Oct 20: Siemens PLM Software’s Latest Release of Femap Aimed at World-Class Product Development Productivity

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Latest Release Makes Finite Element Modeling Faster, Easier and More Accurate for Improved Product Quality and Faster Time to Market

October 20, 2010 - 
Siemens PLM
, a business unit of the
Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product
lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the latest
release of 
, the PC-based
finite element modeling component of the
Velocity Series™
 of PLM solutions.
Femap 10.2 is an easy to learn and use high-performance solution with a 25 year
history of excellence.

10.2 makes it faster and easier to create the meshed models used by engineers
to simulate and analyze product performance using finite element analysis
(FEA). The latest release includes unique features to help ensure model
accuracy and to visually evaluate analysis results. The productivity
enhancements in Femap 10.2 are aimed at streamlining the processes required to
create accurate models that can determine the structural, dynamic, and thermal
performance of complex engineered parts, assemblies, and systems.

is recognized throughout the global engineering community for its in-depth
finite element modeling functionality and its best-in-class integration with
the industry leading Nastran solver,” said Bill McClure, vice president of
product development for Velocity Series, Siemens PLM Software. “Today’s
announcement builds upon the usability of Femap with extended interactive
modeling and analysis capabilities, and increased program performance. The
combination of Femap with the industry standard solver 
NX Nastran
, delivers a world-class,
easy to use analysis solution, or what we call ‘real FEA made easy’.”

Faster, easier, more
accurate modeling and analysis

10.2 adds a wide variety of customer-driven enhancements and exclusive new
features to improve the entire computer-aided engineering (CAE) process from
pre-processing model creation, to solver integration, to post-processing data
handling, visualization and analysis. The Interactive Meshing Toolbox
introduced in Femap version 10 has added functionality that enables faster,
interactive creation of the finite element mesh model. It also includes a new
feature editing capability that allows the user to move features, such as holes
or surfaces, while the meshed model is automatically updated to reflect the

A new
topology optimization capability allows the user to apply loads and constraints
to material encompassing the entire available design envelope, minimizing
weight, and maximizing stiffness by removing unnecessary material to create an
optimized shape. The suggested shape can serve as a starting point for
successive iterations, significantly reducing the time needed to arrive at a
final design.

10.2 contains several enhancements that improve the speed and accuracy of the
post-processing analysis process, including a powerful new feature for working
with beam elements. Users now have the ability to quickly and easily view the
stress contours in beam cross sections, eliminating the need for time consuming
iterative analysis and dramatically improving the ability to detect areas of
concern. Faster data handling also enables Femap to process recovered output
data in significantly less time, and a new post-processing toolbox consolidates
functional elements in the user interface for enhanced ease-of-use.

with Siemens PLM Software’s open business model, Femap works with all of the
industry’s leading finite element analysis (FEA) solvers. With Femap 10.2, the
company further expands its already unsurpassed integration with Nastran®
software with the support of a new edge-to-face contact feature for NX™
Nastran software. This level of
solver integration and support help ensure accurate analysis results and
interoperability in a broad range of engineering environments.

10.2 is scheduled for availability in October. For more information, please

About Siemens PLM Software

PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a
leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and
services with 6.7 million licensed seats and more than 63,000 customers
worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works
collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn
more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM
Software products and services, visit 

About the Siemens Industry
Automation Division 

The Siemens Industry Automation Division
(Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems,
industrial controls and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard
products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole
industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production
facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry
Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from
product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of
maintenance services. With around 39,000 employees worldwide (September 30),
Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of €7.0 billion in fiscal year 2009. 

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