D-Cubed AEM supports contact-based motion simulation in HiCAD
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Plano, Texas—July 11, 2014—ISD Software and Systeme GmbH, a provider of software for mechanical engineering, plant engineering, sheet metal processing, and steel and metal engineering, licensed Siemens PLM Software’s D-Cubed software and released it in the 2014 version of its HiCAD product line. ISD selected the D-Cubed Assembly Engineering Manager (AEM) component to provide a motion simulation capability.
HiCAD provides fast, efficient product development in 2D and 3D for mechanical engineering, plant engineering, sheet metal processing, and turnkey solutions for steel, glass, metal and facade engineering. The new AEM integration enables you to simulate the motion of parts in mechanisms and assemblies. Since AEM operates directly on the computer-aided design (CAD) model, you can perform motion studies interactively and model moving part interactions with accuracy.
As a HiCAD user, you can also add a range of forces and engineering devices supported by AEM, including linear/rotational motors and gravity, to model a wider range of systems. You can simulate the physical function of digital assemblies at an early stage of the design process and without specialist training, which helps eliminate costly errors later in the product development cycle.
Integrating AEM builds on ISD’s use of D-Cubed geometric constraint solvers. HiCAD already benefits from an integration of the D-Cubed 2D Dimensional Constraint Manager (DCM) for parametric sketching and the 3D DCM for parametric part positioning in HiCAD’s assembly environment.
“D-Cubed AEM is an important tool that combines geometric accuracy, interactivity and ease of use to deliver a unique solution in the field of motion simulation,” said Dr. Markus Grunwald, technical director, ISD.
“While the D-Cubed brand is often associated with the de facto standard for geometric constraint solving, the portfolio is comprised of six components that satisfy a broader range of requirements, including motion simulation,” said Paul Sicking, senior vice president, chief technology office, Siemens PLM Software.