Have you ever needed to access advanced NX features, but just didn't have the need — or the budget — to justify a purchase? Siemens has announced that starting this summer 2019, Value Based Licensing (AKA token licensing) will be available to those with floating NX Mach 1 licenses and above.

With over 50 different add-on modules available, this is a great option for folks wanting to explore & use other modules without wasting your budget on idle licenses.

From Trek to Hyundai, Airbus to ZF Wind Power, this issue is packed with customers showing how the digital twin provides them with not just the numbers, but also the knowledge to make better design decisions.

Engineer Innovation Magazine Issue 2The automotive industry has long led the charge into increased digitalization and in this new issue Siemens shares the success of Opel, Hyundai and Volvo trucks. The simulation & design results achieved are impressive. Hyundai have been able to reduce vehicle tests by 40 percent, Electra Mecannica moved from concept and digitalization to road-ready in just 18 months, and Volvo Trucks are able to perform acoustic testing concurrently with other tests to save valuable time without compromising results.

It isn’t only the automotive industry that is benefitting from Simcenter solutions, Trek is one of the worlds’ largest cycle manufacturers, building over 1.5 million bikes each year. They have reduced the runtime on simulation models from six hours to just 22 minutes. Airbus helicopters demonstrate how they have reduced their testing commitment thanks to improved model accuracy from simulation and the US Military are reducing costly corrosion issues with the digital twin.

In Issue 2:

  • Cordesa: The cost of corrosion
  • Opel: Frontloading CFD in the thermal management of an automotive headlight
  • ZF Wind Power: Harnessing the power of the wind
  • Electra Meccanica: Electric Automotive manufacturer uses Simcenter and NX
  • Trek Bicycle: Design space exploration
  • Airbus Helicopter
  • Hyundai Motor Company
  • Volvo Trucks
  • How to…assess the aircraft cabin cooling sizing
  • Geek Hub: frying and egg on a CPU


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