Throughout the duration of the EcoCAR 2 competition, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) team has been extensively collaborating with Siemens PLM Software. During Year Three, RHIT created a video that showcases their collaboration efforts with Siemens.
Siemens is a competition-level sponsor of the EcoCAR 2 competition and is a world-leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services. Siemens’ software has been utilized both in the classroom and on the RHIT team’s 2013 Chevrolet Malibu provided by General Motors.
The team uses Siemens NX 7.5 to perform virtual fitment, ensuring that all the components physically fit in the vehicle. NX is utilized during the design of the car as well as managing the process. The team uses NX CAD software to design custom powertrain mounting brackets and NASTRAN to perform FEA to make sure they meet the competition safety factors. In the classroom, RHIT advisor Dr. Zac Chambers teaches a crash course on NX and has created a tutorial on building beam FEA models of mounting brackets.
Bill Boswell, Senior Director of Partner Strategy at Siemens, said that “Siemens has made the largest in-kind software donation in RHIT history by donating $27.8 million software to the institution.” Siemens provides in-kind software grants of NX and Teamcenter to Rose-Hulman. Because of Siemens PLM Software, Rose-Hulman has been able to advance their curriculum and utilize various tools to enhance the educational experience for their students.
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