MSC.Software Corp., Santa Ana, Calif., a global provider of enterprise simulation solutions and services, has announced SimOffice, a cost-effective, desktop-based simulation solution that is designed for a wide range of manufacturers—from small and mid-sized organizations to larger enterprises. SimOffice is compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista, allowing manufacturers to leverage existing information technology (IT) investments and simulation environments through the entire suite of Microsoft productivity and collaboration solutions. With SimOffice, engineers can improve productivity through fast, reliable simulation in an easy-to-use next generation Windows Vista desktop environment.
"Today MSC expands its enterprise simulation solutions to the desktop. SimOffice is the first Windows Vista compatible simulation solution that brings the benefits of simulation software to a wide range of large manufacturers, from key suppliers to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)," said Bill Weyand, chairman and chief executive officer, MSC.Software. "With SimOffice, manufacturers [can] accelerate innovation by bringing products to market faster, using computer-based simulation to predict product performance and share this critical information across systems and suppliers, verify designs and reduce physical prototypes.”
SimOffice is specifically designed for engineers who design, analyze and test complex mechanical parts and systems. By enabling engineers to create and test models in an intuitive Windows-based platform, manufacturers can get better, more accurate design data early in the product development process. With the collaboration capabilities of Windows Vista, engineers can also generate reports and exchange critical product performance information to make more informed design decisions. Moreover, SimOffice is upwardly compatible with enterprise-level MD Nastran from MSC.Software, providing engineers in complex supply chains the ability to leverage each other’s data and processes across OEM and supplier organizations.
Key features include a Windows-based finite element modeler, direct access to a variety of computer-aided design (CAD) systems and model sharing and real-time collaboration with Microsoft Sharepoint services and Groove.