Competition is heating up in the realm of supersonic aviation. Ever since the grounding of the Concorde, no commercial craft has been available to travel faster than the speed of sound for civilian use. This has left travelers crawling along at the same maximum speed as at the beginning of the Jet Age in the 1960s.

Aerion, an Applied CAx customer, is gaining success in its efforts to be first-to-market with a new supersonic option. Its eight-passenger supersonic business jet, the AS2, is targeting a first flight by 2019, with deliveries beginning in 2023.

Applied CAx’s CAM expert attended Siemens PLM’s annual CAMFest in January, and says he was pleased with the ongoing excitement around NX CAM.

Michael Grant, director of manufacturing technologies, says he was overall very happy with the annual gathering for manufacturing engineers. The session gives a chance to train and review upcoming features for NX 11. It was Grant’s fourth CAMFest, and he estimated the turnout was the largest he’d seen.

“Plus the feature improvements this year were the most targeted to customer need I’ve seen,” he said.

The format of the workshops provided hands-on material, covering much more than CAM such as post-configurator, robotics, and simulation.

On Monday Jan. 26, 2016, Siemens acquired U.S.-based CFD simulation software developer CD-adapco. This is a big coup for Siemens PLM Software, since CD-adapco (Computational Dynamics-Analysis & Design Application Company Ltd) was the largest, privately owned CFD company in the world. We spoke with George Laird, CAE expert for Applied CAx and Predictive Engineering, on the possible implications for the CFD consulting landscape.

Applied CAx: Let’s jump in – will this change anything?

George: CD-adapco and more specifically Star CCM+ (computational continuum mechanics) has been the CFD metric against which other CFD codes are often measured. Having this code as part of the Siemens PLM Software family will allow us to have direct access for consulting service and sales.

Applied CAx: Is there a downside for David getting swallowed by Goliath?

George: I’m a realist and I’m sure there is a bit of a downside, but the upside is that CD-adapco was a bit isolated as niche CFD stand-alone company. By being part of Siemens PLM Software, they will have access to immense resources and a very professional worldwide technical support and sales infrastructure. For us as a CFD consulting service, we will have direct access to Star CCM+ and are very excited to start using it.

Applied CAx: Okay – but what does it mean for the CFD analyst?

George: In today’s engineering environment, most companies want their engineers to be multi-disciplined and multi-tasked. Having a broader base of CFD resources (Siemens and Predictive) will allow companies to more easily leverage their CFD investment.

Applied CAx: Could you boil this down a bit and cut out the jargon?

George: Basically when your engineer is getting killed by 60 hour weeks and starting to hate the CFD world, one will find a much larger base of engineering resources using Star CCM+ through Siemens and Predictive Engineering.

FEMAP 11.3 is projected to be released this March 2016, and in honor of that we're sharing video of an upcoming new feature.

FEMAP Developer Mark Sherman gave details on the Model Walkthrough View at our symposium. In Model Walkthrough, a user can have their viewpoint at a certain location in a model, and within the same model, the user can spin it around and be looking inside the model and go through the model. This allows for stresses to be viewed from exact locations.

The plan is to integrate the view with the toolbox, where it can be turned on and off. Visit our FEMAP Technical Seminars Library for more FEMAP resources.


This could be a good PLM webinar for the simulation engineering community. CIMData is focused on the PLM market, and provides multiple viewpoints into the PLM industry at large. Applied CAx has attended two of their events and found them very enlightening. 

Their upcoming webinar will be on "Simulation Governance: Managing Simulation as a Strategic Capability." This topic could resonate with larger companies that have both engineering and analysis groups under the same roof.

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Nameless Performance, one of Applied's NX CAM clients, was featured in an episode of “Garage Tours.” In each episode the show takes Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg on a tour of garages, and in this episode he visits Nameless, performance automotive manufacturer and one of the largest manufacturers of custom performance exhaust systems for the Subaru market.

Jason Griffith from Nameless gives Forsberg a tour of the manufacturing division including the fabrication room with a cutting room, welding stations and the final assembly area. John Hoyenga then tours him through the Motorsports division introducing Forsberg to the rally program and the new Formula Drift program. Nameless driver Ryan Tuerck pops in to talk about his relationship with Nameless and his 2015 Formula Drift FRS!

The paperless workspace has been hype for decades, but recent government contract mandates are pushing it to the forefront. Manufacturers face both great challenges and great opportunities.

We sat down with our own Matt Martin, Mechanical Design Engineer, to discuss the issue.

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Let’s start with the basics of Advanced Manufacturing and PMI?

Advanced Manufacturing defines two things. One is a system of software & services to tie your organization together. The other is the use of cutting-edge material and fabrication techniques (such as nanotech, growing crystals, additive manufacturing, etc.). And of course, it can mean the use of both simultaneously.

Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) is a component of AM, and simply put it means the extension of your design intent to the shop floor.

While posting upcoming NX CAD classes, Applied CAx recently stumbled across a sprawling online debate about CAD software choices. The center of the debate was which CAD software is the best choice for workplaces and colleges.

The post itself isn't that interesting - it's short, under-informed and out of date. But the ensuing 5-year-long comment discussion is a gold mine of information. CAD users living and working in the engineering trenches give their honest opinions on their software choices.