Motion Simulation, Stress Analysis, and Optimization
SimWise is CAD neutral but provides three methods of using CAD assemblies for motion and FEA simulation.
- CAD Plug-ins or Add-ons that transfer geometry and assembly constraints in an associative manner to SimWise. Changes to the CAD model are reflected in the SimWise model.
- Native File Readers that directly read the CAD system database and convert the assembly geometry to SimWise.
- Neutral file formats such as STEP, IGES, Parasolids (x_t and x_b), ACIS, and STL.;i>
Plug-in or Add-ons are available for the following CAD systems:
|SOLIDWORKS||Solid Edge||Autodesk Inventor||SpaceClaim||Geomagic Design|
The plug-in allows you to transfer a complete assembly model including constraints to SimWise with one click of a menu. During the transfer process associsativity links are built that connect the SimWise model to the CAD assembly. If a change is made to the CAD assembly it can be reexported to SimWise and only the changed portion of the model is updated in SimWise. Assembly constraints are mapped to SimWise constraints and where possible multiple lower order assembly constraints are converted to single higher order SimWise constraint.
Native File Readers
Assemblies can be read directly from the following CAD systems:
|Catia V4||Catia V5||Unigraphics||SolidWorks||Solid Edge||Inventor||Creo/Elements|
Since data is only read from the CAD assembly file, constraints and associative links are not possible. A SimWise model created from one of the above CAD systems can be updated to reflect changes made to the CAD model after the initial transfer.
Neutral File Formats
The following neutral file formats are supported: