WATERLOO, Ontario—Maplesoft™ announced a new release of MapleSim™, an advanced system-level modeling tool. The latest release provides new tools for developing digital twins, in addition to greater connectivity with other modeling tools, and expanded modeling scope, Maplesoft said in a press release.

MapleSim is used across a wide variety of applications and industries, including the creation of physics-based digital twins for virtual commissioning. Identifying the optimal motor size required to drive a mechanism is one of the most important goals of simulation with digital twins, and MapleSim 2018 provides tools that are said to make this task easier

The new 1-D Motion Generation App allows engineers to create motion profiles that adhere to defined velocity and acceleration constraints. They can define the desired motion of the joints, and then run the simulation to discover the torques and forces required to create that motion. This information can then be used to correctly size the motors, ensuring optimum performance at minimal cost.

Maplesoft (https://maplesoft.com/) said that it provides engineers with the tools and expertise they need to enable a model-driven innovation process that helps manage design complexity. The company’s products and services are used in machine design, robotics, aerospace, automotive, and other fields where engineers face complex challenges. Maplesoft strives to help companies reduce development risk and bring high-quality products to market faster by offering experience in model-based design and system-level modeling and analysis tools.

MapleSim, described as a natural environment for modeling multi-domain systems, supports the rapid creation and testing of initial concepts. Engineers can use MapleSim to try out more ideas in less time, identify and prevent unexpected interactions between different domains, and generate computationally efficient models. New features in MapleSim 2018 further enable this work with more connectivity options and increased modeling scope, Maplesoft said.

MapleSim 2018 is also said to provide greater toolchain connectivity with the ability to import models from even more software tools. With expanded FMI support, engineers can import models defined using FMI 2.0 Fixed-Step Co-Simulation, as well as FMI Model Exchange.

Other improvements include enhanced Modelica support for easy access to more 3rd party component libraries inside MapleSim. The MapleSim Heat Transfer Library from Cybernet is said to offer improved tools for studying heat transfer effects and preventing overheating, while the MapleSim Hydraulics Library™ from Modelon and the MapleSim Pneumatics Library™ from Modelon add-ons can take into account temperature effects during simulations.

“System level modeling offers tremendous advantages, such as reduced risk and costs, as well as the ability to improve designs, and Maplesoft is committed to helping companies realize these benefits,” said Dr. Laurent Bernardin, chief operating officer and chief scientist at Maplesoft. “Whether they are creating digital twins for virtual commissioning, or looking for greater insight into complex design projects, MapleSim and Maplesoft Engineering Solutions help companies employ system level modeling effectively, avoiding common pitfalls and experiencing success in their modeling projects.”

MapleSim is available in English, Japanese, and French.

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