The software coming to the University of Cincinnati thanks to the PACE in-kind contribution seems like an alphabet soup of inexplicable letters to those outside of the design and engineering fields. To explain what the in-kind contribution means in real-world terms, below is a listing of examples regarding how the technology could be used by students and faculty.
Date: 10/18/2007 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
An example of what this software can do is this piece from a UC student: An educational/environmental video on the carbon cycle.
Below is a brief listing of examples regarding how the technology coming to the University of Cincinnati could be used by students and faculty in engineering and design as well as other disciplines like business and medicine.
Collaborations to develop innovative medical devices, a process that will move from design to modeling to working prototypes. An example would be simulating and testing the flow of blood through artificial heart valves.
Simulations of human walking as a precursor to helping paralysis victims relearn to walk.
Design trauma pods for emergency medical care aboard long-range vessels, i.e., oceangoing crafts.
Design of more efficient factories; of hybrid vehicles; efficient regenerative brakes for electric/hybrid cars; and even self-cleaning side-view mirrors.
Test simulations of vehicle crash impacts and the air flow over a car body or an aircraft wing.
Designing and visualizing buildings and even entire blocks of buildings in a manner so realistic that the software visualizations look like photos of completed construction projects.
Designing seeing-is-believing educational tools likes the two environmental lessons about nature’s carbon cycle accessible as videos on this page.
The above examples only touch on the aspects of product lifecycle and improved education, engineering and design that students will be able to think through using these tools.
The specific product lifecycle stages encompassed by the software and hardware contribution include design inception, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, maintenance and even recycling and disposal. Currently PACE is focused on
Concept development requirements and planning
Simulation testing for validation and optimization
Manufacturing engineering for tooling, machining and even 3-D plant layout requirements
Management of the development environment, including product data management, supply-chain management and digital collaboration/communication
An example of what this software can do is this excerpt from an educational/environmental video created in a UC classroom.
The PACE partners – General Motors, EDS, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens PLM Software and Sun Microsystems – along with several additional PACE contributors and supporters will provide technology to UC – about 2,000 design and engineering software packages in all. Additional software and hardware in-kind contributions will be ongoing in the future.
The software represents the “gold standard” in terms of product-development applications in leading corporations around the world. Among the specific software to come to the university are
NX, Teamcenter Engineering, Teamcenter Community, Tecnomatix, Solid Edge, JT Open from Siemens PLM Software
Maya Unlimited, UG NX Direct Connect, AutoStudio, Portfolio Wall, SketchBook Pro from Autodesk
MSC.Adams, MD Nastran and MSC.Sofy from MSC.Software, Inc.
Altair HyperWorks from Altair Engineering
FLUENT and GAMBIT from Fluent, Inc.
iSIGHT from Engineous
LS-DYNA from Livermore Software Technology Corporation
GT-Power from Gamma Technologies
Autoweb Data Exchange Accounts from Autoweb.net
3D mouse products from 3Dconnexion
Graphic Pen Tablets from Wacom
Servers and other hardware from Sun Microsystems
New and refurbished workstations and large format printer from Hewlett-Packard Co.