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What if, in order to drive a car, you were required to be an expert in the dynamics, principles, and physics involved in exactly how a collection of parts interact to propel you down the road?  The overwhelming majority of us would likely decide to walk.  While this may appear to be an exaggerated example, one could argue that the product simulation world has operated in this way for nearly fifty years. 

Today, the ability to apply advanced simulation tools, techniques, expertise, and experience is as much an art as it is a science.  Consequently, there remains a relatively small collective of CAE experts - many themselves early pioneers or direct disciples of them.  These are the custodians of a high level of expertise and experience relied upon to perform key analysis and to extract useful data out of tools that are inherently difficult to use and highly manual.  

What if there were a way to capture and reuse this expertise?  What if a way existed to embed such tangible knowledge and intangible judgement into reusable templates, extending this simulation capability throughout the product development team? Most importantly, how can we exploit the next generation architectures for open-ended collaborative engineering analysis and simulation? 


In the "Democratization" series, we offered webinars on each of the following sub-topics: 

Past Webinars

What are Others Saying about Democratization? 

Simulation apps shrink costs, time-to-market for packaging container manufacturer,” 3D CAD World, Nov. 19, 2015

Democratizing CAE: Simulation Apps Offer Potential Hundredfold Growth in CAE Usage,” Ora Research Brief, Nov. 2, 2015

Democratizing CAE: Simulation Apps Offer Potential Hundredfold Growth in CAE Usage,” NAFEMS benchmark magazine, October 2015, 2015

Democratizing CAE with SPDM at GKN Driveline,” Desktop Engineering, Oct. 27, 2015

"Leveraging Simulation and Analysis Expertise," Machine Design, Oct. 15, 2015

New frontiers in simulation process automation,” 3D CAD World, Oct. 13, 2015

Expert Knowledge Captured and Reused for Design Space Exploration,”, Oct. 6, 2015

"CAE Industry Experts Predict Future of Simulation,", July 17, 2015

"What Makes an Effective Simulation App," Desktop Engineering, June 5, 2015

"The 'Appification' of Simulation," Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2015

"Democratization of Simulation Takes Flight," Desktop Engineering, Dec. 1, 2014

"Simulation in the Cloud is Becoming Mainstream,", Sep. 24, 2013

What are Others Saying About the NAFEMS 20/20 Webinar Series? 

"CAE User Stories Continue to Paint a Compelling Picture," Ohio Technology Consortium, Nov. 2, 2015

"NAFEMS Launches Webinar Series on CAE Democratization," Desktop Engineering, Aug. 7, 2015

"NAFEMS Announces Webinar Series: Simulation 20/20 – The Next Five Years,” OEM Off-Highway, Aug. 17, 2015

Additional Resources

NAFEMS Benchmark (October 2015): "Democratizing CAE: Simulation Apps Offer Potential Hundredfold Growth in CAE Usage"

NAFEMS World Congress 2015

Simulation for Everyone ( Webinar)

Interested in submitting additional resources for inclusion in this list? Email us.