Model Development is Key to MapleSim Release

Import CAD directly into MapleSim to assess how it works in the system.

MapleSim release expand component libraries and diagnostic tools for improved MBD. Image courtesy of Maplesoft.

MapleSim release expand component libraries and diagnostic tools for improved MBD. Image courtesy of Maplesoft.

Maplesoft has released the latest version of the systems-level modeling and simulation platform MapleSim. This latest release focuses on diagnostic tools, added component libraries and connectivity tools.

MapleSim now has the ability to import CAD models with the MapleSim CAD Toolbox. This allows engineers to test how their CAD models will interact with the whole system.

Another new tool in this release focuses on diagnostics of the system simulation. Engineers can use this tool to error check their models, simulations and overall design. This tool will improve the model’s calculation efficiency and robustness.

“MapleSim supports a model-driven innovation process that delivers design insights in addition to simulation results,” says 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, our customers will benefit from the new tools in the latest MapleSim release, achieving better designs faster than ever before.”

MapleSim’s libraries have also seen a boost in this release. Improvements include over 50 new components in the block diagram libraries. These new components cover multiphysics, combining domains such as magnetic, thermal and electrical simulations.

In addition, the MapleSim release contains a new connection manager to help engineers  assess all the connections to various software and port variables. To see a full list of connection types click here

Other improvements to MapleSim include:

  • Specialized component libraries for batteries, drivelines and tires
  • Toolchain connection improvements in the MapleSim Connector
  • Connection to other modeling tools with the Simulink and MapleSim Connector for FMI
  • Improved runtime error reporting with Simulink and MapleSim Connector

With trends moving engineering design teams to think at the systems level, it’s becoming ever more important that products like MapleSim connect with third party CAE software. It’s unreasonable for CAD/CAE providers to assume that their customers have exclusively chosen all of their products for their CAD/CAE needs. Since systems engineering will mean that these tools will continue to interconnect, expect MapleSim to be able to link to more 3rd party software in the future.

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Shawn Wasserman

For over 10 years, Shawn Wasserman has informed, inspired and engaged the engineering community through online content. As a senior writer at WTWH media, he produces branded content to help engineers streamline their operations via new tools, technologies and software. While a senior editor at, Shawn wrote stories about CAE, simulation, PLM, CAD, IoT, AI and more. During his time as the blog manager at Ansys, Shawn produced content featuring stories, tips, tricks and interesting use cases for CAE technologies. Shawn holds a master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Guelph and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.