Simulation-Driven Product Development™: Will Form Finally Follow Function?

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The traditional engineering process saw an engineer creating a design, testing it, and iterating prototypes until the design performed as desired. Although this workflow predates CAD and CAE technology, many manufacturers’ design processes continue to follow it. The first wave of simulation technology reduced the need to test physical prototypes, but now the role of simulation has evolved beyond just validating CAD models. Finally, the laws of physics are starting to drive product design.