Prometech Software, Inc. (President: Toshimitsu Fujisawa, Head Office: Tokyo, hereinafter Prometech) has joined the SOLIDWORKS Partner Program.
Particleworks has long been established as a leading CFD software in use by companies to enable design engineers to easily and effectively perform trial & error design studies. Particleworks for SOLIDWORKS is a frontloading CFD Software that allows the user to perform all operations from within the SOLIDWORKS environment. It includes functions needed for fluid phenomena that are highly demanded at design sites but that are difficult to reproduce with conventional grid methods (e.g. splashing, mixing and spraying).
Prometech released Particleworks for SOLIDWORKS in Jan 2019. This is a newly developed entry version of the fluid simulation software Particleworks as an add-in tool for SOLIDWORKS®, based on Prometech's particle method (Moving Particle Simulation).
“By becoming accredited as a SOLIDWORKS® Partner Program, we will strengthen our collaboration with partner companies and continuously provide customers with higher quality functions and services.” Says Prometech President Toshimitsu Fujisawa.
Particleworks for SOLIDWORKS user’s voice:
Nobuhiro Yuhashi, Ph.D., Research & Development Dep., Research & Development Sec., Maruyama Mfg. Co., Inc.
Our company uses SOLIDWORKS as a designing tool. The engineers that mainly work on designs also use SOLIDWORKS Simulation to perform structural analyses. We believe it be very valuable for the CAD-tool to be an all-in-one environment from the model designing stage to the simulation post-processing.
We have been using other CAE software for fluid simulation purposes. However, conventional mesh-based methods are not very efficient for the calculation of complex fluid flow and free-surface flow such as liquid surfaces and sprays. We considered implementing Particleworks for SOLIDWORKS because of its meshfree method and its calculation effectiveness when it comes to free surface flows and large deformations. Further, we regarded its user-friendliness as valuable, because we intend to have both experienced and beginning designers to use CFD for design studies and as a verification tool in the future.
Conclusively, we were very pleased with Particleworks for SOLIDWORKS because of how easily unexperienced designers could operate it. It also was very appealing to us because of it being add-in Simulation Software for the SOLIDWORKS CAD-tool. Performing parameter studies was nearly effortless thanks to the ability to perform analyses directly from the designed 3D data. Furthermore, being able to observe the simulation and the CAD data on the same screen and at the same time, allowed us to continuously reflect on and improve our product design.
Designers are most familiar with their CAD environment. They did not feel any discomfort when using Particleworks for SOLIDWORKS thanks to its full integration in the CAD environment. Therefore we found it suitable to implement at our design site.
We hope to see new simulation capabilities including coupled field analysis with other CAE software tools, e.g. liquid flow and structural coupling, in terms of being add-in software for SOLIDWORKS.