Strategic Engineering Simulation
Engineering simulation is not just a tool for validating design at the end of the product development cycle. When used strategically, computer-aided engineering (CAE) can drive innovation across your whole organization.
Source: Aberdeen Group: The Impact of Strategic Simulation on Product Profitability
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The Aberdeen Group identifies key business drivers as time to market, quality, cost, innovation and sustainability. Similar reports cite the direct impact of not using engineering simulation: an immediate increase in the number of physical prototypes and the resultant increase in cost and time to market. Other impacts include products that lack robustness or are not optimized from the outset. Forward-thinking product development companies today extensively employ simulation; many are now making it more systematic, more parametric and better integrated into their processes.
No new airplane, car, nuclear or chemical facility, turbine, or engine is currently released without extensive numerical modeling during both design and production. As simulation becomes more widespread, virtually every product will benefit from digital investigation during design, manufacturing and testing phases.
Engineering simulation involves applying physics-related software tools during the design process to create a computer model. You can virtually test operational performance of product designs. Without engineering simulation tools, you build and test physical prototypes for each design candidate. Small changes to a design may require manufacturing and testing an entire new prototype, delaying development and increasing costs. Furthermore, a test may yield final results that show a design to be successful — but without any indication or explanation as to how and why it is so.
Simulation-Driven Product Development from ANSYS takes engineering simulation to an even higher level. You apply the principles to the entire product development process, especially in the early stages when it can have the greatest benefit in terms of reduced prototype testing, faster time to market and improved market acceptance of innovative new products.
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