Juliann Grant, Author at Adaptive Corp

Author: Juliann Grant

21 Mar 2019
Cloud Computing

Cloud HPC Made Easy With 3DEXPERIENCE

Technology has brought great gains to enterprise while also upping the pressure. Companies can do more, faster, with comprehensive, integrated software platforms and powerful hardware architectures, but they can’t rest on their laurels. The game is always changing. There’s always a next, new, faster, more powerful tool to buy if they want to stay ahead of the competition.

The additional challenge comes from margins being squeezed throughout the manufacturing process. Customers demand more information, more options, and more speed in product delivery. Manufacturers play a constant game of “keep ahead of the Joneses,” while trying to achieve maximum ROI.

The Purchase-and-Use Approach to Hardware

A corporation’s typical approach to computing is to equip and staff a full data center, purchasing racks of servers and piles of software to house everything from databases to corporate email, VOIP, file storage, department files, and enterprise applications. Every data center also requires support: space, power and cooling, switches, UPS, firewalls, cabling, racks, and fire protection—not to mention the staff to run and maintain the equipment. And upgrades every three to five years. Then there are the hidden costs, including outages, maintenance, backups, depreciation, insurance, and more. It’s a resource-intensive endeavor, but to date, there’s been little choice.

Hardware is a particularly tricky part of the equation to consider, especially when an enterprise needs high powered computing (HPC) configurations. HPC systems are vital for a variety of critical computer-intensive simulation and optimization tasks, such as analyses of fluid flow dynamics, mechanical and structural stresses, and electromagnetic behavior. As might be expected, the speed and capacity of installed HPC resources can have a big impact on how quickly a new product makes it to market and how it fares against the competition.

But it’s not as easy as “the bigger the better.” HPC resources are expensive, and only rarely in a typical work cycle are they used to their maximum capacity. But companies can’t skimp on them either. IDC reports that hardware and software were only 14% of the three-year cost of ownership of HPC resources, but staffing is more than half. With the greatest investment coming in the form of worker time, downtime and lost productivity that result from workers waiting around for computations to run can be the most costly gamble of all.

The Cloud Solution

In a new paper, Cloud-Based High Performance Computing, Dassault Systèmes suggests a new solution that scales with an enterprise’s needs: cloud-native software with integrated simulation tools—the 3DEXPERIENCE platform—to run on cloud HPC or in a hybrid cloud/in-house configuration.

To date, cloud hasn’t been widely adopted by those needing HPC, in part because every solver algorithm may perform better on different types of architecture, but also due to concerns about security for IP-related data, full access to technology, costs, and more. However, the cloud HPC market has risen to those challenges, much as other SaaS cloud providers did. Since Salesforce’s pioneering effort with CRM in cloud services, other enterprise cloud-service businesses have grown exponentially in recent years, from basic office tools to big-data analytics providers.

As the paper points out, Dassault is in a unique industry position with their offer of a complete suite of connected tools, “all the way from early stage product conception, through physics-based optimization to manufacturing simulation and in-service operation.” In addition, they offer an all-in-one, turnkey solution for cloud-based simulation that includes software, data, hardware, and licensing on-demand. Like today’s cloud-based CRM, cloud-based engineering and design data can be selectively shared and collaborated on by worldwide teams while still maintaining a secure, traceable single source of truth.

With Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE and cloud offerings, large enterprises can build confidence in cloud HPC while still working in a hybrid manner with their own datacenter, and small companies can maintain or move to a zero-IT footprint. For every organization, a natively cloud-based, collaborative system offers faster time-to-market and lower costs via improvements in product organization and management, communication, and overall productivity.

To find out more about the details and costs of HPC and Dassault’s solutions, read the paper or contact Adaptive.

08 Mar 2019

March 15th: See the Metal X – 3D Printing Lunch & Learn in Grayslake, IL

 

Join us Friday, March 15th for Lunch & Learn is a fantastic opportunity to see the latest and most advanced 3D Printers by Markforged.

Lunch & Learn Location:

RE3DTECH
888 E. Belvidere RD., Ste. 419

Grayslake, IL 60030

11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Finally affordable 3D Printing!  Make replacement parts or tooling at a fraction of the cost of milling or machining with our Industrial and Metal 3D Printers.

We don’t just talk about it. We show you! See LIVE demonstrations
during a 2-hour educational session on additive manufacturing.

Lunch will be provided.

Pre-registration is required.  Don’t wait seating is limited.

We look forward to seeing you there and
getting your questions answered.

Greater flexibility, better quality parts, and quicker time to market
all mean a greater ROI.

22 Mar 2019
3DEXPERIENCE

3DEXPERIENCE 2019x Takes Collaboration to New Heights With Its Latest Release

Dassault Systèmes’ recent release of 3DEXPERIENCE R2019x boasts over 200 new features and functions. With its cloud capabilities, role-based functionality, and all the apps on one dashboard, it provides a revolutionary level of collaboration and user experience.

This release widens the lead Dassault has as the largest cloud offering, for businesses of any size, in the PLM industry. In fact, it encompasses 95% of the most advanced and comprehensive design & engineering portfolio on the market.

Let’s take peek at the basics of the platform and then jump right in to some of the highlights.

3DEXPERIENCE Platform

People with different skills and roles, and located in various locations, need to work together. Open and easy collaboration as well as data compatibility throughout the design, manufacturing, and production processes are vital in developing innovative products successfully.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform offers two configurations:

  • Business Innovation – digitally connecting all users, and
  • Industry Innovation – collaborating across industries and disciplines

This cloud platform provides a single, easy-to-use, role-based interface. There are software solutions for the entire creation process and for every organization in the company, from engineering to marketing and sales.

Hundreds of roles, such as Mechanical & Shape Designer, Product Release Engineer, Supply Chain Director, Collaborative Forecaster, and Platform Manager, are embedded into four major areas—3D Modeling, Content and Simulation, Information Intelligence, and Social and Collaboration applications. Roles easily allow users to select apps and services with one click.

The nice thing about the interface is that the apps and services are all available on the 3DDashboard (shown below).

Key Highlights of the 3DEXPERIENCE New Release R2019x

Real-time User Collaboration with the 3DDashboard

  • My 3DDashboard

3DDashboard delivers real-time intelligence and improved collaboration for the Business Innovation Role.

Users can see everything that’s happening all on one dashboard 24/7. They can analyze data from all sources, visualize and review 3D designs in real-time, and share dashboards, insights, and files. Data is compatible throughout the company, from creating ideas to manufacturing the end product. Users can navigate, review, and compose assemblies at an extraordinary pace.

  • Web Notes Enhancements

R2019x added a rich text editor and Search enhancements along with Merging and Duplicating by drag & drop. Concurrent editing prevents another user from erasing content previously added on the same app instance.

  • 3DDrive

Organize, manage, and share files with peers (only in the cloud).

  • 3DReview of Projects

Seamless interaction and rapid switching between apps in your dashboard allows 3D review on projects.

  • A NEW Users Group App Improves Productivity Up To 5X

This app was a hot topic. You can now invite multiple users, instead of just one, to join 3DEXPERIENCE where roles are assigned to each user. Then they are added to relevant communities, dashboards, and 3DSpace for easy collaboration. This helps to improve productivity up to 5X.

New Experiences for Designers to Create in 3D

  • 3DPlay

Users can visualize 2D and 3D content directly from a browser in 3DPlay and on multiple devices to speed up design iterations.

It includes enhancements to the 360 images with support for spherical and cylindrical images.

Fly Walk was updated to enable a user to benefit from Touch support, Align to Ground feature, and automatic speed depending on the size of the model.

Support for seamless switching between Full 3DPlay and 3DMaster apps like 3DReview and 3DCompose.

3DPlay now supports the new “advanced Filters” in 3DSpace (Web).

  • 3DNatural Sketching for an Immersive Experience

Designers now have the ability to transform 2D ideas into 3D virtual reality using the CATIA Natural Sketch. Designers can plug-and-play their HTC Vive head mounted display to jump into VR from their 3DSketching app and instantly design and model in 3D VR space creating an immersive experience.

  • The 3D Generative Innovator

This 3D mobile, browser-based, generative modeling (wireframe and surface design) replaces programming with graphical visual scripting (low code approach) combined with interactive 3D modeling.

This intuitive approach allows the creative experts in Architecture, Design/Styling, and Engineering to quickly explore, design, and validate options for complex, irregular shapes and patterns. Unique to this function, the user can swap between the interactive 3D and the graph. This capability pushes creativity and helps users to be more productive leading to more successful designs.

Enhanced Security

  • 3DPassport

3DPassport provides a higher level of security through authentication and authorization with Single Sign-On (SSO) Services along with 2FA Authentication.

  • 3DCompass and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

3DCompass delivers compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It offers data protection and privacy regulations on the cloud.

Improved Admin Capabilities

  • 3DCompass and Native OS Applications

3DCompass allows Platform Admins to download and install Native OS applications.

CATIA V5 launcher, SOLIDWORKS Desktop, and any third party app can be installed and fully functional to access the platform for Simulation, Manufacturing, Collaboration, and Engineering capabilities without migrating or translating CAD data.

Enhanced End-to-End Additive Manufacturing (AM) Solution

  • Generates optimized conceptual assemblies refining the shape globally or locally.
  • Digital continuity. Extends AM digital continuity and enhance AM from function-driven design, optimized process, and realistic manufacturing, to bringing the model from Virtual to Real with the Make service of the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace. Digital continuity is unique to Dassault Systèmes end-to-end AM.

Summary

These are just a handful of the powerful and unique enhancements Dassault Systèmes recently released in 3DEXPERIENCE R2019x. It gives PLM, without a doubt, a revolutionary level of collaboration and user experience on the cloud.

People can work smoothly together regardless of location, device or role and streamline their workflows. They can quickly develop ideas and design concepts in 3D, test and experiment in real time, assess challenges early on, and share accurate, up-to-date data. This all leads to creating innovative products more effectively and successfully.

Get more details on over 200 new features and functions in 3DEXPERIENCE R2019x here.

Watch the overview video below:

To find out more about how the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform can help you overcome your challenges in bringing new products to market, contact us.

 

 

11 Feb 2019

Gartner: How Supply Chain Teams Can Define and Achieve a PPL

Every manufacturer wants a perfect product launch (PPL). But the truth is, most launches are far from ideal. In fact, Gartner reports that more than 40% of the time manufacturers, customers, or both don’t consider product launches perfect.

In their report, “Supply Chain Drives Achievement of Perfect New Product Launches,” Gartner identifies a logical path – and responsible party – for defining comprehensive, enterprise-wide PPLs. The answer, they believe, rests with those managing the supply chain.

The Challenge: Who Owns PPL?

Growth through product improvements and/or new products and services within current market segments are high priorities for CEOs and chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) alike – botoh executive roles see them as key to corporate growth. Unfortunately for CSCs, Gartner says, “It’s unclear what role ‘owns’ the definition and execution of perfect product launches, but as supply chain often bears the most blame when product launches go wrong.”

The flip side of pressure and responsibility is usually opportunity and resources. For CSCOs this can mean the wherewithal to make process improvements-notably, the chance to redefine everything from “product design, development, and launch activities in an end-to-end framework to achieve continuous improvement.” In short, if CSCOs are in the spotlight, they should take the opportunity to define PPL processes and metrics.

But CSCOs should also be careful not to silo themselves. If they first focus on developing a vision and planning improvements, based on what supply chain can control and what metrics their team needs, they only add to another common problem. Gartner found that companies who don’t collaborate with leaders in other business functions aren’t working with a common vision or scorecard for NPI success. Too often, each team within an enterprise, from marketing, R&D, engineering, and manufacturing to end-to-end improvements, has its own objectives for a product launch, with no shared goal or vision. For example, marketing may push more product options to attract more sales, but engineering wants less complexity and change orders to speed up time-to-market. Each team has its own priorities and definition of what “success” means.

3 Things CSCOs Miss When Trying to Achieve a More Predictable PPL

1. Build Engagement with Other Stakeholders

The need is certainly there. Per Gartner, only 11% of companies “believe their functional teams work together to achieve shared NPI goals.” Clearly, almost every manufacturer can do better.

Every business function involved in NPI should be working together to come up with a strategy that increases the chances of a company wide PPL. Bring together all teams contributing to and expecting results in NPI as well as capturing strategies that already exist.

To build the engagement you need with the C-level and other stakeholders, check out another Gartner report, “Win Cross-Functional Stakeholders Over to NPI Improvement Initiatives.”

2. Take inventory of Existing Strategies

Good product launch strategies most likely exist in some functional teams within your organization. This is often a missed opportunity.

As other teams are on board, map out such things as impacts, business challenges, friction, risks, priorities, ad expectations along with customer experience factors. Evaluate their usefulness in reaching a common goal for a more successful PPL strategy for all stakeholders involved.

What type of PPL strategy does your company have?

Gartner examines four different scenarios along with actions CSCOs can take. If you want further information you can download this report.

3. Measure Internal Performance To External Performance

Gartner explains that a manufacturer’s definition of and metrics for PPL success can’t only be internal. As they point out, “You can have a 100% PPL from an internal point of view based on achieving internal target metrics and still have unhappy customers with the finished product.”

Internal metrics includes things like company targets defined for profitability, volume, on-time shipping, etc. External performance is based on the customer’s experience from purchasing to receiving and using the product.

Evaluate Your Processes

How should you work towards creating a cross-functional PPL?

Gartner introduces a five-step approach from evaluate, design and align to pilot and govern. The key is to work cross-functionally and help you create a definition and strategy for a more predictable PPL for all stakeholders as well as the customer. To start, Gartner suggests using their NPI Maturing Model found on page 10 of this report. This model will help you evaluate your current situation along with the likelihood of a PPL strategy being effective. Download the report to get more details.

In Summary

Many supply chain leaders already own NPI standards and PPL. Where they fall short is in creating a PPL definition and strategy that successfully works for all internal stakeholders as well as external, the customer.

Gartner introduces a logical path and strategy for CSCOs to help create a PPL throughout the company. Collaboration, sharing goals and objectives between cross-functional teams, and taking inventory of processes and information is the backbone for success.

10 Jan 2019
Rimac Electric Hypercar

3DEXPERIENCE Powers Rimac’s New All-electric Hypercar Taking High-End Sports Cars to the Next Level

Nestled on the coast of the Adriatic Sea is the small country of Croatia. It was most famous for summer vacations, but is now becoming known as the destination site for automotive innovation. Mate Rimac, an entrepreneur and Croatian automaker, is changing the game in transportation with his company, Rimac Automobili. Rimac is not only designing and developing new drivetrains, battery systems, and high-performance electric vehicles (EVs), but they’ve also created the hypercar of the 21st Century.

What Gives Them the Edge?
Rimac is using state-of-the-art softwarean advanced product lifecycle management (PLM) platform with a custom model-based system simulation for global collaboration and better integration.

Rimac was founded five years ago with its mission to take sports cars to the next level and build an electric hypercar. From the start, their development processes were digital and virtual as much as possible. They recognized that the key to building an extremely complex system, such as an entire car, is the ability to model, simulate, rapidly iterate, and repeat, over and over again. In other words, minimize the physical prototypes in favor of digital versions.

Tools for Complex Physical Systems

In the beginning, Rimac successfully used SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to develop and validate lightweight solutions for battery power in EVs.  As their customer base increased, and the electrical system of their new C_Two model became more complex, they migrated to Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Choosing the right digital software, tools, and processes are key to modern vehicle design and production.  Being able to create, simulate, iterate, verify, and test drive an electric vehicle virtually without a physical part saves substantially on development costs that would otherwise be out of reach.

Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE Platform enabled Rimac’s development team of 100+ employees to work in CATIA (CAD), ENOVIA (cPDm) and other applications on the digital manufacturing side, such as CAE SIMULIA and DELMIA. They also had access to Dassault’s data-driven database in ENOVIA.

But due to the complexity, Rimac needed even more customization. Fortunately, they were able to partner with Modelon, a Swedish software developer. They specialize in model-based systems engineering (MBSE) and simulation, to create an open-standard, model-based system.

Modelon solutions are based on Modelica (open-standard language) and FMI (open-standard model format). Modelica was created to model complex physical systems containing, for example, mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic, thermal control, electric power, or process-oriented subcomponents—exactly the complexity Rimac needed. Even better, Modelon’s open standard–format means their solutions seamlessly integrate with a wide variety of software platforms, such as 3DEXPERIENCE and other PLM tools, allowing users to share and collaborate consistently from product concept to operation.

Results of Rimac’s Approach

Rimac’s incredible success has proven the value of their approach. With the help of 3DEXPERIENCE and Modelon solutions, they’ve created cutting-edge electric drivetrain technologies, which they supply to several large automotive players, including Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, and Renault. Rimac has also developed two of its own electric hypercars, the second containing an innovative four-engine electric drivetrain in which one engine drives each wheel. Porsche was impressed enough in the company’s technology that they bought a 10% stake in Rimac, forming a development partnership.

To find out more about how Rimac is using 3DEXPERIENCE and Modelon, see engineering.com.

And to find out more about how a comprehensive Digital to Physical PLM platform can help you overcome your challenges in bringing new products to market, contact us.