CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—June 2, 2005— Powerful design analysis functions are simplified to mouse clicks, templates, and help wizards in COSMOS(R) 2006, the newest release of COSMOS design validation software, SolidWorks Corporation announced today.
COSMOS 2006 software's combination of powerful new functionality
and ease-of-use enables companies to improve their processes with
time- and cost-saving analysis from a design's inception right up to
production. The 100-plus new features are aimed at engineers and
designers who could benefit from analysis, but who don't have the time
to learn the science behind it or new applications. New interactive
wizards, such as Analysis Advisor, help front-line engineers choose
the appropriate analysis for their tasks, respond if an analysis
fails, and interpret results accurately. COSMOS 2006 software packages
frequently needed analysis inputs such as forces and constraints into
templates called Analysis Libraries that eliminate the repetitive
"Seventy-five percent of the analysis that we do is repetitive on
similar models. Enhancements like the analysis library make it easy to
reuse analysis specifications such as loads, support, and contact
conditions from one design iteration to another," said Brent Toavas,
project manager at Texas-based Lorimer Corporation, which designs and
manufactures high pressure hydraulic control systems, umbilical
spooling systems, and other equipment for the offshore oil industry.
The COSMOS product group for SolidWorks consists of COSMOSWorks(R)
finite element analysis software; COSMOSMotion(TM) motion simulation
software; and COSMOSFloWorks(TM) fluid dynamics analysis software.
COSMOS' tight integration with SolidWorks(R) 3D mechanical design
software enables users to analyze their designs without exporting data
or leaving the SolidWorks interface.
Upgrades to all three COSMOS applications
In addition to across-the-board usability enhancements and tighter
integration with SolidWorks 3D mechanical design software, the three
COSMOS applications include more than 100 new capabilities and
refinements to cut the time needed to set up and run an analysis. Many
of the new features are exclusive to COSMOS or found only in much more
expensive and complex products.
COSMOSWorks finite element analysis software includes several
enhancements to the meshing functions that reduce this important
analysis task's time and complexity. Enhancements in meshing allow
-- analyze assemblies of thick and thin parts with a timesaving
combination of solid and shell meshes;
-- bond components in an assembly with clearances or gaps,
without first modifying the assembly for analysis; and
-- use adaptive technology to automatically refine and/or coarsen
mesh in local areas to converge to an accurate solution.
Among other key features are:
-- Analysis Advisor, a collection of best practices and tutorials
that educate users as they work;
-- Analysis Library, where experienced analysts can create
archives of tests for complicated scenarios to designers and
engineers with tasks beyond their skill levels;
-- "what's wrong" indicators that display diagnostic messages in
the SolidWorks user interface;
-- single-step modeling for commonly used connections such as
ground bolts, link connectors, spot welds, and hinges;
-- enhanced and simplified drop testing, with pre-defined
standard test scenarios and features for defining the floor's
flexibility to simulate impact with different surfaces, such
as carpets, wood floors, concrete, etc.;
-- enhanced fatigue with the ability to use different fatigue
curves for each part in an assembly and to use load history
data to define loading events;
-- shape optimization using Design of Experiments (DOE) method;
-- a new material model to simulate nickel titanium naval
ordinance laboratory (NITINOL) material behavior commonly used
to make stents in the medical device industry.
COSMOSMotion motion simulation software is updated with automatic
mapping functions for geometry mates in the modeling of mechanical
joints. The mapping functions give engineers a broader palette of
ready-to-use mechanism setups for analyzing real-life problems. A new
automatic import feature enables SolidWorks users to do a first-pass
motion analysis using SolidWorks' Physical Simulation tool, then more
advanced motion testing in COSMOSMotion. Other new features include:
-- flexible joint support that allows multiple hinges to share
loads equally, yielding more consistent results;
-- nonlinear springs and dampers such as those on automobile
shock absorbers; and
-- results comparison between different simulations.
COSMOSFloWorks fluid dynamics software has been given major new
capabilities for 2006. Multiple rotating frames of reference enable
COSMOSFloWorks users to analyze the heat and air flows in complex
assemblies such as helicopters with two rotors and electrical
enclosures with two fans rotating in different directions.
COSMOSFloWorks can also analyze flows created by assemblies with
non-symmetrical enclosures, such as impellers and centrifugal pumps.
Among COSMOSFloWorks' other new features for 2006 are:
-- analysis of liquid and gas in different regions of the same
assembly, which helps in designing heat exchangers;
-- steam analysis that takes into account steam's physical
-- emulation of complex heat sink behavior, useful in designing
"We've always invested heavily in usability, but in COSMOS 2006
software we've made a particularly aggressive push to make analysis
tools that every engineer in every organization can use," said Dr.
Vasu Chavakula, SolidWorks vice president of research and development,
analysis products. "Complexity doesn't have to scare the average user
away. COSMOS 2006 proves that engineering organizations can have the
most sophisticated analysis throughout their design processes without
sacrificing accuracy or ease of use. Even the most complicated
analysis procedures can be broken down and simplified as we've done in
this year's release, and as we plan to continue doing in future
versions of the software."
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software
for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management. It is
the #1 supplier of 3D mechanical design software for the mainstream
market. SolidWorks leads the market in number of users in production,
customer satisfaction, and revenue. For the latest news, information,
or a live online demonstration, visit the company's Web site
www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America,
SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation.
COSMOS and COSMOSWorks are registered trademarks and COSMOSMotion and
COSMOSFloWorks are trademarks of Structural Research and Analysis
Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their
respective owners. Copyright (c) 2005 SolidWorks Corporation.