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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Simulation: Past the Tipping Point?

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It strikes me, that without us really recognizing it, simulation has become more relevant for product development than physical testing. (Please note, I said product development, not product validation.) As innovation in product design and manufacturing methods increase, it has become much more difficult to procure representative and statistically relevant…
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Spreadsheets: How Much of a Problem Are They?

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It is often said that MS Excel is by far the most widely used engineering tool on the planet, and I suspect that is true. But, there are many concerns over proper management and governance of spreadsheets. In CIMdata’s engagements with clients, usually in product engineering, we find that spreadsheets…
Let’s start with a pop quiz: Ask a half-dozen of your colleagues, including your managers, “What is the biggest benefit of doing simulation?" It is highly likely that the answer you will get, particularly in the USA, is, “To reduce testing.” It is also true that, the higher you go…
The term “generative design” has been used in architecture and civil engineering for more than a decade. It is now gaining currency in the mechanical design (MCAD) world. See for example, https://www.autodesk.com/solutions/generative-design. Generative Design is a term for a class of tools that create or modify design geometry based on…
In Thursday's Detroit Free Press there is a review of the new Chevy Equinox SUV: read review here.  “Chevrolet has been performing magic lately, making hundreds of pounds of vehicles’ weight disappear without reducing their comfort or features. The ★★★★ 2018 Equinox compact SUV may be its best trick yet.…
Computer-aided and “model-driven” product development practices have steadily evolved since the 1960s, enabled by the growth and availability of modern computing technology. Companies use software to create digitalized 2D/3D geometry and assess that geometry using physics-based performance calculations. The industry has rapidly progressed from tools built for and used exclusively…
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