By Anthony J. Lockwood
Dear Desktop Engineering Reader:
I loved it when my daughter was in the middle school marching band. Their music was an earful to behold: A cacophony of different tempos, keys, and abilities screeching, blaring, and thundering out patriotic tunes on languid afternoons. As well as learning their instruments, these katzenjammer kids learned orchestration, which is really just a process flow described in great detail in sheet music. A similar clang goes on at a lot of engineering outfits: You have mastery of instruments like design, CAE, Excel, and what not, but your simulation process is not orchestrated to handle modern day business imperatives. Isight from Dassault Systèmes’s SIMULIA is engineered to help you orchestrate your simulation process flows for optimal performance.
Keeping with the musical metaphor, the basic deal with Isight is that it is something of a desktop visual programming environment that enables you to score your simulation process by harmonizing your tools and their output into logical flow. You create your process using a library of drag-and-drop components — think building blocks — from which you arrange your simulation process flow. BTW, a component is not just a picture. It has its own interface for integrating and running a model or simulation application directly from within Isight. Components represent intelligent links to applications like Abaqus, ANSYS, CATIA, Matlab, Pro/ENGINEER, and so on. And Isight’s open API lets you connect in your own applications, so linking in them is not an issue.
Now, all this direct linkage of diverse, best-in-class engineering CAD/CAE applications means that you can modify data inputs, extract outputs, and, most importantly, integrate data throughout your simulation process in a rational, time- and effort-efficient order. Then, after linking all the applications and results, you use Isight to build an automated simulation process flow from which you can leverage techniques like approximations, Design of Experiments, and Design for Six Sigma, and optimization. In a nutshell, you use Isight to automate your process for simulating, exploring, and optimizing designs while dispensing with the conversions, fixings, and fussings that slow you down, reduce design iterations, and otherwise limit your manual and ad hoc process flows.
All that could mean that you have more time to focus on the task at hand, which leads to more insight into your design. Theoretically, you will produce better-quality products and get to market more quickly. That’s really up to you, but Isight should enable you to optimize your simulation tools and processes to achieve that outcome.
Isight has just been released in version 5.0. You can read about the enhancements to earlier versions in today’s Pick of the Week write-up. But what you really should do is download the brochure and data sheet from the links at the end of today’s write-up. They’ll give you a far better idea of what Isight could bring to your organization than I could in so few words. Isight 5.0 is definitely worth exploring.
Thanks, pal. — Lockwood
Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering