Design is often considered the creative beginning of the product development process. Putting that first concept sketch down on paper, ideating to perfect the look – this is where the blue-sky thinking happens. But product designers and engineers are responsible for a huge number of variables that have major consequences in downstream manufacturing processes. That design might look amazing, but how much will it cost to make? What material is best to make it out of? Can it even be made successfully to the required standards?
Whether design and engineering is an in-house department or an external service for manufacturers, product designers and engineers are expected to account for all these variables. They are also required to optimise designs for better user experience, greater operating efficiency and longevity, manufacturability, cost-efficiency and manufacturing process productivity.
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence supports the design and engineering phase of the manufacturing process by providing software solutions that enable designers, engineers and analysts to embed quality into product design, ensuring manufacturability and productivity downstream. Our simulation software lets users quickly explore many different scenarios to find the best design, without making expensive and time-consuming physical prototypes.
Hexagon’s computer-aided engineering (CAE) software range encompasses simulation for materials, products and process performance. With solutions for finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and multi-body dynamics (MBD), as well as cost estimation and design optimisation, we help designers, engineers and analysts to share responsibility for product quality and collaborate with colleagues throughout the manufacturing process to make improvements. Our technologies are trusted by users around the world as they design, optimise and validate the products people use every day.
Hexagon’s design and engineering technology range helps accelerate innovation and gives manufacturers the ability to bring quality products to market faster and more affordably.