Design & SimulationMarch 2, 2022

Let’s Learn Together: Structural Designer Role

This post is a continuation in a series about simulation on the 3DEXPERIENCE…
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This post is a continuation in a series about simulation on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and some of the roles you can find there. This week we are focusing on the Structural Designer Role and how it provides intuitive design simulation-based guidance during the product design process to easily get the technical insights needed for informed design decisions.


Overview

Structural Designer provides intuitive design simulation-based guidance during the product design process to easily get the technical insights needed for informed design decisions.

Structural Designer is a role developed with designers in mind. The design process is made of multiple iterations, multiple ‘what If’ ideas to successfully deliver the right product to manufacturing. With Structural Designer, any designer can assess product behavior for each design iteration to improve product performance and reduce time and cost of product development process.

simulation technology for state-of-the-art accuracy and performance. Intuitiveness and accuracy is then offered for all Designers
  • Fast calculation based on linear simulations to get the insight user needs as fast as possible during the design process
  • Linear Stress, frequency, steady-state thermal and buckling simulation on solid parts and solid assemblies for ad-hoc design simulation capabilities
  • Common connections between components available: pin, spring, rigid, bonded
  • Automatic contact detection for accurate and fast setup
  • Deformable, intermittent contact between parts
  • Automatically generates the right mesh with local control enabled
  • Always-available embedded compute licensing (up to 4 cores) allows the user to run a simulation on the local machine at anytime
  • Easily scalable
  • Benefits

    • Structural Designer users can experience product performance virtually so that they can make better-informed design decisions.
      • Better design decisions based on more complete information about product performance lead to better designs and better products
      • The capability to assess product behavior early in the product development process enables companies in reducing potential late issues, reducing costs, and developing innovative product
      • The simulation experience delivered by Structural Designer fits within the designer’s familiar design environment
      • Enables simulation of the physical behavior of parts and assemblies so that virtual testing can be conducted before physical prototypes are available for a faster product development process
      • The intuitive user experience makes simulation adoption possible for all designers
        • Users receive continuous guidance regarding where they are in the simulation process and what they need to do next, for easy adoption
        • Sophisticated simulation technology is used automatically, while the options presented to the user are intuitive and explained in the language of product designers
        • Collaboration is built into the underlying 3DEXPERIENCE
          • Data management, collaboration, and communities are all part of the global solution
          • Models built in Structural Designer can be shared directly with advanced simulation tools to enable the entire simulation team to collaborate with designers
          • Simulation results can be easily reviewed by any project stakeholders in the 3DEXPERIENCE dashboard so they become insights for technical and business decision

     Highlights

    • Fully integrated part of the 3DEXPERIENCE collaboration solution
      • With 3DEXPERIENCE, users benefit not about with intuitive and powerful Simulation suite but with a complete, consistent and powerful Product Development solution from Design to Manufacturing
    • Part of a scalable Simulation portfolio from designers up to specialists for multi-domain simulations
      • Simulations model from Structural Designer can then be enriched in Structural Engineer (SLL) or Structural Professional Engineer (DRD) with sophisticated meshing and modeling features or advanced scenarios for a unique and smooth Engineering workflow
    • Enables users in assessing the impact of a design change on product performance with tight associativity with CATIA and SOLIDWORKS. Designers can then ask questions and run virtual testing while designing to understand the impact of their proposed alternatives on requirements. This provides the opportunity for what-if studies – leading to better product quality and performance
    • Provides a guided workflow for all simulation types at each step of the simulation to help the user understand what to do next for successful product testing using the latest Abaqus simulation technology for state-of-the-art accuracy and performance. Intuitiveness and accuracy is then offered for all Designers
    • Fast calculation based on linear simulations to get the insight user needs as fast as possible during the design process
    • Linear Stress, frequency, steady-state thermal and buckling simulation on solid parts and solid assemblies for ad-hoc design simulation capabilities
    • Common connections between components available: pin, spring, rigid, bonded
    • Intuitive contact definition in assembly
      • Powerful General Contact capability for fast contact set up in large assembly
      • Automatic contact detection for accurate and fast setup
      • Deformable, intermittent contact between parts
    • Automatically generates the right mesh with available adaptive refinement with local control enabled
    • Collaboration is enabled between all Product Development stakeholders with result visualization on the 3DEXPERIENCE dashboard

    What’s New

    No major enhancement on R2022xGA.



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