Trade and Industry Associations

The trade and industry associations across the automotive, aerospace, motorsport, manufacturing, engineering, construction and architectural markets that Desktop Engineering (DTE) is a member of, or affiliated to, has enabled us to build a strong bank of industry-specific knowledge and partnerships.



We’re hard at work in your industry – it might be training, engineering software products or consulting – we’re confident in being able to help you.*

Gauge and Toolmakers Association (GTMA)  is a UK-based trade association representing leading companies in precision engineering, rapid product development, toolmaking, tooling technologies, metrology and other critical manufacturing related products and services.

GTMA’s quality management systems are successfully ISO 9001:2015 accredited: “The provision of supply chain solutions; business services; technology transfer and industry networks for companies throughout the engineering supply chain.”

More than 300 organisations belong to the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA), ranging from global players Meggitt, Moog Aircraft Group, Rolls-Royce and Collins Aerospace to small supply chain companies and key regional partner bodies.

The MAA works closely with the UK’s other regional aerospace alliances and the national body ADS, as well as with other European and world-wide aerospace clusters.

The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) is the world’s leading trade association for the motorsport, high performance engineering, services and tuning sectors. In an industry that constantly deals with rapid development, MIA represents and supports specialised needs of their members globally, and provides a network that reaches into every corner of the motorsport business community. 

MIA members span the whole spectrum of international motorsport business, from the largest companies to the smallest, private firms.

NAFEMS is the International Association for the Engineering Modelling, Analysis and Simulation Community.  With a focus on practical application of numerical engineering simulation techniques such the Finite Element Method for Structural Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Multibody Simulation.

In addition to end users from all industry sectors, NAFEMS stakeholders include technology providers, researchers and academics.

The Niche Vehicle Network is an independent association of over 900 niche vehicle manufacturers, specialist technology and design and engineering companies. 

The aim is to promote and stimulate R&D collaboration, to give niche companies ability to react to new regulations, innovate and share knowledge and gain economy of scale that will allow growth in the lucrative overseas markets; and to fund collaborative research and development activities in low carbon vehicle technologies, including electric and hybrid propulsion, lightweight chassis structures, engine efficiency, alternative fuels and aerodynamics.

The North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) is the flagship organisation representing some 750 member companies and stakeholders involved in the UK’s premier aerospace cluster and the model for industry-led organisations throughout Europe.

Representing and uniting companies and organisations involved in the aerospace sector supply chain, NWAA is responsible for shaping the industry through strategic thinking and delivery, by driving innovation and providing supply chain excellence and other business support programmes.

UK’s leading organisation representing structural timber sector and associated supply chain companies, the Structural Trade Association (STA) objective is to drive quality and product innovation through expert technical guidance and research – underpinned by education, training and event programmes. 

Along with quality and safety, the STA’s core objective is to be a leading provider of technical research and industry insight, and the Technical Committee work closely with the HSE, TRADA and BRE to ensure  members have technical insight and industry intelligence to enable them to compete against other methods of construction.


UKspace is the trade association of the British space industry and has been its leading voice for over 30 years.  It promotes the interests of industry with: the UK government, parliament and national and international stakeholders. UKspace represents a diverse membership across the industry, and works to achieve the best business framework to promote growth.

Together with our partners, ADS and techUK, and working alongside the UK Space AgencyInnovate UK, the Satellite Applications Catapult, the Satellite Finance Network and governmental organisations such as OfcomDepartment for International Trade and others, UKspace is dedicated to representing interests of Members and supporting them in growing and developing their businesses.

*Trade associations, or industry trade group, business association, sector association or industry body,are organisation founded and funded by businesses that operate in a specific industry. An industry trade association participates in public relations activities such as advertising, education, publishing, lobbying, and political donations, but its focus is collaboration between companies. Associations may offer other services, such as producing conferences, holding networking or charitable events, or offering classes or educational materials. Many associations are non-profit organizations governed by bylaws and directed by officers who are also members.


How to use sensors in MSC Adams

Using Sensors to Latch a Mechanism

Sometimes with a mechanism simulation you need to trigger a change in the mechanism when an event such as a latch engaging to stop a component from moving any further. You can model the geometry and use a contact model to capture the physical engagement of the geometry, but this can add to your simulation run time and require a lot of tuning to get working happily.

An alternative is to control the behaviour of the latched component directly using motions that are triggered by the use of Sensors – detecting when the event occurs using a measure and then altering the connectivity of the model to reflect the new configuration with the latch engaged. 

This simple example illustrates how the user sets up this type of simulation ….

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