Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced the new structure and growth plans for Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) at its first simulation-focused conference, HxGN Live Design & Engineering 2021.

As the trusted partner to manufacturers all over the world, Hexagon has been steadily building its CAE portfolio since it acquired MSC Software in 2017, supporting its customers to push the boundaries of design and engineering and address production challenges earlier in product development through industry-leading simulation capabilities and smart manufacturing solutions that utilise the breadth of Hexagon and partner ecosystem technologies.

Roger Assaker, President of Hexagon’s Design and Engineering business unit, said: “This week has showcased the enormous breadth and depth of our simulation capabilities. We have heard presentations from more than 200 customers spanning every sector and at every level – from analysts to data scientists, design engineers to management and the C-Suite – about how our solutions have enabled them to design better, smarter and faster.

“Hexagon invests 12 per cent of its revenue directly into R&D, and we have applied that drive for innovation to our CAE business as well. In just four years, we have amassed a portfolio that goes beyond offerings from simulation-only companies, serving diverse needs that any customer may have throughout the product lifecycle, regardless of their development mindset or industry. Moreover, we have built that portfolio in the spirit of Hexagon’s core value of openness – there are no ‘vendor silos’ in our offering. Our mission is for our customers to achieve smarter manufacturing of sustainable products by design, and we want to empower them to be able to achieve that in the most effective way for their workflows and toolchains.”

Hexagon’s CAE offering is now defined as eight ‘Centres of Excellence’ (CoE), which group its portfolio of leading CAE tools by customer-defined goals, each focusing on one type of physics while enabling greater interoperability of workflows within common collaboration platform technology to enable multi-physics, generative design with data management and unique end-to-end solutions combining virtual and real data. Each CoE is led by an entrepreneurially-minded specialist, to ensure their customers’ needs are met at every stage and includes the discipline of product development, product marketing and process planning.

Assaker also revealed that one of Hexagon’s key focusses for cross-discipline development is Artificial Intelligence (AI), providing solutions in each CoE that are both physics- and data-based. Hexagon is applying AI to improve accuracy, leverage data and enable problem solving in seconds rather than days, by building on its capabilities in Finite Element and Finite Volume Analysis and other numerical simulation without compromising fidelity.

Helping its customers engineer parts that perform as intended when manufactured is in Hexagon’s DNA. Hexagon will continue to help customers move beyond how a part will perform in theory, and to exploit its connection to market-leading metrology and production software to introduce high-value solutions in smart manufacturing. Democratising the use of CAE is implicit to this – making predictive insights available not just to designers, but to take simulation from engineering to the shop floor and the boardroom with new user experiences.

Nearly all of the Hexagon D&E tools will also be available through one licensing system to further lower barriers to entry; MSCOne, which includes partner software, and a new Innovate portal, which forms one simple destination for new and experienced engineers and designers alike to learn about Hexagon’s software, CAE topics and training.

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