CAE software has largely evolved for the benefit of medium-to-large sized companies within the aerospace and automotive industries. This evolution has favored specialist CAE software applications that can analyze incremental product changes. Tentative attempts to integrate and embed CAE software within high-end Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems are under way. These systems do not address the needs of small companies, hobbyists and students, mostly because they are expensive and time consuming to use, but also because they are not integrated into a single easy-to-use package. Existing CAE software has made little impact on aiding concept design analysis due to its focus on high accuracy, slow turnaround analysis techniques.
To address this imbalance we advocate:
- Affordable pricing
- Automated, web-based purchasing
- Ease of use and installation
- A single, unified simulation environment
- A toolbox of techniques targeted at concept design analysis
Symscape was founded in 2006 by Richard Smith, who graduated from UMIST (now University of Manchester), England with a degree in mechanical engineering, followed by an EngD (PhD combined with MBA courses) in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - thesis: Automatic Grid Generation for Compressible Navier-Stokes Solvers in Aerodynamic Design for Complex Geometries, May 1996.
Rich's industrial career spans both the application and development of CFD at leading companies including BAE Systems, Fluent (now part of ANSYS), CD-Adapco and Advantage CFD.