Maplesoft has released the MapleSim CAD Toolbox, an add-on that allows engineers to bring their designs directly into MapleSim. By being able to import models, the company states, users can learn how their designs will behave as part of a larger, multidomain system and apply advanced analysis tools for optimization.
Capabilities of the MapleSim CAD Toolbox include feature detection, letting users add points of interest and coordinate frames between separate bodies. It can handle files from Inventor, NX, SOLIDWORKS as well as STEP and STL file formats. Models can be saved to the MapleSim Server, making file sharing easier across engineering teams.
“Today’s complex engineering designs involve components from many different domains, and these are often designed using different tools, often resulting in problems at system integration time. With MapleSim and the MapleSim CAD Toolbox, engineers now have the means to examine how their mechanical designs work as part of the complete system, in advance,” says Paul Goossens, vice president, Engineering Solutions at Maplesoft. “They can detect and correct problems at the virtual prototyping stage, long before expensive prototypes are built. Even better, with the deeper understanding of the interactions of their overall system, they can make performance-enhancing, cost-saving optimizations, resulting in better products for them and their customers.”
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