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Siemens PLM Software has released an integrated machine design solution that is aimed at companies that develop and market machine tools and production machines.

Mechatronics Concept Designer is a new systems-engineering approach to machine design that captures ‘voice of the customer’ input, manages early requirements and facilitates the simultaneous definition and simulation of the mechanical, electrical and automation software found in today’s machine tools.

With an interactive simulation capability based on gaming technology, the software can help reduce development time and improve product quality for the global machine design industry.

Mechatronics Concept Designer is based on Siemens PLM Software’s flagship computer-aided design (CAD) application, NX software, and works in conjunction with its Teamcenter software.

Siemens is also highlighting several other solutions at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) that are applicable to the machinery industry, including the Virtual Machine, a machine simulation toolkit that is part of the company’s Tecnomatix software suite of digital manufacturing applications.

The Virtual Machine allows OEMs to create a virtual version of a machine tool in software that can be used to maximise productive machine time on their customers’ real machines.

Mechatronics Concept Designer enables mechanical, electrical and software/automation disciplines to work in parallel.

It includes all the powerful mechanical design features of NX, while enabling the user to develop a list of sensors and actuators that can be easily selected and positioned, laying the foundation for the electrical engineers to create the layout plan.

More efficient software development is supported through the ability to make the machine’s sequence of operations available in a standard format common in the machinery industry.

Working in conjunction with the Teamcenter PLM system, Mechatronics Concept Designer delivers an end-to-end machine design solution with an integrated systems-engineering approach.

At the beginning of the development cycle, designers can use Teamcenter’s management and systems engineering capabilities to build a functional model that ensures customer requirements are incorporated into the design.

Mechatronics Concept Designer also includes a modelling and simulation capability based on NVIDIA PhysX technology.

This physics engine, developed with the PhysX SDK from NVIDIA, is similar to the software technology used in many of today’s modern video games.

This approach to simulation is designed to make it easy to quickly create and interactively validate alternative design concepts.

In addition, the user is able to interact with the digital machine model while the simulation is running, providing the ability to test the effects of different inputs in real time.

The ability to model real-world physical behaviour in the virtual world, based on simplified mathematical models, enables early concept verification that helps detect and correct errors when they are least expensive to resolve.

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