LiveLink for Solid Edge® 

LiveLink for Solid Edge® 

To Accelerate Your Solid Edge® Designs Through Simulation

Image made using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and is provided courtesy of COMSOL.

Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) in the cast and mold of an aluminum extrusion process. The isosurfaces show the dynamic viscosity in the non-Newtonian aluminum flow.

LiveLink for Solid Edge® 

Evaluate the Real-World Performance of Your Solid Edge® CAD Designs

LiveLink™ for Solid Edge® is part of a robust platform that enables you to integrate multiphysics simulation into your 3D product design workflow. Solid Edge® is a 3D design system that can enhance your designs and make the design process more efficient. Combining Solid Edge 3D designs with the simulation capabilities in COMSOL Multiphysics allows you to visualize and optimize both the physical design and how it performs in the actual operating environment. A COMSOL model created from your design can include any relevant physical effects and their interactions ensuring that simulations are accurate.

COMSOL Multiphysics with LiveLink™ for Solid Edge® maximizes productivity with tools and features that facilitate integration and expand the possibilities for design evaluation. Capabilities include optimization studies and automated parametric sweeps, techniques for geometry refinement, and concurrent updates to your designs during the simulation process.

Synchronized Geometry Updates Keep Physics Definitions Intact

COMSOL model geometries are directly synchronized with the corresponding CAD designs by using the functionality provided in LiveLink™ for Solid Edge®. The geometry synchronization is associative, which means that physics definitions are preserved on model domains and boundaries throughout the design update process. Bidirectional updates are automatic when both programs are open at the same time and you are solving an optimization study or running a parametric sweep. During this process the CAD model parameters defined within Solid Edge are repeatedly accessed and modified by COMSOL Multiphysics based on either the evaluations of the optimization criteria or the parameter values specified for the sweep. Optimization studies make it easy to verify design parameters such as the placement of critical features, a task that would otherwise require setting up many simulations based on tracking multiple CAD files.

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Product Features

  • A LiveLink™ interface that synchronizes between the Solid Edge® ST7 or ST8 versions of the CAD software and COMSOL Multiphysics® when both are running simultaneously
  • Synchronize 3D geometric objects (solids, surfaces, and curves) between Solid Edge®geometries and COMSOL Multiphysics®
  • The synchronized geometry is associative, i.e., the CAD model can be modified in Solid Edge® without the need to re-apply model settings in COMSOL Multiphysics® after re-synchronization
  • Automatically generate selections on the synchronized geometry in the COMSOL®model from the material assignments in the Solid Edge® parts and assemblies.
  • For faster synchronization of large assemblies, the associativity feature for faces, edges, or vertices can be turned off, if not needed
  • Synchronize parameters between the Solid Edge® design and COMSOL Multiphysics®model to modify the COMSOL Multiphysics®geometry, either manually or as controlled by a parametric or optimization solver
  • Connect to COMSOL Server™ from within the Solid Edge® interface to browse and run apps together with Solid Edge®, including those that use geometry synchronized with Solid Edge®
  • File import of the most popular CAD file formats, see table below
  • Encapsulate geometries to model phenomena in the surrounding domains
  • Export geometry files to the Parasolid® and ACIS® file formats
  • Geometry repair through identification of geometric inconsistencies and knitting surfaces to create solids
  • Defeaturing through the finding and deletion of fillets, short edges, sliver faces, small faces, and spikes
  • Manually deleting faces and healing the resulting gaps through filling (creating a new face) or patching (shrinking or expanding adjacent faces)
  • Detaching faces from a solid object to create a new solid object
  • Cap holes or empty spaces to fill the space and create modeling domains
  • Patch removed faces by growing or shrinking the surrounding surfaces to cover the removed face