OptiStruct(reg) 3.2 from Altair Computing (Troy, MI) features a new dual-method algorithm that enables engineers to solve more complex topology optimization problems. According to Altair, its finite element-based optimization tool is three times faster than the previous release. Engineers can specify multiple constraints in a problem, including compliance, frequency, volume, mass, displacement, weighted compliance, weighted frequency, or any combination. This release also supports acceleration and rotational loads as well as thermal stress. Also new on the Altair agenda is Optris® 6.0, developed by Dynamic Software. Optris 6.0 automates simulation set-up for the die design process. The software offers automatic filleting, and alerts designers of possible design problems such as wrinkles or tearing. Altair Computing Inc. Product Code 4428
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.