Maplesoft has enhanced its connectivity to major CAD systems with the launch of Maple 16, which supports Autodesk Inventor 2012, Solidworks 2012 and Siemens NX 8.
The company says CAD users can take advantage of Maple's computational power to analyse and optimise designs. By using Maple, CAD users determine the mathematical relationships between objects and how changes to object properties impact other objects in their design.
It states that users can retrieve parameters from a CAD model, optimise those parameters and update the CAD model with the revised parameter values directly from the Maple environment. Using the Maple programming language, built-in API commands and interactive technical document environment, users can also create easy-to-use specialised tools for part reconfiguration and optimisation, to share with other engineers.
'By enabling the exchange of information between CAD systems and Maple, we bring our core technology to a broader range of engineers,' said Laurent Bernardin, executive vice president, Maplesoft. 'With the world's most robust maths engine, live design documentation, system level modelling and simulation, CAD connectivity and code generation, Maplesoft products like Maple and MapleSim support all stages of the design lifecycle.'
Maple is designed to easily integrate into development projects using a wide range of connectivity features. In addition to CAD connectivity, features like external calling, the OpenMaple API, web connectivity, extensive import and export tools and connectivity with other software are intended to make it easy to incorporate Maple into existing engineering toolchains.