Hexagon CAE strategy enables innovation, smarter manufacturing

Hexagon’s CAE offering is now defined as eight ‘Centers of Excellence’ (CoE), which group its portfolio of leading CAE tools by customer-defined goals,. (Courtesy: Hexagon)

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division recently announced new plans for Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) at its first simulation-focused conference, HxGN Live Design & Engineering 2021.

As a trusted partner to manufacturers all over the world, Hexagon has been steadily building its CAE portfolio since it acquired MSC Software in 2017, supporting its customers to push the boundaries of design and engineering and address production challenges earlier in product development through industry-leading simulation capabilities and smart manufacturing solutions that utilize the breadth of Hexagon and partner ecosystem technologies.

Roger Assaker, president of Hexagon’s design and engineering business unit, said, “This week has showcased the enormous breadth and depth of our simulation capabilities. We have heard presentations from more than 200 customers spanning every sector and at every level — from analysts to data scientists, design engineers to management and the C-Suite — about how our solutions have enabled them to design better, smarter and faster.

“Hexagon invests 12 percent of its revenue directly into R&D, and we have applied that drive for innovation to our CAE business as well. In just four years, we have amassed a portfolio that goes beyond offerings from simulation-only companies, serving diverse needs that any customer may have throughout the product lifecycle, regardless of their development mindset or industry. Moreover, we have built that portfolio in the spirit of Hexagon’s core value of openness — there are no ‘vendor silos’ in our offering. Our mission is for our customers to achieve smarter manufacturing of sustainable products by design, and we want to empower them to be able to achieve that in the most effective way for their workflows and toolchains.”

Hexagon’s CAE offering is now defined as eight ‘Centers of Excellence’ (CoE), which group its portfolio of leading CAE tools by customer-defined goals, each focusing on one type of physics while enabling greater interoperability of workflows within common collaboration platform technology to enable multi-physics, generative design with data management and unique end-to-end solutions combining virtual and real data. Each CoE is led by an entrepreneurially-minded specialist, to ensure their customers’ needs are met at every stage and includes the discipline of product development, product marketing and process planning.

Assaker also said that one of Hexagon’s key focuses for cross-discipline development is Artificial Intelligence (AI), providing solutions in each CoE that are both physics- and data-based. Hexagon is applying AI to improve accuracy, leverage data, and enable problem solving in seconds rather than days, by building on its capabilities in finite element and finite volume analysis and other numerical simulation without compromising fidelity.

The new Centers of Excellence include:

  • Autonomous solutions, to simulate more scenarios and make next generation advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving a reality as soon as possible, centered around the open Virtual Test Drive (VTD) platform.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), for complex multi-physics fluid dynamics for everything from construction to aero-elasticity and MedTech, using Cradle CFD.
  • Acoustics, the staple of automotive manufacturers and suppliers, aerospace, and defense companies, and consumer product manufacturers, using Actran.
  • Structures, combining modernized high-productivity user experiences with greater accuracy and performance, from MSC Nastran to Marc and MSC Apex.
  • Manufacturing and costing, leading virtual manufacturing for complex production operations such as metal forming, joining, welding and additive manufacturing solutions, from generative design to manufacture, building on FTi FormingSuite to Simufact products and MSC Apex Generative Design.
  • System dynamics, applying unparalleled insight to movement, from supporting electric vehicle powertrain and rotating machinery design to predicting durability and noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), with the Adams and Romax portfolios.
  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), using the best available technology to design and make efficient use of materials, predicting the manufactured product’s performance, from polymer composites to metals, using Digimat and MaterialCenter.
  • Applied solutions, using Hexagon and its partners’ technologies to solve real design manufacturing problems, for everything from wind turbines to electric vehicle powertrains.

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