With the latest generation of simulation software, engineers can see whether a specific part will do what it’s supposed to even before it’s manufactured. Computer work has long been a part of a mechanical engineer’s day-to-day work life and finite element simulations are a core component of product development. These simulations contain three steps, starting with preprocessing, then on to computing a solution, followed by postprocessing.
For the crux of the simulation process, the solution step, the software provider Meshparts GmbH relies on the approach of Fraunhofer IGD. The core of the new technology is an efficient equation solver for structural mechanics that shifts the computing of the simulation from the CPU to the graphics card. The graphics processor has several times the computing resources and allows design engineers to view changes to part designs in almost real time¾saving an enormous amount of time in their daily work routine. “For the solving step, we depend on reliable external partners. Fraunhofer IGD’s approach stands out with extremely fast solving behavior and precise results. We are convinced that we assist our clients effectively with their work through the combination of both of our innovative approaches,” said Timo Ziegler, managing director of sales at Meshparts GmbH. The teams in the “Interactive Engineering Technologies” Competence Center at Fraunhofer IGD and at Meshparts GmbH are both currently working intensively on linking the two approaches and are planning a go-live for the software for the start of 2019.