Designing a product without integrating simulation into your workflow is like staging a play without considering alternatives or even rehearsing – and then possibly giving the audience a portion of their money back as they leave.
Simulation is the virtual, mathematical process by which a computer processes input data intended to represent certain ‘real world’ conditions. Ideally you describe the stresses and loads under which your product will operate and then, based on simulation results, either fix design flaws or forestall them.
But simulation isn't just a tool to perfect a design you've already settled on.
Simulation allows you to optimize your design, as opposed to iterating and then testing each of the iterations you come up with. You can create feasibility and optimization studies to achieve goals. For example, you may want to optimize part thickness to not exceed the maximum allowable stress. If you can measure it, you can optimize it.
Simulation is a great tool, and basic simulation is well within the capabilities of any engineer. Your product will get to market faster if analysts can focus on five upper-level problems with a design you've gone a long way towards optimizing.
The PTC Creo product suite offers a range of interoperable simulation solutions, all with a simplified user interface and an intuitive workflow. With a few clicks, simulation can fit easily and conveniently into your design life without requiring data translation, eye-popping math, or the sudden acquisition of mysterious skills. It can even be fun.
PTC Creo Simulate, integrated closely with PTC Creo Parametric, has comprehensive FEA (finite element analysis) capabilities to handle thermal and structural analysis. Simply apply your constraints, loads and forces, and the software gives you the results. Change inputs as you wish and continue on the road to your best product.
For those with specialized requirements, simulation also saves money, time, rework, and frustration. Plastic part designers need mold analysis, to simulate plastic flow behaviors before committing to a mold design. Mechanism designers should test their mechanism’s behavior under dynamic forces such as gravity and friction. Designers can also analyze tolerances and predict the life of metal structures by doing fatigue analysis.