How Automating The 3D Simulation Processes can Accelerate Product Development Cycle

The increasing product complexity (smarter products, designing new material and methods (Manufacturing methods), and customization), development processes and design teams, challenge you to (evolve product engineering practices to meet these new challenges.) product engineering practices find new tools and methods to deliver greater innovation and higher quality at a lower cost. (Companies that fail to recognize and react to these changes risk losing business and market share).

So, how can you respond to these new challenges?

What if you could adopt new practices and tools to give them a competitive edge?
What if you can use all the data across multiple engineering activities and convert this into meaningful insights that can drive product decisions faster than the competition?

The biggest dilemma that CAE department face is:

  • Multiple tools for multiple applications
  • Lack of coordination between simulation and design teams leading to multiple iterations in design
  • Lack of transparency leading to limited visibility impacting business
  • Resource, budget, and tool constraints

The easiest and the fastest way to accelerate the product development process, from design to manufacturing is, to take an integrated approach wherein companies must evolve their product engineering practices without compromising the design quality, time to market, and cost.
You need an all-inclusive solution that delivers a 3D product design, simulation, collaboration, and visualization tools to complete the engineering process. Such a solution eliminates the time taken to translate data between departments that often results in errors.

Need for End-to-end Solution to Innovate, Collaborate and Develop Better Product

Think of the development process that goes into the making of a car. It requires an in-depth analysis of the working of the engine compartment, acoustics to understand the noise levels and structural analysis to understand how the car frame will flex and its durability analysis to predict its life.

The analysis can be done using multiple simulation tools. But that is a challenge because engineers need to manually transfer data between each tool for each type of analysis iterations. This can lead to errors and discrepancies. Furthermore, engineers then need to be proficient in multiple software tools and user interfaces, further complicating their task.
So you need an integrated solution that addresses all the above challenges.

Simcenter for Predictive Engineering Analytics

Simcenter 3D delivers a unified, scalable, open and extensible environment for 3D CAE with connections to design, 1D simulation, test, and data management. By combining best-in-class geometry editing, associative simulation modeling and multi-discipline solutions embedded with industry expertise, the Simcenter 3D speeds the simulation process. You get:

  • A fast, and accurate solution that solves power structural, acoustics, flow, thermal, motion, and composites analyses, as well as optimization and multi-physics simulation 
  • Timely insights to drive design decisions because simulation and design teams are always in synch 
  • The visibility that is used by a broader organization 
  • Flexibility in resources with the use of a single interface

Simcenter also is known as NX CAE (Simcenter 3D formerly known as NX CAE also addresses) addresses the challenges you face with the simulation through a modern and completely integrated environment that delivers a seamless CAD/CAE experience. NX CAE (Simcenter 3D) does not require NX CAD and can be used as a standalone pre/ postprocessor with support for multi-CAD geometry.

Simcenter 3D addresses the digital twin challenges faced by the simulations teams:

  • Best in Class Simulation Modeling – Unlike the traditional CAE process, Simcenter 3D built on NX CAD (CAD Platform) Which shortens the pre-processing time and the (In turn the overall Simulation time) simulation time. This is possible because CAD design and simulation are in synch together. There is no data loss when transferring from CAD to simulation. Once the design is changed, automatically the whole mesh is updated. Based on synchronous technology any part of the geometry is easily edited without model history.
  • Multi-discipline Integration – Being in within the same user interface (Simcenter 3D is the same user interface of NX CAD), you will use the same base analysis and geometry modeling capabilities, and the same file structure and management scheme (it provides dedicated solutions and pre/post capabilities for structures, NVH & acoustics, thermal flow, composites, motion, rotor dynamics, durability, optimization, and multi-physics)
  • Openness and Scalability – (Simcenter 3D is the ideal tool for the general simulation analyst team because Simcenter 3D delivers all the power and detailed meshing and simulation capabilities an analyst needs. Specialized analysts can gain all the benefits of Simcenter 3D’s modeling environment and also use Simcenter 3D’s integrated solvers for more complex multidiscipline or multiphysics analyses. Finally, Simcenter 3D’s technology also scales to designers for more ambitious companies that are looking to incorporate more simulation into their design processes. A key tenant to Simcenter 3D’s philosophy is to maintain an open platform. This means Simcenter 3D can be used as the primary pre- and postprocessor for Siemens PLM Solvers, NX Nastran and LMS Samcef, or for a number of third-party solvers, such as Abaqus, ANSYS, LS-DYNA, and MSC Nastran.) Simcenter is a scalable, flexible digital enterprise solution for the design that grows with you and addresses future challenges. The platform is flexible and highly scalable, makes it adaptable to changing requirements as the company grows or faces new challenges within its market.
  • Leading in System Simulation – (Simcenter 3D can be used in a broader systems engineering context with links to 1D system simulation and to physical test so that you can correlate analysis models to gain more confidence that what you are simulating accurately reflects reality.) Integrate into a common simulation environment, Simcenter helps streamline simulation workflows and data flows to validate system performance. The simulation results can be connected to co-simulation and testing making the results visible to the engineering teams to be used to predict performance earlier rather than simply verify a product passes requirement.
  • Leverage Industry Expertise – Siemens offers certain domain-specific applications expertise like rotodynamic, tire modeling, spot modeling, electronic system cooling, response dynamics, space systems thermal, etc.


Using Simcenter 3D during the design phase helps (to) gain insight into certain areas and to validate internal business rules. Having results available in the early design phase is one of the main drivers for deployment of and utilization of Simcenter 3D tool that enables manufacturers to remain at the forefront of expertise and build on their technical know-how. (Finally, Simcenter 3D’s centralized simulation environment helps you capture knowledge and automate processes to make your simulation team flexible to meet fluctuating demand.) This tool empowers the designers to produce high-quality parts first time itself. It also makes both the design and engineering teams more efficient and productive.

Finally, Simcenter 3D is part of the Simcenter portfolio for predictive engineering analytics.

In addition to Simcenter 3D, the Simcenter portfolio consists of solutions that span 3D simulation, 1D simulation, and testing solutions. It is comprised of a number of well-known products such as Simcenter Nastran, STAR-CCM+, HEEDS, Simcenter Amesim & Simcenter Test (Formerly known as LMS Test Lab).

The portfolio covers a number of disciplines and the solutions are further enhanced with multi-discipline design exploration capabilities.

Finally, the solutions are available with integrations to Teamcenter to enable data and process management and complete traceability within the PLM ecosystem.

PROLIM A Partner

PROLIM is a global system integrator partner for Siemens PLM. The clients benefit from our global domain expertise and Siemens industry leading PLM technology. We help you address your PLM business challenges and helps build innovative products. If you would like to know more about Simcenter 3D and how it can benefit your company, call us today.

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