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Autodesk Helius PFA: Advanced Material Simulation For Light-Weighting
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Dan Milligan
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, Doug Kenik
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Description

Plastics, composites, and other advanced materials are replacing metal across multiple industries. The main benefit provided by replacing metallic designs with advanced material designs is the ability to make a product lighter. Advanced materials add challenges to the design process for parts, assemblies, and structures that use these materials. The material behavior is often non-linear, anisotropic, and influenced by how products are manufactured. Helius PFA software provides powerful capabilities for simulating these beneficial but complex materials within a mechanical design. The Helius PFA software suite includes Advanced Material Exchange software for mapping manufacturing data from Moldflow Insight to structural simulation. Join Autodesk, Inc., to learn about the newest features, use cases, best practices for using Helius PFA software, and on the future of advanced material simulation at Autodesk.

Key Learnings

  • Discover the newest features available in Helius PFA 2016
  • Learn how to identify use cases and the benefits for using advanced material simulation tools
  • Learn best practices for using Helius PFA
  • Discover the future of advanced material simulation at Autodesk

Speakers

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Dan Milligan is a technical sales specialist for the Autodesk simulation team. He has been involved in composite material design and analysis for 6 years as an engineer at Autodesk and previously at Firehole Composites. He is an expert in the finite element analysis of products designed using composite materials and the simulation of composite material failure. He has presented at SAMPE and has taught courses on using software for composite material design and analysis. Dan graduated from the University of Wyoming where he received a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
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Doug Kenik is a Product Manager for generative design strategies within Autodesk, Inc. He holds both an MS and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming, where he spent his graduate career developing high-fidelity micromechanics models for composite material simulation. Prior to working at Autodesk, Doug was a developer and application engineer at Firehole Composites, where he helped implement new technologies for composite simulation and define next-generation enhancements for use within existing products.
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