In an effort to help engineering organizations tackle more complex physical modeling challenges, Maplesoft has released a new solution suite that includes an upgrade to its core MapleSim product along with new component libraries and toolboxes.
The new MapleSim 3 and associated toolboxes are designed to foster the transition from a traditional estimation and intuition-based engineering approach to a highly-detailed physical modeling practice as way to deal with the increasing complexity surrounding product design. The upgraded offering significantly builds out Maplesoft's product line with a full suite of modeling capabilities as well as consulting services, according to Dr. Tom Lee, chief evangelist and vice president for Maplesoft's Applications Engineering Group. "Prior to this release we had an innovative, single software tool that could do important things," he says, "but it didn't have all the technical aspects and service aspects that were required in order for it to be deployed widely in the industry."
MapleSim 3's modeling capabilities have been extended with new component libraries for hydraulics and electrical machines, along with refined solvers that handle greater model complexity. New user interface capabilities are designed to make the organization of complex, nested systems much easier, putting modeling capabilities in reach for a wider range of users. The software, which is built on top of Maple 13, is now designed to deliver the best possible real-time performance in key applications areas such as hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation, Lee says.
Accompanying the core release is a pair of toolboxes. The MapleSim Control Design Toolbox delivers a set of control design tools that extends MapleSim's plant modeling capabilities to support control design. By developing both the plants and controllers together in the MapleSim modeling environment, engineering organizations can accelerate their development process and reduce the cost of tool switching.
The second toolbox is the MapleSim LabVIEW Connector, which integrates the MapleSim environment into the LabVIEW real-time platform from National Instruments. With this module, engineers using LabVIEW can develop and optimize complex engineering system models using MapleSim's more intuitive modeling environment.
MapleSim 3 is available for $2,995 for a single-user professional license, and the MapleSim LabVIEW Connector costs $995. In its initial release, the MapleSim Control Design Toolbox will be included with MapleSim 3 for no additional charge.