PARIS, Sept. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ESI Group , a leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and services for manufacturing industries, launches the latest version of its Virtual Reality solution IC.IDO 10.2. In this new version, ESI has strengthened its solution with the new modules IDO.SolidMechanics and IDO.Elastic, while significantly improving pre-existing modules. Benefiting from ESI's unique knowledge of material physics, the two new modules are based on a novel physical simulation solver, which provides unprecedented fidelity of real-time behavior for rigid and elastic parts.

If Virtual Reality has been a popular technology in the business of video games for several decades, its use for industrial applications only dates back to the late 2000s. Giving engineers the ability to immerse themselves in a virtual 3D environment, Virtual Reality is now used by leading industrial manufacturers to experience their future products and interact with them naturally and intuitively. By enabling engineers to experience a product early in its development, Virtual Reality helps manufacturing companies ensure design feasibility and avoid costly design errors. Maintenance operations and use cases can be evaluated before any real prototype even exists. Furthermore, Virtual Reality facilitates collective decision-making by allowing specialists and non-specialists to collaborate around the same model, whether they are on-site or remote.
Image: Thanks to Virtual Reality, Audi can virtually simulate assembly processes in immersive 3D and optimize them step by step. Read the related article in Audi's Engineering Blog (in German). Image courtesy of Audi AG

Among the many solutions available on the market, ESI IC.IDO excels at providing a Virtual Reality solution tailored to industrial needs. In particular, IC.IDO features models in real-scale and real-time. Its unequalled capacity to integrate material physics make it a powerful collaborative tool that is used by leading industry players across many industrial sectors, including Audi AG, Bausch & Stroebel, Boeing, Bombardier, Caterpillar, Ford, Gabler, MAN, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe, Renault, Trumpf, and more.

In IC.IDO 10.2, IDO.SolidMechanics enables the simulation of the dynamic behavior of multiple rigid components, simultaneously. Thanks to realistic spatial depiction of virtual products and the possibility to interact directly with them, operations such as assembly and joining sequences can now be simulated more realistically. Production or service specialists can be involved more efficiently in reviewing realistic virtual models, right from the conception phase. Inertia and gravity and collision and sliding when handling parts, are all addressed naturally and in real-time. Motion sequences can be exported and reused in IC.IDO or third-party CAD software. Alleviating manufacturers from the extensive training and experience associated with traditional MBD ( Multi-body Dynamics) tools, IDO.SolidMechanics really constitutes a foundation for new generation real-time physical simulation.

The IDO.Elastic module extends IDO.SolidMechanics with simulation of 1D elastic components, including cables and hoses. Based on IDO.SolidMechanics' solver, IDO.Elastic predicts in real-time the dynamic behavior of individual flexibles, as well as complete wire harnesses and full cable branches. The module enables users to realistically simulate operations and assembly & disassembly processes. The possibility to move and modify elastic components and adapt physical parameters helps manufacturers to quickly determine the ideal routing and materials to be used. As a result, real-time assessment of the layout of elastic components is so realistic that it can be done from the early stages of development process all the way to design validation. 

To reduce hardware investments, ESI IC.IDO is also available in desktop version, bringing the perfect complement to a CAVE/ power wall set-up.

Michael Bock, VR Expert at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, comments : "The desktop version of IC.IDO enables collaborative work between engineering teams, while significantly reducing hardware cost. Thanks to this high-end DMU (Digital Mock-Up) solution, many issues can be solved immediately at the desktop, while preparing immersive review meetings."

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