With the powerful Maple technical computing software at its core and with new 3-D animation and visualization capabilities, Maplesoft's MapleSim 2 multi-domain modeling and simulation tool goes a long way to improving engineer's insight into designs.
MapleSim2's new 3-D visualization and
animation tools transform multi-body models into realistic animations,
providing engineers an intimate look into system behavior when designing
complex systems, including the kinematic and dynamic behavior of models. With
this capability, for example, an engineer designing a complex robot could
generate a 3-D animation of that robot to determine if something is
disconnected or if there is a possible interference, according to Tom Lee,
Maplesoft's chief evangelist.
of the other multi-domain simulation tool providers, including The MathWorks,
are also adding 3-D animation and visualization capabilities to their products.
Maplesoft is pushing the envelope with these visualization capabilities with a
number of capabilities, including playback controls for making it easier to
closely examine significant behavior; camera motion controls like panning and
zooming to zero in on areas of interest; and the ability to add STL 3-D shape
files from CAD systems to add more realism to the animations.
MapleSim2 combines an intuitive
physical modeling environment with symbolic techniques to help reduce design
engineers' time and effort in creating highly efficient models.
the heart of MapleSim2 is Maple 13, the latest release of Maplesoft's technical
software. Maple 13 includes a variety of new plotting features, including
extensive annotation tools and fly-through animations, which make 3-D plots
more meaningful and easier to interpret. In addition, this release adds new
solvers to expand engineers' problem-solving abilities.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.