Optisys is a small, radiofrequency (RF) antenna design company based in Utah. Using revolutionary 3D metal printing technology and 50+ years of experience in RF engineering, Optisys specializes in 3D printing custom RF antenna solutions for military and commercial applications. The company’s focused, highly-qualified team competes with established incumbent RF suppliers. Keep reading our interview with Optisys cofounder and CTO Mike Hollenbeck to hear how Optisys uses Rescale’s cloud platform to find strength in its size—by strategically using the cloud to tap into the world’s largest HPC infrastructure network while preserving the agility to move quickly and keep costs low.

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Rescale: What should we know about Optisys?  Describe your company and your technology.

Mike Hollenbeck: We design, print, and test metal 3D-printed antennas and RF components. RF antenna design is a very unique field in that we only care about what’s on the inside of the object. To design a quality product in this industry, we have to be involved in the full cycle—from the RF design, to the mechanical design, to the design for additive manufacturing. Optisys fills a void in the 3D printing industry. Unlike a lot of contract manufacturers that primarily focus on printing parts with specific external features, we’re designing RF components with high-quality internal features using this brand new fabrication process that allows us to generate designs and geometries that you couldn’t even dream of five years ago.

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Kasper Steen Andersen, a CAE manager for Danish exhaust and emissions system manufacturer Dinex, talks with us about how his group uses Rescale’s ScaleX big compute platform for CFD and FEA. Keep reading to hear how ScaleX has accelerated their design process, shifted their staffing needs, and improved their competitiveness.

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Paris, France – Denver-based Boom Supersonic is strengthening its strategic partnership with Rescale to leverage the power of cloud high-performance computing (HPC) for design and optimization of its new supersonic passenger jet.

The world’s first commercial supersonic aircraft, Concorde, was envisioned in the 1960s for next-generation, high-speed intercontinental travel. It was designed with a short wingspan to reduce supersonic drag, but with a long swept delta to produce lift-inducing vortices at landing and takeoff speeds. While a technical marvel, the plane wasn’t commercially successful due to high operating costs and the inability to fill 100 seats at the $20,000 round-trip ticket price. It was retired in 2003 after Airbus could no longer source parts, a rare backwards step in technology progress.

After fourteen years, Boom is reigniting the dream of supersonic travel and showing off its updated XB-1 supersonic demonstrator  at the Paris Air Show. The design phase this time looks very different from the 1960s. Leveraging Rescale’s turnkey cloud HPC platform, Boom uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis running on a massively-powerful compute infrastructure to run thousands of simulations at each stage of the design. This on-demand, zero-IT footprint has enabled them to run a lean startup operation, while at the same time simulating and optimizing high-fidelity virtual prototype models on the world’s most powerful compute clusters. Continue reading

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Paris, France — Rescale is pleased to announce and its project Vahana as a groundbreaking new customer. Project Vahana is turning the dream of personal air transportation into an exciting reality. Vahana makes a bold proposal to extend the freedom of flight to everyone—not just those with pilot’s licenses—by introducing an autonomous, pilotless aircraft.

During the design phase of this vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, has a huge design space to explore. Designers are looking for sci-fi inspired shapes, structural engineers are concerned with weight, and aerodynamicists want sleek, high-performance flight surfaces.  By facilitating on-demand simulation software and fast, scalable big compute resources, Rescale has enabled to create a huge number of virtual prototypes to cover the design space and please all stakeholders. has been able to run thousands of simulations to achieve the optimal design, all achieved with a minimal in-house IT footprint.

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