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  • Contacts: Second-Order Elements (Part 3)

    In the previous blogs we covered various issues that can be encountered when dealing with contacts in Abaqus. However, all of the analyses shown in the examples utilised the first order element type. In this blog we will cover some interesting characteristics of second-order elements in contact.
  • Contacts: Surface to Surface Contact Considerations (Part 2)

    In the last contact related blog we highlighted how the mesh density of the master and slave surfaces affect node to surface contacts in Abaqus. In this blog we will look at the more sophisticated contact discretization method offered by Abaqus; the surface to surface contact. We will once again be using the example model to highlight the negative effects of poor mesh density selection for contacting parts...
  • Remove the Hassle of Managing Your Own License Server with Dassault Systèmes Hosted Licenses

    Since the beginning of the year Dassault Systèmes have provided the ability, to have your software licenses hosted for you instead of having to provide your own server, free of charge. The process is simple, just get in contact with us and tell us you want to migrate and you’ll receive a new address where your licenses are now hosted. Discover the benefits...
  • Contacts: Node to Surface Contact Considerations (Part 1)

    Here at Intrinsys, the vast majority of our analysis work, both support and consultancy, involves the use of contacts in the form of interactions. Their set-up and consequent behaviour can have a significant effect on the results of an analysis, and therefore it is important that their various incarnations are fully understood. It may seem like a simple subject, but there are some common contact...
  • Alternative to Dynamic Sectioning (CATIA V5) or Visualization Sectioning (CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE)

    In CATIA V5 the Dynamic Sectioning tool is very useful, but equally very limiting. This functionality has been vastly improved in 3DEXPERIENCE and now takes on the name “Visualization Sectioning”. Users are able to create sections in the Part Design workbench/app, however are unable to extract measurements from their sections. The alternative methodology to achieve a measurement via the part-based...
  • Resurrecting an Isolated Surface in CATIA using Formula Editor

    Did you know that in CATIA isolated/dumb geometries can actually be rebuilt? It’s not as simple as it sounds, but hopefully this article will help users understand how this can be done. In order to turn an isolated surface back into perhaps a ruled surface, you need to utilise the Formula Editor function. The following example will demonstrate the Formula Editor functionality within CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE...
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Compatibility with 3DEXPERIENCE

    Dassault Systèmes (DS) have certified various levels of CATIA V5, CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE and various other DS applications on Microsoft Windows 10. However, what is not obvious is that it is only certified on certain build levels of Windows 10. This means that if you allow your Windows 10 to update automatically, or if your local IT department push out Windows 10 on your behalf, this could potentially be harmful to your DS applications.
  • CATIA V5: Last Save Version & Release

    More often than not, CATIA V5 users save their models in the correct release. The release number is often defined after the version number, for example CATIA version 5, realease number 20 would be known as CATIA V5R20. It is important that users working in collaboration with customers, suppliers, and other users ensure that all models are saved in the same version and release of CATIA. CATIA is only backwards compatible, meaning that if the user saves a file in CATIA V5R20, they would no longer be able to open...
  • Design Data Management with CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE

    As with everything else with modern CAD, the goal is for you to stop thinking about your software and focus more on what you love – designing! That’s why CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE has not only improved the way you model, but also has eliminated the aggravation and hassle of organizing your CAD data. The problem is with files. Old CAD systems constantly require engineers to locate, validate, organize and...

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