Learn about COMSOL Apps & LiveLink for Solidworks

Incorporate multiphysics into Shareable Apps or Solidworks models

Shawn Wasserman: Hi, this is Shawn Wasserman, Simulation Editor at ENGINEERING.com. I'm here with Lexi Carver at SolidWorks World 2015. Lexi, how are you doing?

Lexi Carver: I'm doing very well.

Shawn Wasserman: So, can you tell me a little bit about COMSOL Multiphysics? What sets you apart from other simulation software?

Lexi Carver: COMSOL is a multiphysics platform, which means you can simulate coupled phenomena. Instead of having just one area of the physics happening in a device or a process, we can combine things like fluid flow, structural mechanics, electromagnetics and chemical processes all in one model.

So you get a very complete picture of whatever is going on in your device or your system. It's based on finite element method; all the different coupled phenomena interact with each other in the real world in a device, so we have a whole bunch of different modules that you can—actually, it's right up in the background right now.

Shawn Wasserman: Perfect timing.

Lexi Carver: You can choose exactly what you need, and combine physics right in the same interface.

Shawn Wasserman: Could you tell me a little bit about LiveLink for SolidWorks?

Lexi Carver: Yes, LiveLink for SolidWorks lets you actually run a COMSOL simulation from inside the SolidWorks environment. And it's a bi-directional interface, so if you adjust something in your SolidWorks model, COMSOL will automatically update.

And that lets you run your complete simulation, either based on a SolidWorks part, or actually within the SolidWorks desktop.

Shawn Wasserman: Could you tell me a little bit about the application builder? I know that was big news when that came out recently.

Lexi Carver: Yes, that is our newest product, and we're really excited about that.

The application builder lets you take a complete simulation and turn it into an app. So you set up your model, but then you can choose exactly what you want the app user to be able to change.

For instance, you might share that with a colleague who doesn't have a background in simulation, or doesn't have a background in the physics that you're working in, or you might share it with a customer.

And then, you put the whole app together, but that means that you, as the expert, can allow a colleague or a customer to just change one or two parameters and test different designs without actually needing to know all the background and all the modeling that went in underneath.

Shawn Wasserman: Okay, so this all works on the COMSOL Server, correct?

Lexi Carver: Yes, the COMSOL Server is kind of the hub that lets you upload and share apps, either across departments, across companies or within your own department. But it makes it accessible to everybody, rather than just the simulation expert.

The application builder came out with COMSOL 5.0, and COMSOL Server was more recent, a couple months back.

Shawn Wasserman: This is Shawn Wasserman, Simulation Editor at Engineering.com. I'm here with Lexi Carver, at SolidWorks World 2015.

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