Autodesk Nastran added to a Simulation Mechanical Update

Autodesk has recently acquired certain assets of NEi Software. This is a big move toward a broader strategy that will unfold in the coming months. However, we decided to not make a formal announcement until we are ready to unveil specific parts of the overall plan.

Step one in the plan is to provide our Autodesk Simulation Mechanical customers with the best of both worlds. So, we posted a product enhancement to subscription customers that includes the industry proven Autodesk Nastran solver.

What’s new in the enhanced Simulation Mechanical:

  • Integrated Autodesk Nastran solver
  • Autodesk Nastran Editor for expanded workflows and results viewing
  • New meshing and selection options
  • Surface force distribution enhancement

There are four native Nastran analysis types supported in this release. They include:

  • Static Stress with Linear Material Models
  • Modal Analysis
  • Linear Buckling
  • Steady-state Heat Transfer
Here is a quick demo showing the entire workflow done in the Simulation Mechanical Interface and running the Autodesk Nastran solver.

The above analysis types support the full workflow in the Simulation Mechanical interface. However, users have access to the entire Nastran solver. For any advanced analyses not supported in the Sim Mechanical interface, they can use the Autodesk Nastran Editor or any other 3rd party tools.

There are many more things to come in this space. I am interested to hear what people think and where they would like us to take this technology.