ESI Group and Optimal Solutions Software Partner to Reduce Time Required for Complex Design Studies

PARIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—November 27, 2008— ESI Group (ESIN FR0004110310), a pioneer and world-leading supplier of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes, announced today its partnership with Optimal Solutions Software to reduce the time required for complex design studies. With the combination of ESI Group’s CFD-ACE+ computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution and Optimal Solutions Software’s SculptorTM, the world’s leading Computational-Aided Engineering (CAE) real-time design deformation technology, users benefit from the ideal solution to improve productivity and overall speed.


ESI Group’s proven solution CFD-VisCART allows users to quickly and easily mesh complex geometry. This automated, easy to use meshing solution can generate a mesh for a complete car overnight compared to days or weeks using other tools. As design studies are evaluated, Sculptor is then used to quickly deform the mesh in real-time for subsequent runs. This is all completed without having to go back to the CAD model or do any additional re-meshing. The benefit to the end-users is the potential for them to save weeks or even months in a typical automotive aerodynamics analysis for a new car program.

“The partnership with Optimal Solutions Software further solidifies ESI Group’s value proposition of reducing the total time required to execute complex design studies”, said Joseph Strelow, Director of Design and Analysis Simulation for ESI Group. He added: “The solution begins when a CAD model is delivered and finishes when a final design is approved. We’re now able to assist in reducing development times by up to 30% due to recent advances in ESI’s CFD-VisCART and CFD-ACE+ Multiphysics products. Combining these with Sculptor’s morphing technology provides our customers with an even more powerful solution.”

“Our customers are continuously searching for better tools to help them improve their designs for maximum performance. Using traditional tools and techniques for this ongoing improvement effort requires more and more time which translates to more money,” stated John Jenkins, VP Sales & Marketing for Optimal Solutions Software. “This partnership gives our customers a powerful CAE solver linked to a revolutionary deformer/optimizer so that they can quickly and easily improve their designs without the increase in time and money required in the past. Our customers are saving tens of thousands of dollars while coming up with better designs in less than 25% of the time that it would have taken them using their old design improvement approaches.”

About ESI Group

ESI Group is a world-leading supplier and pioneer of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the physics of materials. ESI Group has developed an extensive suite of coherent, industry-oriented applications to realistically simulate a product’s behavior during testing, to fine-tune manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product performance, and to evaluate the environment’s impact on product performance. ESI Group’s offer represents a unique collaborative solution with an open virtual engineering environment known as the Virtual Try-Out Space, enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a continuous and collaborative manner while eliminating the need for physical prototypes during product development. The company employs over 700 high-level specialists worldwide covering more than 30 countries. ESI Group is listed in compartment C of Euronext Paris. For further information, visit

About Optimal Solutions Software LLC

Optimal Solutions Software, LLC, is the developer of a unique technology which performs optimal shape design for the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) industries. With the recent launch of Sculptor V2, OSS continues to improve the tools which allow our users to improve their engineering designs in the most cost-effective, timely manner.

Using proprietary Arbitrary Shape Deformation (ASD) technology, the user can easily and intuitively change the shape of a model in a smooth and controlled manner—in real time. Major changes that previously took months now take days; and previous days’ changes are now achieved in hours or even minutes.

Optimal Solutions’ Sculptor suite of software products enables design engineers to reduce the need for costly physical testing and prototyping. Companies that design components with fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, and/or chemically-reacting flows, including combustion, aero-elasticity, as well as structural design, will benefit from using Sculptor products.



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Optimal Solutions Software, LLC
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