Category: Simulation

28 Mar 2018
Abaqus Knee Simulator | SIMULIA | Adaptive

New Video: Abaqus Knee Simulator – Accelerating the Design of Knee Implants

A new video now available from the Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA group demonstrates how the Abaqus Knee Simulator application can accelerate the advanced design of knee implants using finite element (FE) analysis and 3D modeling. The video is hosted by Cheryl Liu, Ph.D. of Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA and Paul Rullkoetter, Ph.D. of OrthoAnalysts.

What is the Abaqus Knee Simulator?

The Abaqus Knee Simulator is a validated computational modeling tool for performing basic to advanced knee implant analyses and simulations. This tool offers five fast and easy-to-setup workflows which reduce your reliance on time-consuming trials and expensive lab equipment, while still meeting regulatory requirements. The video includes an overview of the five workflows, validation of the model, and a demonstration of the software tool.


The Benefits of the Abaqus Knee Simulator versus Physical Simulation

Abaqus Knee Simulator - Five WorkflowsThe Knee Simulator is an application that works with Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA software. The application includes five pre-validated workflows knee implant design engineers can use to test their designs without the time-consuming process of creating physical models. The five workflows include; Contact Mechanics, Implant Constraint, TibioFemoral Constraint, Basic TKR Loading, and Wear Simulator.

Dr. Chiu explains how the Contact Mechanics workflow can take up to four hours to run. In contrast, the creation of a physical model to conduct the same test could take four weeks and cost approximately $14,000.

About Abaqus

Today, product simulation is often being performed by engineering groups using niche simulation tools from different vendors to simulate various design attributes. The use of multiple vendor software products creates inefficiencies and increases costs. SIMULIA delivers a scalable suite of unified analysis products that allow all users, regardless of their simulation expertise or domain focus, to collaborate and seamlessly share simulation data and approved methods without loss of information fidelity.

The Abaqus Unified FEA product suite offers powerful and complete solutions for both routine and sophisticated engineering problems covering a vast spectrum of industrial applications.

06 Oct 2016

Learn How Trek Bicycles Used SIMULIA to Take Its Bikes to the Next Level

trek-bike-thumbIn its ongoing race to advance bike performance, Trek wanted to expand the use of realistic simulation in their design cycle across multiple bike programs.  In particular, Trek engineers wanted to better understand how bikes performed under the real-world rides of its professional racers.

Simulation provided new insights into the loading environment during extreme- use cases that will help Trek take its bikes to that next level without over designing. The result was that the larger
Trek engineering group can now tap into these capabilities and leverage field data to improve lab testing processes and enhance product performance across the enterprise.

“Up until then, I didn’t think handheld had the accuracy, the resolution, the quality, that the tripod-mounted scanners have… But now I know that isn’t the case.” — Jay Maas, Analysis Engineer, Trek Bicycles


Read in detail about Trek’s experiences in the case study available here.


02 Sep 2015

Adaptive Acquires Leading Edge Engineering

Adaptive Corporation Strengthens Virtual Simulation Capabilities through its Acquisition of Leading Edge Engineering, a Reseller of Simulation and Analysis Tools and Services for New Product Design and Development

Hudson, OH – September 1, 2015 – Adaptive Corporation has fully acquired Leading Edge Engineering P.C., a technology and services company focused on solving product design challenges using virtual simulation software. The technology, also referred to as computer aided engineering (CAE) software helps engineers develop better performing, more cost effective products in less time. Through this acquisition, Adaptive expands its expertise and footprint for addressing simulation needs in a broad range of multi-physics disciplines including load development, fatigue analysis, vehicle dynamics, process automation and optimization.

“Simulation is a very important part of the design process” stated Eric Doubell, chief executive officer of Adaptive Corporation. “We are seeing an increase in demand from our clients around simulation expertise that can help root out potential design flaws before a product design is released to production. Providing technologies that can create virtual models, test the loads and analyze what-if scenarios helps to ultimately accelerate our clients go to market delivery. We welcome Leading Edge customers into our Adaptive client community and look forward to working together as we align our resources.”

About Simulation and Analysis Software

The need for Simulation grows as manufacturers continue to improve and streamline a collaborative design process and accelerate their ability to go to market with new product development introductions (NPDI). A recent study by Aberdeen Group noted these impacts:

Virtual simulation users have seen a 10% decrease in Engineering Change Orders (ECOs), while those who were still relying on manual calculations have increased ECOs by 8%. What this means this those companies using simulation software are able to fix their designs before they get to production, unlike those who are using manual methods, who fix their products afterward.1

CIMdata predicted that Simulation and Analysis will be one of the more rapidly growing segments within the tools sector of PLM over the next five years, and forecasts that this sector of the market will exceed $6.7 billion in 2019.2

“We have been at the forefront of simulation technologies since we founded the company” stated Wayne Tanner, President of Leading Edge Engineering.  “We have seen the need for comprehensive Simulation tools grow as the complexity of new product development increases along with the requirement to collaborate more effectively to reduce risk and automate the design processes.  We are excited to be a part of the Adaptive team where we can address the full scope of PLM challenges and help our clients automate their PLM needs leveraging their portfolio of solutions under one umbrella.”

About Adaptive Corporation

Adaptive Corporation is dedicated to connecting virtual design to the physical world by creating solutions that help their clients, innovate, validate and refine the design of new products being introduced in the market.  With Adaptive’s technical expertise, your design engineering team can be assured you will build products right the first time, with the most efficient and profitable path possible.  Covering the full span of Product Life Cycle Management solutions, Adaptive addresses Virtual Product Design, Product Data Intelligence, Enterprise Collaboration, Digital Manufacturing, Simulation and Metrology/Quality Control. For more information, visit


1 Aberdeen Group: “The Value of Virtual Simulation As Opposed to Other Tools”, December 2014

2 CIM Data: CIMdata Simulation and Analysis (S&A) Market Analysis Report, July 2015

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