simscaleMunich, Germany-based SimScale is the leading provider of browser-based simulation for engineering that uses cloud and cutting-edge simulation technology to create “an ecosystem in which simulation functionality, content and people are brought together in one place enabling them to build better products.” Founded in 2012, the SimScale team boasts 35 employees that speak 30 languages and hail from 18 different nations. Engineers, computer scientists, and mathematicians all work at SimScale, and now the company is offering a three-part series of 3D printing workshops aimed at teaching 3D printing basics to all interested individuals.

The free workshops begin on February 18, 2016, and they will continue for three weeks as participants learn how to how to “develop and improve the design of 3D printers, using the SimScale engineering simulation platform.” Engineering simulation/CAE fundamentals will be taught as participants improve the design of the RepRap 3D printer. Each session also comes with optional homework lessons, so participants can get the most out of the time spent in the workshop sessions.

sim3If you are the homework type, then you can benefit from the fact that submitting all three homework assignments qualifies participants for a free SimScale Professional Training valued at €500. Also, a certificate of participation will be awarded when the program is completed, and participants have the chance to win a 3D printer that is a working prototype based on their own design modifications.

Beginners are welcome in this 3D printing workshop, and there is no prior software knowledge required. All participants receive free access to SimScale–including all simulation features.

sim2Session One (2/18/16) focuses on “Optimizing the Heat Distribution of the Extruder,” and introduces the participant to thermal simulations. Participants will make (from scratch) a heat distribution simulation within the extruder and make a design optimization based on analysis results.

Session Two (2/25/16) is “Reducing the Vibrations of the Frame Using Model Simulations.” This is an introduction to solid mechanic simulations. Here, machine dynamics will be taught and a model simulation will identify “eigenfrequencies and the associated modal displacements of frame.”

Session Three (3/3/16) teaches “Optimization of Cooling Airflow Through the Printer.” The final session addresses cooling and thermal management. The fundamentals of convectional heat transfer and fluid dynamics will be taught, and participants will create a “fluid flow simulation” to optimize the fan’s operating mode.

SimScale_logoWebinar recordings, tutorials, and online homework submission is all available as resources for all participants in the workshops, which promise to leave participants much more well-versed in SimScale’s potential within the 3D printing space for optimized engineering simulation.

Interested in registering? Please go here to fill out the registration form that will lead you to some free workshops and the chance to win a 3D printer that you had a hand in designing. Discuss this program in the SimScale 3D Printing forum over at 3DPB.com.

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