CAE Reporting Enters the Digital Era

Looking in from the outside, product development can often appear to be a sequential process on a one-way street running from design to production with a side trip for analysis. However, there are multiple touchpoints and feedback loops within and between these stages. One of the most critical, yet often overlooked and underdeveloped, areas of collaboration is between the CAE analyst and design teams. More than an inconvenience, effects of this gap can ripple throughout the organization causing delays, excessive costs, and bad decisions.

CAE Analysis

Beginning in the early pre-manufacturing stages of product development, designs are handed off to analysis to validate if the proposed product design will perform as intended in the real world. During these studies analysts employ digital Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) tools utilizing advanced computational methods to evaluate and optimize the performance of designs relative to loads, temperatures, conditions, and environments in which they will operate. CAE analysts then present the results of their work to confirm the product’s structural integrity and guide design decisions.

PowerPoint?

While the tools to design, analyze, and manufacture products have advanced exponentially over the years, the same cannot be said for the post-processing and reporting of simulation results.  For many organizations, PowerPoint slides continue to be the default method for capturing, reporting, and sharing CAE results.

This manually intensive process not only lacks detail, but it adds needless time and cost to the product development process as CAE experts often spend days with the non-value-added task of cutting and pasting results images onto static slides for presentation.

Fortunately, a new class of tool has emerged to bring digital transformation into the CAE results review process. Now designers, CAE managers, analysts, release engineers, and others can interactively view, interpret, interrogate, and share simulation results in a fully 3D digital environment. The result is immediate reporting that leads to timely and accurate decision-making.

“Non-interactive static 2D documents such as PowerPoint slides, images, or videos are decades-old and simply not designed to operate in today’s 3D digital environment,” said VCollab Co-Founder & CEO, Prasad Mandava. “These platforms limit the opportunity to fully realize the benefits of CAE simulations and maximize investments in related resources and technologies. The consequences are extensive administrative work by high-value CAE analysts, and a lack of insight to guide designers and critical decision-making.”

Read the Amsted Automotive Case Study

Digital Collaboration

With static, 2D reporting, 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. Today’s new class of tools for post-processing, reporting, and sharing simulation results are removing the CAE reporting bottleneck and allowing companies to fully maximize their CAD/CAM/CAE investments.