Realistic simulation plays a pivotal role at the heart of product design and development. Like a stress test for innovation, simulation provides high-fidelity assessment of the fitness, integrity, performance and potential lifespan of a design. This gives you

  • early insight into design directions
  • fast, virtual prototyping
  • reduced physical testing
  • optimized, quality products

as well as often-dramatic savings in time and cost.

Multi-physics, multi-scale simulation can address every design challenge thrown its way by expert and non-expert alike. When teamed with the related optimization and process-automation tools, simulation can provide quick identification of the most attractive alternatives within desired parameters—or visualize never-before imagined geometries that elevate designs to new heights of efficiency and creativity.

It’s easier than ever for teams to collaborate as they bring new products to life with simulation. User-friendly interfaces and powerful templates have democratized access and visualization of results so that all involved, from manager to analyst, are communicating from a single source of truth.

In the ongoing race for market-capturing ideas and reputation-building quality, everyone from leading manufacturers to startups is using simulation. This fundamental capability enables all to compete at the highest levels no matter what size your business or which industry served. Simulation powers innovation, both for traditional manufacturers and for those who are pushing the leading edges of product development with technologies such as additive manufacturing (3D printing) and advanced materials engineering.

The product design and development world is already on its way towards the all-digital design and manufacturing environment, a convergence of technologies that is transforming every aspect of industrial business. Simulation data is an essential component of the “digital twin” that captures every nuance of individual product information to enable model-based engineering. It’s no longer a question of whether your company should be on board, but of how to best harness simulation technology—at the level your particular business requires—in order to stay competitive in the global marketplace.

Wherever you are in this evolution—whether looking into simulation for the first time or realizing that your existing toolset needs a significant upgrade — Adaptive Corporation can be your partner in acquiring, and mastering, the simulation capabilities that will enable your team to produce successful products.

As a Dassault Systèmes Platinum Partner, Adaptive is a trusted provider of this world-market-leading company’s simulation solutions—from robust finite element analysis and optimization to sophisticated computational fluid dynamics and electromagnetics. Dassault Systèmes’ decades of software development, grown hand-in-hand with customers in every industry, has created an unmatched portfolio of simulation excellence.

Adaptive is your gateway to these resources, at whatever level of support fits you best. Our experts can help you assess the status of your current tools, determine what your pain points and goals are, and work closely with you to identify the solutions that will best get your team up and running quickly for maximum productivity. Whether you are looking for individual software tools on-premise, or the full Dassault Systèmes simulation platform on the cloud, we can customize your experience to maximize the return on your investment.

Simulation Capabilities by Industry

Aerospace and Defense

The use of realistic simulation is a critical component of aerospace and defense product development, which must balance requirements for capacity, weight, strength, efficiency, reliability, and safety. Commercial and military flight and ground vehicles have to function flawlessly under severe operating conditions that can include structural load variation, extreme temperature fluctuation, and sudden atmospheric pressure changes. Vehicles also must integrate complex multi-functional subsystems that perform reliably together. Simulation solutions can be used to evaluate design alternatives, collaborate on projects and leverage computing resources for more efficient analysis.

Aerospace and Defense Simulation Capabilities

Automotive, Transportation and Mobility

Stiff competition, cost pressures, production capacity and short development cycles are challenges facing global automotive manufacturers today. The electronic, autonomous vehicle movement is gaining steam. Manufacturers and suppliers need to adapt their products and processes to manage the industry’s increasing complexity, and startups want to access a full portfolio of capabilities in order to launch innovative products. Up-front design validation with simulation is critical in order to minimize cost and maximize efficiencies in this market.

Automotive, Transportation and Mobility Simulation Capabilities

Architecture, Engineering & Construction

Architects and developers working on building design and construction projects must often perform under severe operational constraints accompanied by regulatory and compliance issues. Simulation is widely used in the construction arena to optimize productivity and resource allocation, with sophisticated solvers that provide a complete solution for rapid structural analysis. Predicting strength and deformation in both the linear and nonlinear regimes, simulation empowers design and engineering teams to collaborate efficiently on challenging projects.

Architecture, Engineering and Construction Simulation Capabilities

Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods is a broad category of manufacturing ranging from household and garden equipment, to sporting and athletic goods, to hand tools and furniture. Because these products have shorter operational lives, design-cycle times need to contract as well; the distance from concept to product is often measured in months rather than years. Since bringing innovative products to the consumer first is the overarching goal, reducing time-to-market is critical. Simulation allows design troubleshooting before prototyping, efficient development of multiple product configurations, and automated change application.

Consumer Goods Simulation Capabilities

  • Drop testing of diverse products and fluid-filled containers
  • Design analysis of consumer appliances such as washers and dryers
  • Unified modeling and simulation environment based on Abaqus/CAE
  • Advanced material modeling and calibration for complex materials, such as paper and film
  • Multiphysics solutions with interactions between mechanical, thermal and fluid domains
  • Nonlinear analysis for plastic, rubber and foam
  • Process automation to capture workflows for deployment to non-FEA users

Consumer Packaged Goods

Creating the perfect package is a multi-focal challenge that must take into account many factors: structural and aesthetic design, weight reduction versus strength and flexibility, material choice, manufacturing methodology, filling, labeling, packing and shipping stresses, and more. Virtual testing with simulation enables designers to visualize in advance how a new product design will behave at every stage of its lifecycle. Solutions provide lowered costs, reduced prototyping, quicker time-to-market, and improved sustainability. The optimized design is the one that drives the consumer to select your product.

Consumer Packaged Goods Simulation Capabilities

  • Blow Modeling: Optimizes perform shape to produce desired final thickness distribution.
  • Conveying: Reduces damages by ensuring bottles won’t get stuck or tip over in the assembly line.
  • Filling: Predicts how the package will behave after filling the product and measures the filled volume.
  • Capping: Estimates the amount of torque required to open and close the cp while maintaining seal integrity.
  • Labeling: predicts whether new bottle design will cause tearing or wrinkling to the label.
  • Casing: Reduces shipping damage by predicting final package shape in shrink wrap and whether the case can sustain shape during handling.
  • Palleting: Reduces bottle breakage by predicting bottle behavior from top-load (of bottle weight) in a pallet.

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Energy, Process & Utilities

Companies in the energy, process and utilities industries must meet stringent environmental and safety standards that require accurate simulation of the behavior of large structures and component parts subjected to complex stress and wear scenarios. The effects of severe wind, water, radiation, earthquake and operational loads on plants and assets need to be taken into account in the design process. Simulation enables the prediction of the complex, real-world behavior of large structures and equipment, linear and non-linear static/dynamic analysis, the effects of thermal loads and corrosion/degradation, vibration, fracture and failure, and the interaction of fluids, gasses and structures.

Energy, Process & Utilities Simulation Capabilities


Manufacturers of electronic or semiconductor products for consumer, industrial, or automotive markets, or mission-critical applications for aerospace, depend on simulation to manage the complex multiphysics involved. These can include thermal flow/cooling, structural analysis and drop testing, heat transfer, noise/acoustics, thermal-mechanical, vibration, electromagnetic compliance, electrostatics and more. Also of interest may be coupled-field analysis of thermal, electrical, mechanical (both static and dynamic) and moisture-sensitivity load regimes. Techniques are available to efficiently handle the problems of different size scales typically found in electronic assemblies.

Hi-tech Simulation Capabilities

Industrial Equipment

Industrial Equipment manufacturers make some of the most complex products in the world. Challenges include demanding design and production requirements, creating products that meet many different customers’ performance and safety requirements, and improving cycle times and reducing costs. Simulation provides a multitude of solutions, with tools that support performance-based decision making, automated design exploration and optimization, collaboration between designers and analysis experts, and reduced need for costly physical testing. These enable accurately prediction of the complex real-world behavior of component parts, large scale structures, and complete systems.

Industrial Equipment Simulation Capabilities

Life Sciences

The human body is certainly the most challenging simulation problem of all. Human tissue response, material modeling of medical devices, and the loads applied to both tissue and devices are among the many works-in-progress in this field. The level of sophistication of simulation capabilities is increasing daily as more robust, data-based simulation/test results accumulate from innovative work throughout the life sciences industry. The suite of tools available from Dassault Systèmes through Adaptive represents the highest levels of technology available today to support life sciences researchers and product development companies in this important work. Results have already been used in PMA and 510-K submissions required by the U.S. FDA and have achieved CE mark approval in Europe.

Life Sciences Simulation Capabilities

Marine & Offshore

Ship structures and oil & gas installations, both surface and submersible, routinely operate in the most demanding environments on the planet. Salt water, wide ranges in air and water temperatures, sea-states, floating obstacles, even underwater explosion threats all place demands on the design of all sizes of watercraft and rig. The structures themselves are highly complex, containing a myriad of multifunctional subsystems that must work seamlessly together. At all times, concerns of safety, survivability, reliability and durability must be balanced against weight, efficiency, environmental impacts and cost. The effective employment of realistic simulation is absolutely essential to the success of any design/development/evaluation process for all marine systems.

Marine & Offshore Simulation Capabilities

Simulation in Action: MBD Cavator

This video is a visualization of a concept dual arm excavator named Cavator simulated with advanced CAE tools. The Cavator mechanical system model is coupled with a granular material model to determine accurate material loads on the Bucket and providing insight into system level performance. ADAMS has been coupled with SIMDEM to provide a leading-edge solution.