Software's new features and performance upgrades let designers perform high-powered analysis 10 to 15 times faster than ever before
CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 2003-- SolidWorks today put sophisticated design analysis within the reach of every designer with major upgrades to its COSMOS analysis applications. Enhancements to COSMOSWorks(TM), COSMOSFloWorks(TM), and COSMOSMotion(TM) make the COSMOS products the first to put advanced finite element analysis (FEA) features in an affordable package that's easy enough for designers of all skill levels to use.
Performance upgrades that enable solvers to use processor cycles
more efficiently make the COSMOS family anywhere from 10 to 15 times
faster than comparable analysis applications. The applications' speed
and automated simplicity enable users to focus on perfecting designs
with ongoing analysis throughout the design process. More than 10,000
companies currently use COSMOS products to reduce their prototyping
costs and cut time-to-market by producing accurate designs faster than
COSMOSWorks 2004 enables users to test assemblies' behaviors
without the complicated and time-consuming step of fully modeling
component connectors - such as pins and springs - up front.
COSMOSWorks 2004 also simplifies analysis with new usability features
to simulate processes such as heat regulation using a thermostat with
simple menu-driven commands that replace manual computations. The
COSMOSFloWorks 2004 flow analysis application performs analyses on a
broader spectrum of machinery and materials, such as rotating
machinery and more non-Newtonian fluids. The COSMOSMotion 2004 virtual
prototyping application can break assemblies down into sub-assemblies
for more precise testing. New visual and reporting features enable
users to extract more precise results from their analyses. Tightened
integration with SolidWorks(R) 3D mechanical design software enables
users of all three COSMOS applications to analyze designs without
re-entering data and switching between applications. Today's COSMOS
2004 release coincides with SolidWorks' release of its SolidWorks 2004
mechanical design software.
More than half of the COSMOS family's upgrades came through
feedback from users such as Jack Kleinfeld, P.E., of Bronx, N.Y.-based
Kleinfeld Technical Services, Inc. (
Kleinfeld, a COSMOSWorks user, asked for more sophisticated reporting
tools so he could better represent results to his customers.
"I'm very pleased with SolidWorks' responsiveness. They've made
the product much more usable and efficient so I can give better
results to my customers," Kleinfeld said. "For example, calculating
the average heat flow across a surface now takes one step using two
numbers. Before it could have taken a thousand steps using a thousand
numbers - if I chose to do it at all."
The ability to run such complex calculations without
time-consuming manual work enables users to weave analysis into every
phase of the design cycle without slowing it down. Testing frequently
saves time and expense by cutting back on the use of expensive
physical prototypes to determine whether a design will perform
Mirroring real-life working conditions
The COSMOSWorks, COSMOSMotion, and COSMOSFloWorks 2004
applications match analysis processes to real-life work flows,
eliminating repetitive data input and reducing opportunity for error.
Each product also has specific enhancements in its own realm that
enable designers to perform sophisticated analysis without laborious
COSMOSWorks 2004 simplifies assembly simulation with three new
features that enable designers to model three commonly used
-- pin connectors that join assemblies such as mechanical arms; -- spring connectors that provide flexible resistance in assemblies such as shock absorbers; and -- elastic supports such as soft beds that absorb vibrations from machinery.
Simplified assembly simulation enables designers to analyze their
designs without much of the repetitive manual work of modeling these
structures. Designers no longer must model each pin, spring connector,
and elastic support before performing an analysis. In COSMOSWorks
2004, designers simply enter values into a pull-down menu and the
software simulates a pin, spring, or elastic support. For a mechanical
arm joined by pins, for example, the designer would assign resistance
properties to each pin location and run the analysis to determine how
the mechanical arm would behave if the pins locked up.
In addition to its new modeling features, COSMOSWorks 2004 has
also made strides in ease of use by incorporating features such as:
-- Added heat transfer capabilities such as a new thermostat that simulates on/off switching of a heat source based on temperature sensors and surface-to-surface radiation heat; -- Ability to simulate buckling due to thermal effects; -- Single-file storage for analysis data that simplifies management; -- Adjustable vector plot visuals that make analyses easier to read than one-size-fits all visuals; -- Tighter integration with SolidWorks 2004 that eliminates re-entering design data to perform analysis. COSMOSWorks 2004 automatically uses SolidWorks 2004 data to define the physical properties of materials in assemblies and reads data from the COSMOSXpress(TM) analysis embedded in SolidWorks 2004. COSMOSWorks 2004 can also schedule analysis runs in SolidWorks 2004 task scheduler.
The COSMOSFloWorks 2004 flow analysis application features
automated data transfers to COSMOSWorks 2004 that enable designers to
perform stuctural and flow analysis in the same simulation. This
"multi-physics" capability is unique to COSMOSFloWorks 2004. The
software also simulates flows in rotating machinery such as turbine
blades with a new "rotating frame of reference" feature, and supports
analysis of more non-Newtonian fluids, such as chocolates and molten
New for 2004, the COSMOSMotion virtual prototyping application
supports sub-assembly motion analysis. This gives users the ability to
leave a sub-assembly as a rigid group of parts, or to move specific
parts in a sub-assembly to test their behavior. Testing specific
sub-assemblies yields more accurate results and helps users root out
redundancies in their designs.
"Our goal is to make every engineer and designer into an analyst
without forcing them to take specialized training or learn
complicated, expensive software," said Suchit Jain, vice president for
analysis products at SolidWorks Corporation. "Our COSMOS 2004 products
represent the biggest stride yet toward sophisticated analysis
software that's easy enough for everyone to use and economical enough
to deploy widely in any organization."
Pricing and availability
COSMOSWorks 2004, COSMOSFloWorks 2004, and COSMOSMotion 2004 will
be available in the third quarter of 2003. Contact a SolidWorks
reseller for pricing information.
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. Founded
in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to unleash the power of 3D for
everyone in product development and foster a collaborative user
community. In seven years of delivering product, SolidWorks has
shipped more than 250,000 total seats of software worldwide.
SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and
supports its products through a worldwide reseller network. 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, call +1-978-371-5000).
SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation.
COSMOSWorks, COSMOSFloWorks, COSMOSXpress, and COSMOSMotion are
trademarks of Structural Research and Analysis Corporation. Other
brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.
Copyright (c) 2003 SolidWorks Corporation.
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