Virtual prototyping (VP) is on the rise amid the fourth industrial revolution. Engineers seek methods to increase speed and decrease cost throughout the conceptualization, design, and manufacturing processes. With the urgency for optimization, a single platform to easily organize, analyze, test, enhance, and share product designs has become more enticing for today’s companies.

Faster, Cheaper, Better

Today’s engineers face a daunting catch-22. While they’ve never had more technological firepower at their fingertips, engineers still struggle to keep pace with customer expectations and whims. Reducing time-tomarket and product costs are strong drivers within the manufacturing industry. For this reason, virtual prototyping is becoming more and more popular, as it allows engineers to carry out a series of steps in the product development process without starting up heavy machinery.

Virtual prototyping is the creation of a digital version that models the functionality of the physical object. These virtual representations allow designers to determine potential improvements and prevent system failures without wasting expensive materials on multiple physical iterations. Designed to increase efficiency and lower costs, virtual prototyping has become a key characteristic of top performing businesses.

An even deeper dive into the data to evaluate the impact of cloud-based virtual prototyping solutions reveals how migrating design and testing operations to the Cloud benefits companies. Cloud-based prototyping provides users with a platform that optimizes collaboration and organization; two crucial components of the design process. Additionally, simulation skills are sparse. Sharing simulation knowledge and best practices can spur the adoption of virtual prototyping across disciplines to benefit the entire organization.

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