March 10, 2020
The design insights revealed through simulation can dramatically speed product development, improve product quality, and lower product costs.
Simulation's Potential is Being Needlessly Constrained Until recently, technology and industry have focused on the front-end of CAE process automation; investment has targeted modeling, pre-processing, and solving simulations.
The pre-processing phase, in particular, was a major pain point for analysts, who spent an enormous amount of time cleaning up CAD models, extracting neutral surfaces, and creating the right mesh. A combination of investment and greater computing power have made these problems of the past.
The missing piece has been innovation and investment in post-processing and in capabilities for sharing and collaborating on simulation results and insights.
Perhaps this is because simulation results were not previously on the critical path of the design decision process. Instead, test results played a crucial role in validating products and releasing them to production and manufacturing.