Simulation is more than Software

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The innovation accelerator

With live simulation, design ideas are tested, understood and communicated in the blink of an eye. This saves time and opens horizons.

Simulation in real time: Just like that!

Simulation accelerates product development processes. A new generation of simulation tools has dramatically expanded the user group. So far, in fact, that today every developer can peer into a product, digitally experiment and reliably make the right decision for the next design step using live simulation. That’s innovation without any detours.

What if ...? Simulation provides answers.

Advantage simulation

The advantages of simulation in development and design are undisputed. “If a product development process has to be faster, more cost-effective and a more innovative, simulation is unquestionably the method of choice. And if one wants to test the limits of what is technically feasible, simulation is absolutely indispensable.” (Prof. Sandro Wartzack, Faculty of Engineering, University of Erlangen) Companies put their products under a magnifying glass in a digital sense

  • and thereby remarkably shorten their development cycles, 
  • reducing costs and 
  • get to know their product right down to the minutest detail.

And they also increase sales and profits, because they serve market demands faster and more effectively. Alternatives like the proverbial gut-feeling or endless series of trials with physical prototypes are hardly viable approaches nowadays. 

Live simulation is digitalization

The potential of simulation has not been fully exploited – if rethought. Conducted by specialists, simulation remains an integral part of the development chain. Additionally, in an automated and extremely fast version – and this is where the leap in efficiency comes from – simulation is also a digital tool that provides real-time answers to design questions and runs through the entire development process from the initial sketch to market launch of the product. 

  • Cheap to acquire, 
  • self-explanatory to use, 
  • clear in its conclusions and 
  • handy for everyone who needs quick and reliable feedback for product development. 

In sum: useful digitalization in its purest form.

Democratization of simulation

Reasons for using live simulations are multiple and diversified:

  • The immediate evaluation of the feasibility of an idea in pre-development
  • The objective comparison of different concepts by the designer
  • Live simulations also simplify the presentation of design variations within the team or to the client as well

In short: When everyone who can benefit from it can simulate, the agility, flexibility and innovative expertise of a company would rise inexorably. Process are shortened without loss of quality, wait times are minimized, lateral thinking is fostered and innovative approaches are put into action without leaving them on the shelf to just gather dust.

Understanding physics – designing better

The newly published book "Physik begreifen - besser konstruieren" contains eight recipes for better designing, thanks to Physics-Driven-Design. These are not simply design rules.

The recipes are based on years of experience in the design office and on an explainable physics background. Why does it work better to make a design tension-dominant instead of bend-dominant? How do you best distribute the stiffness in order to obtain an optimal flow of forces? What happens at points where you redirect a flow and how can you control this with the least loss?

This book is a joint project of (calculation) experts from the engineering office, Brand Engineering GmbH and CADFEM.

Your book presentation has encouraged us to use the software Discovery in the context of the lecture Fluid Mechanics, which is being redesigned. After all, we see the potential in it to make the physical basics comprehensible to the students in a clear and sustainable way.

Dipl.-Ing. Markus Bongert, FH Dortmund, FB Maschinenbau

Book review

Introductory presentation (German)

See what experiences OSRAM and Rohde & Schwarz have with live simulation (German)

Live simulation in teaching - the last obstacle has been overcome (German)

Benefits of using real-time simulation

According to the VDMA Study.



instead of 3 weeks for 6 iterations (CE-SYS)

more affordably

developed as before (CE-SYS)


until the result

10 variations tested in 10 minutes.

related training and webinars

Benefit from CADFEM competence - simulation knowledge from engineers for engineers. Book the Discovery training as a classroom or online seminar or on-demand eLearning.

Software for fast simulations

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Talk to CADFEM and benefit from the wealth of experience of our employees in the introduction of real-time simulations at various companies.