Defining PLM

By Kate

Happy Friday everyone!  As such, it’s time to bring back the Friday poll.  Today’s poll is about the definition of PLM (product lifecycle management).

Many thanks to answer and see how others define PLM.

Bon weekend!


Turbomachinery Makes the World Go ‘Round

By Tim

Ancient Water Wheel, Modern Turbine

Ok, ‘turbomachines’ don’t actually make the world ‘go round, but they have been the catalyst of human advancements for thousands of years—from the early Roman water wheels of the first century B.C. to the modern power turbines, and aircraft engines of today.

I am amazed by the massive size and complexity of steam, gas, and hydro turbines found in power plants all over the world.  Here’s an interesting link to simple explanations about different types of turbines and how they work.

Like all manufacturers, Turbomachinery companies are facing increasing environmental and economic pressures causing them to seek greater efficiency, both in their product development processes and in the performance of their products. Power plants and the steam turbines that drive them must be able to ramp up and ramp down to meet changing energy demands on a regular basis.

Engineers at Alstom

Engineers at Alstom

During peak power demand cycles, steam turbines need to be able to start-up rapidly, handle load and temperature changes predictably, and withstand the stress of dynamic operating conditions reliably.

To meet these market demands, Alstom Power in Switzerland is using Abaqus FEA from SIMULIA to cut design cycle time, reduce development costs, and improve the reliability of their turbomachines. Check out their case study “Fast-Starts Help Squeeze Watts”.

Turbomachinery designers and engineers also have to take into account a range of design variables of complex, multidisciplinary systems—from the turbine, the compressor, the combustor, the casing, the rotors and bearings—all must work in tandem in extreme conditions of temperature, pressure, and high forces on the rotating components.

Robust Design Process

Robust Design Process

How is it possible to account for all of the design variables and optimize these complex machines? Check out this view point article “Assessing Variability to Achieve Robust Design” by Alexander Karl, from Rolls-Royce (on page 4 of INSIGHTS magazine).

If you want to learn more about how Abaqus and Isight are being used to analyze and optimize Turbomachinery performance, do a quick Google search; “Turobmachinery + analysis + Abaqus” or, “Turbomachinery + optimization + Isight”. You’ll quickly find an incredible wealth of information.

Plus, you’ll discover—like I have—that Turbomachinery does make our world go ’round.

Without turbomachinery, we would be in the dark and grounded. Instead, we enjoy electricity convinently at the flip of a switch and global air travel comfortably at 30,000 feet.

Bon Voyage,


Mydeco Eyedeco Buydeco

By Kate

You heard it here first folks! 

Remember my sneak prevue post?  iPhone + Photos + 3D Objects = Yum! 

Ok, look again (or for the first time) and notice the lead photo. 

Nah, not the 3D object superimposed on the 2D photo.  Look at the person sitting in the chair. 

Yeah, yeah, Brent Hoberman from  Who cares? 

Ahhh, well read this from Retail Technology news! launches the ‘Furnish Your Photo’ app

I’d seen some buzz about this recently on Twitter, but then Fred sent me the link to the Retail Technology article and I thought twas time to share with you 3DP people. 

According to the article:

The interior design retail website said although the app already includes more interior design themed 3D models than any other iPhone app, it plans to expand the range to include approx 75,000 3D models from the catalogue of over 5 million furniture items already available on

So what are you waiting for, iPhone users?  Grab the mydeco app and start making your interior design fantasies reality!  Just take your photos then you mydeco, eyedeco and if you like what you see, buydeco. 



P.S. It’s not only the little white rabbit that’s running out of time.  Time’s running out on mydeco’s Alice in Wonderland 3D room contest as well.  Closing date is THIS Friday!

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