SimScale has release an update of its Workbench 2.0, which involved rebuilding the application from scratch using the latest, state-of-the-art technology stack. The goal, obviously, was to drastically improve productivity by decreasing loading time and increasing interaction speed.
Figure 1: Screenshot of the SimScale Workbench 2.0
With this update, the web-based CAE platform is said to be as fast and interactive as a desktop application, while taking advantage of the computing power of the cloud. Furthermore, the updated stack sets the stage for future updates and features that are already in development.
Compared to the previous workbench, the new version’s viewer takes up significantly more screen real estate, becoming the heart of the interface. To improve the overall user experience, the settings panels now 'float' on top of the viewer, reserving as much space as possible for visualization. Together with a new model color scheme—which preserves the original CAD coloring if possible—and a translucent render mode, interaction with the model has been made significantly more efficient.
Figure 2: Conjugate heat transfer simulation of an electronics enclosure with SimScale
SimScale’s vision includes making engineering simulation as intuitive as possible. With the previous workbench, the meshing, simulation and post-processing steps were separated into three different tabs. The new version, on the other hand, consolidates the entire workflow into a single tree, helping users set up their projects faster and easier by following a straightforward, step-by-step approach, from top to bottom.
A third major change is the possibility for users to carry out a simulation directly on a CAD model. In practice, this means the user can now set up a complete simulation directly on their geometry with less exposure to mesh generation—something that will particularly help novice users to successfully simulate faster. The added benefit of this approach is that, in the case there is a need to change or refine the mesh, all settings and assignments will be kept.