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Why you need engineering calculation software?

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 18-Apr-2013 12:56:00

engineering calculations softwareHaving the right tools for the job is vital for engineers to be able to get the job done. Engineering calculations are vital for all stages of product development. By having the right tools for this, engineers across different industries are able to streamline product development process by predicting the behaviour and performance of designs. And, as organisations face more challenges than ever before, the need to accurately capture engineering calculations has never been higher. 

What is engineering calculation software?

It is designed and built with engineers in mind, with all of the tools and applications for product development in-built. It is software that uses the language of mathematical engineers.

Relying on just spreadsheets is not always the right solutions for engineers. They build their formulas on calculus and differential equations, not cells. Unlike spreadsheets, engineering calculation software keeps the formulas visible; they are kept on the sheet as it would be in an engineering notebook. It also accepts and displays standard math notation.

The main advantage of ensuring formulas are clearly visible is that it reduces the chance of mistakes being made. It gives users a more visual interface, making it easier to document and share calculations. As well, engineering calculations software is unit-aware, which is a vital check to prevent mistakes in the design.

Engineering calculation software increases standardisation

Often, engineers find the majority of their work is spent using very similar calculations. But, time is spent working on small variation to these. By using engineering calculation software, these small variations can be saved and reused. Engineers are therefore able to save time and being to build up and develop a store of best practice calculations.

Engineering calculation software integrates with CAD tools

Another key advantage of engineering calculation software is its ability to integrate with CAD tools. This means that engineers are able to build their equations using parameters or measurements from 3D models. Plus, whenever that 3D model is changed, the parameters or measurements are updated automatically in the engineering calculations software. The benefit of this is that engineers do not have to manually update information, which could lead to errors being made. This means that engineers are able to complete formula-based optimisation and then share these results with the CAD tool.

Essentially, by using specialist engineering calculations software it removes the inherent risks of using spreadsheets. It offers significant advantages for engineers, including in-built math language, unit awareness and integration with CAD applications. So, engineers are able to complete more calculations, more accurately, which will lead to improved decision making. Or, looking at another way, it avoids expensive mistakes and optimises product development.

Engineering calculation software is the right tool for industry because it is engineering focused, intuitive, comprehensive, interoperable, and scalable.

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