What should you look for in a simulation solution for design engineers in your organization? How do a design engineer’s needs differ from those of an analyst? Why should a company even invest in simulation for design engineers in the first place?
Tech-Clarity’s Simulation Buyer’s Guide for Design Engineers helps answer these questions. Based on a survey of 195 companies, this report reveals what Top Performing companies value most in a CAE solution for design engineers. While this report is not an exhaustive list of requirements, it serves as a guide to help you focus on the selection criteria that matter most to design engineers.
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THE ROLE OF SIMULATION DURING DESIGN
What if you could improve your design efficiency by 7% or lower your lower your prototype costs by 10%? Our survey results found that Top Performing companies have experienced these benefits and more since their design engineers started using simulation. So what’s the best way to see similar results? Let’s explore that question.
How Design Engineers Use Simulation
Products have gotten so complex; it is hard to know how a design decision will impact the rest of the design. Simulation can provide insight, enabling you to evaluate different options, design with greater confidence, and ultimately engineer better products. It also helps you catch potential problems early on. As a result, there are fewer delays and less excess cost caused by problems discovered during test or production.
In fact, design engineers get so much value from simulation, 65% would like to conduct more simulations than they currently do. Results from Tech-Clarity’s Revolutionizing Simulation for Design Engineers show that it is mostly the tools that hold them back, as many solutions are not particularly well suited for the needs of a design engineer. This buyer’s guide reveals what to look for in a simulation solution to meet those needs.
WHY INVEST IN SIMULATION FOR DESIGN ENGINEERS?
Design Better Products
Companies invest in simulation for design engineers for a variety of reasons (see graph). Comparing responses from 2018 to 2016 reveals a trend that simulation is becoming more intertwined with the design process. Better insight for design engineers remains a top reason to invest in simulation, with even more companies citing it in 2018 than 2016. Unfortunately, “quality issues” was not an option choice in 2016, but in 2018, over 1/3 of respondents are investing in simulation to find problems during the design process rather than at the end.
SELECT THE RIGHT SIMULATION FOR YOUR NEEDS
Based on industry experience and research for this report, Tech-Clarity offers the following recommendations to select the right simulation solution for your design engineers:
- Empower design engineers with simulation tools to help guide their decisions.
- Understand your needs for a simulation solution.
- Consider how the needs of a design engineer are different from those of an analyst.
- Focus on how simulation can best integrate with the design process to improve design decisions.
- Select a simulation solution that will be easy for your design engineers, integrates with your existing CAD tool, and supports existing workflows.
- Consider a solution that makes it easy to set up an analysis and includes features that minimize preprocessing steps and provides quick results.
- Ensure the solution supports design optimization.
- Select a vendor who can provide the required support resources when needed.
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