Engineers tasked with doing complicated fluids analysis in mechanical and electromechanical design will have one less software vendor to choose from—but the same number of software products.
Pittsburgh-based finite-element analysis developer ANSYS is buying CFX, a developer of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. The latter's product, called CFX 5, is a mainstay of engineers in automotive, aerospace, biomedical, and power-generation applications. ANSYS already had previously purchased ICEM CFD Engineering. ANSYS President James Cashman III says that the company will develop and market CFX and ICEM CFD independently. They compliment each other, he adds.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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