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Thursday, January 28, 2016


Daron Libby


  1. The Mechanical Engineer - Shape Shifter
    05 Jan, 2017
    The Mechanical Engineer - Shape Shifter
    I think CEOs, HR directors, and even college graduates could all be a little confused as to what is expected when it comes to what we mean by a "Mechanical Engineer".
  2. Equivalencing Nodes
    07 Apr, 2016
    Equivalencing Nodes
    I set out to create a 3D hex model using 2-1/2D extrusion in APEX and run Random Vibration from within Patran. My model was a machined aluminum component. My strategy was to create the base surfaces in the x-y plane and then "extrude" them into the z-direction of various heights to create a an aluminum component with RF "trenches". Once the 3D geometry was in place, it should have been trivial to mesh with hex elements using the 2.5D mesher. Or so I thought ... I built the surfaces as shown
  3. Surface with a hole
    03 Mar, 2016
    Surface with a hole
    To create a hole in a planar surface would seem trivial for Apex. However, it took me quite a while to figure it out and so I thought it was worthy of note. I had imported a bunch of IGES lines that defined the outer perimeter of the surface and two 180 degree arcs for the hole in the middle. I was really trying to avoid the old "Patran" approach of breaking curves to make a bunch of 4-sided polygons. I tried using the Drag Edge tool but there was a not a one-to-one matchup of curve segments on
  4. Setting transparency
    24 Feb, 2016
    Setting transparency
    When I first learned Patran, some thirty-five years ago, I did it by reading the manual and just figuring things out on my own. Budgets were tight and there was no money for training "until you needed it." When I eventually began to teach Patran classes, I would cover a topic in five minutes or less and I'd remember back when it had taken me a half day or more to figure it out on my own! So here I was, in Apex, trying to do what I thought was a simple operation ... to set the transparency on
  5. Solid Bracket with two vertical holes
    04 Jan, 2016
    My first Apex model
    I am, like most finite element analysts out there, new to MSC/Apex. I'm working through the process of coming up to speed and will document my findings along the way. This will help you, should you be evaluating the Apex software. Although I am an MSC Elite Channel Partner for the Apex product, I consider myself independent from MSC and will document my honest assessment of the Apex learning experience. Background Before embarking to create a model from scratch, I have spent perhaps 15 hours to