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More Specialized Analysis & Simulation Software Surfaces in 2016
In March we've been looking at recent updates in Analysis and Simulation technology, and we've rounded up the most significant advances in this Spotlight.

Big news came in January when Siemens announced plans to acquire simulation software developer CD-adapco. Some notable product announcements this year have included:
- CoreTech's Moldex3D R14.0
- Flow Science FLOW-3D/MP V6.1
- COMSOL Multiphysics 5.2 f
- ESI Cloud
- MSC Software's SimManager 2015
- Mentor Graphics Capital Systems tools- multi-discipline systems engineering tools for cost and weight in automotive and aerospace

You can read about each of these in depth in this Spotlight, along with the latest from CoMet Solutions and ANSYS, and see CIMdata's review of ANSYS 17.0.

Cyon Research and IntrinSIM also held the Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Strategies (ASSESS 2016) Congress focused on CAE technology challenges. They'll announce more of their findings at COFES in April. But you can see our interview with them on top CAE challenges from last year's ASSESS event.

Plus, find articles on key industry topics like Internet of Things (IoT), simulation-driven design and democratization.

And the Spotlight wouldn't be complete without examples of customer use. See how NuVasive uses Altair's HyperMesh for solid hesh mexing of the human spine. Engineers at Fairchild Semiconductor have decreased time on their electric vehicle components with ANSYS Icepak, and much more is covered in this month's Spotlight.

Published March 2016
Visualizing Warpage Behavior during Post-mold Cure Stage in IC Packaging Using Advanced CAE Technology
By Moldex3D
See how you can visualize warpage behavior during the post-mold cure stage in IC Packaging using the advanced CAE capabilities in Moldex3D.

Solid Hex Meshing the Human Lumbar Spine
By Altair
NuVasive uses HyperMesh to predict how their medical devices will perform while being used in the surgical treatment of spine disorders.

Internet of Things -- Value and Waves
By Jordi Soler, Altair
Altair provides some examples on how electromagnetic simulation tools, like JMAG and FEKO are being used to design IoT devices.

ANSYS 17.0: An Innovation Platform to Achieve Simulation-Driven Product Development
By CIMdata
CIMdata evaluates ANSYS to see if it is well positioned to provide comprehensive and high performance systems modeling and simulation capabilities.

The Advent of Simulation-driven Design
By John Myers, ConnectPress Editor
We talked to many vendors this year about analysis and simulation and they all had a common goal of enabling simulation-driven design.

No Need to Dumb Down CAD for the Sake of Finite Element Analysis
By Chris Fisichella, KETIV
Automated geometry simplification tools from Autodesk make it easy to allow well documented CAD to be ready for simulation tools.

Simulation for Everyone Who Needs It!
By Robert Farrell, Farrell MarCom, LLC
Robert Farrell makes the case on how simulation software is not just for experts anymore with software like Comet Solutions' SimApps.

Top CAE Challenges ASSESSED
By John Myers, ConnectPress Editor
The Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Summit (ASSESS) founders explain how to improve workflows and simulation software.

Hot Flash
Engineers at Fairchild Semiconductor were able to to decrease development time for electronic components for electric vehicles using ANSYS Icepak.

First ASSESS Congress Resounding Success with 85 Technology Thought Leaders in Attendance
Press Release Issued by Cyon Research and IntrinSIM
Findings from the first congress on Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Strategies will be discussed at COFES this month.

Advanced Solutions: Mastering FEA, a Simulation Workshop
Announcement by Advanced Solutions
On April 26 in Troy, Michigan, Nick Huff of Advanced Solutions offers a day of FEA coaching that will help attendees maximize their abilities.

Cummins, Ford and CIMdata: First Keynotes Announced for the International modeFRONTIER Users' Meeting 2016
Press Release Issued by ESTECO
The May 17th and 18th conference in Trieste, Italy already has over 15 confirmed speakers, including those from Cummins, Ford, and CIMdata.

ESTECO Enterprise Suite New Release Bringing Design Optimization to PLM
Press Release Issued by ESTECO
With new SOMO plug-in connectors, ESTECO Enterprise Suite provides integration with PLM systems to link simulation data to the entire enterprise.

TraceParts CAD Platform Now Integrated with SimScale's Browser-Based Simulation Tool
Press Release Issued by TraceParts
The partnership results in users of SimScale gaining access to 100+ million 3D CAD models of supplier certified components.

A Revolution in Simulation Apps is Transforming Product Development
Press Release Issued by Comet Solutions
SimApps provider launches innovative on-line resource center for news, information, and educational materials for Simulation Apps.

Siemens to Acquire Simulation Software Supplier CD-adapco
Press Release Issued by Siemens and CD-adapco
Siemens and CD-adapco have entered into a stock purchase agreement for the acquisition of CD-adapco by Siemens. The purchase price is $970 million.

CoreTech System Announces the Release of Moldex3D R14.0: The Most Industry-Trusted Software Provider for Plastics Engineering Solutions
Press Release Issued by CoreTech
Moldex3D R14.0 improves the solvers' robustness, requiring fewer meshing elements and exhibiting a greater tolerance for lower-quality elements.

Bringing Simulation to Everyone: COMSOL Releases the Latest Version of Software for Creating Simulation Apps
Press Release Issued by COMSOL Inc.
COMSOL Multiphysics 5.2 fosters collaboration within organizations by providing simulation specialists the tools to share their simulation work.

CAE Now Available On Demand with ESI Cloud
Press Release Issued by ESI Group
The new release from the ESI Group will provide elasticity of hardware resources at any time, lowering the cost of ownership and helping new users.

MSC Software's SimManager 2015 Delivers Improved Product Integration and Ease of Use
Press Release by MSC Software
This release provides full Adams/Car Portal Data Management integration into SimManager, improved ease-of-use, and a new advanced file selector.

Mentor Introduces Multi-Discipline Systems Engineering Tools For Cost & Weight Optimization in Automotive and Aerospace Markets
Press Release Issued by Mentor Graphics
Used by automotive and aerospace OEMs the Capital Systems tools are part of the Capital suite for the electrical systems and wire harness domain.

Materials Software Delivers Vital Simulation Inputs, Fast and Error-Free
Press Release by Granta Designs
GRANTA MI: Simulation will help simulation analysts prepare materials data for simulation, and enhance integration with computer-aided engineering.

FieldView Released with First-Ever CFD 3D PDF Exporter
Press Release Issued by Intelligent Light
Intelligent Light, the developer of FieldView 16, joined Visual Technology Services to create the first CFD tool with 3D PDF features.

ANSYS Releases New Versions of SpaceClaim and FENSAP-ICE
Press Release Issued by ANSYS
New releases from ANSYS Inc. will improve product development time and aircraft safety predictions for aircraft engineers.

Matereality Software Release Delivers New Authoring Interface and CAE Master Material File Management
Press Release issued by Matereality
The release provides master material file management infrastructure with integration to Altair HyperWorks, ANSYS Workbench, Abaqus/CAE, and PTC Creo.

New Cloud-Based Simulation Applications Changing the Game for Manufacturing
Press Release Issued by Comet Solutions Inc.
Comet announced it is working with Ohio Supercomputer Center, Kinetic Vision, and other service providers to make SimApps available to its customers.

Mentor Graphics Announces New FloTHERM Product with Automated Calibration for Package Model Accuracy
Press Release Issued by Mentor Graphics
New version of FloTHERM matches thermal measurements recorded by Mentor's T3ster Hardware, to identify thermal issues early on in the design process.

Fusion 360 Adds Simulation and More in Major Update
Announcement by Autodesk
The latest update to Fusion 360 has added both linear stress and modal analysis features at no additional cost.