Designing Products for the IoT Economy

image of Mike North Discovery Channel

Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Designers of Things  conference in San Francisco.  One of my favorite presentations came from Dr. Mike North — host of Discovery Channel shows Prototype This,  Outrageous Acts of Science and In The Making — where he discussed the vast scope of technology’s reach in the modern world. In the video he presented, a sensor-loaded unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) responded to a cell-phone call to pin-point a swimmer in distress and deliver a life jacket to them. What we could only imagine a decade ago, is now fast becoming a reality – intelligent, autonomous, helpful machines.

The connected era, known as the Internet of Things (IoT) is here. Continue reading

Why Antares Launch Failure Isn’t a Failure

NASA TV shows Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned rocket blowing up

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Pushing the frontiers of space exploration is risky business. One thing that history has taught is that setbacks remain as inevitable as successes. Indeed it could be argued that the setbacks are a necessary component of the successes. That’s one indispensable truth we all can take away from Tuesday’s Antares launch failure on Virginia’s Eastern shores. It doesn’t dampen the exciting frontiers we envision when commercial interests, as well as policymakers, propel forward space exploration. Newscasters can play Monday morning quarterback on the failure of the Orbital Science launch, in which nobody was killed or injured, but they’ll be in a tough spot if they try to deny that this is anything more than growing pains in the emerging commercialization of the space industry. Continue reading

Sustainable Model-Based Systems Engineering Initiatives

emedded software blueThe model-based systems engineering journey is evolutionary, not revolutionary. Deployment often starts with a single project or disciplinary area and becomes more sustainable as its business value is demonstrated. We’ve been studying MBSE deployments and the business value it delivers for some time now. Below I’ve shared some key success factors we’ve observed with deploying a sustainable MBSE initiatives, but first I’d like to share and event coming up that I think you may enjoy. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars This Week

ANSYS WebinarsWe’re really excited to present a number of ANSYS webinars this week, but one in particular is going to be epic in my opinion.

I’m sure everyone knows that SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. Well, this week, we have a presentation that discusses how SpaceX uses finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics to revolutionize the rocket and spacecraft industry. It touches upon how Falcon 9 v1.1 and Dragon engine components were designed at faster than industry rates via multi-physics analysis, which includes structural, dynamic, thermal, fluid, and electromagnetic analyses. Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles take us into some futuristic technology and into outer space on a literal level, but then also hit close to home for anyone that has ever traveled on an airplane.

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Getting the Right Prosthetic Hip Implant Positioning

I’ve had many conversations with customers who struggle with their reality that it can be very costly and time-consuming for manufacturers to predict the performance of medical devices. They wonder how to address these problems using modelling and simulation to help evaluate devices at an early stage of their development. Given the recent success of the Medical Device Innovation Summit, it was clear to me that there are a lot of exciting developments taking place by using ANSYS for this purpose, whether it involves orthopaedic implants, stents or other devices. Continue reading

Lebanese Students Overcome Many Challenges to Build an Unmanned Aircraft

image of Lebanese American University Airplane LAU Solix

Lebanese American University Airplane LAU Solix

The Lebanese American University (LAU) challenged its students to design an unmanned aircraft capable of long flights at high altitudes. Our LAU Solix Team, comprised of eight mechanical engineering students, is very familiar with ANSYS tools and is skilled at handling CFD and fluid–structure interaction (FSI) simulations so we put these tools to work on our unmanned aircraft design. The team had to deal with the interaction that happens between fluid and structure that occurs in a wide range of engineering problems — especially in aircraft design. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars This Week – Oct 20th

ANSYS Webinar Learning EventsYou don’t have to travel to distant places or take out student loans if you want to kick your career into overdrive. Here’s the list of the free to attend ANSYS webinars taking place this week.

For a complete calendar of upcoming events, please visit the ANSYS Events Calendar. Continue reading