These short videos (about 2 minutes each) take you step by step from set up and adding users to sharing documents and working together on the cloud. Watch how James, along with his team members Ryan and Maria and supervisor Florian use the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to plan and manage design projects for their team.
See the benefits of using a design platform like 3DEXPERIENCE first hand such as:
Accessing the right data, files and drawings in 3D
Collaborating and managing design project schedules and tasks across teams
Easily importing CAD data from other systems to leverage the entire toolset
Finding old part files or drawings for reuse that are buried in other databases
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform supports the design and development of products digitally. The platform houses multiple applications within one software system seamlessly. As a user, Flo (from our video series), logs in only one interface yet can access all of the different facets of the 3DEXPERIENCE he has licenses to from that one platform (i.e. SIMULIA, CATIA).
This platform, from Dassault Systèmes, allows users to collaborate in real-time on projects no matter their location providing a single version to work from. No more storing parts of the digital data from a project in multiple platforms that are locked away and difficult to find.
Another important aspect of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is that it is infinitely scalable. You can start with a basic functionality and then add to the platform as your business scales or bring in other teams to the product lifecycle.
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This article first appeared in Automotive Engineering – October 2019.
Unique acoustic and harmonic challenges require an integrated approach to simulation and analysis. An expert at Adaptive Corp. explains.
Despite global sales market share stuck at single-digit levels, electric vehicles (EVs) are steadily filling the development pipelines at major OEMs. And as engineers are acutely aware, EVs bring a paradigm shift in the noise, vibration and harshness (NVG) arena. Their harmonic spectra are dramatically different than those of even the smoothest, most refined combustion-engine vehicles and hybrids.
EVs are anything but silent, however. They’ve got their own acoustic challenges, experts assert. Traction motors can be relatively quiet (in terms of tonal harmonic noise) in the low and mid frequencies, but unmasked gear whine and various sounds in the propulsion system are far more noticeable and potentially annoying. There’s also the relative cacophony of the tire noise, HVAC fans and compressor cycling. Even electrical switching and the muffled gurgle of battery coolant can be heard in some EVs while at rest.
While the industry is likely years away from customers complaining of EV cabin noise, leading practitioners in the NVH-reduction field are already working on up-front solutions. One of them is Adaptive Corp., a specialist in simulation, structural analysis and product lifecycle management for automotive, aerospace and other industries. Optimizing designs for improved performance (including NVH, weight, cost, durability) is Adaptive’s specialty, according to customers with whom Automotive Engineering spoke. The NVH science behind EVs and hybrids is increasingly a focus of Adaptive’s services, explained Wayne Tanner, the company’s chief operating officer.
“It’s true that we have to ‘up our game’ with EVs,” Tanner told AE. “We’re hearing this from all our customers who are in the EV supply chain, such as those who make tires and suppliers of motors. We’re looking at components and subsystems that were never before considered to make the vehicle quieter.”
Easing the development crunch
The industry’s move to electric propulsion is driving new business across the engineering-solutions sector. Tanner, who is responsible for all his company’s activities related to simulation and analysis, notes that the industry trend is toward clean-sheet vehicle platforms dedicated to battery-electric propulsion. OEMs such as Tesla and Volkswagen – the latter’s dedicated and modular MEB platform to be shared by Ford on some models – are committed to this strategy that optimizes structural stiffness (with its related NVH benefits) and other attributes.
“The time-to-market is increasingly short, which is why product-development teams need simulation to do their fast, quick iterations,” Tanner said, “and to make accurate predictions before they build prototypes and test vehicles.”
The aim is to avoid the dramatic and often eleventh-hour ‘band-aiding’ of vehicle structures. Such activities include costly material replacements and noise-path mitigation by adding heavy NVH countermeasures, in order to meet production deadlines. “That’s certainly something that we can help with if we’re brought into the development process sooner, farther upstream,” Tanner noted. Engineers sometimes don’t think of components and subsystems as a system until they’re actually put together, he observed.
“Some customers, because they’re moving so fast, can’t find time to do a simulation upfront – then they discover the need for add-on countermeasures at a late hour,” he said.
Tanner has worked in simulation for over 20 years in various disciplines including design optimization, load development, weld fatigue and dynamics. He and other NVH experts assert that the sooner system-level and full-vehicle models can be developed in any vehicle program, the more effectively predictions can actually improve those designs to reduce NVH, rather than being band-aids in the end.
Inside the toolbox
For its simulation platform, Adaptive partners with Dassault Systèmes, whose 3DEXPERIENCE is rated by users as state of the art in comprehensive NVH simulation toolsets. “The advantage of (3DEXPERIENCE) is, it gives us a single data model that can contain CAD and simulation data,” Tanner said. “We connect that to systems engineering to drive requirements all the way from start to finish, to manage the workflow. Some of the tools we have at our disposal aren’t fully integrated into the platform, but we’re able to put everything together and manage that data. This allows our customers to access a single data source.”
Tanner offered a peek inside Adaptive’s extensive sim toolbox. On the aerodynamics /CFD side is PowerFLOW; on the acoustics side is another Dassault tool called Wave6 that’s used to project an acoustic signature. On the mechanical side, Adaptive engineers use Simpack, which helps them develop all the mechanical vibrations needed for a given analysis. There are also electromagnetic tools.
“We connect all these tools into a single workflow – to drive mechanical and/or aerodynamic vibrations into the acoustic field, for example – on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform,” he said. Once an OEM is ready to begin road and/or dynamometer testing, they employ Adaptive to validate and correlate from the company’s virtual model into production models.
Another weapon in the arsenal is True-Load from WolfstarTechnologies. It leverages finite-element models to determine the optimum location for strain gauges on unmodified physical parts then generates load-scaling functions. The company claims typical strain correlation within 2% of measured values. Output feeds directly into True-QSE events, described by Tanner as “a powerful post-processing tool” that supports rapid virtual iteration.
“It allows us to take that test mule and put information-gathering tools on it, whether it be strain gauges or accelerometers, capture real-time load and vibration data from that system, and correlate it to our FE models,” Tanner explained. “We use that to drive our simulation – and to predict more that may happen.”
NVH simulation and analysis is “at the beginning of the power of what we can do,” Tanner said. “The tools are becoming more inter-connected and fully integrated, allowing us to run seamlessly from CAD to simulation to structural analysis to acoustics to vibration. The workflow is increasingly faster, enabling us to run multiple simulations in a single day. It used to take weeks.”
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Challenge and opportunity can be said to be different sides of the same coin. Certainly that’s true for industry these days—especially for those in the product development and manufacturing space. The recent cover story in Compass Magazine, “Industry Renaissance transforms invention, learning, production and trade,” makes the case that the change going on in the current era is so profound that it rivals the invention of the printing press for how it reshapes society.
Welcome to the era of the “experience.” Gone are the days of manufacturing a simple, physical product. Today it’s all about solutions, services, and experiences—sometimes that’s a physical product plus an experience, sometimes that’s simply a service or experience with no tangible goods. Manufacturers—big and small, traditional and not—all scramble to meet what the Compass Magazine piece calls consumers’ “insatiable appetite for faster, slicker, personalized services.”
What makes the difference in this new market paradigm is the ability to virtualize and collaborate digitally, and to do that—to stay in the game—you’ve got to have the right tools.
What tools do you need?
To respond to customers and the market quickly, to adapt and personalize products, and to integrate physical products with services and experiences, manufacturers can’t rely on traditional habits, processes, and systems.
Everything must be digital. Siloed information in filing cabinets isn’t going to cut it in the digital age, so the first key is you need all of your product information, from customer requests and preliminary designs to simulation and test data to marketing and supplier information, in digital form.
Everything must be accessible to everyone. You also need all of that information in a single location, where it can be accessed by everyone who needs it. Customer input, marketing material, design files, manufacturing drawings, manufacturing workflows, and more should be co-located in a product file—a single source of truth for critical enterprise data.
You’ve got to be able to collaborate. Everyone, everywhere access for corporate data is critical, but so is the ability for team members—and members of different cross-functional teams—to collaborate and share knowledge and know-how. As Shunqun Yang, from Yellow River Engineering Consulting, an international architectural engineering firm based in Zhengzhou, China, explains, “In traditional design, multiple layers of human reviews are required to avoid errors, omissions and collisions. However, with the single data source and real-time collaboration possible on our experience platform, a [single] review can identify and resolve problems early and avoid repeated modifications.” (Quoted in Compass Magazine.)
Be Part of the Renaissance with 3DEXPERIENCE
Dassault Systèmes’ product lifecycle management (PLM) platform, 3DEXPERIENCE ensures you have no more silos and no more islands of information. As one of the premier PLM platforms, it helps manufacturers manage a product from initial idea or request through to service after manufacturing, offering virtualization, collaboration support, and digital efficiency at every step along the way.
It starts with a centralized database, a single repository or vault where all product data is stored, accessible by everyone in—and even out of—the company who needs to participate. As members of the platform, individuals can view shared data, be part of collaborative tasks, and participate in virtual communities around project work. They can collaborate on design, simulation, virtual testing, manufacturing planning and simulation, and other tasks, communicating and saving all notes, changes, versions, and even automated approval routes through the centralized platform.
3DEXPERIENCE can help your organization transform your processes to ensure you take part in the Industry Renaissance. For more information, contact Adaptive.
Check out SIMULIA on Wheels with the 3DEXPERIENCE tour coming to a location in the Midwest. Mark your calendar to check out the mobile playground which is touring from September – November 2019.
On the tour, you will find a playground of interactive experiences that showcases the power of simulation through a virtual replication of the real world, the “3DEXPERIENCE twin.” As your single source of truth, this enables simulation to be fully integrated throughout concept, design, engineering and manufacturing.