Computer-aided engineering (CAE) is the integration of design and manufacturing processes into a digital system with the purpose of improving and optimizing quality of product design while reducing costs and time-to-market.
The use of computing resources to drive the traditional design and manufacturing cycle reduces the time needed for robust product development, testing and engineering problem resolution while increasing the efficiency and productivity of the manufacturing processes.
Computer-aided design (CAD) software is widely used by engineers, architects and designers to create precise 2D and 3D technical illustrations, drawings and models in an automated process. CAD software allows designs to be visualised photorealistically and also allows users to create virtual simulations of real world scenarios.
Engineering Simulation software (widely referred to as CAE software) is used to simulate how objects will behave in real world scenarios in a virtual environment, allowing users to validate and optimize their product and process designs. Engineering simulation is increasingly being used to drive the product lifecycle, from digital design exploration to digital prototyping and, now, through using digital twins, to manage maintenance, repair and operations.
Ensuring that your design is manufacturable at an early stage is crucial to ensuring top quality, low error and reject rates and minimal rework while ensuring that project cost is managed and deadlines kept on schedule. Design for manufacturing (DFM) software allows users to easily check and evaluate potential manufacturing issues and faults in the product design early on in the product development cycle.