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Design platform Pacelab Suite 3.0 released
Article Type: Equipment and software From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 3.
Software provider PACE recently announced the release of the latest version of Pacelab Suite, the knowledge- based engineering platform for multidisciplinary product modelling, design analysis, verification and optimisation. A major addition to Pacelab Suite 3.0 is an open application programming interface (API) that permits users to shape the basic components of the application to their exact needs. By empowering users to add vital but highly specialised or even proprietary functionality, the API significantly widens the scope of application for the Pacelab Suite software.
The interface allows the integration of customer or third-party plug-ins that add domain or use case specific functionality and create a customised environment for a defined set of tasks. The API also enables companies to closely incorporate the software into their business processes and product data management systems.
Examples of plug-in extensions range from the simple addition of parameter or document types and the customisation of graphical user interfaces to sophisticated import and export mechanisms. The required programming skills obviously depend on the complexity of the plug-in, but with the comprehensive documentation and code samples that are delivered with the API, even users with basic proficiency in any of the.NET languages will be able to produce customisations for the Pacelab Suite applications.
Pacelab Suite 3.0 users can also benefit from an enhanced collection of optimisers to support their design investigations. This includes an advanced evolutionary algorithm for non-smooth and global optimisation as well as a mature algorithm for smooth optimisation with high robustness and speed. Additional optimisers can, of course, be added via the API.
For further information, please contact: PACE Aerospace Engineering and Information Technology GmbH, Tel: +49 30 293 62 0, Fax: +49 30 293 62 111: PACE America, Inc. Tel: +1 706 354 5492, Fax: +1 706 243 4943.