ANSYS 19.2 Is Released, with Faster CFD, Autonomous Vehicles and More

This latest release of ANSYS software has gone live and contains updated tools that will be of particular interest to those working in autonomous vehicles, additive manufacturing, optics and structures (see Figure 1). Figure 1. Car aerodynamics are pretty. (Image courtesy of ANSYS.) Automotive Systems With regards to autonomous and electric vehicles, the ANSYS 19.2

AutoCAD Web App Adds Command Line

The command line is now available in the AutoCAD web app. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.) Earlier this year, Autodesk announced a change to their AutoCAD suite that would see “One AutoCAD,” a unified front for all of AutoCAD’s former verticals (AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD Mechanical, etc.). At the same time, Autodesk announced the launch

New lighter vehicle construction aims to go mainstream

Gordon Murray Design has unveiled the latest version of its new iStream automotive manufacturing system. Combining a high-strength aluminium frame with advanced carbon fibre composite panels, iStream Superlight brings Formula One-derived construction and technologies to mainstream car production. The new process could usher in a new era of vehicle performance with the lightweight structure offering

Customisable panel gives options for integrators

Cliff Electronics is now offering panel builders and system integrators a user-customisable connectivity option.  The new XRP Customisable Recessed Socket Plates continue to use the popular XLR panel cut out and allow users to fit a connector of their choice or retro-fit a connecter to a system at a later time. This facility could be

Unmanaged industrial Ethernet technology for railcars

TE Connectivity is introducing a new range of robust unmanaged industrial Ethernet switches with M12 connectivity for use in railways and other forms of public transport. The new switches are designed to enable faster and more reliable networks. “These switches conform to EN50155 and will help the digitalisation in railway drives,” said Egbert Stellinga, industrial

How to Make License Management Less Complex

Oren Gabay, CEO of OpenLM, at the company’s Israel headquarters. (Image courtesy of OpenLM.) When it comes to professional software, whether for CAD, CAE, GIS, or any other three letter acronym, there’s only one thing users care about: how well the software can help them get their job done. These end users remain blissfully unaware

Marine autonomy without reliance on GNSS

Ship technology companies Sonardyne and Guidance Marine are working together on a project that will help unmanned autonomous vessels navigate, even when they lose access to global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).   The project will combine Sonardyne’s underwater positioning systems and Guidance Marine’s relative surface positioning systems into one integrated solution to enable vessels to maintain

New concept underwater robot inspired by cuttlefish

The undulating fin movements of marine animals such as the cuttlefish have provided the inspiration for a new Bionic concept swimming robot from industrial automation specialists Festo. Called the Bionic FinWave, its ability to negotiate pipework while transmitting valuable data about parameters such as temperature and pressure was identified during research within the Bionic Learning

Downsizing for cables in the Industry 4.0 era

Ethernet cables are traditionally designed to be fast, yet the data transfer rate is not always the most important element in the factory network. Sometimes small diameters and easy installation matter most. Single-pair Ethernet cables fill this void. The invention of the steam engine in the late 18th century, electrification and mass production one hundred

New through-hole silicon carbide Rectifiers

SMC Diode Solutions has announced the through-hole SICR5650, SICR6650 and SICR10650 series of 650V silicon carbide (SiC) Power Schottky Rectifiers. The high-voltage series provides low total conduction losses and stable switching characteristics over temperature extremes. The single diode SICR5650 and SICR6650 rectifiers support average rectified currents of 5A and 6A respectively, whereas the common cathode,