MSC.Software Announces MD Nastran Desktop


Affordable and Scalable Simulation Solutions for Small & Medium-Sized Manufacturers

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire - September 1st, 2010) - MSC.Software, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced the introduction of MD Nastran Desktop.

MD Nastran Desktop is designed specifically for suppliers and small & medium-sized manufacturers, and provides flexible, low-cost access to MD Nastran's extensive and powerful solution capabilities through a scalable, common, easy to use interface. The MD Nastran Desktop solutions are customer configured to the diverse, sophisticated simulation requirements of engineers in leading worldwide innovative industries who face not only robust engineering challenges, but also increased cost pressure challenges.

MSC.Software, chosen by NASA to create the original NASTRAN, has extended the product's capabilities through 40 years of innovative FEA technology development. Used all these years by aerospace, defense, automotive, machinery, and shipbuilding industries, MSC's proprietary NASTRAN products are the gold standard for structural analysis. Leading manufacturers around the world rely on MD Nastran and MSC.Software for trusted results and unsurpassed engineering and technical support.

"We are pleased to announce that through MD Nastran Desktop, we have taken the latest, but traditionally extensive MD Nastran solution set and modularized it to create the right functionality and price point for the broader market," said Dominic Gallello, President & CEO of MSC.Software. "These solutions give companies the full power of MD Nastran but are custom fit for small and medium-sized businesses to expose the technology through an easy to use, modern SimXpert or Patran user interface making it appropriate and scalable for the needs of suppliers and other smaller manufacturing businesses."

MD Nastran Desktop delivers all the power of the MD Nastran complete solution through a modularized approach. Engineers can now start with the MD Nastran capabilities that fit their current FEA needs and easily scale up to more advanced functionality within the same user environment, leading to accelerated productivity and shorter learning curve. Any industry, or company independent of its size, can now benefit from the improved scalable & modular access to the most powerful Nastran solution in the world through tailored solutions including:

  • MD Nastran Desktop Structures
  • MD Nastran Desktop Structures & Motion
  • MD Nastran Desktop Advanced Dynamics
  • MD Nastran Desktop Advanced Structures
  • MD Nastran Desktop Advanced Explicit
  • MD Nastran Desktop Advanced Structures & Motion

MD Nastran Desktop Structures helps engineers working on component parts, assemblies, and structures analyze any component with ease and determine if the structure is going to buckle or yield and to ensure the design performs within tolerance limits. With this solution, engineers can analyze both static and dynamic loads.

MD Nastran Desktop Structures & Motion helps users analyze the true functional performance of systems using multibody dynamics (MBD) and kinematics. Combining the integrated solver engines of MD Adams and MD Nastran, engineers use this solution to obtain accurate loads for subsequent FE analyses, and perform flexible body integration (coupling of motion/structures) to make better, more accurate design decisions earlier in the development cycle. Better design decisions earlier in the product development lifecycle coupled with reduced physical testing, improves the cost to design and test products.

MD Nastran Desktop Advanced Dynamics helps structural engineers virtually simulate designs that are subjected to dynamic loading conditions. With this solution, engineers can analyze both static and dynamic loads, study acoustic behaviors such as noise and vibration and experience productivity boosts with MD Nastran's advanced superelement assembly features that enable efficient analysis of large assemblies.

MD Nastran Desktop Advanced Structures is tailored to structural engineers simulating linear, nonlinear and multiphysics problems including static and dynamic loads, nonlinear geometry and materials, contact, large strain and displacement behaviors, and thermo-mechanical coupling.

MD Nastran Desktop Advanced Explicit helps engineers accurately analyze explicit nonlinear problems including drop testing, impact, and crash simulations.

MD Nastran Desktop Advanced Structures & Motion is designed for structures and motion engineers who need to analyze the true functional performance of systems using multibody dynamics (MBD) and kinematics. This solution delivers the integrated functionality of the MD Adams solver with the advanced structural capabilities of MD Nastran, so engineers perform linear and nonlinear simulations while also obtaining accurate loads for subsequent FE analyses, plus perform flexible body integration (coupling of motion/structures) to make better, more accurate design decisions.

Each MD Nastran Desktop solution is available at affordable prices, and backed by MSC.Software's best-in-class technical support and engineering partnership - aimed at advancing product technology innovation: a promise that comes from being the "original" developer of the gold standard in structural analysis - MD Nastran.

About MSC.Software
MSC.Software is a global leader of multidiscipline simulation solutions that help companies improve quality, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies worldwide to develop better products faster with simulation technology, software, and services. MSC.Software employs 1,000 people in 20 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit

The MSC.Software corporate logo, Simulating Reality, Adams, Dytran, Easy5, Marc, MD Adams, MD Nastran, Patran, Mentat, MSC, MSC.Masterkey, MSC Nastran, Mvision, SimDesigner, SimManager, and SimXpert are trademarks or registered trademarks of the MSC.Software Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. NASTRAN is a registered trademark of NASA. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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