The New Equation in Engineering & Science: MODSIM Equals SOLIDWORKS + Simulation + Platform

Engineering and Science educators are always the first to embrace new technology while developing students’ understanding of foundational theory.  Working for the largest engineering and software company in the world, provides me great insight into trends in industry that are making there way into teaching and learning.

The industry trend is MODSIM – MODeling and SIMulation.  MODSIM is far more than a CAD model or FEA simulation, it involves an iterative development process from concept through commercialization, all integrated through the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform by Dassault Systèmes.

The IASO example showcases the life science development process as it relates to a SOLIDWORKS user.  For students, it shows the depth they will need to know about other organizations involved in the MODSIM process.

In an era where we focus on human interaction, MODSIM takes us into the world of science with the development of a new cancer drug.  Drug development and formulation processes, SOLIDWORKS prototypes, stress analysis, fluid behavior, electromagnetic compliance, production lines and shipping protocols are established. Data from patients is compiled. These are multi-physics, sustainable, human-centered solutions.

Human factors become integrated with science and engineering technology.  Can you develop a product to reduce patient pain from an autoinjector for drug delivery?  Can you develop a product that is easy to use and reliable to reduce patient visits to an infusion clinic?

All the data from concept to end of life is accessible to everyone involved in the common goal. Science and engineering students need to understand how to collaborate with the same product development information.

In SOLIDWORKS education, we have created an offer, 3DEXPERIENCE Engineer for Education. 3DEXPERIENCE Engineer combines  apps from the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio.  A SOLIDWORKS Add-In connects SOLIDWORKS desktop to the cloud platform and the portfolio applications.

From one platform, SIMULIA (analysis), DELMIA (manufacturing), ENOVIA (Data management) apps help students learn the jobs skills required for their careers.

As a mechanical engineer, I was fortunate to work in laboratory automation, designing and supplying robotic systems to pharmaceutical and chemical companies.  Working with pharmacists, chemists and biologists, the Lab notebook was critical for FDA or EPA approvals. Physical testing in the factory approximated actual biological fluids.  Coated metals were tested in a lab setting and then delivered to the customer for  a positive outcome, fingers crossed,  when used in acidic or caustic environments.

With the platform, students also learn about Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and data organization – all tied to product development.

Researchers use other Dassault Systèmes tools in life sciences with BIOVIA and Medidata for drug discovery and development all in a collaborative cloud environment.

Tomorrow we continue our MODSIM series, this time the focus is on medical devices.  If you miss it – the replay will be on-demand.

Please join Life Sciences Industry expert Karl D’Souza from SIMULIA on the next session of #MODSIM with 3DEXPERIENCEWorks, where we will chat about “Developing reliable, effective and smart medical devices.”

Join us May 25th @10AM ET to see how #SOLIDWORKS-embedded multiphysics #simulation solutions can be used to rapidly evaluate #structuralreliability#flowefficiency, and #electromagnetic performance all within a collaborative cloud environment. Learn how to design and develop reliable, effective, and smart #medicaldevices at this live webinar.


Design well, Marie


Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard