Push your SOLIDWORKS design envelope with SIMULIA Structural Mechanics Engineer

Article by Vishnu Chandrasekaran, CSWE updated February 25, 2021


To have a competitive advantage, we see that more businesses are investing in solutions which can help achieve reduced time-to-market, be cost-effective, sustainable, and have an optimal design with better performance.

As a result, it is important to have a solution which encourages collaboration on the design and engineering front, validates them by enabling users to run simulations of high fidelity and keep the concept of simulations accessible to a large audience. This is achieved by the Structural Mechanics Engineer (SME) role on the 3DEXPERIENCE Works platform.

With an overview of what the 3DEXPERIENCE® Platform and the Structural Mechanics Role is about, let us dive into the benefits.

  1. Collaboration and Connectivity – Platform adoption
  2. Solution Scalability
  3. Simulation Democratization

SIMULIA Benefit #1 – Collaboration and Connectivity

With companies adopting different products, maintaining the integrity of the workflow becomes difficult. Users now have to figure out “ways” (or what I like to call – workarounds) to transfer data (whether it is CAD models, simulation data or drawings) between products. This also impacts the user’s ability to work productively and efficiently, thus adding time and effort to achieve nothing but a mundane process.

At the heart of Dassault Systèmes products lies an integrated and connected environment (a platform) which the Structural Mechanics Engineer (SME) role works on. SOLIDWORKS users can quickly extend and accelerate their design development by adopting a connector that ties the platform to it, thus making design data readily available, securely accessible and up-to-date on a cloud-based environment. Leveraging what each is best at (SOLIDWORKS for CAD and SME for simulation modeling) makes the workflow easy-to-use and enables accelerated product development.

An example workflow has been shown in terms of how design development can be benefited from a connected platform solution.

SOLIDWORKS and platform connection

Connected Workflow – SOLIDWORKS and SME

SIMULIA Benefit #2 – Solution Scalability

Abaqus solvers – Reliable, Accurate, Industry-proven

With the SME role, it accelerates the initial design concept by subtracting prototyping and testing costs. A key differentiator to this role is the adoption of Abaqus solvers for running challenging simulations such as non-linear material, geometry and contact modeling conditions. It also comes with both the Implicit and Explicit solvers that help model events that are simple as well as those that happen in the blink of an eye ! – crash, drop and impact tests. This helps address the needs of a variety of users – from designers to analysts ! High speed dynamic events, thermal analysis, non-linear static and dynamic problems are simulated with ease using the SME role, to name a few.

SME role for designers and engineers

Simulation users and skills

Material Calibration – Predict the right behavior

SME provides the end-user with material calibration applications which come with a large number of material models that make it easy to import, analyze and calibrate complex material behaviors (Hyper-elastic, plastic etc.). This provides the end-user with the benefit of being a step closer to reality, reducing the dependence on physical tests.

Computational Power – Faster results

As with SOLIDWORKS Simulation, with the SME role, jobs can be run using local cores (up to 4). In addition to that, the role enables you to run up to 32 cores on the platform, without having to invest in core-intensive hardware! Lighter on the wallet, faster with the simulation times.

SIMULIA Benefit #3 – Simulation Democratization

Gone are the days when simulations are kept in closed shells with a group of analysts ! When innovation is tasked, we need both designers and engineers. With this role, simulation engineers are able to develop, modify and capture their simulation workflows to keep it accessible to the designer or design engineer. This helps to quickly evaluate product concepts even before the simulation analyst begins working with it, thereby enabling an efficient design development and going to market with the product faster.

The 3DEXEPERIENCE Works Simulation SIMULIA Structural Mechanics Engineer role, enhances and accelerates the development of designs while reducing the need for prototyping and testing. SOLIDWORKS can easily be linked on the platform with connector applications to harness the power of a cloud-based solution. This empowers users to collaborate and share up-to-date data with ease, without the need of being locally tied to their machines. Finally, with evolved solvers driving simulations, users are confident in the results they get and can model challenging simulations such as high-speed dynamic events.

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Vishnu Chandrasekaran

Vishnu is an Application Specialist at Javelin Technologies. He is an avid SOLIDWORKS user since 2014 and is a certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE). Coming from a background of SIMULIA products, Vishnu is also an experienced simulation user and is tasked with helping customers leverage SOLIDWORKS to achieve their design goals.