For 2017, Autodesk has improved its Nastran In-CAD software with a range of new features, including new standardised icons, frame generator idealisation and connector centre points.
You will notice the new standardised icons immediately, as they simplify your software organisation. The ribbon and the tree are now easier to use, and the standardisation of icons simplifies giving instructions to a team.
Another of the useful new features is automatic frame generator idealisation. When you import a frame generator model into Nastran In-CAD 2017 all of the solid cross sections will be turned instantly into beam elements. After editing the beam idealisation you will be able to receive your results quickly, so you can analyse the efficacy of your geometry.
Something that I am sure will prove extremely helpful in the new product is the ability to create centre points in connectors. There is an option for this function to be carried out automatically when rigid elements are used, or you can create this point yourself, before attaching other parts to it. Either way, this enhances the ability of the solver to analyse entire products instead of just individual components.
The ability to exclude components in analysis should also prove useful. All you have to do is to right click on a part in the model tree and choose to exclude it, and this will allow you to test any combination of model parts you want.
Another area where users are gaining more control over their analyses is in their dialogue boxes. They can now choose between a wide range of units with which to measure performance. All the user has to do is type in their value along with their preferred unit, and the solver will make the conversion automatically.
Also helpful for users is the brand new coordinate system display. This gives a wide range of options from which one is selected automatically to demonstrate that the direction is correct. There is also another new feature for the remote force location, where the location can be manually set by determining coordinate values.
A potential issue dealt with in the 2017 software is the potential difficulty of designing models with thin elements, which particularly need simulation to ensure their safety. Automatic midplane meshing detects any thin parts and creates midsurfaces for them. After choosing a failure theory, the resolve of the parts under pressure can be analysed, and any give is clearly demonstrated to the user.
There are plenty of UX enhancements to make the added complexities of the advanced new features simple to use. Of note in this regard are bearing load enhancements, where there is a specific dialogue box which calculates the loading parameters automatically.
Autodesk have worked hard to make sure that the connection between Nastran In-CAD and Inventor, which it is packaged with, has been improved again. The support levels for Inventor representations have been improved in terms of detail quality, and now In-CAD will pick specific parts straight away.
There are around 30 new features overall in the newest release, all of which help to keep the software ahead of its rivals. Briefly, these new features include results improvements, such as enhanced plot dialogue and improved discrete display, as well as helpful community support, including a newsletter, forums, and a simulation blog.
In other exciting new developments on the simulation front, Autodesk is nearing completion on its ambitious Fusion Cloud solve platform. This will place the Nastran solver within its Fusion 360 cloud service, so businesses can share simulations online, and more pressingly, avoid the rigmarole of computer rendering.
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