Autodesk takes simulation to the cloud

Autodesk has launched a new set of cloud-based simulation tools aimed at helping designers and engineers better predict, optimise and validate their designs early in the design process.

Said to be the first of its kind in industry, the pay-as-you-go Autodesk Simulation 360 software platform is designed to allow complex engineering tests that were once limited to simulation specialists to be performed by mainstream designers. For example, Autodesk says product designers can use the tools to test how various ergonomic designs of furniture will accommodate and adapt to differing body types and levels of use well before the piece is ever manufactured. The software also lets engineers gain deeper insight into how buildings will perform by simulating air flow to help ensure thermal comfort; analyse environmental effects on bridges and buildings; and test the behaviour of structural materials including concrete - all before anything is ever built. "Businesses simply can't afford not to understand how their designs will perform before anything gets built," said Robert "Kross, senior vice president, design, lifecycle and simulation at Autodesk. "Autodesk Simulation 360 puts powerful simulation capabilities within reach for designers and engineers at virtually every company, giving them the tools they need to better predict, optimise and validate their designs early in the design process." The portfolio includes a range of cloud-based mechanical, fluid flow, thermal and plastic injection moulding tools. Additional benefits include direct geometry exchange, robust meshing tools, extensive material libraries and proven solver technology aimed at improving simulation accuracy in the areas of greatest concern.