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CAD and Simulation Peripherals

What gear do I use in my home office for CAD and simulation is commonly asked of me. Because of this I have created this post so that you can see and have links to what I'm currently using. In some cases I show what I would buy today because of upgrades or because my

Excessive Engineering: Fidget Spinner

Simulation is Child's Play, Broken Toys Aren't This is my presentation from CAASE20: The Conference on Advanced Analysis & Simulation in Engineering. This is my favorite simulation conference because it's solver agnostic. You can meet analysts outside of your particular software silo. Alas, this year it's virtual, however, as a plus side I have the

3DExperience SALE!

I rarely post anything 'salsey', so, this is going to be short and sweet. Due to the pandemic there is a huge sale on the 3DExperience platform. 50% off for the first quarter and 25% off for the second. It ends June 30th! The 3DExperience is perfect for remote working since the platform handles the

SolidWorks and Catia on the same Playground… 3DExperience Platform

This has been a long time coming since, Dassault Systèms acquisition of SolidWorks in 1997. Back then there were discussions on how SolidWorks, Catia V5 and Enovia would work together.

Giving Arthritis The Finger: Part 3

Forward This is part 3 of a multi-part series which goes through the custom joint replacement to a finger due to rheumatoid arthritis. Part 1 Scan data to CAD Part 2 CAD to FEA Part 3 FEA to Fatigue Durability Analysis (fe-safe/Rubber) The two silicone variants reported in Leslie et al (2008) are compared to

Giving Arthritis The Finger: Part 1

Forward This is part 1 of a multi-part series which goes through the custom joint replacement to a finger due to rheumatoid arthritis. Part 1 Scan data to CAD Part 2 CAD to FEA Part 3 FEA to Fatigue

Unboxing Views in CAD

When working in any CAD environment, quickly and intuitively being able to manipulate views will improve efficiency. The basic premise is with the use of the number pad, shortcuts and if you want some scripting most CAD programs can be customized to speed up your workflow.

Dental X-Ray to Bite Simulation

Designing a medical device commonly starts with the healthy or diseased anatomy. Geometry without significant simplifications typically comes from various 3D scanning technologies such as CT or MRI. Here we will go through turning scanned point cloud data into usable NURBS CAD geometry with Catia. FOR FREE ACCESS THE FILES CREATED FOR THIS POST PLEASE CLICK HERE

Process Streamlining: Catia Custom Toolbar

During an interview I was once asked “You’re a mechanical engineer why did you get into programming?” My response was “I’m lazy and repetitive tasks are boring!” Some repetitive tasks do not lend them selves to automation, however, they are still boring and error prone as your mind wanders. This post details how creating a custom toolbar in Catia that can alleviate some of this tedium. These methods can be extrapolated to just about anything. For example I have a specific toolbox that I use when working on: mountain, road or now kids bikes.

Abaqus and Catia on Windows 10

Being a perpetual early adopter of software updates we are already up and running Windows 10 on our server, laptops and even a Surface. The upgrades went without any issues and we have tested: Catia, Abaqus, Isight, Tosca and fe-safe with the DSLS (Dassault Systèms License Server) hosting the license files. One of our customers, Optimax Systems Inc has installed their DSLS on Windows 10 as well and provided their installation notes for DSLS and Abaqus. It’s great to have cool customers that are willing to help out!