Written by Megan Jenkins on June 13, 2019
January 24th, 2019
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At SimScale, we are aiming to change the way engineers, designers and students design products by providing them access to cloud-based 3D simulation software. SimScale gives every engineer and designer access to sophisticated yet easy-to-use multiphysics simulation methods for virtual prototyping to help develop better products, faster and more cost-efficiently.
In his interview for DEVELOP3D LIVE magazine, David Heiny, SimScale’s CEO and one of our five founders, talks about removing the barriers of traditional simulation software and his vision of making CAE a standard tool in product design.
There are several large, well-established CAE software providers on the market. What was the driver behind creating SimScale?
David: At SimScale, we believe that computer science and mathematics provide many methods that are tremendously useful for building great products but have until now not been used to their full potential due to the barriers of traditional CAE software solutions. We are driven by the idea of removing these barriers and making engineering simulation a standard tool in every engineer and designer’s software stack, independent of their company size, know-how, or resources.
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How can companies benefit from using CAE technology and SimScale in their product design process?
David: In the end, it all comes down to building better products, faster and more cost-efficiently. Better in the sense that you have more detailed insights into what you are developing and more control over the product development process.
Faster because you can test your design at the earliest stage, which allows you to make more informed design decisions from the very beginning. CAE helps you make sure that you do not end up having a physical prototype which doesn’t work.
And cost-efficiently because, in the early stages, you have a lower risk of missing deadlines, you can stick to the plan, and save on material, manufacturing, and physical prototypes. These three points hold true for simulation in general, no matter if you are using on-premises simulation solutions or a cloud-based solution like SimScale, this is the ultimate value simulation delivers.
The unique thing about SimScale is that all of the above-mentioned benefits of simulation technology come without the traditional barriers. With SimScale, you can have a powerful simulation tool without any upfront investment—this is what we call the budget aspect. Secondly, you don’t need any hardware, maintenance, or job scheduling software. We take care of that. You just open up your browser and you have a full-fledged HPC-powered simulation environment on your PC. The third aspect is what we call the know-how barrier. With SimScale, we have this unique situation that for the first time in the history of simulation software, the functionality itself, the people, the content and the know-how are all brought together in one place, on one platform, which can ultimately help everybody learn simulation faster and apply it more effectively.
Why do you think sharing simulation projects and providing free access to simulation is important?
David: Historically, simulation has been a huge investment for a company, both in terms of computing power and simulation software. That’s the reason why it was mainly developed and reserved for CAE specialists. We saw the opportunity to make CAE simulation methods accessible to everyone, specialists and non-specialists alike—allowing those with more experience to share their know-how with others through our free community plan. This way experienced engineers can have free access to simulation and less experienced users can learn from them and use their simulation setups as templates for their own simulation projects. This is a win-win situation for everyone, that’s what we’re aiming for.
What does success look like for SimScale?
David: Each time we can contribute to a company being able to ship a better product and as a result have more satisfied customers, we’ve done a good job. This is our purpose: helping engineers to develop the best product they possibly can.
David Heiny is CEO and co-founder at SimScale GmbH. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, as well as a Master’s degree in Computational Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
His expertise includes CFD, Numerical Analysis, Software Development and Applied Mathematics, developed both through his studies and work experience (FZG – TU München, MAN Diesel & Turbo, FluiDyna GmbH,). David also has an Honors Degree in Technology Management from the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM). David graduated from the Bavarian Elite Academy (Bayerische EliteAkademie) alongside three other SimScale founders—Vincenz Dölle, Johannes Probst, and Alexander Fischer.
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