Category: Industries

12 Oct 2021

Case Study: Ligier Automotive and 3DEXPERIENCE Get Up to Speed

Our team recently had the chance to talk with Chris Ruthstrom, the Chief Engineer of the U.S. branch of Ligier Automotive, a worldwide supplier of racing cars.  Chris lead a digital transformation project with Ligier and implemented 3DEXPERIENCE with full PLM capabilities from their CATIA v5 instance.  The goal was to enable internal cross-functional communication and streamline collaboration with external partners.

The French arm of Ligier has been using CATIA for decades, but when they acquired the North American operations in 2016/2017, there was no effort made to synchronize or connect their systems, because at the time, there wasn’t a significant need for data transfer. “You don’t know what you don’t know,” Ruthstrom says. “There’s a huge amount of data transfer now, and there’s a hardware and software limitation. We’re actively working on breaking down those barriers.” 

There’s no question in Ruthstrom’s mind that 3DEXPERIENCE has made his processes and work more efficient. “Having it in PLM. Knowing when I grab a part file I’m grabbing the latest and correct one. It’s very fast, very powerful, and I’m able to get a lot done very efficiently,” he says.

He’s eager to implement his plans for expanding use of the platform, which will ultimately be used on every single Ligier vehicle platform and development program. But he’s also being careful to be systematic and logical as he implements new processes, in order to reduce redundancies across the company.

The first steps will be to get purchasing and acquisitions departments using the software, to add manufacturing process documentation to the system, and to create a direct link from design to manufacturing using the platform and its cloud implementation to share data. Download the full case study

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21 Jun 2021

On Demand Webinar: Battery Module and Pack Engineering

Learn how modeling and simulation helps evaluate and meet multi-objective requirements.

The correct battery pack design is critical to offer the range, cost, safety, durability, and driving experience customers demand. Integrating this technology into vehicles remains a challenge since the trade-offs between weight, cost and battery performance are so high. Balancing these aspects is key for both new market entrants and existing OEMs. In addition, the lack of physical testing facilities and the length of time testing can take only add to the challenges.

Register to watch this webinar on demand to learn how state-of-the-art modeling and simulation applications enable design and engineering teams to collaborate on the evaluation and improvement of multi-objective battery performance targets.

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11 Jun 2021

On Demand: An Industry Process Approach to Successful 5G Deployment

Learn how modeling and simulation applied through an industry process can speed deployment and reduce risks and costs of 5G industrial deployment.

Industrial manufacturing environments are dynamic with constant movement, and wired networking has typically been preferred due to reliability and lack of interference or blocking. When correctly configured, a private 5G network can match or exceed Ethernet KPIs and bring huge advantages in terms of flexibility and additional services.

However, engineering smart 5G capable devices and communication systems for industrial applications come with unique challenges. Poor coverage or positioning, premature failure of equipment, or problems discovered late in the development cycle or installation process all have the potential to cost millions of dollars to rectify.

By using Modeling & Simulation as part of an industry process, engineers can quickly evaluate wireless antennas performance, mounting location of an IIoT device, and the design or placement of 5G communication equipment for maximum coverage. Electromagnetic performance, structural resilience, and thermal performance can all be considered.

Watch this webinar to discover how early-stage modeling and simulation on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can speed up deployment while reducing risks and costs for 5G industrial deployment.

On-Demand Webinar | 1 Hour

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09 Jun 2021

On Demand: How Simulation Enables 5G Connectivity in the Industrial Environment

Learn how robust electromagnetic simulation and industry workflows are used to design and optimize 5G networks for smart, reliable and safe manufacturing environments.

Modern high-tech factories are large, complex and dynamic environments which require ultra-reliable high performance wireless communication networks to make them “smart”. Substantial challenges are also posed by having to accommodate multiple communication standards, operating across multiple frequency bands – 5G for example has sub-6 GHz and mm-wave frequency specifications. Catering for multiple standards may result in interference between radio systems.

Electromagnetic simulation is an essential tool for the design of a robust wireless communication infrastructure. This virtual workshop will discuss the simulation techniques and workflows required for antenna and array design, and for analyzing and resolving the interference issues. Different simulation techniques are required, depending on the application. When considering placement of antennas in large environments like the factory, hybrid-solver techniques are required for dealing with challenging multi-scale problems.

In addition, the workshop will demonstrate how to evaluate human exposure to electromagnetic fields to help meet applicable standards and ensure a safe working environment in which electromagnetic exposure is kept below legal limits.

On-Demand eSeminar  | 2 Hours

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22 Dec 2020

Introducing Onyx ESD: New Electronics Material from Markforged

Onyx ESD: Stronger, stiffer, and ESD resistant Onyx variant for electronic applications! 

Onyx ESD is a high-performance version of Onyx for electronics manufacturers. This material has been optimized to print with the exceptional quality that Onyx is known for, plus the ESD-safe properties demanded to handle sensitive electronics. Now manufacturers of electronics can finally take advantage of the Digital Forge and the massive benefits it brings.

Onyx ESD is a unique material with specialized material properties designed for Markforged Industrial Grade Printers.

Onyx ESD is a high-performance, static dissipative variant of Onyx for electronics manufacturing and anti-static applications.

Onyx ESD is ideal for tooling and fixtures in static- sensitive or ESD-protected areas, and its sleek surface finish makes it perfect for end-use parts that come into contact with electronic components. It’s the only ESD-safe material that can be reinforced with continuous carbon fiber, giving your parts the strength of aluminum at a fraction of the weight.

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16 Dec 2020

Adaptive Corp and Sinclair Community College Awarded a Contract with USAF

Adaptive Corporation, in partnership with Sinclair Community College, has been awarded a contract by the US Air Force to develop a process that leverages Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and our experience with Carbon Fiber Composite 3D Printing.  This project will develop a solution to predict the performance of 3D Printed propellers that will be used on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s).

Adaptive’s experience with Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform and Simulation, coupled with our Additive Manufacturing expertise based on the Markforged Carbon Fiber Composite 3D printers were recognized in this award. Adaptive will take propeller designs provided by Sinclair and develop a variety of 3D printed models with various infill and Carbon Fiber reinforcement. These designs will be simulated on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to predict real-world part performance.

At the same time, these parts will be 3D printed on Markforged printers. Afterward, Sinclair will perform laboratory tests of the physical parts. Adaptive and Sinclair will correlate the physical testing with the simulation output to develop an approach that can offer a high degree of accuracy for simulating these parts under real-world applications.

Tim Weatherford of Adaptive Corporation said, “…our goal is to perfectly predict propeller performance of 3D printed propellers for UAV applications in real-world environments.  Our approach and toolset around Design for Additive helps engineering teams remove cost out of the process and shorten development cycles by designing right the first time.”

Contact us to learn more about our Design for Additive Solutions.

18 Aug 2020

Designing Smart, Safe, and Connected Electric Vehicles

The quest for designing the optimal electric vehicle that is smart, safe, and connected and delivers a customized user experience is setting new standards in automotive benchmarks.  The challenge is that many need to turn to new approaches in the engineering design process to design. validate, and deliver an intelligent vehicle experience.  This requires new thinking and processes, along with a convergence of old approaches, and redefining performance and safety measures.   Since this is a very new market place there is little historical data or experiences to learn from, those in it are carving out the product innovation advancements in real-time.

The automotive industry is riding this wave as carmakers compete to deliver vehicles that feature their latest innovations to capture consumers’ attention and business. As the Internet of Things continues to grow, companies are now inventing alternative transportation solutions that take advantage of intelligent city services to provide people with the best mobility experiences. 

Smart, Safe and Connected solutions based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform deliver innovative technology that supports end-to-end digital continuity between the multiple disciplines involved in conceptual design and embedded electronics and software development of the intelligent car. Carmakers can address vehicle development using a systems engineering approach to manage the complex task of making cars smarter, safer and more efficient. 

The two main areas of design focus that are completely different from combustion vehicles include the electric drive and the battery. A recent blog post on Dassault Systémes blog noted these design challenges:

The electric drive is a complicated system whose parts need to work together effectively and efficiently. These include the gear box and electric machine, which need to be designed carefully to avoid over-designing. Over-designing leads to excess material, weight and cost and system engineering helps to precise and balance targets like maximum torque, power and speed, in the context of the whole vehicle.

The design must fulfill requirements for performance, efficiency, thermal, noise and vibration, etc. It is key to include multi-disciplinary design explorations and optimizations in order to reduce the required time of the development cycle. Once the many components of the electric drive have been implemented, their performance must be verified against the targets defined by Model-Based Systems Engineering, or MBSE.

In addition to the electric drive, the battery is a vital part of an electric car – and it’s not simple to design, either, especially when considering temperature. Batteries are akin to humans in that they perform best within a certain range of temperatures. If a battery’s temperature is too high or too low, it can result in lower vehicle range or shortened battery life.

Batteries involve multiple and connected physics, making them tricky to design, but Dassault Systèmes is working on a solution that connects mechanical and system design, materials and chemistry modeling, and performance assessment of battery cells, modules and packs.

When a battery is evaluated along with the electric drive on a vehicle, engineers and manufacturers can get a real idea of the performance and range of the battery rather than relying on a test at a test cell. The battery performance can be tested with real load on the battery, enabling an accurate picture of how it will perform in the real world.

Learn more about the challenges of electric vehicle design by downloading this new Electric Vehicle eBook: Electric Drive: How Can You Level Up?  When you download this eBook, you’ll receive two bonus downloads for EV design on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.