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Engineering Software Market – Rising usage of 3D Modeling in Geology Sector

The global engineering software market defines the use of different software such as computer-aided designing (CAD) software, computer-aided engineering (CAE) software, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, electronic design automation (EDA) software, and architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) software. These software are utilized across various engineering disciplines, such as electronics and communication engineering, electrical engineering, process engineering, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The global engineering software market was valued at US$ 19.98 billion in 2014 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 12.4% from 2015 to 2022.
The rising need of automation and growing adoption of integrated solutions for analyzing and designing of engineering systems is fueling the global engineering software market. Furthermore, the growing penetration of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops has increased the ease and accessibility of engineering software, which in turn, is bolstering the growth of engineering software market. Furthermore, the introduction of cloud-based engineering software products is boosting the market growth tremendously. However, high maintenance cost and license cost coupled with lack of technical expertise in operating these software is hindering the market growth globally. The key market players profiled in this report include Autodesk, Inc., Bentley Systems, Inc., Dassault Systemes S.A., IBM Corporation, Geometric Ltd., Siemens PLM Software, Inc., SAP SE, Synopsys, Inc., PTC, Inc., Ansys, Inc., and MSC Software Corporation. A significant opportunity for the key players lies in the growing demand of engineering software across marine, ship building and offshore sectors in order to provide reliable operating platform to overcome with extreme weather conditions, physical space constraints, and remote locations.

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The global engineering software market is segmented on the basis of software type, application type, and geography. On the basis of software type, the market is segmented into CAD software, CAE software, CAM software, AEC software, and EDA software. In 2014, the CAD software segment led the market and is expected to continue its dominance with nearly half of the global market revenue share in 2022. Currently, the surge in demand for CAD software is driven by the growing trend of mobile access to CAD which is boosting the adoption of CAD software worldwide, especially in the APAC. Moreover, the evolution of various new engineering trends such as 3D modeling, building information modeling (BIM), concurrent engineering and 3D printing, among others are expected to drive the engineering software’s demand throughout the forecast period.

On the basis of applications, the global engineering software market is classified into design automation, plant design, product design & testing, drafting & 3D modeling and others. The others application segment includes enterprise resource planning, project management, knowledge management, and 3D printing services. In 2014, product design & testing application segment led the engineering software market and it is expected to continue its dominance with over one-fourth of the global market revenue share in 2022. This is owing to the rising connectivity enabling remote analyzing and examining of products in the field. The drafting & 3D modeling is expected to be the fastest growing application segment owing to its rising usage in textbook publishing, advertising, marketing, and geology & science. Scientists and geologists are using 3D modeling to simulate earthquakes and landforms in order to see the effect of stress and draw conclusions based on their findings.

North America led the global engineering software market in 2014, accounting for over one-third of the global market revenue share and it is expected to lead the market throughout the forecast period 2015 to 2022. This is owing to the evolution of cloud-based engineering software which provides a range of advantages, such as ease of access, large space of storage, and security. Latin America is expected to be the fastest growing region for the market owing to immense growth in manufacturing and telecommunication industries, making significant usage of engineering softwares. The market for CAD/CAM/CAE and EDA is anticipated to increase in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Mexico. In Middle East & Africa (MEA), government investments and advancements in technology are acting as drivers for the growth of industrial sector, which in turn, is anticipated to drive the engineering software market in the coming years. In addition, the growth of engineering software market in Asia Pacific is mainly driven by burgeoning construction field and expanding automation industry. Thus, the engineering software market is analyzed to grow at a CAGR of 12.4% during the period 2015 to 2022.

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Michigan Engineering Develops New Cyber Manufacturing System to Quickly Design and 3D Print …

um-engineering-logoIn early 2016, the University of Michigan Orthotics and Prosthetics Center (UMOPC) teamed up with Stratasys and Altair Engineering to form the CYBER team, which was funded by America Makes and aimed to leverage 3D printing and Industry 4.0 to make better Ankle Foot Orthotics, and more specifically to address the orthotics needs of veterans. The work the CYBER team did paved the way for a new project: UMOPC recently implemented a new cyber manufacturing system that was developed by the University of Michigan College of Engineering, in an effort to quickly design and 3D print custom, better-fitting orthotics and prosthetics for stroke patients, amputees, and people with cerebral palsy.3d-printed-um-orthoticCurrently, when a patient needs a custom assistive device like orthoses (braces used to protect, improve, or align function and stability to injured limbs) or prostheses (devices used to replace a lost limb), they have to wait for days, and sometimes even weeks, for one to be fabricated. The UM clinicians and engineers who designed the system said it will create custom, lightweight devices much faster, and additionally can improve the fit, function, consistency, and precision of each device.

Albert Shih

Albert Shih

Albert Shih, project lead and professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan, said, “Eventually we envision that a patient could come in in the morning for an optical scan, and the clinician could design a high quality orthosis very quickly using the cloud-based software. By that afternoon, they could have a 3-D printed device that’s ready for final evaluation and use.”

The team is currently focused on one specific device: ankle foot orthoses, generally prescribed to help stroke patients regain the ability to walk independently. There are 700,000 stroke victims in the US each year, and over two-thirds of these need long-term rehabilitation, which can be helped with custom orthotics like the ones UM is working on. Children with myelomeningocele and cerebral palsy can also use these types of devices to regain stability while walking.

um-scanningTo make the custom assistive device, the patient will first have to undergo a 3D optical scan, and the orthotist will then upload the scan data to a cloud-based design center and use software, specially developed by Altair Engineering and Standard Cyborg, to design the device. A set of electronic instructions is created by the software and transmitted directly to the orthotist’s facility, where an onsite Stratasys Fortus 400mc 3D printer will create the device itself in a matter of hours.

This is a “major departure from current methods” of creating assistive devices, according to Jeff Wensman, director of clinical and technical services at UMOPC. The current labor-intensive process, which usually takes about two weeks, needs a highly trained staff and large shop to complete all of the steps, which include:

  1. Wrapping fiberglass tapes around the patient’s limb, which will harden into a mold
  2. Filling the mold with plaster to make the model
  3. Vacuum forming heated plastic around the model to make the device
  4. Smoothing the edges by hand and attaching mechanical components, such as straps

The new process developed by UMOPC only needs three pieces of equipment on-site: a handheld optical scanner, a computer, and a 3D printer; as the Fortus 400mc is only about 4′ x 3′ x 6.5′, the lab or shop itself won’t even need to be that big. So in the future, even smaller clinics located in more rural or remote areas could better accommodate patients who need these types of custom devices.

um-3d-printed-orthoticThe system, developed by UM mechanical engineering PhD student Robert Chisena, utilizes a new type of infill pattern: a wave, or parse structure, which creates a wavy, continuous infill pattern, and makes the orthotics partially hollow. This not only saves weight while retaining strength, it also helps increase the machine’s efficiency.

Wensman said, “Traditional hand-made orthotics are solid plastic, and they need to be a certain thickness because they have to be wrapped around a physical model during the manufacturing process. 3-D printing eliminates that limitation. We can design devices that are solid in some places and hollow in others and vary the thickness much more precisely. It gives us a whole new set of tools to work with.”

3d-printed-orthotic-umThe new process is also more consistent than existing methods, since it utilizes computer-based models instead of hand fabrication. So any clinic that owns a 3D printer will be able to create the exact same device over and over again. Doctors will also be able to see how a patient’s shape and condition are progressing, as they have access to computer models of previously used orthotics for the patient. Shih says the device is already creating and testing prosthetics and orthotics, and the team is working on a plan to show how their new process will be able to improve both efficiency and service, as well as reduce the overall cost. So other healthcare providers are able to benefit from their work and develop similar systems, the team will be making their system specs and software available for free.

Along with America Makes and Manufacturing USA, the project received funding from the National Science Foundation.

Shih said, “Without America Makes and Manufacturing USA, we would not be able to bring a state-of-the-art 3D printer to the prosthetics center with the traditional research project. Without the National Science Foundation’s Partnership for Innovation and cyber manufacturing grants, we would not be able to have PhD engineering students working at UMOPC to develop the system. I am very blessed to have all three projects funded and started at the same time to create this first-of-its-kind demonstration site at UMOPC for the Michigan Difference in advanced manufacturing and patient care.”

Check out the 3D Printed Orthotics video to learn more:

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How 3D printing and the BBC micro:bit are kickstarting inspiration for engineering

With over 6,500 units sold worldwide, the Robox 3D printer from UK-based CEL is in the business to make 3D printing easier and bring it to the masses. What better way to do that than to partner up with a company that’s already introducing inspiring technology and startup kits to thousands of UK schools with a mission to empower the next generation of engineers.

Kitronik is a fellow UK company dedicated to bringing design and technology products and resources to students and their teachers. Starting out with a range of electronic kits, tailored to the national curriculum and supported by teaching notes that would make it easy for teachers to implement this new breed of technology into the classroom, Kitronik has brought everything from amplifier kits to e-textiles to secondary education students.

Kitronik has been doing this for 10 years, providing over a million project kits to 3,500 schools in the UK. In its latest initiative, the company has turned its attention to 3D printing and partnered with CEL to put the Robox in 5,000 UK schools and show children how they can create real functional objects.

“We’ve looked at 3D printers for quite a while,” explained Kitronik Co-Founder Kevin Spurr. “We went into classrooms and they were having a lot of problems with them. We stayed away because it didn’t seem to be at a point where we would want to be involved. The Robox printer overcomes a lot of those issues.”

The Robox is a simple, accessible desktop printer. Launched in 2012 on the back of a successful Kickstarter campaign, it is one of the most easy-to-use machines on the market and features a set of unique capabilities which make it the ideal introductory 3D printing tool for the education market.

For the school environment, safety is paramount and Robox features a lockable lid that prevents younger users from touching the heated print bed or melted plastic. In addition to safety, the printer is probably the closest to “plug and print” you could hope for with minimal setup and simplistic software that is as easy as; select file, choose colour and settings and print. These features, along with its affordability and reliability, make Robox the perfect companion to the D&T projects being implemented in schools.

“What we’re interested in is the mechanical side,” Chris Elsworthy, CEO of CEL and creator of the Robox 3D printer, commented. “A 3D printer makes real things so children can take their design, make something real and have a real life working product without that huge development which you would expect.”

A key piece of kit that has the potential to add a new dimension to how students learn is the BBC micro:bit, a groundbreaking pocket-sized computer that allows children to get creative with technology. As part of the BBC’s ‘Make it Digital’ initiative, the project is a collaboration between 29 partners including Kitronik, Barclays, Lancaster University, Microsoft, Nordic Semiconductor, Samsung, ScienceScope, Technology Will Save Us and the Wellcome Trust, to give every year 7 child in the UK a BBC micro:bit for free by Spring 2016.

In what Kevin describes as a “piece of hardware for the 21st Century”, the device is a small electronic board (PCB) which can be plugged into a PC or connected to other hardware to teach children how to programme and make things like stepometers and even wearables.

“The BBC micro:bit brings this stuff to a lower level of understanding to kickstart people’s inspiration into programming. Traditionally you can do a lot if you’re a powerful programmer, but often getting started is difficult,” Chris commented.

“It’s very easy for students to get into when they start with the simple graphical programming language,” Kevin added. “They can then progress to more advanced programming languages too, so they can learn textual programming which is the next stepping point, but they don’t need that to get started.”

Right now Kitronik is busy putting together resources for schools to show how they can implement the technology in the classroom. Educating teachers about the importance of nurturing these skills and ways of doing so within the curriculum is a huge focus. Finding approaches to delivering these projects and having successful outcomes within a typical school day is a big part of the challenge.

Chris explained: “You talk to kids about 3D printing, developing new ideas and electronics and the scope they have for new ideas is just immense. You show them what a 3D printer can do and they just leap on it. The blockade comes from adults and teachers because they’re new to this technology, it’s much harder to make them adopt it and have inspiration in this field.”

Kevin added: “Teachers want something the kids can take home and show their parents. It excites the parents about what they’re learning at schools. You need that success at the end of that and that’s what we’re trying to help with, making that more deliverable in a classroom with the time frames they have.”

One of the key messages from this partnership is about placing value on giving young people the option to explore careers that are not traditionally academic. Encouraging children who are practically minded, full of imagination and enjoy making stuff provides them with the stepping-stone to allow them to shine in the classroom and develop much sought after skills for the working world.

“Just being able to talk to people about how important I find engineering and what you can achieve from it and having a whole generation of kids coming up knowing that really excites me,” Chris commented.

Kevin added: “I’m sure there’s a really good pool of students out there with the ability to go on and learn about these subjects but they’re choosing to do other things. I don’t know why so many people aren’t choosing engineering – it’s one of the most enjoyable things you could do as a career. Anything to get kids excited about choosing a career path where they produce and make things is a good thing.”