Best practices get best results. If you want to be a top-performing company, you need to meet your cost targets while staying under your budget and ahead of your deadlines. But how do you do that in a world where your designs have to go from the engineers to the analysts and back again before you can even prototype? By empowering your design engineers to use simulation software.
Simulation software allows your design engineers to analyze and validate the performance of 3D CAD models before you build a physical prototype. With this software, they build half as many prototypes and shrink time-to-market and rework by a third.
With simulation software, engineers can evaluate the structural and thermal performance of their digital models
An engineer can do simulation at any point in his or her design process. But the companies that get the best results from simulation start using it in the concept phase and continue to use it often throughout their design cycle. This lets engineers keep real-world performance in mind and optimize for cost and quality, while still allowing them to innovate.
A recent report from the Aberdeen group shows that best-in-class manufacturers gain a competitive advantage by using simulation technology. According to Aberdeen’s research, best-in-class small and medium firms are:
● 21% more likely to use simulation for informing trade-off decisions when determining optimal system architectures.
● 55% more likely to use simulation tools that look at product behavior at a system level, which offers better visibility into how the components will interact with each other.
● 42% more likely to evaluate multiple physical forces simultaneously.
Simulation software can help engineers quickly design parts for maximum strength with the least mass.
If you’re ready for your engineers to start using simulation, what is the best way to do that? We’ve created an infographic about the top five best practices for empowering design engineers with simulation.
Your first step is to establish management support. When you can show your managers the benefits of simulation to your company as well as to your customers, you shouldn’t have any problem getting them onboard.
Want to see the rest of our tips? Download the Top 5 Best Practices for Empowering Design Engineers with Simulation. And share it with your colleagues. When they find out how much time and rework they can save by using simulation, you’ll be the office hero.
Beverly Spaulding is a Director of Demand Generation for PTC’s Service and Retail divisions. She is a Boston University alumni with a background in digital marketing, demand generation and B2B marketing. She has a curiosity for technology, data and the science behind marketing.