Altair UK Educates Next Generation of Engineers Prior to Bright Ideas Challenge 2018 Competition

I recently had the pleasure of attending an educational workshop at Imperial College, London, where participants in this year’s Shell Bright Ideas Challenge gathered to learn about 3D printing technologies. The Bright Ideas Challenge is an engineering competition for school students aged from 11-14, who are tasked with using their creativity, teamwork and stem skills to develop future power solutions. Using solidThinking Inspire, I demonstrated how simulation technology can be used by the students to explore how modern products are designed, tested and optimised in a virtual world.

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IoT in Development and Production

Buzzwords such as IoT and Digital Twin are not new to the digital world. They have been gaining momentum in development and production discussions as the digital transformation of production becomes more relevant. But how is it possible to truly integrate the internet of things in development and production and what are the benefits of connected products? While there is still debate over whether consumers are interested in having a “smart refrigerator” collecting data to order milk, matters are quite different for a manager in an industrial facility. Data collected in this sector can lead to more efficient processes and offer forecasts on maintenance intervals, the remaining lifespan of a product, or its functional safety.

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