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Free: Abaqus Student Edition

Dassault Systèms offers Abaqus, FEA for FREE! The student edition is great to learn Abaqus and for personal pet projects. It’s also great resume fodder too. The major difference from the commercial version is that it is has a limitation of 1000 nodes. We will go through the simple steps to get up and running.

Abaqus 2016 Price Calculator

This calculator has been updated in this post please click here. https://optimaldevice.com/blog/abaqus-2016-token-calculator/

Installing Abaqus 2016 Tutorial

With Abaqus 2016 the Simulia products have been aligned to the same release cycle and naming convention. This is great news for workflows that use multiple products. The next notable difference is that the installation process has been completely revamped. It’s not difficult and this tutorial will take you through installing Abaqus 2016 on Windows 10.

Simulia 2015 Eye Candy

Please share your coolest animations from 2015. Link to access playlist. Here are a couple of guidelines: 1. Please share only your personally created content from 2015. 2. Simulia only: Abaqus, Isight, Tosca, Fe-Safe, Simpoe 3. Feel free to post multiple videos. 4. Suggested comments: Name, Company, brief description of simulation if not obvious. Since YouTube doesn’t allow comments on a playlist please place any comments here:

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.

Parametric Design Optimization with Isight and Abaqus

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Abaqus is itself a powerful tool for Finite Element Analysis, but coupling it with Dassault Systèmes Isight can open up new worlds of capabilities when it comes to design optimization. Isight is a system integration tool that is designed to execute other engineering software codes; providing inputs, executing models, parsing results, linking them into integrated

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!

Analyzing Data from a 3D CT Scan of a Part with CATIA

While 3D printing has been widely embraced as a means of speeding up the product development process X-Ray 3D scanning has been somewhat less utilized, despite its tremendous usefulness. Part of the reason for this may be that while a 3D print can be held and touched the data files from CT scans are enormous