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Brian Albright is a contributing editor to Digital Engineering. Send e-mail about this article to DE-Editors@digitaleng.news.

Speeding Up Simulation

Instant fluid simulations in ANSYS Discovery Live provide insight on a vehicle’s flow diffuser. Images courtesy of ANSYS.

Simulation software providers are embracing the potential of GPUs to provide faster results and visualization.

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Live from CAASE: Simulation Helps NuStep Improve Component Design

Caelynx helped NuStep improve its cross trainer design using FEA to design a cast part. The next step is 3D metal printing.

By combining two of the results in order to achieve targeted displacement and inertia goals, NuStep was able to come up with an optimal design that reduced weight and ensured the machine would steel operate comfortably for users.

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Simulation in the Cloud

Moving streamlines show airflow around a Chevy Traverse rendered using photorealistic ray tracing. Visualized using ANSYS Ensight. Image courtesy of ANSYS and General Motors.

Cloud-based solutions allow engineers to access a wider variety of hardware instances than would be possible to support on-premise.

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EMI Simulation Advances

An example of a printed circuit board layout. Image courtesy of ANSYS.

An increase in embedded electronics and IoT devices is spurring the use of electromagnetic interference simulation.

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Simulation Data Management Evolves

A dashboard that is customizable by users to track simulation projects, activities and jobs. Image courtesy of ANSYS.

Simulation data management solutions can help formally manage data, make it searchable and traceable, and provide insight.

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Post-Processing 3D Printed Prototypes

Seatools, a subsea technology company, builds key scale models of its machinery designs using 3D Systems SLS 3D printing with the Duraform PA nylon materials. On completion of the prints, the models are sanded and painted for the company’s trade shows and marketing. Image courtesy of 3D Systems.

Post-processing a 3D printed part is still a highly manual operation, but new technologies can help reduce both time and cost.

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