What’s New in MapleSim 2019.2
MapleSim 2019.2 and its family of products offers improved performance, new and improved model creation and analysis tools, and enhancements to working with CAD models that offer significant benefits to those working on machine design and automation projects.
New and Improved Apps
MapleSim CAD Toolbox
MapleSim Connector for FMI
MapleSim Heat Transfer Library
New sophisticated algorithms for model processing and constraint handling provide further improvements to performance.
Many simulations now run faster due to sophisticated constraint handling in the model, which reduces the overall number of constraints that need to be monitored during the simulation by capturing the same constraints in fewer mathematical equations.
All exported models, including those created using the MapleSim Connector for FMI and the MapleSim Connector for connectivity with Simulink, take advantage of the same simulation improvements, and so run faster on the target platform.
For large models, the model formulation stage takes significantly less time because the index reduction process is now more efficient.
MapleSim Apps are easy-to-use tools for model creation and analysis. New and improved apps in MapleSim are especially useful for machine design and automation projects.
New Cam Generation App: This app makes it very easy to create custom components that model the kinematic behavior of cams and followers, and then incorporate them into your model. You can define shape, direction of motion, speed, and more, and visualize behavior with plots of velocity, acceleration, and jerk.
Improved 1-D Motion Generation App: It is now easy to synchronize motion profiles with one another, and easy to view the peak values of a segment for velocity, acceleration, jerk, and power.
With the MapleSim CAD Toolbox, an add-on to MapleSim, you can see how your mechanical CAD models will behave as part of a larger, multidomain system, and apply MapleSim's advanced analysis tools to improve your designs. This toolbox makes it easy to import CAD models into MapleSim, automatically capturing the kinematic and kinetic properties of the model components. As part of the MapleSim 2019.2 release, this toolbox provides substantial enhancements to the workflow, interface, and simulation engine when working with CAD models. Improvements include:
Importing a CAD diagram into MapleSim is faster, especially for large models.
If you change the CAD diagram and re-import it into MapleSim, any coordinates you defined after the first import will be adjusted with the parts they are connected to, eliminating the need to adjust them by hand.
MapleSim will automatically group rigidly attached parts on import from many popular CAD systems, so you no longer need to make all these associations manually.
Large models are significantly more responsive to manipulation, such as rotation or panning through the model diagram.
The toolbox has been updated to support the most recent releases of many popular CAD tools, including Autodesk Inventor®, CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, NX, and more. In addition, the toolbox now supports new formats, enabling it to be used with even more CAD tools. These include AutoCAD® 3D, I-deas®, STEP/XML, and others.
The simulation engine offers more numerically robust handling of kinematic constraints coming from the CAD models, so the simulation is more likely to work the first time without further adjustments.
The MapleSim Connector for FMI, a separate connector add-on, enables you to share high-fidelity, multidomain models created in MapleSim with many other modeling tools using the FMI standard.
In addition to the simulation speed increases coming from the improved constraint handing, models exported as FMUs have further improvements to simulation speed due to more efficient handling of variables.
You can now choose between minimal and extended variable tracking during the simulation, providing further performance improvements once the additional tracking is no longer needed for analysis, optimization, or debugging reasons.
The MapleSim Heat Transfer Library, available as a separate add-on, gives you a comprehensive view into the heat transfer effects present in your model, enabling you to refine your design to improve performance and avoid overheating. In MapleSim 2019.2, this library includes more built-in geometries for analyzing the temperature distribution of your system-level model.
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