Experts in product and packaging design company Noun chooses KeyShot and PDSVISION

Noun is a design studio based in Stockholm, Sweden, that specializes in product and packaging design. Noun helps their clients from idea to finished product and provides expert consulting within these fields along the way. The success of Noun comes from their deep knowledge in areas such as sustainability, choice of materials, production, transportation, and recycling, and their clients vary from small businesses to giants like Stockholm’s Municipality.

A key part of Noun’s work is to communicate ideas visually, which is why they have chosen KeyShot as their primary choice of software for 3D rendering and animation. With KeyShot, Noun will be able to produce professional visualizations of their ideas, both for their customers and marketing purposes.

Noun chooses PDSVISION as a software provider to access the PDSVISION gold star support team and their knowledge in KeyShot, whenever needed. Furthermore, they ensure that they always have access to the latest version of KeyShot with the PDSVISION maintenance deal.

We at PDSVISION look forward to helping Noun continue to create sustainable packaging and add a flare of excellence in their visualizations.

[caption id="attachment_16570" align="alignnone" width="300"] Noun-designed bench Signum produced by Nordic Parks[/caption]

To read more about Noun, visit their website here.

See how Luxion KeyShot can help you render realistic images and animations of your 3D models to quickly create amazing variations of concepts for customer, manufacturing, or marketing – here.

Or simply contact us here to see how PDSVISION technical support and training for CAD, PLM, KeyShot, AR, Simulation, and more can help your organization’s journey within Digital Transformation.

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ANSYS Discovery – Introduction

ANSYS Discovery

After long and sunny summer, the fall starts to kick in. Now is the time to get geared up for the winter’s R&D challenges, which is why I would like to present the Ansys Discovery simulation platform using a structural simulation case as an example.

The Ansys Discovery really is an attractive choice for organizations that want to expand their simulation user base and have the ability to reuse these early simulations in state-of-the-art analysis. This expanded usage will drive for faster time to market, reduced design cycles, and operational efficiency.

Structural simulation of a generic engine mount is used for demonstration to describe the workflow and highlight functionality. Take a cup of coffee and bear with me for few minutes while I go through this modern marvel of simulation.
Modes of Ansys Discovery
By default, Ansys Discovery launches on Explore mode, which uses a live GPU-based approach to solve simulation. The Refine mode utilizes Ansys Mechanical CPU-based solver with additional capabilities. Should you want to alter the geometry, you can find all direct modeling tools in Model mode.

[caption id="attachment_15547" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Ansys Discovery on Explore mode –operation mode is selected at the bottom of the screen.[/caption]

Getting around in Ansys Discovery
[caption id="attachment_15546" align="alignright" width="285"] The HALO tool[/caption]

A new approach to make typical simulation features easily available for the user is having a black hexagon hoovering in the screen. It is called HALO and it expands with a mouse click and closes with pressing ESC or clicking in the background.

In our structural analysis example, we define the mounting points as supports using CTRL for multi-select and then accept the selections made by clicking the tick mark. The Heads Up Display (HUD) user interface allows us to continue working on the model rather than forcing us to run around the screen for typical selections. 

HALO makes tools accessible in a fast and simple way. The inner circle allows the user to get access to selection, geometry editing, or physics tools. As shown here, when the physics tool is selected, different structural physics features are presented in an expanded window.


[caption id="attachment_15545" align="aligncenter" width="450"] The HUD of structural features brings the selections to the fingertips of the designer.[/caption]

In this sample, we will load the mounting points with a 4-ton engine and its trust. The load is stated as a remote force and as a mass in 10 holes. Since both loads affect the same surfaces, it makes sense to store the selection as a named selection, thus being able to reuse it in the definition of loads. Pressing F1 brings in the overlay help system, should I have any challenge with defining force or mass.

[caption id="attachment_15544" align="aligncenter" width="450"] The Overlay points out your options at hand in an easy to get to way.[/caption]

Contacts tuning and materials
Contact in Ansys Discovery defines how different bodies relate to each other. Do they bond to a single body or are they able to separate? By default, all bodies within contact detection distance are bonded.

Contacts can be found at the bottom of the Physics tree. In this example, double-clicking allows the editing of 30 default bonded contact pairs where each contact definition is represented by a small white sphere and colored contact surfaces. The Contact Review tool is used to alter the default behavior – i.e., letting some of the surfaces separate.

Should you have small gaps in the model, like a free bore in a drilled hole, you can either go through the model and set each free or set the contact detection distance to smaller than the gaps in the model.

Materials are by default structural steel and can be changed by using the HALO feature mentioned earlier.

[caption id="attachment_15543" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Contact Review tool enables you to select bodies and finetune the default behavior.[/caption]
Running the simulation and investigating results
[caption id="attachment_15542" align="alignright" width="140"] Control Display[/caption]

Since our model is now complete, we can run it using the controls located in the lower-right corner of the screen. Just press the green start button, and Ansys Discovery solves it using GPU since we are in Explore mode. The results are computed within a couple of seconds and there is a nice collection of tools available to evaluate them.

When a simulation has been run, the result handling tools are shown in the lower-right part of the screen. In the inner circle, you find tools for clipping, setting deformation, animation, etc. The outer circle contains tools to select the proper result type.

The fidelity adjustment is done in the Simulation Information Display (SID). The SID brings notifications to the user, allows for adjustment of accuracy and selection of simulation physics. The resulting legend is freely movable and allows the modification of units and legend scale range.

[caption id="attachment_15541" align="aligncenter" width="450"] The SID is located at the bottom part of the screen.[/caption]
It doesn’t end here
The Explore mode is fast, but if you want to have some additional controls and features, you can use the Refine mode, which uses the Ansys Mechanical CPU, solver. If that doesn’t have enough punch, you can use the HPC add-on license package or transfer the simulation model to Ansys Mechanical, either on your workstation or in Ansys Cloud.

In addition to structural analysis, Ansys Discovery has thermal, fluids, and modal capabilities. This will make Ansys Discover versatile and approachable when it comes to expanding the simulation user community at your organization.

Solving high-fidelity simulation in Ansys Discovery requires an additional license, depending on the physics. To leverage the Ansys Mechanical Solver for structural and thermal physics requires the Mechanical Pro license, whereas solving fluid physics requires the CFD Pro license.
To summarize this introduction, I would want to highlight the following points in Ansys Discovery:

Scalable simulation solution with a modern user interference
First time and casual users will benefit from the Welcome screen help, interactive tutorials, and classic F1 function with a modernized overlay type presentation
Fast results with GPU-based Explore mode
Detailed results with CPU-based Refine mode, which enables the use of joints and non-linear contacts, local mesh sizing, mesh visualization, etc.
Advanced users will benefit from the ability to transfer analysis to flagship applications like Ansys Fluent and the possibility to use Ansys Cloud.

I hope this has piqued your interest in Ansys Discovery! If you want to know more, please contact us.

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Vuforia Instruct – Complementing PTC’s Industrial AR solutions suite!

Vuforia Instruct Work Instruction



Vuforia, the award-winning and leading Augmented Reality reality solution-centric suite, now brings the long-awaited ability for industrial enterprises to effortlessly re-use CAD design to anchor work task-related information to the physical products. The workflow is easy without heavy manual coding, testing and troubleshooting. Advanced model calculations happen automatically in the background while authoring the procedure, and the function is used when applicable in the field through the Vuforia Vantage App.

Vuforia Instruct that saw general availability in June ’21 complements Vuforia Expert Capture being stronger, covering a broader set of use cases. Together, they form Vuforia Work Instructions, the ready-to-use solution suite to capture, author, execute, and analyze frontline work and related work instructions, allowing every worker to perform like an expert.

AR as a technology has matured and paved the way to viable and available industrial-grade solutions that provide instant and long-term business benefits!

Interested in more information, please read the blog “The Handyman and The Gentleman – AR #7 – Vuforia Work Instructions”

Want to discuss further or request a demonstration – Contact us here! 

The Handyman and The Gentleman – AR #7 – Vuforia Work Instructions

Vuforia Instruct Process

To continue discussing how relevant Augmented Reality (AR) is for the industrial enterprise, in this blog, I will focus on empowering your organization’s most valuable asset – your people with the new Vuforia Instruct. I will delve deeper into the process and the components that organizations like yours already use today when creating Work Instructions that bridge language barriers, speed up training, minimize skills gaps, and allow workers to perform with confidence and precision from the onset.

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Vuforia Instruct brings the long-awaited ability for enterprises to effortlessly re-use CAD design, without heavy manual coding and troubleshooting, to anchor work task-related information to the physical products.  This unique feature allows for visual guidance of the users to systematically perform manual frontline work like the experts during each step of the procedure execution.
Relevant digital work instructions and business-critical insight of Industrial Frontline Work

Improve information delivery, speed up knowledge transfer, modernize training methods, minimize skills gap, easy access to remote expertise, improve customer experiences, and insight into frontline- and fieldwork quality and status. These are all business process improvements linked to controlling and distributing accurate and up-to-date visual work instructions that the workers efficiently use at the front line.
Business process challenges, sharpening competition, and business disruption
Industrial companies invest in creating structured plans linked to work instructions and workflows locked away in siloed systems. Often, field workers still must rely on traditional, outdated paper documentation to execute their daily work. Managers and business owners still have to rely on their operator’s and technician’s memory and skill retention – a viable way to provide accurate and up-to-date digital work instructions to the frontline workers is lacking the business.

Status and feedback of manual work at the frontline have long shelf time and many times manually fed and copied between systems based on the memory and paper notes from the workers, traceability is completely lacking or is hard to achieve. Long shelf time and human interpretation of worker notes are error-prone and time-consuming, data is getting lost, customer requirements and expectations are hard and costly to meet!

Industrial enterprises lack business improvement capabilities that have been only a vision ever since the first AR demos were seen, like overlaying relevant digital information on the physical world.

After seeing the first AR demos, several Industrial Enterprises engaged in a “vision” journey. It is a journey of heavy hand-coding, user experiences challenges, and building IT infrastructure and applications for customized solutions consisting of various emerging and traditional technology components. Only to find themselves in an ever-ending pilot purgatory with production implementation and scalability challenges, realizing they are not a software company and need to focus back on their core business.

A few succeeded, but for many, the journey ended there. The confidence in the technology to provide the desired benefits faded, but the business challenges remain combined with increasingly tough competition and business disruptors.
Industrial grade Augmented Reality Solutions
For the past several years, AR “as a technology” has proven benefits for business process improvement. Still, heavy manual tasks and many breaches in the process make content creation difficult and inefficient. Accuracy and traceability are tough to achieve, and many heavy manual tasks break up the process – for most industrial organizations, it is not a viable way of working as automation and speed are equal to success!

Ready-to-use industrial-grade AR solutions have been lacking in the industrial market. PTC’s Vuforia is now showing the way. With its SaaS offering through Vuforia Expert Capture and the new (June 2021) Vuforia Instruct solutions. Combining Expert Capture and Instruct makes them stronger together, and this is what forms Vuforia Work Instructions. In short, capture, author, execute digital work instructions and analyze the related frontline work as it’s performed through built-in feedback data capture.

[caption id="attachment_14146" align="alignright" width="200"] Screen capture of Vuforia Vantage, displaying orange visual guide on the physical product with access to relevant easy-to-understand step level work instructions.[/caption]

Also, not forgetting the remote assistance solution Vuforia Chalk. Chalk is used for remotely solving unpredicted situations and troubleshooting in the field and at the customer site. These are situations that can not be anticipated and documented before their occurrence. Experts use Chalk to visually assist technicians and customers by drawing easy-to-understand in context “Chalk marks” that stick to the environment. All involved experience optimized time consumption and minimize traveling needs – solving the problems quickly and remotely!

AR is a built-in “ingredient” and is a powerful feature, where applicable, to visually guide the users or place the content in a comfortable, easy-to-view, and easy-to-understand location. Still, the procedure execution is never dependent on it. Not being dependent on computer vision technology in all situations makes the Vuforia industrial solutions viable and beneficial for a broader set of use cases and across the value chain. For the conditions where computer vision is practical and relevant, an impressive business impact will be a reality. It is an unprecedented means of guiding the user in working correctly and efficiently.

The information is easily accessed and displayed in the product or problem context to execute the manual work task precisely! Field reports and analytical execution data are generated and gathered efficiently by the solution for insight, quality assurance, transparency and continuous improvement of the manual work, related products, and processes.

Suppose computer vision technology is not applicable for the use case or the user, no problem. In that case, the digital work instructions are available in a supported format, and reporting during work execution is still viable!
The components of Vuforia Work Instructions
PTC has designed the Vuforia SaaS solutions with a fine balance between simplicity and functionality from the onset. The focus is easy-to-use and speed to productivity. Version history, traceability, collaboration and security are essential.
Vuforia Expert Capture – turn the worker’s knowledge into up-to-date digital and visual step-by-step Work Instructions
Vuforia Expert Capture allows for quick and easy capturing and documentation of business-critical tacit expertise and best practices. The tacit knowledge is quickly and easily captured and turned into digital and visual step-by-step work instructions ensuring business continuity. Documenting the tacit knowledge allows for worker agility and new business models like customer self-service and outsourcing of services while controlling content distribution and protecting critical IP.
The new Vuforia Instruct – Explicit, in context, visual guidance
Re-using 3D CAD design data to create visual guidance on physical assets is the core capability of Vuforia Instruct that saw general availability in June ’21. Visual live guides are highlighting points of interest on the physical assets during the procedure execution. Each step can also contain audiovisual and textual instructions, allowing the user to perform as the expert with high confidence and precision. Safety and compliance are critical and easily incorporated as an essential part of the visual work instructions.
Information distribution, compliance, user feedback, traceability, and reporting of manual fieldwork – made easy
Customized access control allows for the proper flow of information through segmentation and personalization, ensuring relevant procedures are only available internally and or externally to the right people. Protecting business-critical IP while ensuring compliance and security is easy with Vuforia. Never again leave documentation full of business-critical IP lying around on site. When the work is complete, easily remove information access when it is not needed anymore by the workers or contractors.

[caption id="attachment_14148" align="alignnone" width="600"] Screen captures of Vuforia Vantage (mobile App), delivers access-controlled work instructions to the frontline and gathers work-task and procedure-related information for reporting purposes.[/caption]

Vuforia Vantage handles optimized delivery of work instructions to the frontline. The step-by-step workflow consumed through Vantage allows for immediate feedback and reporting ensuring traceability, transparency, and continuous improvement of related products, processes, and fieldwork. Logging the procedure or work task to specific IDs that enable structured trend analysis in Vuforia Insights is straightforward.

Organizations leverage Vuforia Insights as a secure interface to analyzing procedure-level and step-level execution data.  Vuforia Insights helps organizations understand the field workforce and assets performance. Reporting happens through simple pass/fail and verify checkmarks, including possible text input at each procedure step. All of this, at your fingertips parallel to the work being performed!

[caption id="attachment_14154" align="alignnone" width="800"] Vuforia Insights helps organizations understand the field workforce and assets performance.[/caption]
Immediate, collaborative, scalable, available, and traceable
Cloud-based technology is no longer a “nice to have.” It is getting ever harder to stay competitive in a fast-moving and ever-changing business. A “true” SaaS solution promotes speed of adoption. The learning curve is steep as user experience, functionality, and simplicity are perfectly balanced, optimized, and templatized. In short, it is hard to get it wrong!

Cloud software removes support and IT costs and ensures uptime, availability, security, and compliance. Everyone always works on the same software version and can collaborate around the same content or procedure in this case. Access is immediate and independent of the hardware used. It is possible to track, manage, and access all changes to the content – by who, when it happened, and what was worked upon in a procedure over time – and since initiation.
Improve workforce efficiency and traceability
AR as a technology has matured and paved the way to viable and available industrial-grade solutions that provide instant and long-term business benefits. For traditional businesses, it can make the difference of being the disruptor or being disrupted!

The Vuforia solutions are engineered based upon actual customer needs. Vuforia is continuously improved and extended in a high phase based on commonly seen global high-value industrial use cases – and adoption means benefitting from all this immediately and long term!

The race has begun on many levels, both on the software, hardware, and adoption side. Being part of the right ecosystem with the right long- and short-term strategy will conduce to success! PDSVISION is positioned correctly, and you can also be! Read more about Vuforia Instruct

Below is a list of commonly seen high-priority Industrial use cases supported by Vuforia Work Instructions. Suppose you can identify your business challenges or digital incentives in any or several of these. Please get in touch with us, we will help you succeed with impact, speed, and scale:


Inspection Training and Upskilling
Job Specific Operator & Situational Training


Incoming Parts Inspection
In-Line or End-of-Line Inspection
Assembly & Operator Work Instructions
Maintenance, Set-up & Changeover Instructions

Customer Service

Field Maintenance Inspection
Technician Field Maintenance & Service Instructions

Customer Operations

Dealership or Pre-Delivery Inspection
Customer Self: Operation, Maintenance, and Training
Installation& Commissioning Instructions

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