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Mobile CAE

Published by by Ceetron

Transvalor and Ceetron are currently working on an R&D project named Mobile Forging Workbench (MoFoWo). MoFoWo allows users of the simulation software FORGE to directly access forging simulations in the Cloud from mobile devices such as an iPad. Key benefits for the user include remote simulation control, optimal parameter configuration by cross-analysis of results using data mining and 3D result visualization.

User Advantages

In industrial manufacturing, engineers use forging software to validate and optimize their production process in order to make high quality products at the lowest cost. Practical use of these simulation results requires experienced users with a thorough understanding of the software and the forging discipline combined with skilled interpretation of simulation results. MoFoWo aims to enable more users to understand and fully utilize the possibilities forging simulation environments offer. Less experienced users can access a database of results and parameters from previous simulations, significantly simplifying the setup of a simulation process by making past experience easily available. 

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Simulation in the Cloud

Simulation of large 3D models normally requires access to massive processing resources. As MoFoWo supports a cloud-based processing infrastructure, users can perform highly complex simulations with access from mobile devices. Using MoFoWo, complex and time-demanding simulations can be configured and initiated from a desktop computer and then continuously monitored and controlled from a mobile device. The user can overlook certain processes, inspect results in full 3D and then, if required, change parameters or restart if the simulation does not develop as expected. The transition from a traditional workstation or cluster environment, focusing on single simulations, to a cloud-based environment utilizing data mining for simulation configuration, is part of Transvalor's strategy for entering new markets.

How?

The primary goal of the project is to develop an application that will enable mobile access to a forging simulation environment running in the Cloud. Ceetron and Transvalor will design and implement an application server with multiple functions, a communication protocol and a client application with advanced visualization functionality. A database, in which simulation parameters can be stored and retrieved by efficient queries, will also be developed. Transvalor expect that the project will contribute to their ambitious goal of being market leader on the forging market within the next 5 years. The MoFoWo -project will be finalized by mid 2014. Ceetron will merge the technology into their own existing product, GLview 3D Components, a software development platform that targets a broader spectrum of CAE systems. 

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No clear competition

There is currently no technology on the market today supporting CAE simulations on mobile devices. Several software companies are, however, exploring how mobile devices can be used within their CAD/CAE/PLM software environments. The current state-of-the-art is viewers that support static data such as 3D scenes originating from CAD and PLM systems. MoFoWo will enable interactive 3D visualization and animation of transient data, taking the application of mobile devices in the CAE industry one step further.


(Left) Ceetron's Managing Director, Tor Helge Hansen, pictured while presenting a CFD simulation in GLview Express  on the iPad. Ceetron will merge the developed technology in MoFoWo into their own existing product, GLview 3D Components.



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