Design World Magazine, April 2019: Through the process of “democratization” organizations can safely put the power of engineering simulation into the hands of those who are not experts in using CAE software, including product designers, new engineers and even those in technical sales and customer support.
More and more organizations are looking to improve their competitiveness by leveraging analysis, simulation, and systems engineering for improved design decision support, Simulation-Driven Design, generative design and robust performance evaluation of their full portfolio of products and processes
Democratization is defined as the action of making something accessible to everyone. In the context of finite element analysis (FEA), this is usually defined as making FEA software easy to use for a non-expert.
Bruce Jenkins (Ora Research) writes that a highlight of the NAFEMS 2016 mini-symposium was a presentation of lessons learned from an enterprise practitioner, Glenn Valine, Director Engineering IT at GKN Driveline North America, Inc.
Computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools have the power to take the gut feel and rules of thumb out of the engineering world. The old guard shouting, “This is the way we always did it,” won’t cut it in today’s market.
The industry is aiming to make simulation more pervasive. To do that, you must first make simulation usable by non-experts and ensure that there is a steady supply of experts to verify the works of others.
Even for large or complex designs, the access to up to 96 cores and real-time simulation allows customers to get their results faster than was ever possible before with any traditional simulation tools.
Most of the discussion on FEA democratization tends to focus on CAD-embedded FEA. The downside of making FEA software accessible by all is often stated as there may not be adequate understanding of the underlying principles of FEA.
The user experience also must be as easy as Minecraft or Excel™. Thanks to the ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim direct modeling technology and more than 45 years of encapsulating smart choices into the simulation experience, Discovery Live can meet this challenge.