Simulation Apps: Simulation for Everyone Simulation is complicated, limiting it to a group of experts. However, democratization of CAE would improve a product’s development cycle. This webinar, hosted by ENGINEERING.com, demonstrated how simulation apps can target a larger audience through simplified user interfaces, be created using five tips, and be used in real-life use cases. The presenter is Malcolm Panthaki, founder and chief technology officer at the simulation application company, Comet Solutions. View a recording of the webinar here.
Simulation apps are the latest development in making advanced CAE capabilities safely and easily available to engineers and designers. As we explored last month (New frontiers in simulation process automation), simulation apps provide sophisticated functionality packaged as easy-to-use, tightly focused apps that automate the design, analysis and verification of a specific type of product, often tailored to the needs and best practices of a specific user company. First the company’s engineering knowledge is captured as rules in a set of templates that automate the design of the targeted class of product. Then, in use, the templates call on general-purpose simulation and analysis software to drive automated CAE model preparation, physics calculations in the various disciplines involved, and presentation of results in the form of an optimized, validated design.
One company putting this new approach into practice is BWAY Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of rigid metal and plastic packaging containers for industrial, commercial and retail markets in North America. In a recent webcast hosted by the CAE professional association NAFEMS, BWAY’s Engineering Manager for Plastics, Forrest Burney, described how the company is using simulation apps to save project costs and shrink time-to-market for new products, as well as to gain more control over the design process by no longer needing to rely on outside CAE service providers. Furthermore, Burney says, “Because we can analyze more design iterations faster, we can do a better job optimizing the design up front and have a higher confidence level in the performance of the finished package.” Continue reading
Comet Solutions’ Simulation Applications (SimApps™) will be available on the cloud through a partnership with the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) via the OSC AweSim initiative, its founding partners including Kinetic Vision, and other engineering service providers. By capturing and embedding the experience of senior analysts, SimApps allow simulations to be run more easily, consistently and safely. With locally hosted versions of SimApps already delivering measurable gains in productivity, cost savings, quality and innovation for leading aerospace, automotive and industrial companies, the new cloud-based SimApps will broaden access to Comet’s technology, not only making CAE expertise accessible to all manufacturers, but also combining high-performance computing resources with SimApps for a powerful, scalable simulation solution. Continue reading
Automating the setup and execution of simulation and analysis problems has been a goal of both practitioners and software vendors since almost the beginning of the mechanical CAE software industry. After a long period of gestation and gradual progress, new solutions that benefit analysts, engineers and designers alike are coming to market at an ever-accelerating pace. Continue reading