In part 1 of this blog series, we presented the issues associated with how simulation reporting is done within many manufacturing and product development organizations. Now let’s look at a better way…
Interactive 3D Reporting
Through the development of live, 3D CAE reporting capabilities both the efficiency of the analysts, as well as the effectiveness of the simulation data in making decisions increases dramatically. As opposed to stacks of PowerPoint slides, the model is now the report. Furthermore, using a highly compressed format for these models allows companies to take advantage of web-based collaboration technologies bringing greater simulation data access to a broad range of stakeholders. In addition to rapid sharing of this lightweight data archiving simulation results becomes a reality. Once very large CAE files are now compressed by as much as 90% and still contain the critical engineering information needed for future product improvements. Additionally, these live 3D models can be delivered through any standard browser removing the need to maintain multiple licenses of simulation post processor software and enabling results viewing through desktop as well as most mobile devices.
This new generation of tools for processing and reporting simulation data inject a level of automation into these manually intensive traditional processes that not only enhances efficiency but also minimizes the risk of potential errors that may arise. Repetitive tasks can now be captured and performed in seconds versus hours or days. This can provide exponential gains in efficiency for the CAE analyst. Additionally, these new tools take advantage of large scale, data analytics capabilities to automatically identify critical hot spot areas that may occur during the multiple simulation use cases.
While the tools exist today to transform current 2D processes in simulation, the vast majority of manufacturing companies still rely on traditional methods. The current environment for post processing and reporting of simulation results presents challenges in the wake of today’s needs to be faster and more efficient while delivering higher quality products that are increasingly complex. Evolving to these new tools and methods presents a significant opportunity to eliminate the low value, repetitive tasks for analysts while increasing the effectiveness of simulation in a company’s critical decision-making.
The evolution to 3D digital information for simulation represents a transformation in CAE for companies that are looking to move more aggressively to greater speed, efficiency, and quality in their simulation-driven decision-making. This digital transformation can be the primary catalyst for virtually validating product designs in the future. The transformation also redefines the long-used and misused term “democratization”. For it is not democratization of CAE data that is required. It is intelligent access to the critical information that underpins the digital transformation.
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