ESI seeks to reinvent PLM by moving to PPL

ESI seeks to reinvent PLM by moving to PPL

ESI hopes to move manufacturing beyond PLM, and into what it calls PPL, Product Performance Lifecycle. The company defines traditional PLM as “product development until commercial launch” while PPL addresses the product’s “whole...
“One word: Plastics”

“One word: Plastics”

That’s a paraphrase of the wonderful scene in The Graduate, where Mr. Maguire tells a young and confused Benjamin (played by Dustin Hoffman) that plastics are the future. In many ways, he was right. If your job is plastics, you know that that little phrase hides...
3DX Science aims to take users from atoms to systems

3DX Science aims to take users from atoms to systems

What happens when you put a lot of chemists and biologists in a room with engineers? Actually, more fun than you might think. And a lot of geeking out. But that’s to be expected. Last week, Dassault Systèmes threw the first-ever combined user group meeting for...
Exa’s Q1 shows some customers, at least, favoring cloud

Exa’s Q1 shows some customers, at least, favoring cloud

Earnings keep coming and the news is increasingly positive — in our PLMish world, at least, customers are buying and using technology to continue to innovate. One recent announcement comes from Exa, the CFD maker. Exa reported that first quarter fiscal 2017,...
ASSESSing the future of CAE

ASSESSing the future of CAE

I’ve been thinking a lot about simulation: who should be doing it, where it fits in a design process, how can we involve more people in using and creating these tools … And there are no easy answers. Quick, throw-away reactions are that everyone should be...
Q&A Tuesday: Treehouses, WiFi, CAE & PLM – oh my

Q&A Tuesday: Treehouses, WiFi, CAE & PLM – oh my

People find the Schnitger Corp. website in all sorts of ways, looking for a lot of different information. [Did you know we now have over 1,000 blog posts with maybe a million words — yikes.] Here are a couple of search terms that led people to this website and I...
SolidWorks World 2016: makers, cloud and subs

SolidWorks World 2016: makers, cloud and subs

Kishore Boyalakuntla, SolidWorks Brand User Experience Leader, joked that SolidWorks World is a bit like Disney for engineers — and, you know, it is! This year’s event had a slightly different vibe: it was less serious, more maker and decidedly not DS-centric. Yes,...
ESI buys Mineset big data analytics from SGI

ESI buys Mineset big data analytics from SGI

ESI today announced that it is acquiring Mineset Inc., a big data visual analytics and machine-learning specialist, from SGI. [Recall that ESI acquired OpenCFD Ltd, owner of the OpenFOAM Trademark, from SGI in 2012. — Ed.] Mineset bills itself...