Webinars

These FREE webinars produced and hosted by SAE International are practical and informative programs sponsored by thought leaders in the industry.

Thursday, September 20, 2017
The Powertrain Revolution

The fast-paced, customer-driven automotive industry has taken on the challenges of rapidly changing power demands for electric, hydrogen, hybrid, and gas-powered vehicles. This 30-minute Webinar looks at how tightening regulations, global competition, and demands for safer vehicles have set the course for placing the powertrain front and center in technological development. It examines the trends driving powertrain revolution and provides insight into some of the technologies critical to the growth of electric powertrains. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: TE Connectivity

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Mathematical Modeling of Lithium-Ion Cells

In this Webinar, Dr. Ralph White, professor of chemical engineering and a distinguished scientist at the University of South Carolina, discusses how to use COMSOL Multiphysics® to develop a physics-based lithium-ion cell model. He focuses on the development of the porous electrode equations used to produce a physics-based model of a lithium-ion cell. The Webinar also includes a demonstration of using COMSOL® software to find a solution to these equations. A physics-based model of a lithium-ion cell will then be used to predict the voltage of the cell as a function of time for charge and discharge, given the design parameters and operating conditions of the cell. The model will also be used to demonstrate the effect of changing design parameters on cell performance. Sponsor: COMSOL

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Autonomous Vehicle Standards: A Comprehensive Discussion

Vehicle connectivity, including the real prospects of hands-free and fully autonomous driving, is revolutionizing personal mobility. Cars, light trucks, and commercial vehicles equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P), and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies will reduce crashes, energy consumption, and pollution, as well as mitigate the costs associated with traffic and parking congestion. Vehicle manufacturers are investing heavily in technologies needed to help their products exchange information with each other and roadway infrastructure, as well as download data from “the cloud” to provide drivers higher levels of safety, assistance, and convenience. Such complex integrated vehicle systems, especially in a connected smart environment, rely on sets of standards to ensure accuracy, reliability, and performance. This SAE Standards Webinar provides an overview of the key standards in the automated vehicle sector: SAE J3016™ (Taxonomy and Definitions); SAE J3018 (Safe Testing of Highly Automated Vehicles on Public Roads), and SAE J3131 Automated Driving Reference Architecture. Sponsor: National Instruments

Available On-Demand Until August 16, 2018
Tech Talk
Beyond Fatigue: A Closer Look at Why Bearings Fail

When bearings are designed and specified into an application, rating life is typically the primary factor that determines their suitability. While there are methods to incorporate additional environmental factors into bearing life calculation, the end result is still primarily a prediction of fatigue life. This 10-minute presentation explores some of the many elements – as well as their effects – that can contribute to premature bearing failure. Sponsor: Schaeffler Group

Available On-Demand Until July 20, 2018
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE
Sensor Fusion and ADAS

As ADAS sensors progress toward integration into more sophisticated levels of autonomous driving, melding the unique capabilities of various sensor technology is a front-line requirement. This 60-minute Webinar focuses on sensor fusion and presents insight from three industry experts on how to derive maximum performance from collaborative sensor technology and how to continue reducing system cost. They also discuss the outlook for how and when sensor fusion is expected to integrate with machine-learning and artificial-intelligence advances. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations. Sponsors: ANSYS, DLH Bowles, dSPACE, KVN, National Instruments, PCB Automotive

Available On-Demand Until June 27, 2018
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE
Advances in Unmanned System Propulsion

Development of new propulsion technologies has been the focus of R&D looking to provide the functionality needed for unmanned aircraft systems, including vertical takeoff and landing. Their development also incorporates advances in scalability, re-configurability, and extensions that host functions to legitimate business opportunities such as goods delivery, agriculture, firefighting, news gathering, and military operations. Success means reduced operation and maintenance costs as well as less complexity, but it also brings higher functioning systems. This 60-minute Webinar highlights issues in the development and certification of advanced propulsion technologies, discusses challenges and solutions, and looks at new approaches and ideas. It also includes an audience Q&A.

Available On-Demand Until June 22, 2018
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE
Connected Vehicles & Jobsites

Fleet owners have been deploying telematic solutions for a while, but connectivity is just beginning to move to the mass market. This 60-minute Webinar explored how connectivity is providing more benefits to owners and operators, prompting a surge of developments by OEMs and suppliers. Chief among those benefits are safer, more efficient, and productive vehicles and worksites, both on- and off-highway. Also examined are the technical challenges that remain with development and testing of V2X communication, cybersecurity, and how to best utilize Big Data. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations. Sponsors: dSPACE, HED, Trombetta

Available On-Demand Until June 21, 2018
System Simulation for Aerospace and Defense Applications

This 60-minute Webinar is a mix of technical presentation, live software demonstration, and audience Q&A. It examines LMS Imagine.Lab Amesim™ software, which is used throughout the aerospace and defense industries. Specific examples in thermal, hydraulic, fuel system, electrical system, flight control, and propulsion are demonstrated. An example of a complete aircraft system, integrating each aircraft engineering discipline, is given. The examples focus on parametric studies, optimization, and design trade studies, which drive decision-making early in the design process. Sponsor: Siemens PLM

Available On-Demand Until June 15, 2018
Fast-Tracking ADAS and Autonomous Vehicle Development with Simulation

Developing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles is a challenge without precedent. Estimates indicate that billions of miles of road testing will be necessary to ensure safety and reliability. This impossible task can only be accomplished with the help of engineering simulation. With simulation, thousands of driving scenarios and design parameters can be virtually tested with precision, speed, and cost economy. This 60-minute Webinar will describe six specific areas where simulation is essential in the development of autonomous vehicles and ADAS. It will also provide examples and substantiate the benefits of simulation while identifying the tools needed for ADAS and autonomous vehicle simulation. Sponsor: ANSYS

Available On-Demand Until June 13, 2018
The Evolution of ADAS: Testing Systems That Include Cameras, Radar, and Sensor Fusion

Test requirements for camera and radar technology are rapidly changing as they become more safety critical. Because these systems are increasingly reliant on sensor fusion techniques, the test requirements are growing more complex. A test system built on a scalable, flexible architecture is the only way to make sure you can adapt as quickly as ADAS technologies and autonomous vehicle systems are evolving. This 60-minute Webinar discusses test methodologies used to address these requirements, including scene generation, synchronization between camera and radar simulation, and video bit stream manipulation, and explains how to truly put cameras to the test. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: National Instruments

Available On-Demand Until June 7, 2018
Virtual Hardware ECU: How to Significantly Increase Testing Throughput

The complexity and software content of automotive electronic systems are increasing while the demand for more software and system testing is growing. This need is being driven by requirements from the ISO 26262 standard and the necessity to reduce software-driven recalls. This 60-minute Webinar focuses on the use of Virtual Hardware ECUs to enable automotive Tier 1 and OEM companies to achieve higher testing throughput to reach their software testing and quality objectives. It also examines how to establish a Virtual Hardware ECU and integrate it into an automotive test bench (virtual Hardware-in-the-Loop) and discusses how to perform software development, integration, and test tasks including fault and coverage testing, as well as regression testing. Sponsor: Synopsys

Available On-Demand Until May 11, 2018
Transmission Solutions to Optimize Future Powertrain Efficiency

This 30-minute Webinar explores an innovative technology that delivers a continuously variable transmission (CVT) without the traditional limitations. Eliminating the belts and pulleys used in conventional CVTs, the technology features a unique planetary coaxial configuration that enables more than 300 transmission configuration possibilities, improving fuel economy by 5-10 percent. This planetary variator technology for beltless CVTs provides a flexible, power-dense alternative that integrates into existing FWD, AWD, and RWD vehicle configurations. Its scalable nature enables it to offer solutions for vehicle architectures ranging from subcompacts to pickups and from internal combustion to hybrid powertrains. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations. Sponsor: Dana

Available On-Demand Until May 4, 2018
Engineering Plastics Development for New Market Demands

This 30-minute Webinar on engineering plastics examines new measurable sustainable solutions, including polyamide-based products, that are meeting customer and market demands. The program focuses on automotive design and the implementation of value-added solutions for weight and cost savings relative to metal replacement, high temperature and chemically resistant nylon applications. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: Radici Plastics Performance Polymers

Available On-Demand Until May 3, 2018
Enhanced Tailpipe, Material Emission, and Leak Analysis with SIFT-MS

Regulators and consumers are demanding lower levels of gaseous emissions from diverse automotive and aerospace sources. Emission compositions vary widely between sources but frequently consist of both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and inorganic gases. This 60-minute Webinar introduces an innovative, industry-proven analytical technique that directly and instantly analyzes air down to part-per-trillion (ppt) concentrations. It’s called Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry or SIFT-MS. Various applications of SIFT-MS are described in the Webinar, which also includes an audience Q&A. Sponsor: Syft Technologies

Available On-Demand Until May 2, 2018
New SAE Standards on Additive Manufacturing: World’s First for Aerospace Industry

This SAE Standards Webinar will outline the specification structure and strategy for specifications encompassing additive manufacturing processes and materials. Topics will include the interconnected relationship between the precursor materials, process, and resulting fabricated materials specifications for additive manufacturing. Baseline specifications for metallic materials using laser powder bed fusion form the basis from which it is expected other AM material and process specifications will be modelled. An audience Q&A will follow the technical presentation. Speakers are from SAE’s AMS-AM Committee on Additive Manufacturing. Sponsors: Proto Labs, Renishaw

Available On-Demand Until April 27, 2018
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE
Hybrid & EV Propulsion

Greater use of vehicle electrification is essential for OEMs to meet the far more stringent global CO2 emission standards coming early in the next decade, and the technologies related to batteries, power control, and e-motors are progressing steadily. New vehicle electrical architectures, including 48-V hybrid systems and lower-cost EV drives, are poised to play a major role. In this 60-minute Webinar, experts discuss what’s over the technology horizon and what challenges engineers face as the plug-in future approaches. Sponsors: Altair, dSPACE, Intertek

Available On-Demand Until April 26, 2018
Tech Talk
Applying Wiring Harness Changes Without Damaging Your Electric System Design Flow

When an engineering change must be made to a wiring harness, it means you will make a change in multiple design steps. This 15-minute Tech Talk discusses the challenges of applying changes and how to better handle them. It also investigates improved methodologies and innovative solutions to propagate and validate engineering changes automatically. Sponsor: Synopsys

Available On-Demand until March 27, 2018
Tech Talk
The Path to V2X Using Digital Short Range Communication

In December 2016 NHTSA published a notice of proposed rule-making requiring automakers to equip their vehicle fleets with Digital Short Range Communication (DSRC) technology starting in 2019. This 14-minute Tech Talk discusses key use cases for implementing the DSRC, as well as relevant information on standards, technology, and testing. Sponsor: Anritsu

Available On-Demand Until March 23, 2018
SAE Audio White Paper
Why Your Leak Test Doesn't Measure Up - and What Data Can Do About It

The struggle to test for and address leaks that lead to faulty parts isn't new, but rising expectations for product quality are adding to the importance of today's leak test. By making the test "smarter" with sensors, software, and analytics, you can manage variables faster and more reliably. Data is the key. This 10-minute audio-visual presentation looks at both leak testing and digital process signature analysis, discusses waveforms or digital process signatures, and explains the importance of collecting the right data. Sponsor: Sciemetric

Available On-Demand Until March 22, 2018
Integrating 3D Printing into the Product Development Process at Volvo Construction Equipment

With the increase in the pace of the construction industry, 3D printing in the product development process has become increasingly important. This 60-minute Webinar focuses on Volvo Construction Equipment (CE) and how, equipped with a Stratasys Eden 260V, it can create engine component prototypes that are mounted directly on the engine and then tested. Volvo CE also quickly builds 3D models of its new product concepts for stakeholders to get timely feedback, reducing risk and lead time in all development stages. This advantage gives Volvo CE the ability to make better project decisions throughout the development and production cycles. The Webinar will not only examine how 3D printing is an effective tool in Volvo CE’s daily design work, but it also will present industry examples of 3D printing and PolyJet capabilities and limitations. Sponsor: Stratasys

Available On-Demand Until March 16, 2018
Virtual Product Development of Audio Systems with COMSOL Multiphysics®

In this 60-minute Webinar on acoustic simulation, expert François Malbos from the Harman Virtual Product Development team presents the audio simulation projects he developed to support consumers and OEM business lines, including loudspeaker, subsystem, and car cabin simulations. The Webinar also includes a comparison between COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations and measured data as well as a live demo of an acoustic simulation in which a loudspeaker is radiating sound inside a car cabin. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: COMSOL

Available On-Demand Until March 8, 2018
Tech Talk
A Genuinely Healthy Debate: Where to Source and Buy Engine Parts

This 10-minute Tech Talk examines the risks of using non-genuine engine parts. An expert in engine development, validation processes, and aftermarket solutions discusses the specific consequences that can result if incorrect filters, gaskets, and other parts are used. Viewers have the opportunity to send in questions. Sponsor: Perkins

Available On-Demand Until March 7, 2018
Polarimetric Radar for Autonomous Drive

The automotive industry is moving from driver assistance applications to safety-critical perception systems that independently make decisions. These perception systems need to be able to detect the orientation and the type of target in any environmental condition. This 30-minute Webinar examines a new polarimetric radar sensor for autonomous and highly automated drive applications. Experts discuss how this technology will dramatically improve the performance and reliability of automotive sensor suites in all environmental conditions. A Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: Astyx

Available On-Demand Until February 28, 2018
SAE Audio White Paper
Thermoplastics: The Strongest Choice for 3D Printing

When converting CAD files into plastic parts, there are more than a dozen types of thermoplastics to consider. Each material has unique mechanical, thermal, electrical, and chemical properties. The key to success is understanding these characteristics. In this 10-minute audio-visual presentation, you will get a brief, yet comprehensive overview of how various thermoplastics are having an impact and what you need to know for your applications. Sponsor: Stratasys

Available On-Demand Until February 10, 2018
Tech Talk
Achieving Lower Total Cost of Ownership in Your Enclosure Design

This Tech Talk explains the differences between modular and unibody welded enclosures and what designers and specifiers should consider to achieve lower total cost of ownership. Compared to welded enclosures, modular enclosures offer a greater range of dimensions, multiple mounting options within the same platform, more flexibility in system designs, greater ease of wiring due to removable skins and doors, and high configurability using standard components. This 18-minute program also provides the opportunity for the audience to ask questions. Sponsor: Rittal

Available On-Demand Until December 14, 2017
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE
Sensor Fusion for Autonomous Vehicles

More automation to improve safety and convenience is coming quickly to automobiles. From the early driver assistance systems such as cruise control to today’s advanced driver assistance systems, the technical building blocks are advancing to reduce the chance for driver error by automating most vehicle control functions. Enhanced vehicle systems rely on vision and camera systems, sensor technology, and software to automate driving tasks. Future systems will leverage more advanced sensing, car data networks, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems, and wireless network connectivity to automate most of the driving experience. Three experts offer insight on this important topic in this 60-minute webinar, which includes an audience Q&A. Sponsors: Anritsu, dSPACE, Synopsys

Available On-Demand Until December 13, 2017
Predicting and Eliminating Squeak & Rattle Noise in Vehicle Interiors with PSA Peugeot Citroën

The auto industry is eager to better understand and predict squeak and rattle phenomena so interior noise can be reduced and ride quality can be improved. During the development of new vehicles, PSA Peugeot Citroën Group (PSA) wanted to take the lead in using simulation technology to detect squeak and rattle noise problems, before physical testing was possible. The initiative led to a collaboration between PSA’s Method Development Engineering team and Altair ProductDesign to explore the use of simulation technologies and numerical optimization methods at an early stage of development. This 60-minute Webinar, jointly presented by PSA and Altair, discusses the project and its progress, describing the results achieved through the application of an “E-Line method” approach and detailing how the newly established processes have been integrated into PSA’s existing Virtual Development Process. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: Altair

Available On-Demand Until December 3, 2017
SAE International J3061

The World's First Standard on Automotive Cybersecurity: A Global Discussion

This SAE Standards Webinar presents an overview and discussion about the new cybersecurity standard SAE J3061: Cybersecurity Guidebook for Cyber-Physical Vehicle Systems. SAE J3061 provides guidance on ways to design a complex system to perform a desired function while limiting its ability to be exploited for malicious purposes. Speakers from Ford, ZF TRW, HORIBA MIRA, Fiat Chrysler, and NHTSA offer insight into ways to address these challenges and answer questions from attendees. Sponsors: IBM and Intel

Available On-Demand Until November 30, 2017
A New Paradigm in Turbulence Modeling for Aerodynamic Simulation

Whether for cars, trucks, aircraft, or wind turbines, aerodynamics is a critical aspect of improving energy efficiency. Aerodynamic simulation, therefore, requires accurate flow solvers, comprehensive turbulence models, and precise geometry handling. In this 60-minute Webinar, a world-renowned turbulence modeling expert examines Stress-Blended Eddy Simulation (SBES) - a new paradigm in hybrid RANS-LES modeling. Large Eddy Simulation (LES) is impractically expensive in the near-wall region. However, Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) models are well-suited for wall boundary layers. Therefore, hybrid models such as SBES that use RANS for the wall boundary layers and LES away from the walls provide the best accuracy for practical turbulent flow simulations. This Webinar not only explores the latest advances in aerodynamics simulation but also discusses studies of global leaders in the automotive and aerospace industries. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations. Sponsor: ANSYS

Available On-Demand Until November 10, 2017
Validation of Material Models: Study of Joining and Assembly Systems for Thermoset and Thermoplastic Composite Materials

This 30-minute Webinar presents an overview of a four-year study that is a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Automotive Materials Partnership. The objective of this $7 million partnership is to validate and assess the ability of physics-based material models to predict crash performance of automotive primary load-carrying carbon fiber composite structures. The Webinar focuses on the joining of the front bumper and crush-can system components. The speaker panel will examine: joining approach and design, adhesive selection, joining procedure, and an assessment of the joining technology. Sponsor: Dow Automotive

Available On-Demand Until November 2, 2017
SIFT-MS: The Single Solution for Rapid Vehicle Interior Air Quality (VIAQ) Testing

Regulators and consumers demand lower levels of harmful volatile emissions in motor vehicle passenger cabins, pushing manufacturers toward more comprehensive testing. However, conventional analytical technologies are expensive, complex, and slow. Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) is an innovative, industry-proven analytical technique that directly and instantly analyzes air down to part-per-trillion concentrations, providing rapid component screening and immediate process feedback. This 60-minute Webinar introduces SIFT-MS and outlines the benefits that make it the ideal tool for product emission testing applications from component screening through to complete vehicle testing on the production line. Case studies are used to illustrate how SIFT-MS has been applied to a range of emissions testing applications. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: Syft Technologies

Available On-Demand Until October 27, 2017
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE
Advanced Emissions Strategies

No one ever claimed, or dared believe, that Tier 4 Final was final. Stage V emissions regulations in Europe already have been announced, and some industry insiders expect the U.S. EPA to implement a Tier 5 in the next few years. This 60-minute Webinar takes us from where we were in terms of the major advances in emissions solutions over the past couple of years, to where panelist experts think we need to be, and what will get us there. An audience Q&A follows the speaker presentations. Sponsor: Tenneco

Available On-Demand Until October 26, 2017
Overcoming Automotive Sensor Challenges Using Breakthrough Technology

Traditional wired sensors need to be connected to control panels and electrical power. This situation is not improved with a traditional wireless sensor where, over the life of the sensor, battery change costs are equally painful. Innovative battery-free, micro controller-free wireless Smart Passive Sensors operate in places where you would never consider deploying a traditional sensor. This 60-minute Webinar explores new ways to detect temperature, moisture, proximity, and pressure while providing the economies of scale necessary for pervasive deployment across high-volume automotive applications. It also examines how this new technology solution can assist in solving remote sensing challenges. Sponsor: ON Semiconductor

Available On-Demand Until October 20, 2017
Automotive Industry Cybersecurity Assurance Testing Methods and Tools

In 2015 the automotive industry began discussing the need for consistent cybersecurity testing requirements for verifying and validating that the security controls being implemented in modern automobiles are indeed providing a measurable level of cybersecurity assurance. These discussions eventually led to the formation of the Cybersecurity Assurance Testing Task Force under SAE, which is comprised of members from the automobile OEM community, suppliers, cybersecurity testing experts, government officials, and general security experts. Since inception the task force has worked diligently and has drafted multiple working documents. This 30-minute Webinar provides an overview of the working group’s activities and progress. Sponsor: Synopsys

Available On-Demand Until October 12, 2017
Tech Talk
Faster Development and Test of Automotive Network Software Using Virtual Hardware ECUs

Electrical and electronic architecture evolution is having a direct impact on automotive networks. When it comes to in-vehicle networks, Ethernet is the fastest growing network. With the increased software context and connectivity via Ethernet, the required testing effort is continuously growing. As a result, development teams need to accelerate the development and test of Ethernet connected ECUs. This 20-minute Tech Talk reviews automotive connectivity, provides background information on Ethernet AVB, and presents how a virtual hardware ECU test bench enables earlier and faster system testing, resulting in higher quality system and software. Sponsor: Synopsys

Available On-Demand Until October 6, 2017
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE
Lightweighting: Defining the Next Phase

This 60-minute Webinar offers indispensable insight regarding how lightweight design, materials, and processes are expected to evolve now that obvious paths have been exploited. It examines what new materials will advance lightweighting to the next phase, where gains are expected to be tougher and potentially more expensive. Aluminum has been the assumed overall “winner” for lightweighting’s future, but fast-moving innovation from the steel and composites sectors is making the materials-choice matrix more complex and opportunity-laden. The Webinar’s panel of experts also identify component applications and focus areas likely to be addressed in the next phase of lightweight design. In addition, they discuss updated manufacturing processes aimed to make light materials quicker, cheaper, and stronger, as well as advances in design and simulation that present the potential to better evaluate lightweight solutions in the most critical design phases when cost and applicability rule the decision-making process. An audience Q&A is included. Sponsors: Altair, Sika

Available On-Demand Until October 5, 2017
Utilizing the Attributes of Aluminum Extrusion for Effective Automotive Solutions

Effectively employing extrusion-based components can yield cost-effective lightweighting solutions. Understanding the unique attributes of aluminum and the extrusion process can lead engineers to new applications. This one-hour Webinar reviews the attributes of aluminum and the extrusion process, drills down into several characteristics of importance to today's auto designer, and focuses on three key design variables - alloy selection, part geometry, and fabrication - for creating effective solutions. Mini-cases are included. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: Aluminum Extruders Council

Available On-Demand Until October 4, 2017
Adhesives and Sealants for Automotive Weight Reduction, Safety, and Performance

Fuel economy regulations are challenging vehicle manufacturers to increase fuel efficiency dramatically. At the same time, OEMs must produce vehicles that satisfy consumer demand for safety, performance, and comfort. New combinations of materials are emerging to satisfy these conflicting needs. Adhesives and sealants enable manufacturers not only to join materials but also to prevent galvanic corrosion, improve vehicle strength and stiffness, and reduce cabin noise. This 30-minute Webinar provides examples to show how adhesives and sealants are meeting demanding challenges in automotive and other applications. This Webinar includes an audience Q&A. Sponsor: The Adhesive and Sealant Council

Available On-Demand Until September 29, 2017
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE
Additive Manufacturing: From Prototyping to Production Parts

Additive manufacturing is gaining steam in the automotive industry, and not just for prototyping parts. 3D printing processes are being evaluated for production components, with their promise of shorter development times, lower tooling costs, parts consolidation, and dramatic part shapes and sizes. In this 60-minute Webinar, three experts discuss these benefits as well as implementation challenges. They also detail current additive-manufacturing technologies and applications and offer a vision for what the future could hold for 3D-printed parts in production vehicles. An audience Q&A is included. Sponsor: Stratasys

Available On-Demand Until September 27, 2017
Automotive Industry Standards and Trends

While vehicle owners focus on ease of use, driving experience, and safety, car makers focus on increased modularity, reusability, and manufacturing efficiency. This means reusing code, components, and technologies to minimize duplication of effort. Increased practices of code, component, and technology reuse are driving the need for updated standards relating to software design, management, and testing. This 30-minute Webinar examines trending standards activities and their impact on software development life cycle as well as overall safety, security, and quality of components in vehicles. It also explores the impact of failure to understand the reasoning behind automotive standards and how individuals can participate. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: Synopsys

Available On-Demand Until September 22, 2017
Using Surface Analysis for Automotive Applications

Materials used in the construction of automobiles have become more advanced along with the breadth of analytical challenges. The surface or layer chemistry of automotive materials is of considerable importance, from understanding the appearance of the paint finish, to tailoring the chemical activity of catalysts in the exhaust system. A widely used technique for surface chemical analysis is X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). This 30-minute Webinar examines the XPS technique and explains its complementary nature to other materials science tools such as EDS and Raman spectroscopy. It also explores the information obtained by XPS, using examples from a range of automotive applications including paint coating defects, lithium-ion battery analysis, and metallurgical failures. An audience Q&A is included. Sponsor: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Available On-Demand Until September 21, 2017
New Polyurethane Pourable Flooring and Sealing Technology for Commercial Vehicles

The wear and tear experienced by buses and other commercial vehicles requires advanced solutions to improve durability and safety. This free 30-minute Webinar examines the manufacturing and service requirements of commercial vehicle flooring systems and introduces an easy-to-apply flooring and sealing technology that eliminates side wall moldings and sealers as well as center aisle aluminum extrusions. The Webinar discusses flooring solutions from both the manufacturer and supplier perspective and explores the benefits of a customized two-part polyurethane technology that provides a durable, long-lasting flooring system for painted surfaces, plywood, and metal. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: Dow Automotive

Available On-Demand Until September 20, 2017
Advanced Lightweighting Composite Process for Automotive Mass Production

With growing demand for lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles, the automotive industry has turned to materials suppliers to provide innovative materials that can deliver solutions to challenging applications. This 60-minute Webinar examines the new Direct Fluid Compression Molding Process (DFCM) and how it takes the next step toward massed produced composite automotive parts. It explores how DFCM's cycle times below 60 seconds enable composite parts to be produced alongside their metallic counterparts with the same quality and consistency. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: Huntsman Advanced Materials

Available On-Demand Until September 15, 2017
Smart NVH Solutions for Next-Generation Brake Design

Brake noise is one of the most frequent complaints from car owners. Consumer expectations and the high cost of warranty repairs have created heightened demand for optimized brake NVH performance. Additional demands are placed on automotive manufacturers as a result of new technologies such as autonomous emergency braking. This 30-minute Webinar provides insight on tribology's role in brake system design and examines how selecting the appropriate lubricant can simplify design and improve performance. Also highlighted are the latest product technologies being developed to address next-generation NVH concerns. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: Dow Corning

Available On-Demand Until September 15, 2017
Tech Talk

Into the Labyrinth: The Basics of Bearing Seals

By keeping lubricants in and contamination out, bearing seals play a crucial role in maximizing machine performance and minimizing downtime. This Tech Talk provides insight into the field of seal development and design, examines how material and geometrical optimizations are implemented to enable the best possible performance for different applications, and discusses the pros and cons of each seal configuration, with a particular focus on lip contact orientation. Sponsor: Schaeffler Group USA Inc.

Available On-Demand Until August 16, 2018
Thermal Management Solutions for Embedded Computing Systems

Embedded computing systems are trending toward higher heat fluxes and power requirements. As a result, performance is being hindered by thermal limitations. This is intensified by the enclosed nature of server racks and harsh ambient conditions in many applications. The thermal path typically involves a heat spreader to get heat from the electronics components to the edge of the board, a retainer clamp/lock to mechanically and thermally couple the board to the chassis, and heat spreading or dissipation from the outside of the enclosure. This TBMG-hosted Webinar discusses enhancing each level of the thermal resistance network. It also looks at heat pipes, vapor chambers, and enhanced thermal locks, as well as best practices for designing the ultimate air- or liquid-cooled heat sink. Sponsor: Advanced Cooling Technologies Inc.

Available On-Demand Until August 15, 2018
Cost-Effective Additive Manufactured Tooling for Composites

In this TBMG-hosted Webinar, Dan Campbell, Research Group Lead at Aurora Flight Sciences, examines using additive manufacturing for composite tooling. The 30-minute Webinar also includes discussion of a program sponsored by an Air Force Research Laboratory to evaluate manufactured tools for the fabrication of carbon fiber composite parts. Sponsor: Stratasys

Available On-Demand Until August 10, 2018
Modular Vs. Unibody Enclosures: How to Improve Scalability and Efficiency

This 15-minute Tech Talk examines strategies for improving enclosure scalability and efficiency while highlighting the differences between truly modular and unibody welded enclosures. It also addresses considerations that should be made when specifying an enclosure including: its application; its environment; space, temperature, and internal design requirements; and the enclosure’s need to facilitate cable management. Sponsor: Rittal

Available On-Demand Until August 8, 2018
Warming Up to Cold Forming: An Alternative to Precision Machining?

Designing and manufacturing complex, precision metal parts can be difficult and costly. Engineers often default to traditional machining. However, cold forming can provide benefits such as lower cost, particularly on parts made at high volumes; increased tensile strength through work hardening; high-velocity production with consistent quality; and environmentally friendly manufacturing with virtually no waste. This TBMG-hosted 30-minute Webinar explains what cold forming is and how it differs from machining. It also addresses design, cost, and production benefits and describes optimal part geometries, materials, and applications. Sponsor: Sussex Wire

Available On-Demand Until July 27, 2018
Simulation of Thermal Stress in 3D Printing

Additive manufacturing has achieved great popularity through the use of polymers in prototyping. From there, it has moved on to the use of metal alloys in the manufacturing of production components, where geometric distortion can occur when the heat source melts too far into the deposited layers and generates new thermal stresses. Residual stresses can warp the final geometry, which may have an adverse impact in applications with tight tolerance requirements in high-value manufacturing. This TBMG-hosted Webinar shows how to use numerical simulation to investigate this phenomenon with COMSOL Multiphysics® software. It includes how to create a customized app that allows different teams to perform analyses and a live demonstration. Sponsor: COMSOL

Available On-Demand Until July 26, 2018
Trends Driving Innovations in Optical Product Design

Companies developing cutting-edge optical products – from virtual reality to autonomous vehicles – can gain a competitive advantage by getting products to market ahead of their competitors. This TBMG-hosted 60-minute Webinar examines: three key trends that are changing the way companies develop optical products; new ways to work that are critical to winning in the marketplace; and a new workflow for those in the optics industry to go from concept to sales in record time. It also describes tools needed to maintain design fidelity and achieve powerful time savings. Sponsor: Zemax

Available On-Demand Until July 19, 2018
Dose Mapping Requirements: Understanding Historic and Current Practices

This TBMG-hosted Webinar clarifies historical and current practices and guidance with respect to Gamma PQ Dose Mapping. Historically, the medical device/pharmaceutical/biologics industry has experienced inconsistencies with respect to Gamma PQ Dose Mapping requirements for product deemed as sterile according to ANSI/AAMI/ISO standards. Healthcare products have evolved dramatically and are less likely to be homogeneous in composition. Along with new combination products, material composition and packaging have made it necessary to place dosimeters within the product box to measure the minimum dose. As a result, there is a requirement for triplicate dose mapping to measure the dose distribution and assess the process variability. Sponsor: SteriPro, Sterigenics

Available On-Demand Until July 18, 2018
New Heater Technology Reduces Space, Weight, and Failure

The SmartHeat SLT Thin-Film heater is a self-limiting heater solution that regulates temperature at the molecular level, eliminating the need for separate sensors and controllers, which minimizes points of failure and reduces the total system footprint for space and weight sensitive applications. This TBMG-hosted Webinar examines how a conductive polymer matrix regulates temperature, what quantum tunneling does to prevent the device from overheating, and the types of applications best suited for this new heater technology. Sponsor: Minco

Available On-Demand Until July 18, 2018
TBMG Audio White Paper
Direction Finding: Its Importance in Our Changing World

Direction finding is important for civilian, defense, and law enforcement purposes. It involves the use of specialized instruments, antennas, and methods to determine the physical location of a source of RF energy or target. A radio direction finder estimates the direction of an emitter by measuring and evaluating electromagnetic field parameters. This 10-minute audio-visual presentation examines direction-finding methods, applications, configurations, and benefits. Sponsor: Rohde & Schwarz

Available On-Demand Until July 13, 2018
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of TBMG
Advances in Wearable Technologies

Wearable devices are gaining widespread use in industries such as medical, military/defense, and consumer products. These devices range from passive monitors and diagnostic systems to complex surveillance devices. One area where great strides are being made are robotic prosthetics and powered exoskeleton bionic devices to help people with severe disabilities. As the technologies incorporated in these wearables – including sensors and electronics – become more complex, design engineers must learn how best to package and integrate them for maximum comfort, durability, and efficiency. Sponsors: Henkel, Framos

Available On-Demand Until June 14, 2018
Thermal Management Solutions for Medical Devices

Designers of powered medical devices are facing new challenges. Devices are becoming smaller and more powerful, which is good but creates thermal management issues. If these devices get too hot, there can be safety issues for both the care giver and patient. Moreover, overheated devices can perform poorly or not at all. This 30-minute TBMG-hosted Webinar explores solutions that have been developed including the use of heat pipes, vapor chambers, and PCM heat sinks. Sponsor: ACT

Available On-Demand Until June 8, 2018
TBMG Audio White Paper
Pulsed Phase Noise Measurements: Challenges and Solutions

Thanks to advances in digital signal processing techniques, wireless communications and radar systems have become increasingly digital. Constraints have also been placed on packing more information into less bandwidth. For both systems, one of the key RF parameters that limits performance is phase noise. This 10-minute audio-visual presentation examines phase noise measurements for pulsed RF carriers, such as those used for radar systems, and the capabilities of a new FSWP phase noise analyzer that can be used for any RF and microwave application involved in pulsed carrier and continuous waveform phase noise measurements. Sponsor: Rohde & Schwarz

Available On-Demand Until May 25, 2018
TBMG Audio White Paper
Commercial Drones: High-Tech Toy or Security Risk

Although radio controlled drones provide beneficial services, they also raise serious privacy and safety concerns. The growing number of affordable drones capable of carrying payloads of 100 grams up to a few kilograms has resulted in the need for effective detection and monitoring solutions. This 10-minute audio-visual presentation examines the impact of commercial drones that are being used to disrupt public events, spy in protected areas, smuggle contraband into prisons, endanger commercial air traffic, and enter restricted airspace. It also looks at a strategic approach for countering the threats posed by the unauthorized use of drones. This technical solution has specialized capabilities for detecting, identifying, classifying, direction finding, recording, and disrupting the remote control link to a drone. Sponsor: Rohde & Schwarz

Available On-Demand Until May 17, 2018
Inside the Cockpit: How TE Brings Fighter Jet Technology to Race Cars

A comfortable race car is a slow race car. Niceties such as suspension travel are sacrificed for speed, and that means all parts on the car must be made to withstand this tough environment. Since weight is a critical factor, parts must be smaller and lighter while being able to withstand vibration and heat. This TBMG-hosted Webinar shows how this can be accomplished by using military standards and designs. Sponsor: TE Connectivity

Available On-Demand Until May 16, 2018
Top 3 Myths of Injection Molding

Rapid injection molding has changed the way product developers and design engineers use manufacturing. No longer is injection molding limited to traditional methods that are time-consuming, expensive, and restricted to larger part quantities. Over the last decade, manufacturing has evolved to allow low volumes of molded parts within days at a fraction of traditional tooling costs. This TBMG-hosted Webinar examines how to accelerate design and manufacturing processes, how to lower manufacturing costs associated with injection molding, and how to use injection molding for prototyping and low-volume production. Sponsor: Proto Labs

Available On-Demand Until May 11, 2018
Tech Talk
Surface Texturing for Improved Medical Device Strength

Today's advanced technologies can extend and improve the life of implantable devices. This brief Tech Talk focuses on laser surface texturing, including test methodology and experimental data. While abrasive blasting is commonly used to achieve surface texturing, results show that nonabrasive laser texturing reduces risk and improves bond strength by up to three times. Sponsor: Pulse Technologies

Available On-Demand Until May 10, 2018
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of TBMG
Integrating Motion Control for Safe Robot Operation

Manufacturing is changing. Robots and autonomous systems are used in more applications every day – many in safety-critical settings. No longer are robots kept in cages; they are working side-by-side with their human co-workers. Ensuring the safety of both robots and humans is vital and must be addressed early in the design stage. Designing robots for safety-critical applications requires careful consideration of all aspects of the system, including proper motion control technologies that enable robots to maneuver in tight spaces originally designed for humans. Modifying standards for robot safety and human/robot interaction also must be a continuous process as these systems "learn." An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations. Sponsors: KHK USA, Kollmorgen

Available On-Demand Until May 9, 2018
High-Performance Long Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials

This TBMG-hosted Webinar discusses long fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites as the go-to material for structural components in applications that push the envelope of what plastics can do, even replacing metals. Topics include: how long fiber outperforms other reinforced plastics; fiber and polymer options to maximize performance; and composites as economical alternatives to metals. Sponsor: PlastiComp

Available On-Demand Until April 26, 2018
Getting Started with New S32K ARM Cortex Based MCU with CAN-FD, Security, and (A)SIL Safety Features

The new S32K1 MCU family combines a breakthrough suite of automotive grade tools and software with a scalable family of 32-bit ARM Cortex-M based MCUs with future-proof features. All family members are designed in accordance with the ISO 26262 standard, AEC-Q100 qualified at up to 125°C, and guaranteed by NXP’s Product Longevity Program, which assures supply for a minimum of 15 years. This 50-minute TBMG-hosted Webinar examines the MCU’s connectivity, security, and safety features. Sponsor: NXP

Available On-Demand Until April 25, 2018
Conquering Radar Signal Generation

This 60-minute TBMG-hosted Webinar focuses on the challenges related to the creation and generation of complex radar signals. It looks at the tools that can help make the task more efficient and provides insight into the key factors to consider when creating and generating these complex signals. Sponsor: Tektronix

Available On-Demand Until April 20, 2018
Is Your Data Acquisition System Prepared for Big Data?

Data acquisition systems are producing more analog data than ever before. This opportunity to uncover new insights comes at the risk of spending more time searching for and analyzing multiple data sets. Without proper data management, it’s easy for important results to go unnoticed, causing repeated tests due to lost or undocumented data. This TBMG-hosted Webinar discusses how proper metadata documentation, custom triggering, and implementing the right analysis technique can help to save only the data you need to make informed decisions. Sponsor: National Instruments

Available On-Demand Until April 19, 2018
Managing Misalignment in Linear Motion Systems

When design engineers evaluate linear bearings, they typically ask about performance attributes such as speed, load capacity, and lifecycle. Then they want to know the price. It’s rare that they ask about the bearing’s sensitivity to misalignment. This TBMG-hosted Webinar explains that misalignment represents one of the leading causes of premature linear bearing wear and failure. Linear bearings that should last for years can quit after a few months if they’re not aligned properly. Sponsor: Rollon Corp.

Available On-Demand Until April 18, 2018
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of TBMG
Cybersecurity Challenges and Solutions

Today’s world is more interconnected than ever before. Yet, for all its advantages, increased connectivity brings increased risk. Cyberspace and its underlying infrastructure are vulnerable to those seeking to disrupt or destroy everything from medical records and robots, to industrial machinery and automobiles. More pressure will be placed on designers of these products to ensure that all available technologies are implemented to protect against attacks. An audience Q&A follows the speaker presentations.

Available On-Demand Until April 12, 2018
Sterility Validation 101: Ensuring a Robust Sterilization Validation Program from Start to Finish

The mapping of a successful sterilization validation program for medical devices can be challenging. From assessing the impact of the manufacturing environment to packaging design and choice of sterilization methods, many factors impact how the sterilization process is validated. This TBMG-hosted Webinar examines what to consider when developing and registering a sterile product to ensure the product sterilization process is properly validated and documented including: applicable FDA and international regulations/guidance, terminal sterilization vs. aseptic processing, and preparing for an audit. Sponsor: Eurofins Medical Device Testing

Available On-Demand Until April 11, 2018
Eliminating Blind Spots in Commercial Trucking with IoT

This Webinar focuses on how Internet of Things (IoT) technology strategies are revolutionizing approaches to vehicle operations. Experts Dave McCarthy with Bsquare and Mark Relph at Amazon Web Services examine how IoT solutions are changing the commercial trucking industry by enabling accelerated vehicle repair times, reducing service costs, and improving truck longevity. They also discuss why predictive failure, adaptive diagnostics, and condition-based maintenance are necessary to remain competitive in today's environment. Sponsor: Bsquare

Available On-Demand Until April 10, 2018
Tech Talk
How to Create Effective, Energy-Efficient Solutions for Enclosure Climate Control

Sensitive electronic components and drives housed within enclosures are the backbone of many industrial applications. Creating effective, energy-efficient climate control solutions in these applications consists of addressing three key phases: design, installation, and operation. In addition to offering tips for each phase, this 10-minute Tech Talk examines the roles of filter fans, air conditioners, and air-to-water heat exchangers. It also discusses common mistakes in installation and operation of climate products as well as the latest advancements in enclosure cooling technology. Sponsor: Rittal

Available On-Demand Until March 28, 2018
TBMG Audio White Paper
Smarter Prototyping Is Here: Create Better Products Faster

This 10-minute audio-visual presentation provides a brief, yet comprehensive overview at how new fused deposition modeling 3D Printers are making prototyping more accessible and productive, removing the barriers that designers and engineers often face. It looks at 3D Printers that are creating models and prototype parts from digital data quickly, easily, and locally. The presentation also explains how 3D Printers are addressing typical rapid prototyping pain points so better products can be produced faster, reducing the time to market. Sponsor: Stratasys

Available On-Demand Until March 21, 2018
Designing Disinfectant-Ready Medical Devices

Frequent exposure to aggressive disinfectants and drugs, as well as repeated physical strain, damages medical device housings and hardware made with commonly used materials. Device failures not only impact quality of patient care but also increase overall operational costs. Choosing a material that can withstand these harsh conditions without compromising durability is essential to preventing cracks, crazes, and premature failure and prolonging housing longevity. In this 60-minute TBMG-hosted Webinar, experts unveil a new 4-step testing protocol that identifies weak points earlier in the development process, allowing for easier adjustments to devices prior to going to market. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations. Sponsor: Eastman Chemical

Available On-Demand Until March 15, 2018
Thermal Management Solutions for Directed Energy Applications

Directed Energy is an emerging technology being utilized in military and other applications. These high-powered devices demand superior thermal management that operates effectively and reliably in ever decreasing footprints. Not only do these systems need to maintain a safe operating temperature, but they also often demand strict temperature uniformity across the system. This TBMG-hosted Webinar describes thermal management technologies that are being used in Directed Energy applications. Advanced solutions such as pumped two-phase cooling and temporary thermal storage are discussed along with examples of where they’re being deployed. Sponsor: Advanced Cooling Technologies

Available On-Demand Until March 14, 2018
Using UVC LEDs to Reduce the Spread of Healthcare Acquired Infections

According to the FDA, contact with infected objects and medical devices is a leading cause of healthcare associated infections (HAIs). Reducing HAIs by better understanding the effectiveness of antimicrobials, sterilization, and reprocessing of medical devices is one of the agency’s regulatory science priorities for 2017. This TBMG-hosted Webinar discusses how OEMs can adopt technologies that will help reduce HAIs by integrating UVC LED technology. Sponsor: Crystal IS

Available On-Demand Until March 9, 2018
The Ultimate Tool for Characterizing Materials during Mechanical Tests and Validating FEA during Component Tests

This 60-minute TBMG-hosted Webinar examines Digital Image Correlation, a non-contact 3D measurement tool that measures deformation and strain during material testing. It replaces strain gages, accelerometers, LVDTs, string potentiometers, extensometers, laser trackers, and surface scanners. The Webinar discusses how this tool can fit into existing measurement and validation workflows. It also includes application examples that span industrial use across multi-length and multi-time scales from forces that include mechanical, thermal, environmental, and vibration. An Audience Q&A is included. Sponsor: Trilion Quality Systems

Available On-Demand Until March 8, 2018
Accelerate Your Electric Motor Control Designs

Do you design electrical drives and motor control systems for automotive applications? If so, you know what a challenge it can be due to system complexity and the real-time nature of the application. This 45-minute TBMG-hosted Webinar shows how to shorten the time required to develop automotive control applications using a motor control solutions ecosystem. Sponsor: NXP

Available On-Demand Until February 28, 2018
How Digital Image Correlation Impacts Design

If you want to analyze the deformation of an object under load, you may reach for a handful of strain gauges and similar sensors, but there is a better way to assess load response. Rather than directly instrumenting the object you want to study, you can use Digital Image Correlation (DIC) techniques to measure deformation optically with high-speed cameras and specialized software. This TBMG-hosted Webinar examines a DIC application in which researchers evaluated the effect of impact forces on different football helmet designs. The DIC setup and results from this study have implications off the gridiron and can be extended to impact testing in many other settings. Sponsors: Vision Research, Phantom, Ametek

On-Demand Until February 23, 2018
Additive Manufacturing for Composite Tooling

This TBMG-hosted Webinar examines how 3D printing with FDM technology makes the production of composite tooling faster, more agile, and less costly. Tim Schniepp, Stratasys Business Development Director for composite tooling, explains the benefits and capabilities of FDM composite tooling, including examples of customers who successfully use this application. Sponsor: Stratasys

Available On-Demand Until January 31, 2018
ISO 11135:2014 Changes - Are You Prepared?

ISO 11135:2014 was originally published in August 2014. This TBMG-hosted Webinar addresses the significant changes in the most recent edition, with a focus on the additional parameters that are required to be included in the routine sterilization process specification, plus the expanded guidance relating to re-qualification review. Sponsor: Sterigenics

Available On-Demand Until January 26, 2018
Monofilaments and Fibers in Medical Applications

This TBMG-hosted Webinar touches on two recent advancements in medical monofilaments: implantable ePTFE suture and LCP monofilament for MRI interventional procedures. Widely used for implantable applications in the cardiovascular, structural heart, and peripheral medical markets, ePTFE suture monofilament is soft and flexible and has excellent drape. LCP monofilament is suitable for catheter braiding reinforcement; the LCP allows the catheter to retain excellent torquability, pushability, and distal end deflectability. Sponsor: Zeus

Available On-Demand Until January 25, 2018
Interactive Design of Electrostatic Headphones Using COMSOL Server™

In this TBMG-hosted Webinar, experts discuss how to build a fully coupled, MEMS-acoustic interaction model of electrostatic headphones in COMSOL Multiphysics®. The dynamics of an electrostatic speaker is a multiphysics phenomenon that involves the nonlinear relationship of structural mechanics, electrostatics, electrical conduction, and acoustics. Many interrelated design elements affect the device’s frequency response and the user's listening experience. Sponsor: COMSOL

Available On-Demand Until January 12, 2018
Why Plastic Bearings Are Actually Superior to Metal

Over the past several decades, there has been an evolution in the development and use of highly engineered plastic bearings. They can be used in a wide range of applications, including those with specialized requirements. This TBMG-hosted Webinar examines the reliability of plastic bearings, the real-world testing they undergo to prove their strength and reliability, and tips for selecting the ideal bearing. Sponsor: igus Inc.

Available On-Demand Until December 31, 2017
Truly Automated Light and Color Measurement for Tell-Tales and Indicators

Evaluating the accuracy of light and color across instrument clusters is a challenge compounded by several factors. The number of indicators, the varying location of symbols, and the range of colors on an automotive display prove complex for automated inspection systems and human inspectors alike. This 30-minute Webinar explores Auto-POI, the latest technology for light and color measurement of multi-point inspection areas using an Imaging Colorimeter, enabling automated evaluation across entire instrument clusters. Sponsor: Radiant Vision Systems

Available On-Demand Until December 19, 2017
Conformal Coatings Increase Reliability of Critical Aerospace/Defense Systems and Components

Conformal coatings are used to protect components in harsh aerospace and defense environments. As technologies advance, becoming smaller and more complex or utilizing new materials in their design, many surface treatment options struggle to provide reliable protection. This 10-minute TBMG Tech Talk examines Parylene conformal coatings and how they ensure the reliability of critical components when failure is not an option. Sponsor: Specialty Coating Systems

Available On-Demand Until December 15, 2017
Shape Memory Alloy Rock Splitters

NASA's Glenn Research Center has developed a groundbreaking method for using shape memory alloys (SMAs) to split rock formations without explosives or hydraulics. This TBMG-hosted Webinar discusses how these cutting-edge SMAs deliver controllable stresses in excess of 1500 MPa, which is up to four times greater than the force exerted by commercial equiatomic SMAs, and how this technology could prove invaluable to enterprises as varied as oil drilling, mining, civil engineering, fossil collection, and search-and-rescue operations. Sponsor: NASA

Available On-Demand Until December 8, 2017
The Crucial Role of Additive Manufacturing at NASA

The journey to Mars is well under way with the development of NASA’s next-generation launch system and investments in research and technologies that should increase the affordability, capability, and safety of exploration activities. During this TBMG-hosted Webinar, John Vickers, Principal Technologist, Space Technology Mission Directorate, at NASA discusses how additive manufacturing provides the opportunity to design and manufacture hardware with new materials at reduced cost and schedule. Sponsor: Stratasys

Available On-Demand Until December 7, 2017
Securing Medical Devices in a Hostile World: Challenges and Ideas for Manufacturers

Around the world, medical devices are being deployed in increasingly unsecured environments, with hospitals being one of the largest. This TBMG-hosted Webinar looks at the top cybersecurity issues that medical devices face today and explores the most effective way to assess the state of the device’s security, including a discussion on appropriate mitigations that can be used. Sponsor: TUV Rheinland

Available On-Demand Until December 6, 2017
Signal Source Challenges Facing Quantum Computing and Research

There is a rush to explore quantum phenomena and develop technologies based on quantum physics. These technologies range from quantum computing to new communications schemes. Common challenges face researchers who are using signal sources to stimulate, measure, and get feedback from their quantum experiments. This TBMG-hosted Webinar covers how quantum experiments are triggered, the signal sources that are being used, and the challenges that come with scaling, signal conditioning, and synchronization needed to make quantum technology a reality. Sponsor: Tektronix

Available On-Demand Until November 17, 2017
Multiphysics Analysis for CFD Applications in COMSOL Multiphysics®

Scientists and engineers working in simulation need to describe more than just the flow and pressure fields in their models. This TBMG-hosted Webinar examines how to perform multiphysics analyses for CFD applications. It includes a demonstration of the modeling and simulation capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics®, with a focus on fluid flow coupled to structural analysis, heat transfer, chemical species transport, plasmas, and electrokinetic flow. It also shows how to set up multiphysics couplings and phenomena in the COMSOL® software’s user interface. Sponsor: COMSOL

Available On-Demand Until November 16, 2017
Reducing Prototyping Costs with Rapid Overmolding

This TBMG-hosted Webinar focuses on prototyping overmolded parts using production-grade materials with rapid overmolding services. Overmolded prototypes can be produced in days, allowing you to reduce design risk while accelerating development. The 30-minute program discusses key design considerations, material compatibility, and the differences (and similarities) between rapid overmolding and larger-scale production processes. Sponsor: Proto Labs

Available On-Demand Until November 15, 2017
Thermal Optimization for Energy Efficiency

Nearly everything has an optimal operating temperature and thermal condition, and millions of dollars each year are spent generating and transporting thermal energy to achieve thermal goals. Engineers use simulation to reveal detailed pictures of thermal processes, providing a deep understanding of all aspects of thermal management. This TBMG-hosted Webinar explains how to capture thermal processes in powerful simulations, seamlessly identify multiphysics interactions that impact performance, and quickly achieve thermal optimization using integrated design optimization tools. Sponsor: ANSYS

Available On-Demand Until November 9, 2017
The Friction Factor: Meeting the Challenges of Modern Aerospace Gimbal Sealing

For as long as radar, weapons targeting, and other electronic systems have been used in aerospace and defense applications, design engineers have employed gimbals as a means to protect them. But sealing these gimbals is a balancing act, requiring the right mix of friction, minimal leak rate, and maximum service life. This TBMG-hosted Webinar offers a deeper understanding of evolving gimbal design requirements, examines the critical role seals play in gimbal performance, addresses the relationship between seal and gimbal hardware engineering, and explores seal material and design alternatives. The 45-minute program includes a Q&A. Sponsor: Bal Seal Engineering

Available On-Demand Until November 8, 2017
Solve Demanding Environment Challenges with Parylene Conformal Coatings

Conformal coatings are used in the electronics, automotive, military, aerospace, and medical device industries to protect products from their surrounding environments. This TBMG-hosted Webinar focuses on Parylene conformal coatings – the coating process, applications, properties, and benefits. It discusses recent advances in adhesion technologies, which have increased bonding strength to highly polished metal surfaces and polymeric substrates, and the role Parylene plays in advanced micro and nano-level technologies. Sponsor: Specialty Coating Systems

Available On-Demand Until November 3, 2017
Integrating Novel Materials to Improve Medical Device Performance

Whether it’s a lighter material, a smoother surface, or a process that can be automated, advanced technologies such as scratch-free surfaces or specialized coatings for stimulation can help extend or improve the life of an implantable device. This TBMG-hosted Webinar examines: custom-developed materials for medical device implants, super-finished and engineered surfaces for medical implants, and additive manufacturing and personalized medical implants. Sponsor: Pulse Technologies

Available On-Demand Until November 1, 2017
Additive Metals: An Un-Conventional Approach

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technology increasingly garners the international attention of manufacturing, business, and scientific communities as a new industrial frontier for production manufacturing. However, the use of DMLS for low-volume manufacturing is dependent on the manufacturer’s ability to comply with form, fit, and function of factory-made hardware with exceptional dimensional accuracy and repeatability. This TBMG-hosted Webinar examines DMLS manufacturing technology, its capabilities and limitations, and the design principles that allow you to leverage the power of additive metals production. Sponsor: Stratasys Direct Manufacturing

Available On-Demand Until October 25, 2017
Tech Talk
3 Ways to Design Efficient Parts for CNC Machining

With relatively simple adjustments to your part design and material selection, you can improve the functionality of your machined parts while reducing manufacturing costs. This TBMG Tech Talk examines how design considerations such as feature thickness, complexity, and radii contribute to machining a more efficient part. In this 10-minute Webinar, you’ll learn: how to reduce manufacturing costs by simplifying part design; material alternatives to improve functionality while cutting production cost; and why designing with moldability in mind can prepare for a move to injection molding. Sponsor: Proto Labs

Available On-Demand Until October 24, 2017
Quality-Driven: Automotive Display Testing

Customers expect the quality of in-vehicle displays to be on par with that of their consumer electronics. Makers of in-vehicle displays must keep pace with improvements in display quality, screen size, and resolution. This 45-minute Webinar demonstrates how imaging colorimeters with specialized software can help automakers and suppliers meet the unique testing requirements of in-vehicle displays. Tests for luminance, chromaticity, uniformity, contrast, mura, pixel defects, display sparkle, and image sticking can be performed, in addition to tests for established standards, such as the German Automotive Black Mura standard. The speaker is Daniel van Brecht, who has helped some of the world’s top automotive manufacturers implement display testing solutions to ensure the quality of their brand. Sponsor: Radiant Vision Systems

Available On-Demand Until October 12, 2017
Pumped Two-Phase Cooling: The Advanced Thermal Management Solution for Emerging High-Power Electronics Applications

As the demand for higher power in lighter, smaller packages increases, so does the need for a more advanced thermal management solution. Designs that once utilized the cooling capabilities of a pumped liquid system have now surpassed their failure threshold. This TBMG-hosted Webinar explores the differences between pumped single-phase and pumped two-phase cooling, the benefits of pumped two-phase, the thermal challenges that require the more advanced technology, and the benefits of a vapor compression system for zero-gravity environments. Sponsor: Advanced Cooling Technologies

Available On-Demand Until September 21, 2017
Avoid Product Launch Failure: Best Practices for Aligning Your Engineering and Quality Teams

What can your product team do during development to improve product launch success rates? In this TBMG-hosted Webinar, you’ll hear best practices for aligning your mechanical, electrical, software, and quality teams throughout the entire product lifecycle. Topics include: why product launch failure rates are growing in many industries, how companies are removing barriers between design teams, what to do if you want a single cohesive development-to-production process, and tools to ensure your high-quality products get to market on time. Sponsor: Arena Solutions

Available On-Demand Until September 14, 2017
Modeling Acoustics Applications with COMSOL Multiphysics®

This TBMG-hosted Webinar is designed for those who are interested in modeling industrial acoustics applications such as mobile devices, loudspeakers, car cabins, rooms, sound proofing, and exhaust and muffler systems. It provides an introduction to using COMSOL Multiphysics® software for modeling aeroacoustics, vibroacoustics, thermoviscous acoustics, porous materials, Biot models, pressure acoustics, and ray tracing. Included is a software demo showing how to set up an ultrasound flow meter model, which combines acoustics and fluid flow. Sponsor: COMSOL

Available On-Demand Until September 8, 2017
Tech Talk
Advanced Circuit Protection Solutions

As integrated circuits become smaller in size, they become more susceptible to ESD, and the decreasing size and increasing frequency can increase emissions. In this 10-minute TBMG Tech Talk, Dean Beckley, World-wide Business Manager of TransGuard Products at AVX, explains how ZnO Varistors, TVS Diodes, and ESD Safe Capacitors can protect your designs. Sponsor: TTI

Available On-Demand Until August 30, 2017
Compact Vibration Damper

This TBMG-hosted Webinar features inventor Thomas Ivanco of NASA Langley Research Center, which has developed a compact tuned damper that reduces vibration occurring at a fixed frequency. Structural vibrations frequently need to be damped to prevent damage to a structure. Tuned dampers reduce vibration of the base structure by the dissipation of energy. The magnitude of the dissipated energy is proportional to the square of the displacement or velocity of the tuned mass, which in turn is proportional to the range of motion. The NASA damper design allows the slider mass to achieve 2 to 3 times greater range of motion than that found in conventional devices. This enables 4 to 9 times more effectiveness for the same size and weight. The new damper can be made small enough for use in wind tunnel tests or scaled up to large sizes, such as those used in helicopters, wind turbines, and skyscrapers. Sponsor: NASA

Available On-Demand Until August 23, 2017
Rapid Manufacturing: Not Just for Prototypes

In this TBMG-hosted Webinar, 3D printing and low-volume injection molding are discussed, including how rapid manufacturing is changing the landscape of traditional manufacturing. Topics include: using 3D printing to build complex geometries that otherwise are impossible to manufacture; what types of 3D printing processes are well-suited for end-use production; how rapid manufacturing is accelerating product development and reducing risks; and how your prototype injection mold can be used for more than just prototyping. Sponsor: Proto Labs