With the recent acquisition of Netherlands-based TASS International, Siemens is keeping its eye squarely on the automotive industry and ongoing trends toward autonomous driver systems.

The plan is to integrate TASS’s simulation software with Siemens’ Simcenter portfolio. TASS’s electronic design automation (EDA) solutions will be combined with another recent EDA acquisition, Mentor Graphics. Siemens bought Mentor Graphics for $4.5 billion earlier this year in its biggest industrial software acquisition to date.

Siemens hopes the combination frontloads the verification and validation of assisted and autonomous driving systems, providing customers with the world’s most complete product development offering for autonomous vehicles.

The company’s tools focus on several key areas:

As part of its ongoing push into hyperloop systems, SpaceX held its 2nd annual Pod design competition for student teams. The winner this year was WARR, hailing from the Technical University of Munich, whose pod clocked in at an impressive speed of over 201 mph.


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As you can see from the post, that’s a relatively short track at one mile. Nonetheless Elon Musk raved about the result, and then, being Elon Musk, immediately said that with some work the pod should be able to hit 300+ mph.

The WARR pod keeps the pounds off with its carbon fiber build, and in the depressurized tube, the light weight brings its ability for high speeds.

One of the other teams in the competition was the Badgerloop from the University Wisconsin-Madison. Siemens PLM Software has a great interview with them and uncovered many great nuggets including their dedicated analysis methods, their design-to-development process and their decision to build a Musk-sized pod.

We recently requested a review of our FEMAP support from one of our customers. In response, Srivatsa at LTK Engineering gave us a thorough look at their journey, first with using Ansys and eventually with switching to FEMAP. We hope others find this useful and along the way, learn that Applied CAx has some of the best FEMAP support available:

LTK has had a long history with using ANSYS, as the most experienced and prominent FEA experts have been using ANSYS for a while. One of our senior engineers used FEMAP once and really liked it, so we decided to pursue it as it was very compatible with various input files. The enhancement of the geometry engine was a huge plus.

As the use of commercial FEA software was somewhat new to LTK, the first reseller got the opportunity for selling 5 seats and also the maintenance account for all 5 seats. When I started working at LTK in 2013, my CAD and FEA skills from the auto industry helped us pursue more work and I also started using FEMAP extensively for FE modeling and analysis. From then our business has grown well and we have been using FEMAP for various forensic studies.

Our previous reseller was contacted for tech support on many occasions and it would take a lot of time for them to get back to us and sometimes tech support was provided by emails. This seemed very primitive to me. Matter of fact, before the tech support got back to me, I was able to troubleshoot using the FEMAP help system but as well, most of the time with Applied CAx’s YouTube channel. I really liked the way all the information was presented, so I subscribed to the channel.

I got to know that Applied CAx had webinars and hence registered for one, and from then on I have not missed any. I contacted Adrian Jensen to inquire about the maintenance account and I got a very good response from him which made me feel very confident of their services and I was able to take responsibility for a change of account with LTK management. I put together a presentation and showed the management the benefits of transferring the account and I was not confronted with any questions and eventually when the time came, I worked with Applied CAx’s sales person and transferred the maintenance account.

One more important aspect I liked was the availability of LS-DYNA and George Laird being an expert I thought would be big plus for us. I foresee the use of LS-DYNA a lot in our business in the future so I personally wanted LTK to have a one stop shop for all capabilities. I personally am trying to get registered for LS-DYNA training so that we get ready for our future.

As far as tech support is concerned, I have had fast and top quality responses. The awesome thing is, I get a lot of information during the support communication, also get the full concept and learn a lot. Even if the issue is very simple, I get quick response. If someone asked me about buying Siemens products and LS-DYNA, I will surely recommend Applied CAx for it.

Srivatsa Pradeep, MSME
Staff Consultant
LTK Engineering Services

In exciting news for NX users and managers, Siemens PLM now has apps available to access technical support. Reach your old pal GTAC day or night on both iPhone and Android devices. A WebKey is required in order to access the app content.

However please keep in mind that Applied CAx is the first line of support for our customers. At the same time, we want our customers to know all of the support options available to them.

Services available in the app include:

  • Search, filter and share Knowledge Base articles with your colleagues, get the latest status about your recent incident reports
  • Bookmark KB articles, incident reports or check the solution provided by GTAC for the latest closed incident reports
  • Keep in touch with Siemens support agents by responding to the desired incident report directly within the app
  • If needed call back to an existing incident report directly from within the app
  • In case you want to report a new incident simply use the build-in navigation to be directly connected to the related product support agent

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TeamcenterWith 20+ years of experience, Arden Bedell, Teamcenter Architect, specializes in all things PDM-PLM. Arden is a mechanical engineer with broad experience in engineering, business data management, team leadership, and an understanding of the importance of customer satisfaction. Some of his skills include design engineering, analysis, CAD management, data management system administration and user support.

We recently caught up with Arden and asked him to share his workspace with us.

Stratolaunch’s ginormous twin-fuselage airplane emerged from its hanger for the first time in late May. Previously known as Vulcan Aerospace, the Stratolaunch aircraft had its scaffolding removed and achieved its first weight-on-wheels. The vehicle clocked in at approximately 500,000 lbs, perhaps signalling that like many of us it needs to cut back on all those heavy IPAs.

Equally impressive is the wingspan, clocking in with the world’s largest at 385 feet. By comparison, a National Football League field spans 360 feet.