The Benefits of Maple and MapleSim Integration into SOLIDWORKS
Shawn Wasserman posted on April 21, 2016 |
Partnership between SOLIDWORKS and Maplesoft hints at greater collaboration.
Image courtesy of Maplesoft and Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS.

Image courtesy of Maplesoft and Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS.

Maplesoft has now become a Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Certified Solution Partner. This evolution of the partnership between these two organizations hints toward greater future interoperability between the software options.

Currently, engineers are able to link their Maple and MapleSim engineering calculations, model-based designs and system level designs to SOLIDWORKS’ CAD and CAE tools.

For instance, engineers can import their CAD models into the modeling and system simulation software, MapleSim. This import will automatically ensure all the kinematic and kinetic properties of the design are linked to the system level model in MapleSim. By capturing this information automatically, the integrated softwares will speed up the engineer’s design cycle.

Once the CAD models are integrated into MapleSim, engineers will then be able to assess how these parts will interact with each other within the overall system. MapleSim will then be able to use analysis tools to improve and optimize the CAD models to ensure they all behave correctly with each other.

To see how to import your CAD files into MapleSim, check out this video:

Another benefit of the connection with SOLIDWORKS is that engineers are able to import their CAD model parameters into their Maple calculations. This will give engineers the ability to update their CAD models using Maple’s optimization and mathematical analysis library.

Once Maple updates these parameters, they can then update the CAD model once the model is sent back to SOLIDWORKS through the Maple connection. This import/export functionality will help engineers speed up their development cycles.

“SOLIDWORKS Partner Products are tools and applications that will help our customers extend the power and utility of their SOLIDWORKS solutions,” said Nicholas Iwaskow, director of alliances and partnerships at SOLIDWORKS. “It can help bring innovative, quality products to market more efficiently and cost-effectively.”

To learn more about how to import your SOLIDWORKS models into Maplesoft software, follow this link.

What’s Next for Maplesoft and SOLIDWORKS?

It’s hard to believe that an announcement solidifying a partnership between two CAE giants like SOLIDWORKS and Maplesoft wouldn’t amount to some new tech. However, much of the attention from the announcement focuses heavily on previous integrations of these products.

For instance, Samir Khan, product manager at Maple said, “We are pleased to solidify our relationship with SOLIDWOKS by being recognized as a certified Solutions Partner. Integration of our products will provide users a strong connection between the engineering knowledge and the final applications, so the understanding behind the application is preserved, the process is validated, and changes are easily made. Customers will see improved productivity and significant savings in time.”

From these comments, one might speculate that this invigorated partnership could lead to even greater integration between these software options. Perhaps the product integration will become seamless by use of a plugin or 3DEXPERIENCE?

I’m sure a lot of engineers will be able to see the benefit of using Maple and MapleSim technology directly in SOLIDWORKS. What are your thoughts? Comment below.

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