Simulation software has been around for decades, but it’s been the province of specialized analysts with massive computing power. Using advanced physics, analysts test and validate models just before final physical prototyping – by which time 90% of product costs are already baked in. These simulation runs can take weeks depending upon the horsepower you have behind it. If a major design flaw emerges, the product team may find itself going back to the proverbial drawing board, an experience one designer said was akin to ‘falling through a trap door’.
PTC’s Brian Thompson and Ansys’ Mark Hindsbo delve into the finding of a three-year Ansys-sponsored study quantifying the return on Investment in Simulation-Led Design Exploration and explore the role of simulation software in the product development process to drive and quicken digital transformation.