New MapleSim Toolbox Enables System-Level Modeling with CAD Designs

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The MapleSim CAD Toolbox from Maplesoft allows CAD models to be easily imported into MapleSim, giving engineers the means to examine in advance how their mechanical designs work as part of a complete system. This ultimately leads to the detection and correction of problems at the virtual prototyping stage, saving time and money.

The MapleSim CAD Toolbox lets engineers improve their mechanical designs through system-level modeling.

With the deeper understanding of the interactions of their overall system, engineers can make performance-enhancing, cost-saving optimizations, resulting in better products for them and their customers

Maplesoft™ today announced the release of the MapleSim CAD Toolbox, a new add-on to MapleSim that allows engineers to understand and improve their mechanical designs by bringing their CAD assemblies into MapleSim, the advanced system-level modeling and simulation platform. The new toolbox makes it easy to import CAD models into MapleSim, so engineers can learn how their designs will behave as part of a larger, multidomain system, and apply the advanced analysis tools of MapleSim to investigate and optimize their designs and final application.

The MapleSim CAD Toolbox imports CAD models directly into MapleSim, recreating the model components and preserving their kinetic and kinematic properties as well as the spatial relationships between components. It offers feature detection, allowing users to easily add new coordinates at points of interest, such as the center of a hole or along the edge of a component, and it makes it easy to share coordinate frames between separate bodies, ensuring the bodies will be properly aligned when joined.

The MapleSim CAD toolbox handles files from virtually any CAD system, through direct support for a large number of proprietary formats, including those from Inventor®, NX®, and SOLIDWORKS®, as well as the widely supported STEP and STL files formats. Once in MapleSim, the models can be shared with other MapleSim users, or online using the MapleSim Server, without requiring that the end user have access to the original CAD system or CAD files.

“Today’s complex engineering designs involve components from many different domains, and these are often designed using different tools, often resulting in problems at system integration time. With MapleSim and the MapleSim CAD Toolbox, engineers now have the means to examine how their mechanical designs work as part of the complete system, in advance,” says Paul Goossens, Vice President Engineering Solutions at Maplesoft. “They can detect and correct problems at the virtual prototyping stage, long before expensive prototypes are built. Even better, with the deeper understanding of the interactions of their overall system, they can make performance-enhancing, cost-saving optimizations, resulting in better products for them and their customers.”

The MapleSim CAD Toolbox is available on Windows for both the English and Japanese versions of MapleSim.

To learn more, register for the live webinar, “Introducing the MapleSim CAD Toolbox.”

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft™, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. in Japan, is the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technologies include the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary system-level modeling techniques. Combined, these technologies provide cutting-edge solutions for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation.

Maplesoft’s products help to reduce errors, shorten design times, lower costs, and improve results. The Maplesoft product suite includes Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment, and MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modeling and simulation tool for physical systems.

Engineers, scientists, and mathematicians use Maplesoft products to enable them to work better, faster, and smarter. Maplesoft’s customers include Ford, Bosch, Boeing, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Canon and Motorola, covering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, energy, financial services, consumer products, and entertainment. With Toyota, Maplesoft founded the Plant Modeling Consortium to promote the development of new design techniques for automotive and related industries.

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About Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd.

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