MSC Launches Apex for Computational Parts Based CAE
Shawn Wasserman posted on October 01, 2014 |
Generative simulations speed up validation.

Results viewed as a natural frequency displayed in a horizontal spectrum.

Recently, MSC Software announced MSC Apex, their newest CAE platform. What makes this platform stand out is its computational parts based CAE abilities. MSC Apex will also host many physics and applications soon to come.

Computational parts based CAE will allow users to run analysis incrementally as complex assemblies evolve. Users can run a simulation of a part individually or as a connected whole assembly. Running these checks ahead of time ensures that the final assembly will solve on the first try. Additionally changes to parts will only need to resolve sections of the assembly that the changes affect saving time.

The Computational parts process will also help to protect user IP while sharing mathematical models. Users will be able to share parts with customers and suppliers as mathematical blackbox representations. The customer or supplier can then add the part to their assemblies without risking the IP of their partners.

“The concept of computational parts makes it feasible for firms to push exploratory analysis into the hands of those without deep expertise in analysis. This has the potential to dramatically reshape engineering workflows. MSC Apex could be transformational for MSC," said Brad Holtz, President and CEO of Cyon Research.

MSC Apex promises full associativity between analysis data and geometric data. MSC Apex’s integrated solver gives engineers the power to validate parts and subsystem models interactively. This will replace the iterate nature of traditional Finite Element models. Instead, generative results will assist in validating models incrementally, ensuring that up-to-date models are used.

Dominic Gallello, CEO of MSC Software added, "We rethought the process, and have found many opportunities to deliver dramatic productivity improvements to engineers and analysts. Our team rearranged the way in which the components of geometry modeling, solving, and post processing relate to each other, moving away from a serial process to an interactively connected process based on a new parts and assembly paradigm."


Mesh is automatically regenerated using direct modeling updates to geometry.

MSC promises this shift in technology will save a substantial amount of time modeling and processing the design. For example, MSC Apex uses upgraded MSC meshing technology. This upgrade looks to reduce the tedious nature of meshing and geometry repair.

Robert Lind, Director of Engineering at TLG Aerospace notes, "MSC Apex takes what used to be time consuming and frustrating geometry tasks using traditional programs and turns them instead into efficient and satisfying tasks … The ability to create mid-planes on the fly and to quickly simplify geometry for meshing purposes is unmatched. With the dynamic meshing process, the results of changes to geometry and mesh parameters are immediately apparent. This allows the user to achieve a high quality mesh in significantly less time when compared to traditional meshing applications."

New users might be apprehensive to start using newly released software. Fortunately, MSC Apex offers a simple to learn GUI complete with internal video tutorials. These tutorials help ensure new users learn the software quickly.

Naturally, this launch will have users and industry experts asking a lot of questions. As such, ENGINEERING.com will have more updates on MSC Apex in the coming weeks.

Source and images courtesy of MSC Software.

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