What Is CAE And How Will It Help My Business?

If you’re familiar with the world of engineering, you may have come across the term CAE before, but you wouldn’t be the first to wonder what it is exactly. Ettol has a reputation for utilising the latest technologies to deliver highly tailored solutions for every client, and CAE tools make up a portion of this technology. The engineers at Ettol are incredibly skilled at implementing CAE tools in a range of industrial applications, so allow us to walk you through what CAE is and how we use it. 

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What is CAE?

Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) describes the product engineering process. Everything from design and virtual testing through to manufacturing can be controlled and implemented using CAE services. In Australia, CAE is standard in any industry that uses software to design products, and it’s fantastic for sectors that wish to expose their product to varying environments. The most common types of simulation analysis are;

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Thermal analysis
  • Finite element analysis
  • Multibody dynamics and optimisations

How Does CAE Differ From CAD?

CAD stands for computer-aided design, and it’s different from CAE technology. The simplest way to differentiate between the two is this; CAD technology is for designing products, and CAE is for testing and simulating. Here are a few more key differences between the two; 

  • Although the product looks the same in both tools, the mathematics used to build them are fundamentally different.
  • We design CAD models with parameters similar to the density of the actual material, whereas CAE models are designed as a mesh consisting of cubes, cuboids, or tetrahedrons. 
  • CAD models aren’t simplified enough to go through CAE testing

The Benefits of CAE Technology

CAE tools and services have a lot to offer several different industries, as they provide more accurate outcomes than technologies or physical testing of the past. 

  • Saves money. Using CAE technology saves money businesses would have spent on prototypes, thereby driving down development costs. 
  • Less room for error. Our CAE services are far more accurate than human calculators, and incorporating CAE simulations reduces the chance for error in design. 
  • Allows for more streamlined planning. Engineers can immediately input product design changes and see how it will impact performance. If the simulations show little or negative change, designers can drop the version early in the simulation process.

Why Contact Ettol For CAE Services?

The engineers at Ettol have over 40 years of combined experience and a determination to continue adopting new technologies to serve our clients better. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, our quality of service, and our ability to deliver cutting edge, innovative solutions to each of our clients. We’ve completed projects for businesses in the mining, industrial marine, and environmental sectors, and we’re always excited to work with new clients. If you need CAE services, contact Ettol today to find out what we can do for you.