13 December 2005

UGS’ Solid Edge V18 Offers New Analysis Wizard for Design Engineers

PLANO, Texas– UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Femap® Express software, the latest analysis tool in UGS’ digital simulation toolbox that furthers the company’s goal to put analysis tools on the desktop of every design engineer.  Femap Express is included in all new and existing licenses of Solid Edge® software, UGS’ industry-leading, value-based 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system.


Market pressures to reduce design cycle time, increase speed-to-market and improve quality are driving the growth of digital simulation throughout the product lifecycle.  


“Digital simulation based on 3D models is quickly becoming a standard expectation in the design process,” said Masanobu Sato, Information System Division, Shin Nikkei Company, Ltd.  “Femap Express, the new built-in CAE capability in Solid Edge V18, will be a great benefit because the designers will be able to analyze the stress of parts and materials very easily.   We are looking forward to having a modal analysis, which will help us to avoid the noise caused by thin parts’ (i.e. sheet metal) wind velocity.”



Moving Analysis Earlier in the Design Cycle

Femap Express allows design engineers to perform fast, accurate analysis while keeping costs low.  By moving analysis earlier in the design cycle, Solid Edge users can ensure designs are strong and will function as intended so that costly recalls are avoided. Unlike other mid-market CAD tools, Solid Edge Femap Express allows users to conduct analysis within the context of an assembly and, more importantly, use the surrounding assembly model as reference for that analysis.


Key functional advantages include:

  • In-context part analysis: Analyze parts independently or in the context of an assembly where surrounding parts can determine where a force vector or holding constraint should be applied.
  • Best practice analysis:Track an easy-to-follow FEA workflow, leveraging preconfigured, best practices.
  • Static and modal analysis: Leverage both static analysis for stress, safety factor and deflection and modal for natural frequencies.  The ability to predict the four major natural frequencies (modal) of a given component makes Femap Express the practical integrated solution for design engineers to solve real problems early in the design.
  • Sheet metal mid-surface: Use 2D plate elements to analyze an automatically-extracted sheet metal mid-surface, delivering fast and accurate results.
  • Nastran-based solver: Draw on the proven and recognized NX™ Nastran software solver for results.
  • Simplified model analysis: Ignore design details that are not important to the analysis to return quicker results.
  • Automatic reports: Produce quick and easy html reports that include detailed information on part and material properties, constraints, as well as modal or static analyses results.
  • Femap 9.1 integration: For more detailed and advanced analysis, Solid Edge models can be associatively passed to a full Femap license.



For more information, visit www.ugs.com/velocity or www.ugs.com/solidedge.


About UGS
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide.  Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation. 


Note:  UGS, Femap, NX, Solid Edge and Transforming the process of innovation are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.  NASTRAN is a trademark or registered mark of NASA.  All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.


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