predict ways—at least without the aid of advanced simulation programs. Static, dynamic, thermal, electrical, durability, and other stressors will have compounding effects that are more complex than 1 + […]

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How do I view SOLIDWORKS Flow results and create my first cut plot?

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How do I view SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Results and Create My First Cut Plot? SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis software. Flow Simulation provides an understanding of fluid motion around or through your design. For an understanding of how to create and solve a Flow Simulation study please see the accompanying blog “How do I create a Flow Simulation analysis project?”. Once your study is created and run the next step is to interrogate the results. […]

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Altair Inspire Casting Meshing Tools

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Altair Inspire Cast (formerly Click2Cast) software is a fast, easy, accurate and affordable casting simulation environment focused on creating high quality components with increased profitability through a highly intuitive user experience. The easy interface allows for both product designers as well as foundry engineers to execute and simulate casting scenarios. Inspire cast utilizes a simple meshing approach where parts are meshed and then run to obtain results. In this blog I am going to demonstrate some great tools to aid the […]

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5 Ways CAE Has Led to Improvements in Sustainability

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Advanced simulations helped companies spanning a range of industries discover new ways to contribute to sustainable manufacturing. Over the past decade and more, achieving more sustainable product designs has become a top priority for companies around the globe. The drivers behind this newfound focus are many. Some have been motivated by a concern for the environment and a desire to reduce their company’s negative impact. Others recognize the economic benefits that come from reducing waste in their production process and […]

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Fastener Functionality in SimSolid

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SimSolid by Altair is comprehensive, fast, accurate and easy-to-use software that can perform advanced structural analyses on complex, fully featured CAD assemblies within minutes. SimSolid eliminates geometry preparation and meshing: the two most time-consuming, expertise-extensive and error-prone tasks performed in a conventional structural simulation. A great example of this functionality is how fasteners are handled in SimSolid. As part of the preprocessing phase, most other FEA programs require simplification of the CAD model before the study can be solved. Regarding […]

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