User Tools


tools

Notable enablers, by category…


Simulation


LTspice®

link (2020-02-21)

  • SPICE simulation software
  • schematic capture
  • used since 2019
    • for modeling permanent magnet synchronous motors
    • misc. power and control circuitry


OpenModelica

link (2020-02-21)

  • open-source Modelica-based modeling and simulation environment
  • object oriented multidomain system modeling
  • used since 2019


CAD / CAM


Siemens NX™

Siemens logo from https://community.plm.automation.siemens.com/t5/NX-Design/ct-p/NXforDesign/ (2017-11-22)1)

NX 9splash screen NX 10 splash screen NX 11 splash screen


Rhinoceros®

Rhinoceros® logo from http://v5.rhino3d.com/page/rhino-faq (2013-12-01)2)

  • versatile 3D NURBS modeler
  • solids, surfaces and meshes - geometric, organic, freeform shapes…
  • rendering with Flamingo
  • programmable with VBScript and Python
    • simple AI path finders - iterating to find lowest cost options
    • principal component analysis
    • covering irregular surfaces with shaped features for tool texturing
    • reconstructing 3D models from MRI scans
    • automatically compiling the types, quantities and lengths of components in construction projects
    • automatically collecting anthropometric measurements from ear scans
  • used extensively since 2003 (versions 3, 4, 5…)

Example Rhino Projects

Example images from Rhino projects, see also Projects


SolidWorks®

SolidWorks logo from http://www.solidworks.com/ (2013-12-01)3)

  • parametric solid modeling
  • manufacturing drawing packages
  • used extensively (version 2008, 2010, 2014)


Geomagic Design™

Geomagic Design logo from http://www.geomagic.com/en/products-landing-pages/geomagicdesign (2013-12-01)4) Alibre logo from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alibre_Design_Logo.png (2013-12-01)5)

  • formerly Alibre Design
  • parametric solid modeling and manufacturing drawings
  • used occasionally since 2003

Example Alibre (Geomagic Design™) drawings

Example Alibre (Geomagic Design™) drawings


AutoCAD®

AutoCAD® logo from http://www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-autocad/overview (2013-12-15)6)

  • solid modeling, mechanical design, detail drawings…
  • used extensively from 1996-2002, versions 13, 14, AutoCAD 2000, Inventor/Mechanical Desktop


Blender

Blender logo from http://www.blender.org/about/logo/ (2013-12-15)7)

  • free and open source 3D animation suite
  • modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering…
  • used occasionally since the late 1990's - at times nearly fluent with the interface and workflow…

Silly animation intro for thesis defense presentation, 2002

A few simple Blender models

A few simple Blender models


FeatureCAM

FeatureCAM logo from http://www.featurecam.com/ (2013-12-15)8)

  • setup a CNC demo laboratory in 2002 using FeatureCAM and miniature 2.5D milling machines


SCANNING, METROLOGY


Geomagic Studio®

Geomagic logo from http://www.geomagic.com/en/ (2013-12-01)9)

  • manipulating point clouds and meshes, surfacing, 3D comparisons
  • used extensively since 2005 (versions 8 - 12…)


Geomagic® Control™

Geomagic® Control™10)

  • formerly known as Geomagic Qualify®
  • 3D metrology
  • used occasionally since 2005 (versions 8 - 11)


MeshLab

MeshLab logo from http://meshlab.sourceforge.net (2013-12-15)

  • cleaning and viewing polygon mesh files, as generated by laser scanning
  • used occasionally since the mid 2000's


Laser Scanners

3Shape logo from http://www.3shape.com/ (2013-12-15)11)


Dental/Medical CT Scanners

FEA (Finite Element Analysis)


NEi Nastran and Femap®

NEi Nastran logo from http://www.nenastran.com/nei-nastran.php (2013-12-01)14)

Femap logo from http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/velocity/femap/free-femap.shtml#lightview%26uri=tcm:1023-5012%26title=Powering%20Today%27s%20Most%20Advanced%20Engineering%20Analysis%20Environment%20-%20Femap%20Brochure%20-%202193%26docType=.pdf (2013-12-01)15)

  • linear static and buckling modules
  • used extensively in stress, strain, deflection, and buckling analyses for Tree Towers

Example FEA Projects

Screen images from Tree Towers related FEA analyses


Actran and Patran

MSC Software logo from http://www.mscsoftware.com/product/actran-acoustics (2013-12-01)16)

  • Patran as pre/post-processor, Actran as solver
  • used to prepare anthropometric mesh models for acoustic analyses (actual analysis was handled by a colleague…I'm no acoustics expert)


ANSYS

ANSYS logo from http://www.ansys.com (2017-11-25)17)

  • comprehensive FEA and simulation package
  • used rarely since 2016 (version 15…18.2)


SimScale

SimScale logo from https://www.simscale.com (2020-02-21)18)

  • CFD, FEA, and thermal simulation platform
  • used occasionally since 2016

Screenshots from ParaView post-processing of a SimScale analysis of convective heat transfer in air flowing through a pipe

Screenshots from ParaView post-processing of a SimScale analysis of convective heat transfer in air flowing through a pipe


Hypermesh

Altair HyperMesh logo from http://www.altairhyperworks.com/(S(4n12pzg4shb0umrvvmnhwpig))/pdfs/product_brochures/HW_HyperMesh_Web.pdf (2013-12-01)

  • completed training course in 2006
  • used briefly to prepare models for an analysis of sound transmission between the head and a headset


Autodesk® Simulation Mechanical

Autodesk Simulation Mechanical logo from http://www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-simulation-family/features/simulation-mechanical/all/gallery-view (2013-12-17)19)

  • formerly known as Algor®
  • used for coursework at Virginia Tech


CAESAR II

Intergraph logo from http://www.coade.com/uploads/pdf/CAESAR-II-PPM-US-0100A-ENG_screen.pdf
 (2013-12-17)20)

  • used to assess physical and thermodynamic loading scenarios of piping layouts, as a co-op at Eastman Chemical Company


IMAGE PROCESSING


ImageJ / FIJI

ImageJ logo from http://rsbweb.nih.gov/ij/ (2013-08-18)

  • open source scientific, microscopy, and medical image analysis
  • CT and MRI scan segmentation
  • filtering and manipulation of 2D thru 5D data (x,y,z, color, time)
  • fitting prosthetics from imaging data
  • Fiji is ImageJ with common add-ons already built-in
  • used extensively while working on Non-Invasive Ear Scanning
  • developed plugins in Java


GIMP

GIMP logo from http://www.gimp.org/ (2013-12-17)

  • GNU Image Manipulation Program
  • used often for general purpose image manipulation and photo editing


Inkscape

Inkscape logo from http://inkscape.org/en/ (2013-12-17)

  • open source vector graphics editor
  • used often for general purpose scalable vector graphics: flyers, business cards, website images, etc.


ImageMagick®

ImageMagick® logo from http://www.imagemagick.org/ (2013-12-17)21)

  • command line image manipulation
  • used frequently for programmatic and batch image processing: scaling, rotating, normalizing…


PROGRAMMING


LabVIEW

LabVIEW logo from http://www.ni.com/en-us/shop/labview.html (2017-11-25)22)

  • “LabVIEW is systems engineering software for applications that require test, measurement, and control…” ni.com (2017-11-25)
  • used for test rigs and one-off or low volume machinery when needing software to interact with actuators or sensors
  • used frequently since 2015 (versions 2014, 2017)


Python

Python logo from http://www.python.org/ (2013-12-17)23)


Java

Java logo from https://www.java.com/en/about/ (2013-12-17)24)

  • general purpose programming language
  • used extensively in the context of image processing while working on Non-Invasive Ear Scanning


AutoIT

AutoIT logo from http://www.autoitscript.com (2013-12-17)

  • freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting
  • used extensively since 2003 for rapid application prototyping and automation tasks


Microsoft VBA

Microsoft Office dev center logo from http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/office/ (2013-12-17)25)

  • Microsoft's event-driven programming language Visual Basic
  • runs within MS Office host applications, not as a standalone program
  • used to build user defined functions, automate processes, and access the Windows API
  • used extensively to create database applications within Access
  • also used to automate charts and reports in Excel and Word


MATLAB®

MathWorks® logo from http://www.mathworks.com/products/matlab/ (2013-12-17)26)

  • high-level programming language especially good for matrix computations
  • used extensively for coursework at Virginia Tech and analysis of the Shape Memory Alloy Heat Engine


Mathematica

Mathematica logo from http://www.wolfram.com/ (2013-12-17)27)

  • symbolic equation solver and scientific programming language
  • used extensively for coursework at Virginia Tech (versions 3 and 4)


PUBLISHING, PRODUCTIVITY


Access

Access logo from http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access/ (2013-12-17)28)

  • used intensively, off-and-on, since 1999
  • used VBA to develop custom, parametrically searchable, applications for managing valves, earplugs


DokuWiki

Dokuwiki logo from https://www.dokuwiki.org/ (2013-12-17)


Visio, OpenOffice Draw

Visio logo from http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/visio/ (2013-12-17)29)Draw logo from http://www.openoffice.org/ui/VisualDesign/OOo30MimeType4print.html (2013-12-17)30)

  • used regularly for flowcharting, system illustrations, and developing database schema

Example flowcharts, illustrations, and database schemas

Example flowcharts, illustrations, and database schemas


Misc


3D PRINTING

Used regularly since 2005, the most often used processes are:


OTHER

Important, not otherwise categorized:

  • Galil Servo Motion Control
  • Altium Electrical Schematics


1)
Siemens, the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG.
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Rhinoceros® is a registered trademark of TLM, Inc., doing business as Robert McNeel & Associates
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SolidWorks® is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation
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Geomagic® Design™ is a trademark of Geomagic, Inc.
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the Alibre logo is a registered trademark
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AutoCAD® is a registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc.
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The Blender logo is a copyrighted property of NaN Holding B.V
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FeatureCAM is a trademark of Delcam plc.
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Geomagic Studio® is a registered trademark of Geomagic, Inc.
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Geomagic® Control™ is a registered trademark of Geomagic, Inc.
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3Shape logo is a registered trademark of 3Shape A/S
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Xoran®, MiniCAT™ and xCAT® are trademarks of Xoran Technologies®, Inc.
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NewTom VGiFlex is a trademark of QR S.r.l.
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NEi, NEi Works, NEi Fusion, and the NEi logo are trademarks of NEi Software, Inc. Nastran is a registered trademark of NASA.
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Femap® is a registered trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc.
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The MSC Software logo, Actran, and Patran are trademarks of MSC.Software Corporation or its subsidiaries
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ANSYS logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of ANSYS, Inc.
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SimScale logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SimScale GmbH
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Autodesk® Simulation Mechanical is a trademark of Autodesk, Inc.
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Intergraph, the Intergraph logo, and CAESAR II are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corporation
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ImageMagick® is a trademark of ImageMagick Studio LLC
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Logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of National Instruments
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Python is a trademark of the Python Software Foundation
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Java is a registered trademark of Oracle
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Microsoft Office and logo are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation
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MATLAB® and MathWorks® logo are registered trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc.
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Mathematica and logo are registered trademarks of Wolfram Research, Inc.
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Access and logo are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation
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Visio and logo are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation
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OpenOffice and logo are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation