Dassault Systemes users are well familiar with 3DExperience rock N roll initiative that has been well perceived so far. The concept behind it is two fold: collaboration and integration. That means if all project stakeholders are using a single application, they can communicate with each other much more seamlessly than otherwise. The collaboration and integration include all aspects of data management spanning over design objects, simulation objects, PLM documents, project management, program management etc. This is a big transformation from DS offerings few years back that included disconnected point solutions such as CATIA V5 for design, Abaqus for simulation, Delmia for manufacturing, Smarteam for data management and others. If we look at simulation in specific, its worth mentioning that this transformation is not pertinent to Dassault Systemes but to simulation industrial landscape in general. Let’s see what others have been doing recently in simulation space:
SIEMENS: One of the big players in Simulation space is Siemens. In January 2007, Siemens officially announced the acquisition of Unigraphics Systems referred to as UGS. Subsequently UGS FEMAP and NX Nastran offerings from its PLM wing became Siemens assets. Gradually and efficiently Siemens bifurcated its NX Nastran solver offerings: one as a stand alone solver with and without FEMAP and other as a collaborative solver embedded in NX and coupled with Teamcenter data management engine. It is called Simcenter 3D which is considered a competitor of 3DExperience platform simulation roles.
ANSYS: In terms of Revenue, ANSYS is the biggest player in simulation space. ANSYS has always been a simulation only company since its inception in 1971. Its traditional product has been ANSYS Classic that included a dedicated Pre-Processor coupled with FEA solvers for specialized analysts. ANSYS made its first move in designer space many years ago by introducing ANSYS workbench. It offers a much easier GUI based process automation compared to complex APDL language approach. In 2014 ANSYS acquired a 3D modeling application called SpaceClaim. This tool helps to idealize and defeature CAD geometry and make it more suitable for downstream simulation applications. In 2019 ANSYS acquired Granta Design, a material intelligence application having plethora of design and simulation material data. All these efforts have been geared to integrate design and simulation though ANSYS never had a robust SLM or PLM engine of its own other than Minerva.
AUTODESK: In December 2008, Autodesk acquired ALGOR, a small and standalone simulation company that offered a dedicated pre-processor and non-linear solver for simple to moderately complex FEA problems. In May 2014, Autodesk acquired yet another FEA solver called Nei Nastran well known in linear dynamics space. These two acquisitions made Autodesk well equipped with a linear and non linear FEA solvers. Subsequently Autodesk integrated these solvers with its Autodesk inventor CAD tools. These solvers are now offered as designer friendly CAD embedded finite element analysis software. This shows a dedicated effort from Autodesk towards design and simulation integration.
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