With highly compressed product development schedules and limited CAE resources, day-to-day operations such as CAE reporting become a challenge with the traditional manual approach. To support confident product design decisions, analysis results must be instantaneously extracted and converted into actionable information, shared among stakeholders to address areas of concern, reviewed collaboratively to determine next steps, and ultimately implemented in the final design. Fortunately, the technology to leverage 3D digital reporting and cut development times and costs is readily available.
From design through manufacturing, today’s new product development processes are driven by robust digital applications. With reduced dependence on physical prototyping, CAE simulations have become critical in making design decisions. All aspects of CAE simulations are driven by 3D applications, with one notable exception: For many manufacturers and product development organizations, CAE analysis reporting for design validation and review remains largely a manual 2D process.
With nearly 80% of a product’s total cost committed at the upstream design stage, today’s accelerated product development processes place a greater emphasis on simulation. Design Engineers, Release Engineers, and other stakeholders rely on feedback from CAE analysis to guide critical product design decisions. This feedback is often in the form of 2D, non-interactive static documents such as PowerPoint slides, images or videos. These formats are decades-old and simply not designed to operate in today’s 3D digital environment, and limit the opportunity for full realization of benefits from CAE simulations.
Within the current static, 2D reporting process, simulation insights need many iterations before they can be shared throughout the extended enterprise or with OEMs and suppliers. The consequences are extensive administrative work by costly CAE Analysts, and a lack of insight to guide critical decision-making.
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