Only 1 out of 100 CAD designer uses Computational Fluid Dynamics in his design workflow. High cost and complex design of CAE software have been the key reason for designers not to use CAE in their design process. Simulation software has a tedious workflow and has a high degree of learning curve. simulationHub is built with the designer as a focal point. At the inception stage of simulationHub, we have decided that appification is the way forward. That is the way to democratize CFD. Not for many, but for few, appification is bit difficult concept to understand. In this blog, Chaitanya explains this concept in a unique way. It’s a fun to read but at the same time throws a light on why appification is the way forward.
Last week simulationHub hosted its first hackathon. All simulationHub and CCTech developers were divided into six different teams and were asked to create app or product feature based on simulationHub Web Services, Autodesk Forge Platform, Amazon Web Services and General Electric Predix Platform. In just a 9 days development time, it’s great to see the variety of apps created, from virtual and augmented reality to a voice-assisted user interface, the teams created innovative apps and features. Here is the summary of what apps are developed and who finally stood out as the winner.
simulationHub now graduates to a full commercial release with three new, easy to use simulation apps specially crafted for designers. For us, designers are the focal point for our apps. In democratization of CFD, we believe the first step is to make it available to every design engineer. New apps take fewer design inputs and perform comprehensive CFD study that might involve as many as 32 simultaneous simulations, completed in less than an hour. At the end of simulations, you receive an email with a ready-to-use PDF report consisting of setup information, result analysis and design performance plots.
Journey of CFD technology from a research lab to an essential tool for every engineering company has been tremendous. Once upon a time, doing CFD analysis meant first start learning programming, numerical methods and many other things. Today CFD has crossed those initial barriers. But has CFD become part every engineer? Is it really easy to use? Is it easily accessible or affordable? Unfortunately, answer is NO.