Analysis and simulation software continues evolving to keep up with a changing market. Virtual prototyping is enabling designers to simulate a design on the computer instead of building a physical prototype, and examine why a product will fail or succeed when physical testing is unable to explain the results. In addition, as CAE software enables more complete analysis, CAE analysts are shifting their role to play a more proactive, up-front role in product design and testing.

In the article "Industry Update: Analysis & Simulation Software", executives from leading CAD/CAE software companies discuss these and other trends affecting analysis and simulation software. For more information, see page 14 of the November issue of NASA Tech Briefs, or click here .