If you find you're doing more computer simulation of your designs, you're in good company. Market research firm Daratech says that systems modeling is exploding, and will likely grow 14% over the next five years.
The reasons: the drive to cut costs by limiting physical prototypes, and shorten time to market.
Daratech says that companies such as General Motors, BMW, and Ford, among others, are making digital prototyping a priority. GM Powertrain's Vice President, Ned McClurg, says savings will come from faster design iterations, fewer physical prototypes, lower physical-test costs, and the use of less experimental material.
Leading software providers enabling digital prototyping, Daratech says, are MSC.Software, LMS International, Fluent Inc., ANSYS, and Altair Engineering, among others.