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Teamcenter® software is a product lifecycle management (PLM) system that connects people and processes, across functional silos, with a digital thread for innovation. The vendor states the breadth and depth of the Teamcenter portfolio mean that users can solve more of the tough challenges…
Autodesk's Navisworks is a construction project review and simulation software to improve BIM (Building Information Modeling) coordination, allowing the user to combine design and construction data into a single model, and identify and resolve clash and interference problems before…
aPriori aims to help design and manufacturing teams around the globe create the products of the future. aPriori is a provider of digital manufacturing software that brings product design, sourcing teams, and supplier teams closer together to close the gap between design and production.…
PTC offers Creo, the company's line of computer-aided design (CAD) products that support the product lifecycle management (PLM) process with 2D and 3D design kits (Creo Elements and Creo Direct), an augmented reality module, Creo Illustrate for technical illustrations, Creo Sketch,…
Siemens PLM (formerly UGS), a division of Siemens AG, offers Solid Edge. Solid Edge is a 2D/3D CAD modeling, simulation, CAM, and 3D printing suite offered free to students, hobbyists, and learners or at relatively low cost to mid-tier companies. It's capabilities are limited relative…
Keysight Technologies headquartered in Santa Rosa offers the PathWave EM Design (EMPro) Simulation Software, an electromagnetic (EM) simulation software design platform for analyzing the 3D EM effects of components such as high-speed and RF IC packages, bondwires, antennas, on-chip…
What is Simulation Software?
Simulation software allows engineers to evaluate, optimize, and compare product designs by modeling real world events in a computer generated environment. It is a facet of computer-aided engineering (CAE) software. Simulation software can create any model that is governed by equations or mathematical data and place it in a pre-defined system. By analyzing these constructs, engineers can observe how the model and system interact, thereby predicting performance, defects, stresses, and product lifespan.
Examples of commonly modeled products are mechanics, electrical systems, chemical reactions, heat, and weather. Vendors may offer libraries that simulate industry specific scenarios, such as construction, aviation, road and pedestrian traffic, electrical circuitry, fluid dynamics, and many more.
Simulation and CAE software are highly related to computer-aided design (CAD) software. CAD software is mostly concerned with the design of products where CAE software is focused on the testing and simulation of products. Leading vendors may offer CAD modeling and CAE simulation engines that are tightly integrated, under the same product line. Alternately, simulation software may offer integrations with many popular third-party CAD applications.
Simulation Software Features & Capabilities
Simulation software designed for computer-aided engineering (CAE) provides the following features:
Predefined library of features, shapes and objects for modeling
Predefined modeling scenarios (e.g. weather stress), including industry-specific toolsets
Pre-processing tools allow the user to define various materials, conditions, and other simulation variables
Tools to import product model data from CAD application
Integrated environment with CAD modeling studio to edit product geometry without leaving app
Virtual validation testing, such as fault tolerance
Test multiple product designs against each other for superior performance or resilience
Post-processing tools include simulation results, charts and other data analyzation tools