PTC has a long history of offering simulation tools and that commitment will continue well into the future, according to Mark Fischer, the director of PTC’s simulation products & CAD partner strategy.
Fischer, who has been with PTC for over 15 years, is at the forefront of the development of simulation technology at PTC, and has lots of knowledge to share on the topic.
Creo.PTC.com sat down with Fischer recently to find out PTC’s plans for the future of simulation. Fischer offered a preview of the upcoming PTC Creo Simulate 3.0, which will be unveiled in June at PTC Live Global in Boston, and explained why the company views simulation technology as an important part of its CAD strategy. Here are some excerpts from that conversation:
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How much energy is PTC putting into simulation these days?
Mark Fischer: The company has a strong commitment to the development and the future of PTC Creo Simulate. Here’s a little background: Our acquisition of Rasna 19 years ago gave birth to what is now known as PTC Creo Simulate (previously Mechanica). We have a long history of offering a CAE tools that help designers, engineers and analysts to identify and resolve design flaws early in the design process and validate product performance to improve quality and reduce costs. That vision has not changed since the acquisition of Rasna in 1995 and there are no plans to change that strategy.
Why does PTC view simulation technology as strategic?
Fischer: First, our customers are demanding this from us. They want integrated CAD/CAE tools which enable more users to simulate early in the process to drive product innovation and improve quality and performance. Additionally, just look at some of the latest data, like the latest CIMdata Simulation & Analysis Market Analysis Report. That report supports the notion that the CAE market is a viable, growing market with great opportunities for companies like PTC. It would be foolish for us to ignore it.
What can users expect in terms of simulation capabilities when PTC Creo 3.0 makes its debut in June at the PTC Live Global event in Boston?
Fischer: I think our customers are going to be very excited when they seethe upcoming release of PTC Creo Simulate 3.0 which has over 30 strategic projects. Enhancements include things like shoring up the user interface, making things more consistent and improving the user experience from PTC Creo Parametric to PTC Creo Simulate. Users will also be able to perform all types of analyses ranging from linear and nonlinear static and thermal to modal to fatigue, while having that experience be consistent. The UI, the help, the connections to learning connector and others are all maintained and unified across the different applications. That is a big area of improvement customers will see in the next release.
What other enhancements can PTC Creo Simulate users expect in the future?
Fischer: We’ve also focused heavily on product improvements, and on how to improve performance over previous releases, including enhancements related to the simulate solver. The enhancements are a direct result of feedback that we receive from our customers and leading simulation experts. We’re confident that these enhancements will continue to add value to our customers who are using simulation in their design process.
For more information, be sure to visit the PTC Creo Simulate product page. For more advanced 3D simulation and nonlinear analysis capabilities, please see the PTC Creo Advanced Simulation Extension datasheet.