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

Thursday, April 27, 2017
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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
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

Thursday, May 4, 2017
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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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

Thursday, May 11, 2017
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 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 4, 2017
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE

Next-Generation Advanced Combustion/Aftertreatment

The reliable, low-cost internal-combustion engine continues to evolve to meet emission and fuel economy regulations, driven by ongoing technology developments by OEMs, engineering consultancies, national labs, and research universities. Advances in the combustion process are enabled by new strategies for charge dilution/lean burn, exhaust gas recirculation, charge-motion tuning, and piston/chamber geometries. These innovations are taking place in conjunction with exciting developments in combustion modeling, aftertreatment and electronic control technologies, and alternative fuels. In this 60-minute webinar, experts present insights into how the ICE is being reinvented to live well into the future as an increasingly efficient machine. An audience Q&A follows the speaker presentations. Sponsor: Dana Inc.

Available On-Demand Until July 19, 2017
Active Safety Solutions for Next Generation Automobiles

As automotive technology advances, so do the number and complexity of electronically controlled "safety critical" functions inside of a car. These functions include front lighting, ADAS, viewing, electronic power steering, and rear lighting. The challenge and risk that all designers face is that of a critical failure occurring and safety critical functions not working as intended. This 60-minute webinar discusses the relevant quality standards, as well as detailed ASIL failure ratings and solutions, to mitigate these challenges. An audience Q&A is included. Sponsor: ON Semiconductor

Available On-Demand Until July 14, 2017
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE
Cybersecurity for the Life of the Car

Connectivity is making cybersecurity a must-have obligation from initial designs through end of life. During this one-hour webinar, industry experts will address design, development, and implementation of security-critical cyber-physical vehicle systems; implementation strategies, process, and lifecycle management; and cybersecurity assurance verification and validation practices being implemented by members of SAE working groups. A number of tools will be employed, many using over the air (OTA) updating to fix vulnerabilities and adapt to changing threats. An audience Q&A will follow the technical presentations. Sponsor: Synopsys

Available On-Demand Until June 23, 2017
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE
Intelligent Machine Control

Because of the growing difficulty of finding skilled off-highway equipment operators, engineers have stepped up to the challenge by designing system solutions that not only think for themselves but also enable streamlined operation that contributes to 24/7 productivity. During this one-hour webinar, industry experts address how sophisticated controls and enhanced networking are improving equipment efficiency while boosting customer productivity. "Intelligent" solutions in areas such as drivetrain systems and hydraulic power generation are discussed as well as machine guidance and control to a digital design. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations. Sponsor: Eaton Hydraulics Group

Available On-Demand Until June 22, 2017
TGDI Technology and Higher Performing Lubricants

Industry experts offer insight into one of the passenger car industry's most impactful powertrain strategies: turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) technology. The global demand for TGDI engines is increasing as emission regulations become more stringent, consumer expectations for vehicle performance shift, and industry demand for fuel economy grows. In this 60-minute Webinar, experts from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Honeywell Transportation Systems - Turbo Technologies, Southwest Research Institute, and Lubrizol Additives discuss TGDI technology and advanced lubricants that enable fuel efficiency, performance, and durability. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations. Sponsor: Lubrizol

Available On-Demand Until June 22, 2017
Predict Internal-Combustion Engine Performance and Emissions with Confidence

Designing high-efficiency, low-emissions IC engines presents technical challenges that are often dominated by the chemical kinetics that occur during combustion. Consequently, simulations of combustion for enhanced engine designs need accurate fuel-combustion chemistry and combustion models. This 60-minute Webinar focuses on two main technology and solution areas, illustrated with real-world use cases. Discussed are key elements essential in engine combustion CFD such as mesh-independent spray, spark, and flame-propagation models; comprehensive fuel models and detailed reaction mechanisms; and automatic meshing with on-the-fly refinement. Simplified and alternative approaches that typically require extensive model tuning and are not predictive are also examined. An audience Q&A is included. Sponsor: ANSYS

Available On-Demand Until June 21, 2017
Accelerate Development of Powertrain ECUs with Virtual Hardware

Automotive powertrain ECUs are increasingly reliant on complex MCUs/SoCs and embedded software to achieve fuel efficiency, emission, and safety standards. The combination of complex hardware and software requires developers to face increasing architecture design, software development, and testing challenges. This 60-minute Webinar provides an overview of virtual hardware ECUs and how to integrate them into the automotive system development process to manage these challenges. It also highlights how the use of virtual hardware ECUs makes it easier for the automotive supply chain to collaborate on architecture design, accelerate hardware/software integration, and expand testing throughput and automation. Experiences from Tier 1 and OEM companies are shared. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: Synopsys

Available On-Demand Until June 9, 2017
Anti-Friction Coatings: How to Eliminate Noise for the Life of Interior Plastic Components

Today's cars use sophisticated measures to avoid propagation of noise from the engine and gearboxes into the passenger compartment. However, this enables "new noises" to become audible, especially those generated by the sliding of plastic components made of thermoplastics. This 30-minute Webinar explores anti-friction coatings as a preventive solution to reduce certain types of automotive component noise, offering service-life noise protection, compatibility with several plastics, and ease of integration into existing production lines. It also explains how anti-friction coatings can reduce such noises by reducing the coefficient of friction and stick-slip phenomena among mating surfaces. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation. Sponsor: Dow Corning

Available On-Demand Until May 24, 2017
Engineering Today's Electrocoats

Electrocoat technology protects millions of vehicles, offering corrosion and chemical resistance and extending the life of automotive bodies, parts, and accessories. The technology continues to evolve to meet new demands, bringing innovative, cost-saving solutions to the auto market. In this 60-minute Webinar, experts review the latest in electrocoat technology and provide insights and solutions for some of the toughest challenges. Topics include: electrocoat market direction and drivers; the expanding role and challenges for electrocoat technology; and new capabilities to meet industry lightweighting and sustainability challenges. Audience members will be able to ask questions during the Q&A. Sponsor: PPG

Available On-Demand Until May 17, 2017
Ensuring Reliability and Safety of Connected Car Technology

While connected car technology is a bonus for car buyers, it poses unprecedented new engineering challenges regarding reliability, safety, and security for car manufacturers. This 60-minute Webinar provides insights into how engineering simulation is helping solve key engineering challenges in developing connected car technology, including sensing and connectivity, reliability and safety, and durability. Experts discuss topics such as antenna design and placement; EMI-EMC, ISO26262, and AUTOSAR compliant embedded software; displays and HMIs; and numerous examples. An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations. Sponsor: ANSYS

Available On-Demand Until May 4, 2017
Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE
Multimaterial Lightweighting

Advanced high-strength steel, aluminum, magnesium, composites, and other materials are all on the table to fulfill the automotive industry's safety and lightweighting goals. This 60-minute Webinar will address how automakers and suppliers go about selecting advanced materials for their programs, which materials hold the most promise, as well as the challenges and opportunities posed by multimaterial vehicles. An audience Q&A will be in the second half of the program. Sponsors: Altair, ArcelorMittal, Dow Automotive, Henkel, Intertek, and Proto Labs

Available On-Demand Until March 22, 2017
Analysis of Automotive Adhesives Using FTIR Spectroscopy

This 30-minute Webinar will summarize the analytical capability of adhesives by Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) spectroscopy. FTIR analysis can be used throughout the production stream, from incoming quality control of the adhesive, to reverse engineering of adhesives for determination of chemical composition, to monitoring the kinetics of the adhesive curing process, and to failure analysis where adhesives failed to bond. The Webinar will show examples of these topics to help engineers and scientists in the automobile industry who are challenged with adopting lighter weight materials in automobile construction. Sponsor: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Available On-Demand Until March 9, 2017
Autonomous Vehicle Radar: Improving Radar Performance with Simulation

Automotive radars must operate in complex environments where interactions with the vehicle and its surroundings can have a significant impact. In particular, material properties of the vehicle fascia and the radar's location behind the fascia can impact performance. This 60-minute Webinar describes the use of advanced engineering simulation in assessing the performance of an automotive radar behind various fascia designs. Finite element electromagnetic simulation is used to compute fields over a Huygens surface that encloses an automotive radar. These fields are then used as the antenna source in a shooting and bouncing ray simulation that assesses the impact of the car fascia on the radar's performance. This Webinar includes a detailed case study and an audience Q&A. Sponsor: ANSYS

Available On-Demand Until February 25, 2017
Tech Talk
An Optimization Driven Simulation Process to Support Body-in-White Development

The concept development phase of a vehicle program often fails to deliver mature engineering data to support the program business case. This 20-minute Tech Talk discusses how the ideal time to find the optimum balance between weight and performance is during the concept development phase, when the cost of change is at its lowest. It also gives insight on the challenges and opportunities associated with concept optimization. An overview is presented of a concept development process being used to rapidly interrogate design alternatives in the early development stage by vehicle manufacturers throughout Europe. Sponsor: Altair

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 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

Available On-Demand Until August 10, 2017
Thermal Management: Heat Pipes, HiK™ Plates, and Vapor Chambers - Selection and Modeling

Heat pipes, high conductivity (HiK™) plates, and vapor chambers are phase technologies often considered for electronics cooling. These devices rely on the very high evaporation and condensation coefficients of two phase fluids to reduce the ΔT between the source and the sink for a given power. When properly engineered for power and mission duration, these devices provide passive, reliable cooling. This TBMG-hosted Webinar discusses the fundamental parameters for all three devices, including operating principles, thermal performance, thermal conductivity, weight, and cost. Selection criteria is also presented as well as methods for modeling. Sponsor: Advanced Cooling Technologies

Available On-Demand Until July 21, 2017
Smart Enclosures Using RFID for Inventory Management

This TBMG-hosted Webinar looks at a new method, developed by the NASA Johnson Space Center, for tracking collections of items in a smart container using radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags with a high level of read accuracy. Automating the tracking of a collection of items (particularly small items) represents a major industrial hurdle due to both tag size and cost. This technology promises to successfully address these hurdles. Sponsor: NASA

Available On-Demand Until July 20, 2017
Build and Deploy Simulation Apps for Heat Transfer Analysis

Heat transfer, including multiphysics phenomena such as Joule heating and thermal expansion, is fundamental to the design of reliable products and systems. Modeling and simulation shows how temperature changes can impact the performance of a device or process. This TBMG hosted Webinar includes a demo showing how to model a heat transfer problem as well as build and deploy an app in COMSOL Multiphysics® and COMSOL Server™ products. Sponsor: COMSOL

Available On-Demand Until June 29, 2017
Tech Talk
Design for Selective Laser Sintering

This TBMG Tech Talk examines important factors to consider when designing a part for selective laser sintering (SLS). SLS uses a nylon-based powder similar to actual engineering thermoplastics so parts exhibit toughness and accuracy but have a rough surface finish. The 10-minute presentation looks at the SLS process as well as key features such as weight reduction, living hinges, and threads. Sponsor: Proto Labs

Available On-Demand Until June 29, 2017
The High Frontier: In-Space Manufacturing at NASA MSFC

This TBMG-hosted Webinar looks at the latest additive manufacturing (AM) technologies in use at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, how they work, and how they are being utilized to further NASA’s efforts to create a sustainable, lower-cost launch capability. It also provides an overview of the In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) project and objectives, a summary of recent 3D printing in the Zero-G technology demonstration mission onboard the International Space Station, and efforts under way to develop and adapt manufacturing technologies for use in space that have the potential to enhance crew safety and enable sustainable exploration. Sponsor: Stratasys

Available On-Demand Until June 28, 2017
Emerging Trends in Bioabsorbable Vascular Scaffolds

Development efforts toward a Bioabsorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) as a clinically superior therapy for the treatment of coronary and peripheral artery disease continue around the world. While a 150-micron strut thickness continues to be the focus of many, others are pushing the limits closer to a 100-micron strut thickness. This poses a new set of challenges. Additionally, as the utility for BVS based therapies outside the coronary vasculature is explored, more challenges are likely to be uncovered. This TBMG-hosted Webinar examines the emerging trends in BVS development. Sponsor: Zeus

Available On-Demand Until June 16, 2017
Unlocking the Secrets of Amorphous Metals

What do bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), amorphous metals, and liquid metals all have in common? They’re basically the same: non-crystalline metal alloys that are simultaneously glasses, metals, and liquids. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? They also possess incredible properties. This TBMG-hosted Webinar examines these shape-shifting "superheroes" of the materials world. Sponsor: NASA

Available On-Demand Until May 18, 2017
Simulation of Microfluidics Phenomena in COMSOL Multiphysics®

Microfluidics applications include inkjet print heads, genomic and proteomic chips, chemical lab-on-a-chip devices, and cell sorters. As a result, microfluidics-based numerical simulations often incorporate fluid motion, chemical reactions, electric and magnetic fields, and fluid-structure interactions. This TBMG-hosted Webinar discusses the simulation of microfluidic systems using COMSOL Multiphysics® software, including the world's fastest valve and the development of optimal geometries for electrokinetically driven flow systems. The presentation also includes a demo and Q&A session. Sponsor: COMSOL

Available On-Demand Until May 17, 2017
Understanding New Robotics Trends So You Don't Fall Behind

This TBMG-hosted Webinar covers trends shaping today's robotics technology and explains why it's important to pay attention to cable selection and installations as a result of these new trends. Topics include the influence of space-saving requirements as well as the impact that braking velocities and torsional stresses have on robotic applications' efficiencies. The presentation also offers tips on specifying and installing cable to avoid robot failure, understanding bend radius requirements, and using proper installation procedures. Sponsor: Lapp Group

Available On-Demand Until May 11, 2017
Component Design with a Twist

A helical structure provides support for a curve through 3D space. Helixes abound in nature from the formation of DNA to the spiral of a seashell. Taking a cue from nature, the HHS® Tube is a stranded torque tube; in other words, it's a strand with an open center working channel. It can be used to transmit torque or pushing forces in atherectomy devices, catheter bodies, guide channels, endoscope shafts, orthopedic drills, laparoscopic instruments, and many other devices. This TBMG-hosted Webinar examines how to improve designs using the advantages conferred by HHS Tube's open center working channel, its ability to transmit torque across tortuous paths, and its excellent pushability. Sponsor: Fort Wayne Metals

Available On-Demand Until May 3, 2017
Identifying the Root Cause of EMC Compliance Problems at a PCB level

EMC chambers are not the best way to debug a device that fails compliance tests. Nor are they ideal for diagnosing the root causes of failures. Detection of emissions hot spots using handheld sniffer probes can be effective but slow, and they do not deliver a full board picture of the problem. This Webinar hosted by TBMG looks at the probe array based Very-Near-Field scanning technique, which allows real-time evaluation of the spatial distribution of emissions over the entire board. Visualization of these fields overlaid on CAD files of the board provides insight into the root cause of emission problems and assists in solving them. Test results from real-world PCBs and ICs are shown. Sponsor: EMSCAN

Available On-Demand Until April 14, 2017
Automotive/Industrial Microcontroller Applications Made Easy

Hosted by TBMG, this 45-minute Webinar focuses on the development of automotive and ultra-reliable industrial applications and how to start a project, step by step, using the NXP Kinetis EA (KEA) series microcontroller, along with the complimentary S32 Design Studio integrated development environment for ARM-based MCUs. Also examined is the KEA Software Development Kit, which can save time and ease development with the NXP Freedom Development Platform FRDM-KEAZ128. Sponsor: NXP

Available On-Demand Until April 13, 2017
Managing Inherent and Environmental Thermal Effects on High-Power Laser Systems

This Webinar hosted by TBMG discusses the thermal effects common to high-power lasers and how to measure them. It also examines how to identify when thermal effects will be a problem in the process and how they're being managed. Lasers only perform as designed if they emit the correct amount of power or energy and if beam size is correct. The thermal effects that these lasers have on the system add a level of complexity to the application. Some thermal effects are inherent to the system as higher levels of light are applied to components within the system. Other thermal effects come from sources external to the system. Sponsor: Ophir-Spiricon

Available On-Demand Until March 22, 2017
Tech Talk
Producing Prototypes with Additive Manufacturing

Rapid prototyping helps companies turn great ideas into successful products faster. 3D printing your prototypes directly from CAD data enables fast, frequent revisions based on real-world testing and feedback. Hosted by Tech Briefs Media Group, this Tech Talk discusses some of today's most well-known companies and how 3D printing is drastically helping to improve their product development cycle. This Tech Talk also provides the opportunity for the audience to ask questions. Sponsor: Stratasys

Available On-Demand Until March 17, 2017
GEONS: The Goddard Enhanced Onboard Navigation System

In this webinar hosted by TBMG, you'll hear a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center navigator discuss the history of GEONS, its current capabilities, and future direction. GEONS is the Goddard Enhanced Onboard Navigation System, a software application used by NASA and others to navigate spacecraft autonomously throughout cislunar space. GEONS can sequentially ingest a variety of sensor information, including data from the Global Positioning System, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, Deep Space Network, Near Earth Network, inter-satellite crosslinks, celestial objects, accelerometers, and pulsars. It can also estimate the orbit of one or many user satellites, along with a variety of measurement and dynamical biases. Sponsor: NASA Goddard

Available On-Demand Until March 10, 2017
From Model to Simulation Applications with COMSOL

In this webinar hosted by TBMG, you'll hear experts explain how to develop custom applications based on the numerical simulation of physics-based systems. They will talk about using Application Builder to create applications from COMSOL models and to hide technical details irrelevant to the end user. With a local installation of COMSOL Server™, it's then possible to deploy these applications throughout an organization. This webinar will feature a live demo of creating and running COMSOL simulation applications, which will be followed by a Q&A session. Sponsor: COMSOL

Available On-Demand Until February 23, 2017
Tech Talk
Designing for Stereolithography: 10 Ways to Ready Your Part for Industrial 3D Printing

Designing for industrial-grade 3D printing has fewer considerations than traditional manufacturing processes; however, elements such as resolution, surface finish, feature size, and build orientation can impact part performance. By weighing important design techniques, process requirements, and materials, stereolithography can be leveraged for both cosmetically appealing and functional 3D-printed prototypes and components. This 10-minute TBMG Tech Talk examines these topics and provides the opportunity for the audience to ask questions. Sponsor: Proto Labs

Available On-Demand Until February 17, 2017
By the Numbers: Unique Algorithms for Optimizing Complex Operations

Innovators at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center have developed a patented peak-seeking algorithm that can optimize the performance of complex operations in real time. The algorithm was designed to determine the aircraft flying formations most likely to reduce aerodynamic drag and increase fuel efficiency. As such, it's capable of using real-time measurements to quickly adapt to changing environmental conditions. This means that in addition to aerospace applications, including commercial flight, this technology could be used in a variety of commercial and industrial applications where optimization is critical, such as manufacturing operations, business processes, energy management, and the automotive industry. This TBMG webinar explains how this space-age technology could improve your operations. Sponsor: NASA

Available On-Demand Until February 16, 2017
Advancing Aerospace Production with Metal Additive Manufacturing

In this webinar hosted by TBMG, you'll hear firsthand from Honeywell Aerospace experts on the advantages additive manufacturing provided Honeywell for development of metal components made from the nickel-based superalloy Inconel 718. Honeywell officially used Inconel 718 and electron beam melting to make its first aerospace component, which was an experimental design of an existing tube used on its HTF7000 engine. Speakers explain how this process holds the promise of reducing manufacturing costs by 50 percent and dramatically reducing production and delivery time. Sponsor: Arcam