I remember back in 2006 when I first heard the term mechatronics. At that time, the term described a burgeoning concept that traditional products were undergoing a transformation. They were no longer just composed of mechanical hardware: electronic hardware and embedded software were increasingly part of products. That idea, of course, carried some serious implications for product
A software provider wants to enable common engineers to conduct simulations early and often in the development cycle so they can make better design decisions.
Well, it should. It’s been the goal of, well, just about every software provider serving the engineering community over the past twenty years. And what’s more, their approach has been pretty repetitive as well. It has most frequently consisted of taking advanced simulation capabilities from analysis tools, slimming and simplifying them, and putting them into CAD tools. I have some findings that I’ll be sharing soon that shed some light on how that solutions strategy has, or has not, been impactful. But I’ll give you a quick hint: today’s engineers are not running simulations consistently and frequently.
In the past few years, though, some software providers have offered a new approach to enabling engineers with simulation. One of those is ANSYS. So in this post, we’re going to be taking a closer look at their offering: AIM. Ready? Let’s get rolling.