April 26, 2010
Abaqus 6.9 Student Edition: Full Features, Budget Price
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After checking the data and making any necessary corrections, next is the processing or simulation/analysis phase. This process actually runs in the background after you select Submit.

When the simulation has completed running, the post-processing phase begins where you can view and study the results several different ways using the Visulization module in Abaqus/CAE. For example, you can view the results graphically in several ways, including deformed shape plots, contour plots, vector plots, and X-Y plots. You can also tabular reports of the output data, although I really preferred the graphical representations because they seemed more easily comprehended.

Admittedly, it's a bit more involved than that, but not too much. As a matter of fact, once you get the basic steps down, the workflow is actually quite intuitive, regardless of the type of simulation/analysis you are running.

Final Thoughts

As I said earlier, I felt as though I was FEA-challenged; that is, until now. With assistance from Abaqus 6.9 SE's documentation and tutorials (with scripts, model data, and good examples), I was able to get up to speed relatively quickly and felt comfortable in actually understanding what I was trying to accomplish. An excellent “Getting Started Guide” is also supplied with Abaqus 6.9 SE that really helps, as well.

Some things worth noting include the fact that Abaqus 6.9 SE is the same software as SIMULIA's commercial product except it is limited to 1,000 nodes and lacks user subroutines, but this should not be a concern to a student-level user. Abaqus 6.9 SE is offered as a perpetual license, meaning that there is no time limit applied to it because you own the software. At $99.00 (US) the price is also right.

There's a lot to like and learn from Abaqus 6.9 Student Edition. So, whether you are a student or a practicing engineer interested in increasing your FEA knowledge, the Abaqus 6.9 Student Edition provides an entrée to much of the same advanced technology used by FEA specialists.

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There is also a free Abaqus 6.9 SE download available for North America University Students/Professors/Researchers at

The Week's Top 5

At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.

Gibbs and Associates announced that its latest release, GibbsCAM 2010, in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, has been certified for Autodesk Inventor 2011 under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Application Program. GibbsCAM 2010, which has also gained the “Compatible with Windows 7” status from Microsoft, for both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions, includes additions to the 5-axis module, such as adaptive cuts, impeller roughing and tool retraction options; additions to Advanced 3D (Solids) Machining, including a new plunge roughing function for very fast material removal with inserted tools, and integration of the ultra high performance toolpath of VoluMill, for fast and efficient
material removal with traditional end mills, plus machining strategy and tool entry-exit additions; additions to Multi-Task Machining's Sync Manager and the Wire EDM modules; and many ease-of-use and interface enhancements across the product suite.

MSC.Software announced that MSC Enterprise Mvision 2010 is available. According to the company, this latest release delivers usability, productivity and security improvements that enable engineering enterprises to better access materials data via the Web for computational modeling and analysis. Enterprise Mvision provides designers and analysts with web-based access to their company's "gold source" engineering materials data in addition to a host of commercially available databases. Enterprise Mvision facilitates fast and efficient search and comparison of materials design options, push-button professional-quality reporting, and traceable export of materials data directly into CAE solvers. Enterprise Mvision 2010 delivers customer-driven customizations and enhancements that improve the user experience. It has enhanced "look-and-feel" of the user interfaces, improved handling of large strings and units conversion in complex queries and enhancements to the PDF Report Generator that enable auto-formatting of custom headers and footers for reports with multiple materials. Key to Enterprise Mvision has been its robust integration framework for the provision of materials data to CAD and CAE. Enterprise Mvision serves materials data via CAE-integrated clients to more than 6000 end-users at some of its larger installations, while enforcing traceability back to approved data
sets. Enhancements to the 2010 release enable the use of the Integrated Clients in high-security programs that exist behind firewalls.

Ramac's new small-scale blister packaging machine is an innovative design on its own, but the company took innovation one step further when it made an environmentally friendly version of the machine using SolidWorks software. Ramac founders Søren Andersen and Jimmy Rose analyzed their packaging machine design part-by-part with SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress to find material choices and manufacturing methods that decreased the machine's environmental impact throughout its life cycle. The software helped Andersen and Rose weigh every environmental factor in producing the RAMAC 525 Workstation, which is a semi-automatic machine that forms and seals blister packs for consumer and medical
products in low to medium quantities. The SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress dashboard details a design's expected carbon footprint, air and water impact, and energy consumption. It rolls up the probable environmental impact of an entire designed product across its life cycle. In addition to the material and manufacturing changes, SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress prompted Ramac to exchange a pneumatic cylinder for an electrical one that consumed less energy. The software documented every environmental gain Ramac made by choosing alternative materials and production methods.

Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc. announced that CFdesign 2010 fully supports the latest release of PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5. The Wildfire 5 enhancements, coupled with the design study environment in CFdesign 2010, help engineers in making design decisions based on fluid flow and heat transfer simulations. The simulations begin from within Wildfire 5 using CFdesign's design study manager, and the native model along with its associative information is opened within the CFdesign design study environment. “Wildfire 5 users are able to work within their familiar CAD environment and run fluid flow and heat transfer simulations from CFdesign 2010. This enhancement in CFdesign 2010 demonstrates
our commitment to the CAD user and the importance being able to run simulations early in the design process,” says Derrek Cooper, CFdesign Product Manager, “CFdesign enables engineers to create and compare multiple designs and scenarios to make important 'what if' design decisions early in the development process where the value of upfront computational fluid dynamic (CFD) software is greatest.”

Kubotek USA announced that Luxion's rendering application, KeyShot can now be used directly from its KeyCreator 3D direct modeling software. The agreement will further enhance the speed and flexibility for designers and engineers to not only create 3D models with KeyCreator, but to then use those models to create photographic images. With KeyShot, design data can be transferred quickly with the push of a button, and within minutes photographic images are ready for use in design, engineering, design review and marketing. KeyShot is an interactive ray-tracing and global illumination program developed by Luxion. KeyShot is the new name for HyperShot software, the first interactive
ray-tracing and global illumination program. KeyShot gives anyone involved with 3D data the ability to create photographic images in minutes. Kubotek USA has developed a plug-in for KeyShot that allows for seamless integration of the two technologies.

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