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NEXT CLASS: April 23-27, 2018 in beautiful Portland, Oregon.
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This week-long Femap training course taught by Predictive Engineering and Applied CAx takes the user from the ground floor through FEA best practices. It then moves into advanced subjects dealing with manifold and non-manifold surface modeling, detailed plate meshing, and tet versus hex meshing. The optional final day finishes with a focus on customization and automation using Excel and Femap's own API interface.

The course is fast-paced and follows a workshop format with theory, practice, and Q&A sessions. Sessions are created and managed by George Laird, PhD, PE, and Adrian Jensen, PE, experienced simulation engineers who have used Femap & NX Nastran on a daily basis for longer than they can remember. Attendees will receive information on where to find free Femap training resources, and will have a chance to get answers to their FEA questions.

Cost: $2450 (optional 5th day on API & customization additional $575)


FEMAP TRAINING COURSE OUTLINE:

Foundation of FEA Modeling with Femap + NX Nastran (Two Days)

  1. FEA theoretical background w.r.t Beam, Isoparametric and special elements
  2. Tour of Femap interface: Preferences, Panes, Toolboxes, Help and Tips & Tricks
  3. Femap modeling workflow for Beam, Plate and Solid (BPS) element
  4. Static stress analysis and results interpretation of BPS elements
  5. Introduction to Plate and Solid modeling with surface and solid geometry and Mesh Toolbox
  6. Introduction to Assembly Modeling: Glued, Contact and Rigid element Usage

Advanced Femap + NX Nastran (Two Days)

  1. Surface modeling using Manifold and Non-Manifold geometries
  2. Advanced surface preparation for high-accuracy Plate modeling
  3. Meshing toolbox tips and tricks with Jacobian optimization
  4. Building efficient assemblies via efficient Solid modeling (tet & hex elements) and Linear Contact
  5. Introduction to linear dynamics (modal analysis tips & tricks)
  6. Non-linear analysis: geometric versus material non-linearity and best practices

Customization & Automation of Femap (One Day)

  1. Automation of results processing via Excel
  2. Introduction to Femap's macro capability
  3. Introduction to Femap's API via Custom Tools
  4. Programming Femap's API

 

This short course is an introduction to the FEMAP Application Programming Interface. It uses a blend of theory and practice that allows students to automate modeling processes, modify the model, import/export data and more.

This course is usually an optional 5th day directly following our 4-day course, Though encouraged to take the full 5-day course, attendees may attend the stand-alone API course.

CLASS OUTLINE:

Applied CAx is pleased to announce a new live on-demand option for our popular API course.

This 6-session course is a thorough deep dive into the FEMAP Application Programming Interface. It uses a blend of theory and practice that allows students to automate modeling processes, modify the model, import/export data and more.

Each session is presented by Adrian Jensen, PE, our highly-rated FEMAP instructor. Purchasers receive:

  • Access to 500+ minutes of training
  • Spiral-bound class notes (77 pages)
  • Access to workshops and model files

PURCHASE: This FEMAP API course is purchased via Amazon

PRICE: $595.

Position? Company? How were the class notes and workshops? Instructor do a good Job? Pace of class adequate? Quality of the experience?
Project Engineer Cotney Aerospace 5 5 4 5
Stress Engineer Cascade Aerospace 4 4 4 4
Senior Product Engineer Reynolds Polymer 5 5 5 5
Mechanical Design Engineer III Key Technology 5 5 5 5
Mechanical Design Engineer Key Technology 5 5 4 5
Mechanical Engineer Planetary Resources 5 5 5 5
Mechanical Engineer US Navy 5 5 5 5
TOTALS   4.86 4.86 4.57 4.86

 

Position? Company? How were the class notes and workshops? Instructor do a good Job? Pace of class adequate? Quality of the experience?
Stress Engineer Cascade Aerospace 5 5 5 5
Design Engineer Blue Force Technologies 5 5 5 5
Student UCSB 4 5 4 5
Stress Engineer   4 5 4 4
Mechanical Engineer/Analyst Cruz Associates/US Army 5 5 5 5
Stress Engineer Encore Interiors 5 5 4 5
Senior Mechanical Engineer   5 5 4 5
Design Engineer Skyfold Inc 5 5 5 5
TOTALS   4.75 5.00 4.50 4.88

GALLERY: FEMAP Training April 2017

   

As a newcomer to FEA, I was impressed at how comprehensible the class made the FEMAP/NX Nastran software package. The workshop examples were very well-devised, illustrating both broad topics and more nuanced points, and covered a considerable amount of material in four days. Arguably the greatest benefit of the course was the take-home package of class notes, which has been a consistently useful resource to return to as I continue to use FEMAP.

Ethan Cansler
Design Engineer   |   Blue Force Technologies

 

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Break the class into two parts, with Foundation day 1 and 2, and Advanced day 3, 4 and 5. Found day 1 and 2 kind of slow. Day 3 would have been a better place for me to start.
 
General comments?  
Maybe work through a modeling problem from the student's company. Point out areas in the model to improve and show any valuable APIs to improve modeling time or results.  

Thanks for the certificate and the good time at Portland. It was all worth to travel (including the jet lag) because I’ve learned a lot of things from Adrian.

The combination of lessons, documentation and videos is the best package I have ever had in a course. My compliments go out to Adrian. His teaching skills, his FE knowledge and ability to answer questions that go beyond the course material are really impressive. I’ve already recommended this course to my colleagues.
 
Cheers,
Stanley Wong
Mechanical Engineer   |   Airbus Defence and Space

 

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Might be fun to have the students bring in a parasolid that they are working on. Maybe do a real-time mesh/analysis on the projector. Not sure if that would add value or not, but could be fun.  
 
General comments?  
The course was very well put together. I had previously done the videos and the course was still worth it (Plenty of tips and tricks that didn't make it into the videos.)  

 

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I thought it was really organized well and it was a lot of great info. Adrian is great and I would recommend to anyone.  

 

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Pre-class preparation would have helped me to learn and keep pace with the class. "Finding the button" was challenging at times since this was my first FEMAP experience.  
 
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Don't stay at University Place Hotel.  

 

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Fast paced but I learned a lot.  

 

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No clue, course has an efficient setup.  
 
General comments?  
Adrian perfectly explains everything you need to know to do some advanced FEA. Documentation and online seminars are great for a backup.  

 

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Highly recommend this class to others.  
 
General comments?  
Learned lots of new things about FEMAP from the instructor, Adrian. I've been using FEMAP for a couple of years, came to this class to learn more advanced features. The class covered an incredible amount of capabilities. The instructor and owner of the company and the pople that work for them are all very knowledgeable and helpful.  

 

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Would prefer a slower walktrough of the workshop to follow along with, instead of more time to watch the videos of the workshop.  
 
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I liked the extra assignments that would come at the end of the workshops. Watching the tutorials were very similar to what was shown live. It would be nice to have the extra work more structured to practice the skill set.  
 
General comments?  
Very informative class that covers many different topics. Learned alot of little tricks and tips to help make modeling and analysis easier. Also help to enforce the knowledge I learned from webinars and trial and error is accurate and give a much higher degree of confidence in my analyses.  

 

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Provide trial to FEMAP so that everybody has the same version and stays on the same page.  
 
General comments?  
It was good learn of common errors and what to do to avoid them.  

 

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More detail in workshop videos, although they are very good as they stand.  
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Follow up online. Seminars are great.  
   
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Amazing!  

 

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Better room temp.  
   
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Excellent! Everything (pace, detail, content) were just right, even for a beginner.  

 

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If time allowed, multiple workshops to reinforce points.  
   
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Nicely done!  

"I enjoyed the training very much. I had never really used Femap before so the first day it felt almost like I was trying to drink from a fire hose. By the end of the week though I could do the modeling required for my work. I also felt much more confident in my understanding of finite element in general and in my ability to model in Femap."

Robert Esplin

"…[Applied CAx and Predictive Engineering] have put a significant amount of effort into their training courses. The format for the training was ideal. Add this to the high level of support from George and Adrian, and you have all of the tools needed for success. I appreciate their consistent level of concern for quality work."

Gabriel Gehrig, P.E.,
Structural Engineer

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