Engineering simulation involves applying physics-related software tools to the design process to create a comprehensive and reliable computer model of any product or process. Using such a model, you can virtually test operational performance of either existing or potential designs for your products or processes.
Without engineering simulation tools, physical prototypes for each design candidate must be built and tested through physical experimentation. Small changes to a design may require manufacturing and testing an entire new prototype, delaying development and increasing costs. Furthermore, a test may yield final results that show a design to be successful — but without any indication or explanation as to how and why it is so.
Simulation-Driven Product Development takes engineering simulation to an even higher level. It involves applying the principles to the entire product development process, especially in the early stages when it can have the greatest benefit in terms of reduced prototype testing, faster time to market and improved market acceptance of innovative new products.