commentary: Leading CAD Software Tools To Offer a Direct Link to ABAQUS FEA Software

by Ira Breskin

Upcoming versions of both the Electronic Data Systems NX Digital Simulation product line and Dassault Systemes' CATIA CAD software will include direct links to ABAQUS' leading-edge finite element analysis software, the companies announced recently. (See “ ABAQUS and EDS Expand Design Productivity to Manufacturers through Streamlined Interoperability.”)

In short, ABAQUS plans to provide an integration layer for an upcoming release of CATIA V5, and EDS plans to strengthen and extend the interoperability of its digital prototyping and product validation software by writing the link to the ABAQUS solver.

By offering a direct link to ABAQUS, EDS also hopes to bring uniformity to the once disparate Unigraphics and I-deas MCAD product lines, each now sharing the NX designation.

I-deas already had a link to the ABAQUS software that supplements its Femap finite element modeling and visualization, or "hyper-mesh" package.

Unigraphics, featuring a link to competing MSC Software’s Nastran solver, didn’t feature the ABAQUS link.

Ultimately NX customers probably will be able to link to either FEA package because Dallas-based EDS has said it plans to license the Nastran source code when MSC offers it, as is required under a pending Federal Trade Commission ruling.

Last year, ABAQUS signed a development agreement to tie its CAD neutral solver to the design software offered by Dassault Systemes. More specifically, the company plans to provide an integration layer for a subsequent version of CATIA V5, perhaps release 12; which is scheduled to be rolled out in the fall.

ABAQUS currently is studying pricing for its CATIA V5 linked product, as well as the plug, and expects to announce details this summer, said ABAQUS spokesman Jeff Rankin.

Twenty-five year old ABAQUS, formerly known as Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen Inc. of Pawtucket, R.I., is a leading provider of FEA software that tests non-linear mechanics of a product design.

Ira Breskin, a freelance editor/writer specializing in business and technology issues, is a frequent contributor to Business Week, Newsday, and the New York Times. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism, Columbia University Business School. He may be reached at Email Contact.

Comments? Feedback? Tell us what you think about this topic or if you have additional information you'd like to share on this subject! Submit your comments to: Email Contact.



Review Article Be the first to review this article

Autodesk University 2017

Featured Video
Editorial
Jeff RoweJeff's MCAD Blogging
by Jeff Rowe
PTC Marches On With New Vuforia AR Platform Release
Jobs
GIS Software Developer for UDC at Englewood, CO
GIS Analyst for G2 Partners LLC at San Ramon, CA
Vice President, Transportation Services for Associated General Contractors of New York State at Albany, NY
Architectural Designer for Champion Home Builders at Troy, MI
Upcoming Events
ASSESS 2017 CONGRESS at Bolger Center Potomac MD - Nov 1 - 3, 2017
FABTECH 2017 at McCormick Place Chicago IL - Nov 6 - 9, 2017
ATX MINNEAPOLIS 2017 at Minneapolis MN - Nov 8 - 9, 2017
2017 China Chongqing International Machine Tool Show (CCIMT) at Chongqing International Expo Center, Yubei Chongqing China - Nov 13 - 16, 2017
SolidCAM: Cutting Webinar



Internet Business Systems © 2017 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
25 North 14th Steet, Suite 710, San Jose, CA 95112
+1 (408) 882-6554 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy PolicyAdvertise