Prod Dev

Optimize designs of new product generations with simulation software

Oct. 4, 2022
Test specific loads and constraints that might have caused previous models to fail

Todd Kraft is CAD product manager at PTC.

How do simulation-software technologies figure into digital-twin platform models being used by manufacturers?

Todd Kraft, CAD product manager, PTC: For products that are constantly evolving and changing, simulation software can provide a means to test the design of the new generation of a product. A previous version of the product can be used as a benchmark to improve upon, and data collected by companies on how the previous model fared in the real world can be utilized to model these problems digitally. The goal here would be to optimize the new version now knowing the very specific loads and constraints that might have caused the previous model to fail.

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Tell us about your company’s state-of-the-art simulation-software technology.

Todd Kraft, CAD product manager, PTC: Designed uniquely for the engineer, PTC has a robust arsenal of simulation software that has the familiar Creo user interface, engineering terminology and seamless integration with CAD and CAE data. You have at your fingertips an easy-to-use structural, thermal and vibration analysis solution with a comprehensive set of finite elements analysis (FEA) capabilities.

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In recent years PTC has integrated Ansys technology into Creo to create two products. The first, Creo Simulation Live, provides design engineers instantaneous structural, thermal, modal and fluid flow design guidance, disrupting the traditional, time-intensive design process with instant feedback through real-time simulation. The second product, Creo Ansys Simulation, is a fully featured, high-fidelity simulation tool which leverages Ansys’ capabilities for thermal, structural and modal analyses directly within Creo.

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About the Author

Mike Bacidore | Editor in Chief

Mike Bacidore is chief editor of Control Design and has been an integral part of the Endeavor Business Media editorial team since 2007. Previously, he was editorial director at Hughes Communications and a portfolio manager of the human resources and labor law areas at Wolters Kluwer. Bacidore holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He is an award-winning columnist, earning multiple regional and national awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He may be reached at [email protected]