MSC SimDesigner does a nonlinear and linear FEA, thermal analysis, and motion analysis capabilities from Marc, MSC Nastran, and Adams available within the CATIA V5 CAD environment. Many of the manufacturers want to bring simulation forward in their product development process to have functional performance analysis lead design, rather than simply validate design. This will be challenging in organizations that cling to an “over the wall” mentality between design and analysis engineers, as CAE engineers wait for detailed drawings to get started on even the most basic analysis, and in turn, design engineers wait for CAE to be completed. Worse will be, changes made late in the design cycle can increase costs by several orders of magnitude and significantly delay time-to-market.
SimDesigner enable analysts or designers to perform analysis early by providing powerful nonlinear FEA, linear FEA, and multi-body dynamics solver technology inside of the CATIA V5 environment. The benefits of providing user-friendly analysis functionality within the familiar CAD environment include elimination of CAD translation & fixing, enabling simulation earlier in the design process, and correcting design flaws before products are ever seen by customers.