Inspire Extrude Metal Workflow - Step 2

Step 2: Extract Bearing

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Generation of Antenna Array Excitation

See how Altair Compose can be used for the automatic generation of antenna array excitations. You can seamlessly perform the necessary calculations, data formatting and output for use with Altair Feko.

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SimLab Tutorials - Solver Setup for Thermal Steady State Analysis

Create material and apply properties; create user-defined contacts; apply thermal loads and define loadcases; define lines static loadcases with the temperature leadcase included; create proper solver settings for each loadcase; export and solve for multi-physics analysis

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SimLab Tutorials - Setting up a CFD Steady State Analysis - Manifold

Define boundary and initial conditions; create material and apply properties; edit the solver settings to run the analysis

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SimLab Tutorials - Conjugate Heat Transfer

Create a tetra mesh with CFD boundary layer; work with turbulence and temperature equations; define CFD boundary conditions based on inflow average velocities and convective heat flux; define symmetry plane; create material and define properties; run and post-process a CFD steady state analysis

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SimLab Tutorials - Steady Flow in a Centrifugal Blower

Create a tetra mesh with CFD boundary layer; work with moving reference frame; define CFD boundary conditions based on turbulence viscosity ratio; edit the solver settings; run and post-process the analysis

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SimLab Tutorials - Natural Convection Around a Hot Cylinder

Create a tetra mesh with CFD boundary layer; apply gravity and define Heat source; apply initial and temperature boundary condition; create symmetry planes; visualize results as contour or as vector

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SimLab Tutorials - Turbulent Flow in a Mixing Elbow

Import custom ribbon; create a tetra mesh with CFD boundary layer; apply CFD boundary conditions; run a steady state turbulent flow analysis; visualize results as contour or as vector

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SimLab Tutorials - SPH Analysis with nFX - Drivetrain

Define nFX material and properties; apply simulation conditions; create nFX particles; export solver deck

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SimLab Tutorials - Modal Frequency Response Analysis of a Crank Shaft

Create a modal frenquency response analysis in the solution browser; define an excitation load based on applied loads; create a table with modal damping values; define the solution settings and output requests; compute solution and review results; plot and X Y graph for the displacements versus frequency

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SimLab Tutorials - Modal Frequency Response Analysis of a Sphere

Create isotropic and fluid material and define the properties accordingly; define acoustic behavior to a shell entity; apply enforced displacement to be used for an excitation load; create solver settings and output requests; compute the solution and review the results; plot an XY graph for the pressure versus frequency

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SimLab Tutorials - Pre-Tensioned Bolt Analysis of Connecting Rod

Import material database, create washer surface and define property; create solid bolts with pretension; define loads, constraints and contacts; define loadcase and solver settings; compute and review the results

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SimLab Tutorials - Linear Static Analysis of ConRod

Create linear static solution; define constraints and loads; define contacts; create material and apply properties; run the analysis and review the results

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SimLab Tutorials - Normal Mode Analysis - Brake Assembly

Create coincident mesh with join tool; create normal analysis solution; define constraints and spring elements; apply stick contact type; solve and review the displacement and stress

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SimLab Tutorials - Modal Frequency Response Analysis_Bracket

Create RBE and apply constraints; apply an excitation load; create material and apply properties; define a load case and modify the solution parameters; run the analysis and plot the frequency dependent results

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SimLab Tutorials - Non Linear static Analysis_flex plate

Apply symmetry constraints; apply enforced displacement constraint; create 3d bolt with pretension; create advanced contacts; create loadcase; modify solution parameters; solve and review the results

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SimLab Tutorials - TFSI_AutoSolve

Import model containing a CFD solution; check the loads and boundary conditions created on a second solution; create a loadcase that included the output temperature and pressure from the CFD solution; review the mapped loads and results

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SimLab Tutorials - Coupled Linear Structural Thermal Analysis

Create a heat transfer solution and add thermal constraints and heat flux; create a linear static solution and include the thermal analysis subcase as loadcase parameters; visualize the loadcases results separately

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SimLab Tutorials - Linear Steady State Heat Convection Analysis

Create a steady state heat transfer solution; apply thermal loads such as constant temperature and uniform convection; solve and visualize grid temperature

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SimLab Tutorials - Linear Transient Heat Transfer Analysis

Split faces using chaining edges; create a transient heat transfer solution; create material with thermal properties; define initial conditions; apply thermal loads such as time dependent heat flux and convection; define solver settings and analyze

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SimLab Tutorials - Steady State Heat Transfer Analysis

Create different materials with thermal properties for the cylinder, fin and insulators; create steady state heat transfer; apply tie contacts between the bodies; define thermal loads such as flux and convection

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SimLab Tutorials - Suspension Insulator

Create electrostatics solution using flux solver; create dielectric material by atributing a relative permitivity; define region physics such as air, dielectric and perfect conductor; create tangential field symmetry plane; compute and review the results

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SimLab Tutorials - Transient Heat Transfer Cooling Time Study - Casted Housing

Create material with thermal properties; create transient heat transfer; define initial conditions; define time dependent convection; define the solver settings and analyze

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SimLab Tutorials - Conjugate Heat Transfer

Create a tetra mesh with CFD boundary layer; work with turbulence and temperature equations; define CFD boundary conditions based on inflow average velocity and convective heat flux; define symmetry plane; create material and define properties; run and post-process a CFD steady state analysis

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SimLab Tutorials - Steady Flow in a Centrifugal Blower

Create a tetra mesh with CFD boundary layer; work with moving reference frame; define CFD boundary conditions based on turbulence viscosity ratio; edit the solver settings; run and post-process the analysis

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SimLab Tutorials - Transient Flow in a Mixing Elbow

Create a navier-stokes flow transient solution; apply average velocity inlets and define outlet; create convective wall and define symmetry plane; define initial conditions; create material and define solid and fluid properties; defineproper solution parameters; update results and review the output

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SimLab Tutorials - Thermal FSI of Exhaust Manifold

Extract fluid surface from the solid; create CFD tetra mesh and boundary layer; apply boundary conditions with constraint option activated; run and post-process steady state analysis

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SimLab Tutorials - Turbulent Flow in a Mixing Elbow

Import custom ribbon; create a tetra mesh with CFD boundary layer; apply CFD boundary conditions; run a steady state turbulent flow analysis; visualize results as contour or asa vector

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SimLab Tutorials - Natural Convection Around a Hot Cylinder

Create a tetra mesh with CFD boundary layer; apply gravity and define heat source; apply initial and temperature boundary conditions; create symmetry planes; visualize results as contour or as vectors

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SimLab Tutorials - Setting-up a Model for Molding Process

Import, position and inspect a CAD model; create mesh controls, surface mesh and organize the parts; create solution and define polymer properties to the bodies; define initial and boundary conditions; apply solver settings, export the deck and solve

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SimLab Tutorials - Parametric DOE Optimization using CAD Software Creo

Create a CAD parametrized model in PTC creo; create a project in simlab; run a project using interactive mode; set up a DOE study and run the experiments

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SimLab Tutorials - Topology Optimization with Manufacturing Constraints

Create RBE connectors; create LBC and load cases; define the design space for a topology optimization; define responses; create manufacturing constraints; set an optimization objective; run an optimization with OptiStruct

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SimLab Tutorials - Topology Optimization with Pattern Constraints_Y Bracket

Create RBE connectors; work with specifications for loads and loadcases; set up a topology optimization including pattern constraints; run an optimization with OptiStruct; view and post-process optimization results

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SimLab Tutorials - Parametric Optimization using HyperStudy - Part I

Start recording a nominal problem; create parameters; import a parametrized CAD file; create a 2D/3D mesh using the parameters; solve and define the study responses

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SimLab Tutorials - Parametric Optimization using HyperStudy - Part II

Create a new study inside HyperStudy; register solver script; setup nominal problem; conduct a DOE study; build a fit model; optimize on the fit

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SimLab Tutorials - Topology Optimization with Solutions - Bracket

Create a linear static solution, define loads and boundary conditions then compute; define a topology optimization, design space, constraints, response and objective; export the optimized shape as .stl; import the .stl file and perform a mesh cleanup; transfer properties and LBCs to the optimized geometry and apply TIE contact; re-analyze the model then review the results

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SimLab Tutorials - Bore Distortion

Import a results file with split faces; create a coordinate system; compute the bore distortion; view and export bore distortion results

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SimLab Tutorials - Post-Processing Optimization Results

View and post-process results of topology optimization

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SimLab Tutorials - Groups and Colors in Automation

Use color information to create groups; create groups automatically from features; obtain edge groups from faces and bodies; use boolean operations between groups; run a project in different models

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SimLab Tutorials - Scripting with Process Recording_ConRod

Record a process into JavaScript or Pythonscript; re-run the recorded script on a different model

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SimLab Tutorials - Process Recording using Parameters_ConRod

Record a process into JavaScript or Pythonscript using a set of process parameters; re-run the recorded script using different parameter values

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SimLab Tutorials - Process Recording using Templates_ConRod

Use mesh-, LBC- and loadcase templates during a process recording; record a process including solver setup and solver execution

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SimLab Tutorials - Setting the Environment

Edit the preferences of the software; Choose your favorite mouse settings; Display, move and resize windows and browsers on the screen; Create additional toolbars.

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SimLab Tutorials - Visualize and Organize

Open and import files; Use the model browser to organize your assembly; Visualize and isolate selected components; Select, isolate and hide entities such as faces or elements; Use some advanced selection modes; Create and retrieve entity groups.

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SimLab Tutorials - QuickMesh_Gear

Import a CAD geometry; Quickly tetmesh a solid body using different global settings; Export your mesh.

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SimLab Tutorials - Mesh Controls_Gear

Identify, select and isolate geometry features; Tetmesh a solid body using Mesh controls; Export a mesh template based on the face color.

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SimLab Tutorials - Meshing with Body Break_Engine Assembly

Update CAD features; Import a mesh template; Cut and separate a section of a body using Region mesh control; Remove details using Logo mesh control; Mesh a valve seat; Create a circular gasket imprint

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SimLab Tutorials - Meshing with Process Automation_Piston

Perform a mesh automatically running a Javascript or Pythonscript from the process automation menu

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SimLab Tutorials - Hex Meshing using Extrude function_Y Bracket

Hex mesh 2.5D geometries using extrude; Hex mesh axial symmetric bodies; Edit the number of hex layers through a body.

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SimLab Tutorials - Region Definition by Two Planar Faces

Create region mesh control based on 2 planar faces; Edit the dimensions of the cuboid region by changing the values, scaling and moving the region; Create region mesh control based on 2 intersecting planes

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SimLab Tutorials - Weld Modeling

Prepare the mesh for a triangular weld; Create a triangular weld; Prepare the mesh for a bead weld; Create the bead weld

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SimLab Tutorials - Welding Process with Connection

Create a bead weld using the open loop edges; Connect weld bead bodies defining a spline curve trajectory; Perform a boolean operation between weld bodies and the weld bead

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SimLab Tutorials - Exploring Weld Basic Feature

Weld two bodies containing a gap; Configure weld parameters within the weld basic feature

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SimLab Tutorials - Tetra Mesh with Boundary Layers - Manifold

Create fluid domain; Create a volume mesh with boundary layers

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SimLab Tutorials - CFD Meshing of an Exhaust Manifold

Create a surface mesh, modify layers and apply volume layers mesh control; Generate fluid body; Generate boundary layer and volume mesh

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SimLab Tutorials - CFD Meshing Of a Differential Gearbox

Join cylindrical and planar faces; create inlet and outlet faces by filling holes; Select surfaces connected to a face; Generate fluid body; Create boundary layer and volume elements

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SimLab Tutorials - Defeaturing and Cleanup_Gear

Simplify your model by removing features; Locally remesh faces; quality cleanup your mesh

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SimLab Tutorials - Mesh Editing_Housing

Local remesh faces, if needed with grid mesh; Manual cleanup elements by swapping and collapsing edges; Defeature the model by flattening and aligning faces

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SimLab Tutorials - Editing holes and circular faces_Housing

Remove and modify holes; Change the number of elements around/along circular faces; Align faces and edges to a given radius; Remesh partial cylinders

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SimLab Tutorials - Advanced Grid Meshing

Use different methods to create grid meshing; Interactive meshing, Mesh transition, Project to CAD, Three sided faces, Intersection picking

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SimLab Tutorials - Edit Mesh of Section Cut_Engine Assembly

Replace faces within a model; Translate faces and features using transform; Create identical/mirrored faces with replace faces

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SimLab Tutorials - Gasket Meshing

Imprint gasket edges on faces; Create gasket faces using edge offset; Create gasket bodies using extrude; Imprint gasket faces using Imprint gasket

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SimLab Tutorials - Logo removal

Remove a logo from meshed bodies

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SimLab Tutorials - Assembly with shared nodes

Align cylindrical surfaces; Create shared cylindrical/planar faces; Check for shared entities; Separate shared entities to obtain coincident nodes; Cleanup joined parts through re-meshing

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SimLab Tutorials - Assembly with Shared Nodes

Create shared cylindrical/planar faces; check for shared entities; cleanup joined parts through re-meshing; display equivalence nodes

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SimLab Tutorials - Thread Removal

Select cylinders based on a defined radius; create groups using select adjacent layers; create mesh control; use remove thread tool; remesh cylindrical faces using isoline mesh control; remesh cylindrical faces by modifying layers; change cylinder radius

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SimLab Tutorials - Auto 1D Bolts

Create/edit 1D bolt definition file; create automatically 1D bolts with/without pretension

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SimLab Tutorials - Auto Hex Bolts

Create 3D bolts using faces/groups; merge and move bolts in a model; create solid pretension loads using Select

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SimLab Tutorials - CAD based Hex Bolts

Create 3D bolts from CAD bolts; Create pretension load using Create; copy/reposition the bolts

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SimLab Tutorials - Create 1D Bolts

Create 1D bolt head; create 1D bolt thread; Join the bolts using connect

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SimLab Tutorials - Quick Modal Analysis

Create RBEs; constraint a model; set up and execute a quick normal mode analysis; view the results

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SimLab Tutorials - Analysis 1D Pretension and Bearing Pressure

Define material and properties; define quickly 1D bolts with pretension; defining loads and constraints; define contacts; export solver deck; run a linear static analysis with OptiStruct; visualize entities

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SimLab Tutorials - Linear Static Analysis of Connecting Rod

Create a local coordinate system; define contraints and loads; define contacts; create material and apply properties; export to solver and import results

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SimLab Tutorials - Normal Mode Analysis of an Assembly

Create matching faces through assembly; assign load, mass and spring connection; assign material and properties; execute the analysis and verify results

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SimLab Tutorials - Thermal Stress Analysis_Safety Valve Assembly

Apply constraints on 1D bolts RBE nodes; apply pressure loads; create mapping of thermal loads; import contact definition; create material and apply properties; create load case; solve and review the results

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SimLab Tutorials - Non-Linear Static Analysis

Apply symmetry constraints; apply enforced displacement constraint; create 3d bolt with pretension; create advanced contacts; create load case; modify solution parameters; solve and review the results

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SimLab Tutorials - Solver Setup for Non-Linear Analysis

Create group-based 3d bolts with pretension; apply user-defined contacts; create material with elasto-plastic curve; apply constraints and bearing pressure; create loadcases and define non-linear static solver settings

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SimLab Tutorials - Modal Frequency Response Analysis_Bracket

Create RBE and apply constraints; apply an excitation load; create material and apply properties; define a load case and modify the solution parameters; run the analysis and plot the frequency dependent results

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Introduction to Manufacturing Simulation-Driven Design

Presentation by Martin Solina, Project Manager, and Ulrich Bruder, Vice President Global Partner Sales, at Altair.

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Design: Taking Decisions Based on Concept Simulation – The Symbiosis of HPDC and Structural Optimization

Presentation by Felix Radisch, Technical Manager for solidThinking.

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Challenges and Opportunities for Manufacturing Staff Members through Casting Simulation

Presentation by Rainer Böke, CEO at Böke-IE GmbH & Co.

New software products, new license models and completely unknown fem-method are aspects that affected employees have to deal with. On the other hand there are many possibilities to support the employees by the use of a simulation software like e.g. the implementation in the company.

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Quoting & Tooling: How to Improve Quoting through Casting Simulation

Presentation by Rainer Böke, CEO at Böke-IE GmbH & Co.

At the beginning of a project there is often the wish to calculate components even though there is no order yet. It is shown how a component can be calculated to identify specific problem areas without much effort and without high costs.

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Validation: Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Part Quality

Presentation by Rainer Böke, CEO at Böke-IE GmbH & Co.

A cast shock-tower is used to describe the procedure for using simulation with Inspire Cast. The investigation of the gating technique related to large-area, thin-walled components is described. How can thicker sections deviating from this basic structure be produced without defects? When is the use of squeezers necessary? Can porosities be reliably avoided by holding pressure? It will also be shown how the overflow and venting situation can be optimized in order to reduce re-melting costs.

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Inspire Platform Manufacturing Simulation Roadmap

Presentation by Martin Solina, Project Manager at Altair.

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Simulation-driven Design and Manufacturing

Design for Manufacturing seminar held during 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France on October 16, 2018.

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Getting Started - Inspire Cast

A course to help users get started using Inspire Cast including an interface tour and workflow training/videos.

Getting Started

Seamless integration of 0D-1D and 3D worlds

This webinar will introduce you to Altair Activate for control system design and the ease of solving real world problems with co-simulation between MotionSolve (multibody simulation suite) and Activate.

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Concept Design - Get it Right From the Start

Presentation by Orlando Sadaro, Managing Director at Design 8.

If you are a designer then this presentation is right up your alley. Design seems to be an iterative process by nature. But what if we don't accept this default? What if we could get it right, from the start...? It would lead to a shorter time to market, less material use and better product performance. A dream? My presentation is about solidThinking design software helping you achieving just that. Get a head start and take the best possible solution to start exploring your design thoughts.

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Robotic Design of a Bushbot Chair

Presentation by Stephan Henrich, Robotikdesin und Architektur.

In this presentation, Stephan Henrich discusses several projects from different areas, including additive generative robotic fabrication and concept design.

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How to Design Die-Casting Parts with Altair Inspire Cast

Presentation by El Abidi Ahmed, CAE Manager - Senior Expert at U-Shin Group.

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Concept Design with Altair Inspire

Concept Design with Altair Inspire seminar held during the 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France on October 18, 2018.

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Transient Analysis of Switched-Reluctance Motor Drive by FE Model Co-Simulation

Presentation by Lino Di Leonardo, University of L'Aquila.

This presentation showcases an analysis technique of electric motor drive based on transient simulation tools and embedded finite element motor modeling (co-simulation). A couple of software tools, Altair Flux and Activate, are employed suitably interfaced each other. The first one allows the computation of the motor electromagnetic behavior using a finite element model, while the second one allows the dynamic simulation of the control and feeding converter. The interacting use of these tools allows a detailed prediction of the motor transient behavior under a given control strategy and drive scheme. As test case a multi-phase Switched Reluctance motor for aerospace application is considered.

The results demonstrate that the co-simulation procedure allows taking into account not negligible phenomena, such as dynamic torque ripple, usually not considered in similar studies. Hence, co-simulation analysis represents a significant step for the integrate design of the motor and control, as well as a meaningful tool for electrical drives education.

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Redesign and Topological Optimization of Transtibial Prosthesis by Reverse Engineering

Presentation by Eduardo Bajo, FEA Engineer at IDAERO.

Presentation of a project consisting of redesign with topology optimization of a transtibial leg prosthesis. It is a project in which the reverse engineering workflow has been followed, starting with 3D digitization of an amputated limb and real old prosthesis. Subsequently, they have been reconstructed in 3D to simplify and applied topology optimization, taking into account the biomechanics of human gait, using Altair Inspire software. Finally, the reconstruction of the optimization through organic design has been carried out with the software Evolve.

This project won the 1st prize in the II International Industrial Design Contest UPM-Technical University of Madrid.

During the presentation it will be presented the new 2019 Edition of the Industrial Design Contest UPM, open to students and professionals, sponsored by Altair.

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Model-Based Development with Altair

Presentation by Dr. Michael Hoffmann, Senior Vice President of Math & Systems at Altair.

Understand the motivation and vision for Altair’s Model-Based Development (MBD); the products involved; What’s New with the 2019 release of these products (including Basic Editions free for everyone!); and a bit about the future development roadmap designed to enable ever-tighter integration of 0D, 1D and 3D models using an open platform for ever-broader multi-disciplinary system simulations – made cost-affordable through Altair’s unique units-based licensing and business model.

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Modelization of a Remote Control for Miniature Circut Breaker using Activate/MotionSolve Co-simulation and Flux3D

Presentation by Remy Orban, Senior Mecatronic Designer at Schneider Electric.

A business opportunity required the adaptation of a Miniature Circuit Breaker remote control for a specific application. To comply with time to market requirement, multiphysics model was the best way to run a feasibility analysis but the mechanical sub-system complexity makes this case difficult for conventional 1D modelling. As a result, co-simulation was used to build a comprehensive model in Activate using both, electromagnetic data from Flux3D and rigid body dynamics from MotionSolve.

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Form Follows Function - thyssenkrupp AG - Reinventing the Elevator Concept

Christian Kehrer presents on behalf of thyssenkrupp Elevator AG.

2017, thyssenkrupp Elevator AG has presented the MULTI concept, the world’s first rope-free elevator. The drive is ensured by a linear electromagnetic motor. To enable an economically feasible operation, it is necessary that the total weight of the lift does not exceed a certain limit. Designing the overall system of the MULTI lift according to this weight specification is one of the major challenge for thyssenkrupp Elevator.

In this presentation, an overview of the partnership between thyssenkrupp Elevator and Altair, the chosen design partner since the early phase of development, will be introduced. Thereby, different aspects of the simulation driven design process will be highlighted, taking into account several tools throughout diverse stages of the development cycle.

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Efficient Multidisciplinary Modeling of a Washing Machine Motor Duty Cycle

Presentation by Dr. Martin Ortega, Principal Design Engineer at Mabe.

This work presents a systematic process of the electromagnetic and thermal analysis of a washing machine single-phase capacitor-run induction motor during a full wash cycle. By utilizing an electromagnetic solver and a one-dimensional systems modeler, the designer is able to evaluate the thermal heat rise and power losses of the motor faster, at a limited cost and in a limited time.

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Aspects of Heterogeneous System Models in Industrial Applications

Presentation by Robert Höpler, Founder of SysOpt GmbH.

Heterogeneity can be present on various stages in system modelling and simulation. A system model is often called ‘multi-domain’, when different technical domains are present, such as hydraulics, mechanics, and control. When it comes to simulation this is just the surface of this domain level. Various mathematical and modelling formalisms can lie underneath which lead to different mathematical equations of motion, numerical properties, and computational complexity. On a specification level we see the choice between different modelling formalisms and modelling languages, libraries, coding styles, and authoring tools. Often there is a need to mix these. Decisions taken here strongly influence expressiveness of the models and ability for code generation and deeply impact software engineering topics such as development processes and exchange of models. Multi-domain approaches such as Modelica try to reconcile some these sources of heterogeneity. On an executional level we find classical desktop system simulation but more complex settings such as co-simulation, parallelization, real-time systems, and optimization which constrain numerical stability and precision and simulation speed. There might be an intricate feedback to the specification level, e.g., when modelling for specific solvers. Efforts like the Functional Mockup Interface (FMI) address some of these aspects and focus on interfacing and exchange of executional models. Prevalent system simulation tools are usually mature and controllable – as long as one stays within the desired scope of the tool. Following some examples we show how practical considerations influence design decisions and the choice of tooling.

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Simulation of a Gas Turbine and Generator System Under Steady State and Transient Conditions using Altair Activate

Presentation by Tomas Suguinoshita Quirino, GT2 Tecnologia.

This work presents the strategy created by GT2 Tecnologia to simulate the dynamics of a system comprised by a gas turbine coupled with an electrical generator, which is a typical schema for thermoelectrical powerplants. The mathematical models of the gas turbine and the generator are based on physical principles, such as mass and energy conservation, as well as on correlations from the literature, including heat transfer coefficients and tables of thermodynamic properties. The models have been developed and tested in native languages (Fortran 90 and C++) and their integration with Altair Activate is achieved through the Custom C Block functionality. The system is first tested in Activate in a base load scenario, being then subjected to load changes. This work discusses the test results and shows the advantages of using sT Activate in the simulation of thermal and electrical phenomena.

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Fast and Reliable Software Interfaces to Speed up the Design of Electric Motors

Presentation by Luigi Rizzi, Technical Director at SPIN Applicazioni Magnetiche.

The car industry is undergoing an unprecedented shift, between electrification, car sharing and autonomous drive. Car makers are going to roll out several zero-emission models in the next few years and their engineering departments are going to face new challenges. Engineering methodologies and good-design practices related to the well-known internal combustion engine must be reviewed and adapted to the electric propulsion system, considering multi-physic analyses in order to cover the various aspects of the vehicle performance. In this presentation a fast and reliable solution for the design of electric motors is shown.

A powerful software interface has been prepared in order to help the engineers to setup the model, define targets and boundary conditions, include multi-disciplinary verifications and collect analyses results. Using this tool, designers can easily and quickly perform electromagnetic analysis with the Altair software for electromagnetics, Flux, verify the performance in terms of delivered power, torque, losses and efficiency, check the thermal behaviour by means of equivalent thermal networks built in Activate and at the same time verify the stress levels and the NVH performance with OptiStruct, in order to define the early stage details of the product development. Activate plays a key role to speed-up the analysis because allows to obtain fast and accurate thermal information reducing the time usually required to simulate this domain.

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Virtual Tryout - Digitalization for an Efficient Commissioning of Forming Tools

Presentation by Dr. Lars Penter, Head of Machine Technology at University of Dresden.

The life cycle of a forming tool consists of five major phases. It starts with the process and tool design followed by its assembly, the ramp-up and serial as well as spare part production. Due to every increasing system complexities, various simulation tools accompany today’s tool life cycle. A popular term in the current world of production is the “Digital twin”. It is a simulation model, which contains at least two sub-models of different physical disciplines, connects different time scales and regularly synchronizes data with the real system. Such a model must be a highly accurate white box model.The presentation will address the generation of a virtual twin on the example of the virtual try-out of forming tools. The simulation model employs RADIOSS (for forming process simulation), MotionSolve (for multi-body simulation of machine mechanics) or Activate (for more complex multi-domain modelling of mechanics, hydraulics and electrical components). Currently, the digital twin allows for computing the interactions between forming process and die cushion. This enables the calculation of correlations between die-cushion cylinder forces and flange draw-in. The presentation shows how optimizing these cylinder forces in HyperStudy benefits the final part quality and shortens real tool try-out time.

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Bridging the Gap Between Requirements and Analysis using ModelCenter with Altair Activate

Presentation by Ilya Tolchinsky, Phoenix Integration.

Phoenix Integration is a recently added member of the Altair Partner Alliance. Its product ModelCenter can create complex, fully automated simulation workflows and link these against Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) models. These typically descriptive models can now include accurate prediction of the system performance. This means that the status of the system requirements can be verified early in the product design cycle helping to avoid costly mistakes. Using ModelCenter the systems engineer can explore the possible design options and choose a configuration that represents best value while meeting its requirements. This paper explores this way of working by using an example built around an Activate Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) model. The example includes a SysML model built in Cameo Systems Modeler. It is connected to a number of analyses that evaluate the performance of a braking system. The paper illustrates the details of the architecture for this integration. ModelCenter design exploration techniques are then used to find the optimal configuration.

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Multi-disciplinary System Simulation for Model-Based Development

Customers share their success stories illustrating how Altair Model-Based Development technology, and especially Altair Activate™, help them design better products faster. These customers give special attention to simulating multi-disciplinary performance aspects of their products as a system-of-systems. Given the complexity of today’s smart products, this often involves a combination of mechanical, electrical & electronic, and/or software aspects – and thus leverages both 1D and 3D models simulated together.

Presentations recorded at the 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France on October 18, 2018.

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EV Thermal Analysis: 1D and 3D Model Integration for Cockpit and Batteries

Presentation by Massimiliana Carello, from Beond & Politecnico di Torino.

Nowadays automotive climate control systems are evolving at a rapid pace to meet the overall vehicle requirements. System evaluation is one of the major requests currently faced by the automotive manufacturers and their suppliers. Thermal comfort, convenience and range are equally important user expectations, even if they may represent “opposed” performance for a modern EV, especially in an urban driving cycle.

In this framework, to achieve the expected targets and limiting the time-to-market and costs, a complete vehicle thermal model is to be developed to evaluate the cockpit thermal request for occupants' comfort at different ambient temperatures as well as solar radiation. Furthermore, the battery thermal management is to be investigated, to avoid cells damages and deterioration. The aim of this technical presentation is to highlight the integration capabilities of a lumped parameters model (1D) developed with Altair Activate for fast simulations and a CFD model (3D) of the battery liquid cooling system developed in AcuSolve. The Models realized are validated using experimental data.

Presentations, Videos

Signal Processing

Remove noise from signal data using in-built functions with Altair Compose

Training Materials, Videos

CAE Test Data

Import various types of CAE or test data for visualization and/or manipulation in Altair Compose

Training Materials, Videos

Curve Fitting

Fit an optimized curve through imported test data with Altair Compose

Training Materials, Videos

Altair Embed™ & CCS Software Installation

Step by step instructions to install the Texas Instruments Code Composer Studio, Uniflash and Altair Embed™ software on your computer.

Training Materials, Videos

Plot Types

2D and 3D plots in Altair Compose - plot, scatter, plot3, surf, contour, contour3, waterfall, polar, semilog, loglog, area, bar

Training Materials, Videos

Operators

Operators in Altair Compose - Matrix multiplication, division, transpose, power; relational and logical operations; bitwise operations; set operations

Training Materials, Videos

Basic Plot Commands

Basic plot commands in Altair Compose - plot, subplot, grid and linewidth.

Training Materials, Videos

Defining Functions

Defining Functions in Altair Compose - variable length argument lists; use of nargin, nargout, varargin, global, and feval

Training Materials, Videos

Data Types

Data Types in Altair Compose - Complex, Double, Strings, Structures, Cell Arrays

Training Materials, Videos

Creating/running scripts

Introduction to creating and running scripts

Training Materials, Videos

Debugging

Tools for evaluating and debugging scripts

Getting Started

Activate e-Mobility Series

This series discusses various aspects of system modeling for e-Mobility studies from overall performance simulations including fuel economy, to model refinements for electric engines and/or vehicle dynamics.

Fuel economy simulations
Activate model of a series-parallel hybrid electric vehicle powertrain to evaluate fuel economy and system performance.

Increasing fidelity of vehicle dynamics models
Activate models of a series-parallel hybrid electric vehicle powertrain coupled with CarSim via the Functional Mock-up Interface.

Increasing fidelity of electric engine models
Comparison of 3 different engine models for an HEV vehicle: Park equations, full 3D Flux model, table method; later one generated by Flux2D.

PMSM simple speed control
Activate model of a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) with vector control for speed or torque.

Training Materials, Videos

Arduino Series: Dimming an LED in Less than One Minute

Demonstration of rapid development with Altair Embed

Training Materials, Videos

Arduino Series: Blinking the Arduino LED

First steps in programming an Arduino

Training Materials, Videos

Sunshine School Bus Design Story - Industrial Design for Automotive

Sathiya Seeland, Head of Styling for Product Design at Ashok Leyland, presents at Converge 2016 in Bangalore, India.

Presentations, Videos

Design for High Performance Recreational Products

Pankaj Dubey, Country Head and Managing Director at Polaris India, presents at Converge 2016 in Bangalore, India.

Presentations, Videos

Innovate Philippines' AEC Landscape with Inspire

Tony Pimentel from Pimentel & Associates is innovating the Philippines Architecture, Engineering and Construction landscape with Inspire.

Video Testimonials, Videos

The Design Revolution Offered by Combining Additive Manufacturing with Simulation Driven Design

Topology optimization is a computer based calculation procedure which can design mechanically stressed component structures in such a way that the highest possible rigidity can be achieved with minimal material usage. Only those parts of a component which are essential for the required flux of force and necessary stability are generated. This results in complex structures which can only be built partially or not at all using conventional production processes. At this point the advantages of additive manufacturing come into focus.

Videos

Efficient Control of AC Machines using Model-Based Development

This webinar, hosted by IEEE, focuses on Motor Control using Embed

Videos, Webinars

The Digitalization of Biomimicry Design from the Ocean

Sebastian Möller, Projektleiter at ELiSE Alfred Wegener Institut, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Development of a New Lightweight Aluminum Profile for a Glass Balustrade

Gabriele Romagnoli, Head of Structural Engineering at Farone, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

A Tooling Revolution for Plastic Injection Molding

Stefan de Groot, Technologist Additive Manufacturing at PROTIQ, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany

Presentations, Videos

Simulation Driven Design in the Cloud

Chad Zamler, Marketing Director of solidThinking, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Bend-It – Rethinking Customized Orthopaedic Devices Using Additive Manufacturing

Dustin Ahrendt and Felix Schmitt from Technische Universitat Dresden present at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Design Research Experiences at ZH CoDe

Filippo Nasetti, Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Master Class: How to Design for Additive Manufacturing

This Master Class held at Converge 2017 in Essen Germany, presents the making of the 3iPRINT Project, which was a joint effort from csi entwicklungstechnik, APWORKS and EOS.

Presentations, Videos

Design for the Future: 5 Trends You Need to Know

Christine Outram, Chief Product Officer at Veritas Prep, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Build a Rocket

Tim Morton, Director of Industrial Design at Newell Brands, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Taming Smart Materials to Behave

Doris Sung, Founder of DOSU Studio Architecture, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Additive Manufacturing Design

Jason Lopes, Production Development Engineer at Carbon, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Towards Real-time Topology Optimization

Hod Lipson, Professor of Engineering and Data Science at Columbia University, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

High Performance, Dynamism and Autonomy for Humans

Greg Lynn, Principal at FORM, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Mega Data, Mega Structure, Mega City

Michael Peng, Technical Director and Senior Associate at Gensler, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Development of a New Lightweight Aluminum Profile for a Glass Balustrade

The design of architectural components such as a balustrade can be challenging, since the design does not only have to look good, it also has to meet several safety requirements and standards. In addition, all designs have to be developed within the shortest time possible. To meet these challenges the engineers, architects and designers at Faraone are always looking for solutions that can reduce their design and testing cycles.

Videos

We Have the Tools, But Let’s Not Lose Sight of the Knowledge

Rafa Corell, CEO at Indigraf, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Space 4.0 or the Next Paradigm for the Space Industry

Franck Mouriax, General Manager of Structures at RUAG Space, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Master Class: Using a Crowdfunding Tool for a Start-up

David Suriol, Co-Founder of Vortex Bladeless, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Designing APWorks’ Light Rider – How the First 3D-Printed Motorcycle Came to Life

Daniel Schneider, Technical Sales Manager at Airbus APWorks, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Biomimetically Inspired Topology Optimization

Irmgard Lochner, Professor and Consultant at University of Applied Sciences of Biberach, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Keynote: Modern Architecture – Design Process, Tools and Technology

Neb Erakovic, Director Structural Design at CH2Mmace, was a keynote presenter at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Optimization of Railway Bolster Bracket for Antiroll Bar

Juan Manuel Romero Cortes, Calculation Lead Engineer at Alstom Transport Spain, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Functional Architectural Sculpture

Il Hoon Roh, Artist/Architect, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Motor Identification for InstaSPIN™ Field Oriented Control Hardware in the Loop

InstaSPIN: Motor Control solution from Texas Instruments

Training Materials, Videos

Field Oriented Control Simulation

Short introduction to the theory of closed loop field oriented control of a PMSM.

Training Materials, Videos

Field Oriented Control Hardware in the Loop

Hardware Used: TI LaunchXL-F28069M, BoostXL-DRV8301, Teknic M2310

Training Materials, Videos

Sensorless Field Oriented Control Hardware in the Loop

Employing TI's FAST (Flux, Angle, Speed, and Torque) observer

Training Materials, Videos

PMSM Series - Overview

Introduction of Prof. Duco Pulle and overview of the lab examples

Getting Started, Videos

PMSM Open Loop Voltage Control Simulation

Short introduction to the theory of open loop voltage control of a PMSM

Getting Started, Videos

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Control Series

Prof. Duco Pulle walks through his lab examples of controlling PMSMs covering voltage, current and field oriented controls (latter one with and without sensors).

Getting Started, Videos

PMSM Open Loop Voltage Control Hardware in the Loop

Hardware Used: TI LaunchXL-F28069M, BoostXL-DRV8301, Teknic M2310

Getting Started, Videos

PMSM Open Loop Current Control Simulation

Short introduction to the theory of open loop current control of a PMSM

Getting Started, Videos

PMSM Open Loop Current Control Hardware in the Loop

Hardware Used: TI LaunchXL-F28069M, BoostXL-DRV8301, Teknic M2310

Getting Started, Videos

Altair Activate and XLDyn Integration

XLSE’s easy to use interface and project view capability is ideal for managers and teams to keep abreast of project status.

Tips & Tricks, Training Materials, Videos

An Interview with Ben Farmer of Robot Bike Co. Discussing the Development of their R160 Bike with Altair

Robot Bike Company (RBC) is a new startup established in the UK by aerospace engineers and mountain biking enthusiasts who identified the potential of combining additive manufacturing technologies with carbon fiber to, in their own words, “create the best bike frames possible”. To deliver a customizable, lightweight, high strength bike, RBC’s frame was intended to be created from carbon fiber, a material very common in the industry. The carbon fiber tubes, as well as the bike’s other components and systems were to be joined by additively manufactured titanium ‘nodes’, manufactured based on the specification of individual riders. Altair ProductDesign’s engineering team was tasked with optimizing these joints, which included the head tube, seat post and chain stay lugs, to ensure they were as lightweight as possible and still able to withstand the forces of downhill mountain bike riding, all while being fit for the AM process.

Videos

3D Systems Skateboard Case Study

3D Systems utilized a process incorporating solidThinking Inspire to generate the ideal skateboard deck and truck material layout for a unique design now displayed at the Cooper Hewitt – Smithsonian Design Museum.

Videos

Inspire Design Process: Part 3 (Assign Materials and Loads)

Use Inspire's intuitive tools to add contacts, joints, and fasteners, then assign materials and loading conditions.

Videos

Inspire Design Process: Part 6 (Export Geometry and Refine in CAD)

The design proposal results can be smoothed to solid geometry and exported to an external CAD package.

Videos

Evolve ‬Tutorial‪: Watch (Part 1, Creating and Rendering)

Antonio Flores guides you through the creation and rendering of a watch model.

Videos

Evolve ‬Tutorial‪: Watch (Part 2, Editing)

Now Antonio shows you how to edit an existing model to create a totally new design.

Videos

Customer Story: Pininfarina Extra

Innovation, Essentiality, and Elegance are the three values of Pininfarina Extra. See how solidThinking products help them.

Videos

‪‪Customer Story: XOX Audio Tools

XOX Audio Tools utilizes high design and advanced technologies to create cutting-edge musical instruments.

Videos

Customer Story: Novellini

The Novellini Group is a pacesetter in Europe in the manufacture of bathroom solutions and wellness products.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 1 (Organic Surface Modeling Freedom)

NURBS geometry definition methods offer both flexibility and precision.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 2 (Parametric Solid Modeling Control)

Evolve parameter editing allows you to revise your model easily, at any time.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 3 (Unique ConstructionTree History)

The ConstructionTree provides a graphical view of a model's construction history.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 4 (Model Quality Tools)

Evolve provides tools for analyzing curve and surface curvature, continuity, and tangency.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 5 (Fast Integrated Rendering)

Evolve’s integrated progressive rendering gives immediate feedback on the final image.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 6 (Model Export in Multiple Formats)

Ensure simple data exchange with CAD tools used during the product development process.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 1 (Selection and Editing Modes)

An introduction to Evolve's three modes used to select, edit, and reshape objects.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 2 (Modeling Views and Display Modes)

Learn how to change modeling views and display modes.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 3 (Modeling Tools)

An overview of the Modeling Toolbar, Console, and Modeling Tool Panel.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 4 (The World Browser and ConstructionTree)

Learn how to organize your model and edit objects using construction history.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 5 (Translating, Rotating, and Scaling)

A quick overview of the translate, rotate, and scale tools.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 6 (Rendering, Materials, and Lighting)

A quick introduction to interactive rendering mode, materials, lighting, and final rendering.

Videos

Getting Started - Inspire Structures

A course to help users get started using Inspire Structures including an interface tour and workflow training/videos.

Getting Started

SimLab QuickMesh – Gear

Learn how to import a CAD geometry, mesh it with solid elements and then export it to a solver deck. Throughout the video you learn how to define the global mesh size for shell and tetra elements.

Getting Started, Training Materials

SimLab Mesh Controls – Gear

Learn how to select and isolate identify regions based on their geometry features. Tetmesh a solid body after applying mesh controls. Export all mesh controls as color based template.

Getting Started, Training Materials

SimLab Volume Meshing with Layers – Housing

Request locally a given amount of tet layers through thin walls. Create a volume mesh with Tet10 from an existing, enclosed Tri6 mesh. Auto cleanup a volume mesh based on different quality criteria.

Getting Started, Training Materials

SimLab Meshing with Body Break – Engine Assembly

Generate CAD features from a mesh. Cut and separate a section of a body using region mesh control. Learn how to use logo removal and mesh a valve seat. Finally create a circular gasket imprint in a body.

Getting Started, Training Materials

SimLab Meshing with Process Automation – Piston

Perform a mesh automation running a javascript or pythonscript from the process automation menu.

Getting Started, Training Materials

SimLab Quick Imprinted Mesh for Parasolid Assemblies

This video shows, how to create a shell and solid mesh is generated on a Parasolid file. You also learn, how to transfer existing groups onto the mesh.

Getting Started, Training Materials

SimLab Hex Meshing using Extrude Functions – Y bracket

Mesh a geometry with hex elements. Generate an axi-symmetric mesh around cylinders and adjust the number of layers. Adjust the alignment of common faces and merge bodies with coincident faces.

Getting Started, Training Materials

SimLab Weld Modeling

This video guides through the steps to create either a triangular or a bead weld.

Getting Started, Training Materials

SimLab Welding Process with Connection

Learn how to create weld beads along edges, create individual beads and connect them with other bead welds. Boolean operations help to merge individual parts together with the weld.

Getting Started, Training Materials

Exploring the Weld Basic Feature in SimLab

This video explains how to weld two bodies which are separated by a gap. The viewer will get an explanation on the parameters of the basic weld feature.

Getting Started, Training Materials

SimLab Tutorials – Meshing

Series of videos aimed to get you started using SimLab for meshing.

Getting Started, Training Materials

Nelson Mandela University: Designing a Winning Eco-Car

Martin Badenhorst, Masters Student at Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, shares how he managed to reduce the weight of their eco-car by 20%.

Customer Stories, Videos
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