The Linux installer for Insight is supplied in two versions. - The _workstation_ installer, which is best if you have a standalone machine that you have root access to. - The _thin client_ installer, which is best if you have limited privileges on the machine, or if you need to install on one machine and run on another.
Read the following sections before you install Insight and decide which one is more appropriate for your needs.
The workstation Installer
The workstation installer is a self-extracting shell script which installs Insight as a set of RPM packages.
Like any RPM installer, you need to have root access in order to run the _rpm -i_ command, which the self-extracting shell script does on your behalf. Like any RPM installer, you are informed of any missing package dependencies at installation time.
The workstation installer installs to a fixed path in /opt/Autodesk. It also writes a configuration file to /etc/sysconfig and (unless you asked it not to) creates scripts in /etc/init.d to start the Moldflow Job Manager daemon. It creates a non-root user which will run the Moldflow Job Manager daemon. In a lot of respects, a workstation installation is like the Windows version of Insight: it requires administrator privileges to install and it includes the Job Manager as a service.
A typical user of the Workstation installer is someone who has a spare Linux machine under the desk, and wants to submit jobs to it from their Windows machine running Synergy.
The workstation installer can be uninstalled by running _rpm -e_ commands. A convenience shell script is installed to make this a one-line operation.
The thin client installer
The thin client installer is a self-extracting shell script that expands Insight from a TAR archive into a nominated directory.
The thin client requires no special privileges to install, and no special privileges to run. It can be installed in any directory. It can be run locally, or it can be installed on a server, the files distributed over NFS, and run on another machine that mounts the same directory read-only.
The thin client installer contains the Moldflow Job Manager executable but does not attempt to run it. It makes no changes to /etc/init.d. If you need to run the Moldflow Job Manager then you need to start and stop it explicitly.
In a lot of respects, a thin client installation is like a "Portable Apps" version of Insight: it has slightly reduced functionality but it can be installed by anyone and removed without leaving a trace.
A typical user of the thin client is a user on a cluster or on a standalone machine which restricts root access.
Because a thin client installation is just a directory, it can be uninstalled simply by removing the directory.
We're very happy to let you know that the Autodesk Moldflow 2016 products are live and available for download right now. This year’s release is by far the biggest release in Moldflow’s long history.
For a high level overview of the Moldflow 2016 release, you can follow the link to the Autodesk® Moldflow® 2016 product release page.
To get access to your 2016 product, please log in to our new Autodesk Accounts page. Then click on the ‘management’ link near the top. You should now find your Autodesk products on the right hand side of the page. Click on the arrow in front of the product you wish to down load and select the release you want to download.
For additional details you can also reference the forum post on the release here.
Over the last few years you may have gotten used to our Scandium Technology Previews, but in addition to this, we now have a new technology preview called Harmony. Harmony takes a different approach to creating a 3D part mesh. Project Harmony uses some of the components that were developed in the context of Ventus for CFD last year and differs in a few important ways from the normal meshing procedure:
Firstly, the mesher in Project Harmony is tolerant of imperfect CAD geometry. The Harmony mesher does not care about gaps or small intersection problems in the model. The model I used here is an STL with multiple independent components, that meshed into one part
Secondly, the mesher uses feature based refinement scheme. With the normal Insight meshers, it's up to the user to create local mesh refinements around small features, but Harmony will do this automatically. It uses a few new control parameters "Model surface element size thickness ratio", "Model minimum feature size", "Volume mesh nominal element size" and "Volume mesh nominal layer thickness". Harmony calculates values for these parameters.
Thirdly, the mesher will create a very different 3D mesh than we normally get, with near the skin a thin layer of boundary elements, that transitions into equilateral tetrahedra in the middle.
Multi-body models that are brought into Harmony will be meshed as a single part and will not be meshed individually.
Lastly, internal mesh can be reviewed using the clipping tool in the View tab. the 'Clipping' tool offers an interesting way to cut through the mesh.
Project Harmony is free for all Moldflow Insight desktop and Moldflow Flex users. Please sign up for Project Harmony here and provide us with your feedback with this very different approach to 3D meshing.
We have made the presentations delivered at the AU 2014 Simulation Moldflow Power Track available for viewing online.
You can access these videos here and will need to log into the website to view the classes. This years Simulation Track was the highest rated tract at AU 2014 with the highest average customer score for both presenters and overall presentation. If you were unable to attend AU, see the presentations while there, or simply want to review the content again you know how the opportunity.
The script maps temperature results from a previous analysis (one shot or overmolding (2K)) to a new study. This mean you are able to see the temperature effects of an overmolding sequence with more than two shots.
Here an example of a multi-shot (three shots) process:
The picture shows an intermediate temperature result during the third shot.
A document for the workflow and the script are attached.
The Orhtotropic part insets script was updated for Autodesk Moldflow Synergy 2015 Service Pack 1 and 2.
An update is needed because of some changes we did in the service packs. I addition to this update an improvement was done to the memory usage of the SetOrthotropicProperties script which is useful if this script will be used for very large models.