Headlining the new release of Maplesoft's MapleSim high-performance physical modeling and simulation tool is a 3-D construction feature designed to aid in the creation of multibody models.
As engineers build their model diagrams with MapleSim 4, a 3-D rendering is dynamically created, providing instant and realistic feedback for the multibody portions of a model. Engineers can adjust angles and parameters directly from the 3-D model, viewing the results immediately, as well as add multibody elements directly to the 3-D view, which will automatically update the model diagram. Together, these capabilities provide the feedback and intuitive parameter adjustments that will save engineers time when developing complex multibody models, according to Maple officials.
In addition to the new 3-D capabilities, MapleSim 4 includes new probe management tools, including a capability for adding new probes to previous simulation results without having to rerun the simulation. Other new features include a new semi-still solver that Maple officials claim provides adequate results for stiff systems without the overhead formulation costs associated with a true stiff solver. There are also enhanced analysis tools, including one for working with multibody equations.
MapleSim is built on symbolic computation technology, which manages all of the complex mathematics involved in the development of engineering system models. At the heart of this capability is Maple, the company's technical computing software which contains the advanced symbolic computation engine along with numeric solvers and a technical document interface. The newest version of Maple, Maple 14, offers new control system design tools, linearization tools and new solvers that enable engineers to apply advanced techniques to control design problems. The software has also been enhanced from a performance standpoint to accommodate larger problems in a more expedient fashion, Maple officials said.