MapleSim Release Expands Component Library and Updates User Interface

New MapleSim features streamline user experience and expanded modeling scope.

MapleSim 2016 for system-level modeling. (Image courtesy of Maplesoft.)

MapleSim 2016 for system-level modeling. (Image courtesy of Maplesoft.)

Maplesoft has just released the latest version of their system-level modeling and simulation platform, MapleSim 2016.

The new release focuses on beefing up the component library, improving the user experience, expanding the modeling scope and improving connectivity to other tools.

Engineers use MapleSim to model 1D simulations of a system. This can help them understand how each part interacts with each other part and the loads those parts might face during operation. This information can help reduce physical testing, analysis and set up future detailed digital prototypes like FEA and CFD.

A lot of effort has been put into the user experience when setting up a model in this MapleSim release. For instance, task panels will appear and disappear as the user needs them. This is done to help maximize the model workspace. Users can also use a new search bar to find help pages, component libraries, examples, templates and models in the MapleSim gallery.

When software providers change up their user interface (UI), as MapleSim is with the 2016 release, there will naturally be some unhappy users. However, by ensuring the new task panels are packaged with a search bar, engineers should have all the assistance they will need to get used to the new setup.

The latest release of MapleSim also expanded the multibody component library to support contact modeling. This will give engineers the ability to model contacts between various objects faster. The library also gives access to various Maple analysis tools so that engineers do not need to change platforms to use them. Some of the Maple tools engineers can access include parameter sweeps, Monte Carlo simulations and code generation.

“MapleSim enables a model-driven innovation process that allows our customers to achieve valuable design insight in addition to high-fidelity simulations,” said Dr. Laurent Bernardin, executive vice president and chief scientist at Maplesoft. “Whether they choose to work with the Maplesoft Engineering Solutions team or on their own, the enhancements in MapleSim 2016 allow engineers to solve tough engineering problems in less time, with high quality results.”

Maplesoft has also improved the connections between its various software options and third parties. For instance, it launched the MapleSim Pneumatics Library from Modelon. This tool gives engineers the ability to take system-level models from the Modelon pneumatic library. Other improved connections in MapleSim 2016 include:

Read more to see how Maple 2016 release expands engineering, science and math applications.

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