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New Simcenter 3D v12: Scale, depth, speed of integration progress unsurpassed

Siemens’ newest version of Simcenter 3D, its flagship environment for multidisciplinary computer-aided engineering, offers new comprehensive solutions across multiple simulation disciplines. Key features:

  • Powerful generative design workflows support fully integrated topology optimization and Convergent Modeling for efficient design and simulation.
  • Advanced solutions deliver on Simcenter’s strategy for structural dynamics, motion and acoustics, delivering superior functionality and performance.
  • Improved industry workflows include universal connections support for efficient modeling of large assemblies.

Simcenter 3D is an advanced standalone CAE application for analysts and discipline experts that works with data from any CAD source. Being built on the Siemens NX platform, it of course works seamlessly with NX CAD. With more enhancements than any previous release, the newest Simcenter 3D—part of Siemens’s Simcenter portfolio of simulation and test solutions for predictive engineering analytics—looks to revolutionize how simulation engineers can help drive design direction in industries such as automotive, aerospace and industrial machinery.  See our Predictive engineering analytics: Simcenter unifies, advances Siemens PLM’s simulation/test portfolio.

Technology Results Viewer: Newly integrated workflows in Simcenter 3D v12

The new release integrates significant capabilities that were previously available in legacy simulation tools such as LMS Virtual.Lab and Samtech Samcef. Integration and expansion of these capabilities into Simcenter 3D’s unified, scalable and open environment aims to help engineers, analysts and designers improve their overall productivity, and give their organizations access to a broad yet deep array of simulation technology.

Scale, depth, speed of integration work all impress

The scope, scale, depth and—perhaps above all—swift, determined execution of Siemens’ work to intelligently integrate its many CAE-related acquisitions over the past handful of years is unsurpassed by anything comparable we can recall anywhere else in the industry. The latest Simcenter 3D release, and Siemens’ continued progress in realizing its overall Simcenter vision, is testament to the high caliber of both its technologists and its senior management—few companies in any industry can boast the same number of truly world-class executives and experts shepherding and coordinating the various Siemens PLM Software businesses and product families. Continue reading

TASS International acquisition propels Siemens to forefront of automated driving solutions engineering

Siemens announced an agreement to acquire TASS International, a global provider of simulation software and related engineering and test services primarily to the automotive industry focused on autonomous driving, integrated safety, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and tire modeling. Based in Helmond, The Netherlands, TASS has developed what Siemens terms “a rich family of solutions that will further strengthen Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software portfolio, and add to its position as the leading supplier of systems-driven product development offerings for the global automotive industry.” The combined offerings, Siemens says, will provide “a fully integrated solution to frontload verification and validation of automated driving systems.”

This move puts Siemens PLM Software squarely in the vanguard of the industry’s accelerating trend of deep investment in technology platforms for engineering modeling and simulation of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, especially their onboard sensing and decision-making systems. See for example our VIRES acquisition by MSC Software accelerates Hexagon’s simulation portfolio and autonomous X strategy, and ESI Pro-SiVIC 2016 models how sensors perceive scenes and smart products make decisions.

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TASS PreScan model of autonomous emergency braking system in Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) test scenario.

Mentor Graphics acquisition positions Siemens to become mechatronics engineering powerhouse

Siemens’ just-announced agreement to acquire EDA software leader Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion cash transaction positions the German industrial giant to make itself the unchallenged powerhouse provider of an integrated, end-to-end digital platform for mechatronics product engineering. Continue reading

Mentor Graphics Xpedition PCB Layout Design Environment. Source: Mentor Graphics

Siemens PLM acquires LMS: A look back

Four years ago last week, Siemens PLM Software announced its agreement to acquire LMS International. This past June, it unveiled Simcenter, its portfolio of simulation software and test solutions designed to “enable Digital Twins to drive innovation through all stages of product development.”

Below is an analysis and forecast we published the day Siemens PLM and LMS announced their deal. You can read our take on Simcenter here. Siemens PLM’s steady, confident hand in delivering what it promises—and more—is visible yet again.

Siemens PLM to buy LMS: Closed-loop, systems-driven

Siemens PLM Software announced it will acquire LMS International NV, the Leuven, Belgium-based provider of test and mechatronic simulation software to automotive, aerospace and other highly engineered discrete manufacturing industries. Summing up its business and technological rationale, Siemens said the acquisition will make it “the first product lifecycle management (PLM) software company to provide a closed-loop systems-driven product development solution extending all the way to integrated test management.”

We agree. In sum, the move brings Siemens:

  • Deep competency in integrated physical test and simulation/test correlation.
  • World-class model-based systems engineering technology of AMEsim.
  • A substantial engineering services business—offering added insight to software product R&D as well as for developing engineering processes in tandem with new tool requirements.

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Convergent Modeling: New modeling paradigm in Siemens PLM’s NX 11 converges facets, surfaces, solids

In its recently launched NX 11 product engineering software, Siemens PLM introduced a new modeling paradigm it calls Convergent Modeling. This new technology “greatly simplifies the ability to work with geometry consisting of a combination of facets, surfaces and solids, without the need for time-consuming data conversion,” the company says. Billed by Siemens as first-of-its-kind technology, Convergent Modeling is designed to deliver three key benefits: “to help engineers optimize part design for 3D printing, speed up the overall design process, and make reverse engineering a far more common and efficient practice in product design.”

Facet model of knee joint with b-rep surgical guide, modeled in single environment. Source: Siemens PLM

NX 11 also includes multiple enhancements throughout the integrated CAD/CAM/CAE solution suite, such as “next-generation 3D CAE, powered by the recently announced Simcenter 3D software, and improved CAM productivity with tools like robotics machining and hybrid additive manufacturing to help improve productivity.” Continue reading