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16 Jan 2019
COE 2019

Adaptive to Present at COExperience 2019

Join us at COE 2019
February 24-27
New Orleans Marriott

Join Adaptive at this three day event that brings together expert users of Dassault Systèmes solutions. In addition to the keynote presentations be sure to attend presentations by Adaptive’s own Jon Gable, and Michael Craffey, Brian Lau, and Jonathan Scott from Razorleaf.

These include:

Create an Achievable Roadmap for Implementing 3DEXPERIENCE

Presented by Jon Gable, Director of Sales, Adaptive and Uwe Rieger, Global Manager, PLM & CAD, nVENT

The Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE solution can touch most aspects of a company’s processes to conceive, develop, deliver, and service a product.  Yet, the people most often tasked to investigate 3DEXPERIENCE often come from the product design function.  This presents a challenge for how to make others in the company recognize the benefits of 3DEXPERIENCE beyond traditional PDM solutions.  Attendees to this session will learn:

How to get cross-functional buy-in for your 3DEXPERIENCE project

How to create a 3-5 year roadmap for success

How to achieve your first success to build momentum


3DEXPERIENCE Visualization Options

Presented by Michael Craffey, Razorleaf, supported by Brian Lau of Razorleaf

3DReview, 3DPlay, AutoVue, PDF viewing, and more are various ways of visualizing data in 3DEXPERIENCE. But do you need ALL of these capabilities? What are the pros, cons, and challenges of each of these visualization capabilities available on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and when might you use one over another? This session will dive into all of these questions, and demonstrate several of these capabilities in the context of common day-to-day scenarios.


Getting Back on Track with ENOVIA & 3DEXPERIENCE 2017x

Presented by Vetri Chidambaram, Oceaneering, supported by Jonathan Scott, Razorleaf

Digital transformation has become essential for companies who wish to remain competitive. Oceaneering recognizes, and is acting on, this important trend. Although ENOVIA (and MatrixOne) have been in use at Oceaneering for many years, the system is undergoing significant reinvigoration within OLL’s business units. By developing a comprehensive PLM strategic roadmap, and then executing on that plan with deep support from Adaptive and Razorleaf, Oceaneering has been able to expand its global footprint of ENOVIA usage & adoption with 3DEXPERIENCE 2017x. In this session, we will describe how Oceaneering brought more value out of PLM than it costs, and how we turned the “PLM ship” around in the last few years. We will discuss Oceaneering’s strategic direction of de-customization to stay closer to out-of-the-box (OOTB) capabilities, to enable faster cycle time for upgrades, as well as to support the organization’s need for up-to-date CAD software in our multi-CAD environment.


Multi-CAD Nirvana with POWER’BY

Presented by Brian Lau, Razorleaf, supported by Michael Craffey, Razorleaf

The challenges of working with different CAD formats within the same product design have been obvious for years (decades). With the introduction of POWER’BY, some of those problems finally go away. Attend this session to see several practical examples of how multi-CAD design activities are made simpler through the use of POWER’BY on 3DEXPERIENCE.


Real-World Examples of the Digital Thread

Presented by Jonathan Scott, Razorleaf, supported by Brian Lau, Razorleaf

Digital Thread gets a lot of discussion, but everyone’s definition is different. In this session, we will discuss the definition of the Digital Thread and why it is important before continuing forward to look at some real world examples of a Digital Thread. Live software will be demonstrated to show the Digital Thread.

Find out more and register.

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.

30 Nov 2018

Convergence and Contact in Abaqus/Standard Webinar

December 6
3 p.m. EST

Join Dassault Systèmes  for the webinar Convergence and Contact in Abaqus/Standard on December 6.

Convergence of the nonlinear solution method in Abaqus/Standard is of interest to everyone who uses the code. Nonlinear simulations very often include contact. Convergence and contact are therefore closely connected. This eSeminar is an overview of the nonlinear solution method and a discussion of contact modeling in Abaqus/Standard.

Highlight

  • Understand how Abaqus/Standard produces results for nonlinear models in general, and for models with contact in particular
  • Learn about the latest recommended contact methods
  • Learn more about the Newton-Raphson nonlinear solution method and contact in Abaqus/Standard
  • Enhance your ability to build robust nonlinear simulations

Who should attend the eSeminar?

Engineers and engineering managers who have a working knowledge of the code and interested to know more nonlinear solution method and contact in Abaqus/Standard are invited to attend.

Register now.

29 Oct 2018

Advanced CATIA Tips for Job Shop Users

Problem: You just received a big manufacturing order from a top tier automotive or aerospace manufacturer. They’ve provided a 3D model created in CATIA. You have worked in different CAD software programs, but this is your first time diving into CATIA. Where do you start? How do you get up to speed quickly?

Before you start – Take time to learn about the basic functions of CATIA. Don’t try to dive into advanced features without knowing the basics first. You can create a lot of damage and waste a lot of time. You can use the training provided by Dassault Systèmes within CATIA, use the 3DSwym communities, attend classes, or depend upon a CATIA application specialist to provide support.

Tip #1 Understand how CATIA works

One of the most common problems I’ve encountered is working with users who start using CATIA without understanding the underlying methodologies and processes. You know who you are. Just because you’ve used SOLIDWORKS before, you can jump right into a CATIA file. For instance, I’ve worked with users who try to do advanced surfacing but they haven’t taken the time to learn basic surfacing or wireframes first. They get frustrated because it takes them too long to create the surface they’re looking for.

CATIA has a unique framework and methodology. Don’t try to make it work like another software program. Instead, learn how CATIA works, thinks, and acts. Understand how CATIA works with files and processes and your life will be much easier.

Tip #2 Use templates to streamline the design process

Once you have invested the time to learn the basics, it doesn’t make sense to keep doing the basic manual processes over and over again. You can use templates to capture the knowledge you’ve gained from your previous learning process. They help you and your organization save time and drive efficiency. Templates are also useful for transferring what you’ve learned to other users.

Tip #3 Understand how CATIA uses Universal Unique ID (UUID) numbers to identify drawing files

How CATIA identifies records is often confusing to the novice CATIA user. Understanding how universal unique IDs (UUID) work will help you and your team manage multiple CAD files.

For a basic understanding of UUIDs, check out this blog post from PLM evangelist Jonathan Scott at Razorleaf Corporation: CATIA V5 UUID Uniqueness Article.

Tip #4 Know how to convert a 2D sketch into a 3D shape

Converting a 2D sketch into a 3D shape is a common task performed by CATIA users. How you create your 2D sketch will determine how solid the 3D shape will be. You need to make a foolproof model. One way is by understanding the building blocks to create a great sketch. Make sure the sketch has the proper constraints and parameters. Then use the methodologies that CATIA has intended you to follow. You’ll then have a solid model that you can’t break because you’ve built it on such a strong foundation. That’s the key to becoming a great CATIA designer – doing the little things up front so that you don’t need to repeat them later.

Tip #5 Know when to ask for help

If you run into a problem or want to dive deeper into a particular function, start by leveraging the CATIA ‘Help’ functionality. In each functional area, you can click on the help page which provides examples of how to use the tool. If you can’t find an answer to your question using help, then you can contact your technical support team at Adaptive Corporation. You can submit a support ticket or reach out to your Adaptive sales representative and they’ll connect you with a subject expert.

Of course, feel free to reach out to Adaptive’s CATIA expert, Bart Schenck, CATIA Application Specialist through the Adaptive support portal or email at bschenck@adaptivecorp.com.

23 Aug 2018
The Path to Cloud PLM White Paper

Adopting Cloud PLM in the Manufacturing Industry

A newly released study titled Making the Connection: The Path to Cloud PLM, published by CIMdata, explores the growth and adoption of cloud product lifecycle management (PLM) systems. The study examines how cloud computing is changing the manufacturing market. This report follows a similar report, which I wrote about in a blog titled Solve Cross-Functional Collaboration Challenges with Cloud PLM.

The report discusses about the challenges and benefits of cloud computing. I wanted to dive deeper into two topics. Why customers are moving to the cloud and how to make the cloud fit into your PLM strategy.

The Path to Cloud PLM White Paper

Download the CIMdata Report

Why Customers are Moving to the Cloud

There are several advantages to adopting cloud (PLM) solutions. For starters, cloud PLM systems are easier and less expensive to manage. The vendor manages the software for you. They also host the solution on their servers and will upgrade the application. Cloud solution providers are responsible for the security and maintenance of the application. And since you are subscribing to the solution, you can spread the costs out over time.

Cloud PLM solutions are scalable. You can start with a few users, then expand as you need more. Or you can start with a few basic functions then increase the functionality. You can also subtract users or functions at any time. The great thing is, there’s no need for lengthy implementation processes. In some cases, you can be up and running in a manner of minutes.

You don’t need to buy new hardware or network equipment to install or expand the cloud PLM system. That will make your finance people happy since they don’t need to spend precious funds on more hardware.

Creating a centralized data repository is another benefit of PLM. You can store your data in one location and multiple users can access the data. Having the data available on the cloud means employees can access it from anywhere in the world. It’s what many in the industry call a ‘single source of truth’. Centralized processes end the practice of storing documents in different network drives. It also streamlines version control and engineering change orders. Think of how much time you spend searching for the right document or the correct version of a 3D CAD file.

Innovative Cloud PLM Features

There are many innovative apps that leverage the collaborative nature of cloud computing. For instance, Virtual Reality applications let you share your CAD designs. Anyone can view your design in a virtual environment. You can also create custom dashboards to organize your PLM process. The 3DView app allows you to share your CAD files with non-CAD users. Other apps allow you to create social communities to gather customer feedback.

Different Paths to PLM in the Cloud

The CIMdata study presents three paths to move towards a cloud PLM solution. They suggest you don’t need to make the move at once. But you should start by identifying the best migration path for your company.

Different paths to cloud PLM
Source: Making the Connection: The Path to Cloud PLM, CIMdata

Augment

You can ‘encapsulate’ your existing PLM system with existing functionality. For instance, CAD users can use on-premise design software and add PLM functions.

Increment

You can take the incremental approach. For instance, some features are better suited to the cloud. On-premise customers can add cloud-based project management or requirements management functions. You could also roll out the cloud solution by department or business units. Either way, the first step should be to identify and locate your key data files. This will help streamline the implementation process.

Switch

Making a total switch is a final alternative. But it’s also the riskiest. If you do choose this path, we recommend working with a partner who has experience in this area. A complete switch might work if your company has not yet adopted a PLM solution. You also have to consider what effect the change will have on your total IT infrastructure. For instance, will your cloud PLM integrate with your ERP, MRP, or CRM solutions?

You’re Not Alone

Research firms like CIMdata can provide you with guidance and advice. You can also speak with the PLM experts here at Adaptive. We’ll be glad to help you plan your next move.

Download the CIMdata Report