SolidThinking Inspire 2016.1 Released

SolidThinking Inspire 2016.1

Few weeks back SolidThinking Inspire version 2016.1 has been released. I am following the tool from its version 2015 avatar, and really happy the way the tool is flexing its muscle to become probably the most easy to use yet powerful concept generation/optimization for the design engineers. Some new features, I found useful as design …

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Do Value Engineering Upfront, Right at Design Stage


Typically the value engineering (VA/VE) practices take already designed, validated and productionised components and apply the VA/VE methodologies to increase the value of the product either by reducing cost (weight) or increasing functionality.   What if we, the designers or design engineers, could do the value enhancement of the product at virtual concept design stage …

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High Pressure Die Casting

High pressure die casting or HPDC Block diagram of HPDC process is shown below, molten metal is poured into the cylinder where the piston force the molten metal to flow into the mould cavity.   Once the poured metal inside the mould cavity get cold and take shape the die halves got opened and the …

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Friction welding vs Friction Stir welding

Friction vs Friction Stir Welding

Welding is a common industrial process employed to join two similar or dissimilar metals. There are various types of welding methods with each having its own merits and demerits. However in today’s advanced scenario the aerospace and automotive industries have become very challenging with requirements for light weight yet stronger parts. Hence the welding processes …

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7 Important 3D Printing Technologies – You Must Know

3D Printing Technology -VAT Photopolymerisation

3D Printing, a competitor for the conventional manufacturing processes  (i.e., manufacturing by material removal),  is the process of additive manufacturing where the manufacturing is done by adding layers of material with a binder in between. Theoretically, the process is simple – the desired products are designed in design software (eg.Autodesk Inventor) with required dimensions and saved …

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