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What's New in MapleSim

Release 2020.2



The MapleSim 2020.2 family of products offers a host of improvements in modeling, analysis, performance, and connectivity, including many that are in direct response to customer requests.


New Modeling Features in MapleSim 2020.2

MapleSim 2020.2 brings new features to better create and analyze your models, expanding the scope and functionality of multiple MapleSim Libraries and Add-Ons.

  • Improved simulation robustness and speed mean that you can get answers faster when analyzing your model.
  • Expand your modeling scope and reduce model creation time with new built-in components and tools, including an expanded hydraulics library that includes hydraulic accumulators, additional directional control valves, and table-driven check/relief-valves, orifices, and pumps.
  • Create and analyze models more easily with improvements to the MapleSim Tire Library, the MapleSim Heat Transfer Library, and the MapleSim Connector for JMAG®-RT add-ons.
  • Bring virtual prototyping benefits to your wider team by using a new version of MapleSim Insight that can deliver full-featured simulations, including 2-D and 3-D visualizations – without requiring a standalone MapleSim installation.

Updated MapleSim Toolboxes and Connectors

Responding directly to requests from engineers in the field, MapleSim 2020.2 provides important updates to a variety of toolboxes, component libraries, and connectors.

MapleSim Tire Library

  • Test and simulate your model on uneven terrains, giving you a wider range of environments to evaluate your model’s performance.
  • Take advantage of new, high-fidelity tire components based on updated, industry-standard Pacejka tire mechanics.
  • Manage your tire parameters more easily with a new app for organizing and handling your tire parameters across your model.

More Updates to Toolboxes and Connectors

  • Create circuit board heat transfer models more easily by using a new Boards and Parts Generation App within the MapleSim Heat Transfer Library, providing simplified placement of parts and automatic calculations of contact surface areas.
  • Use the latest CAD formats with a new MapleSim CAD Toolbox that supports the latest versions from CATIA®, NX®, and more.
  • The MapleSim Connector for FMI now seamlessly incorporates the scaling options used in your MapleSim model, resulting in faster, more robust code.
  • The MapleSim Connector for JMAG®-RT has been updated to support version 19, allowing engineers to include highly detailed motors and generators in their MapleSim models.

Updates to MapleSim Insight

MapleSim Insight gives machine builders powerful, simulation-based debugging and 3-D visualization capabilities that directly connect to your automation tools, so you can perform simulation-based testing of your controller easily and efficiently. With the new version of MapleSim Insight, deploying models to your wider team is even easier, since your models don’t require a standalone MapleSim installation for simulation and testing.

  • Share models with your team by exporting MapleSim models for use within MapleSim Insight, giving your team 2-D plots and 3-D visualizations of machine behavior even if they aren’t MapleSim users.
  • Change MapleSim model parameters in real-time from within MapleSim Insight, getting instant feedback on design changes.
  • Learn more about MapleSim Insight.
Release 2020

Get Results Faster than Ever

Get the answers you're looking for faster in MapleSim 2020, with speed improvements throughout your project.

  • Get simulation results faster for your models, benefitting from engine improvements that handle even the largest models with ease, ensuring your analysis and real-time applications run smoothly.
  • Take advantage of the most efficient MapleSim models ever, benefiting from new model formulation technologies for the fastest models yet, without any loss of fidelity.
  • Run exported models faster on the target platform, since all exported models, including those created using the MapleSim Connector for FMI and the MapleSim Connector for connectivity with Simulink, benefit from these same improvements.
  • Find the best design parameters sooner by using improved Optimization and Parameter Sweep Apps, which include updated interfaces, expanded capabilities, and faster executions.

Powerful New Features for Machine Builders

MapleSim 2020 makes it easier than ever for machine builders to build and test digital twins, with new components, add-on libraries, and automation-focused connectivity tools.

  • Build accurate models faster with new machine elements from the Multibody library, which come with automatic mass and inertia calculations, and new 3-D visualization features.
  • New gripper and proximity sensor components allow you to easily simulate the movement of machine payloads and the dynamic impact on the machine.
  • Use the new MapleSim Ropes and Pulleys Library add-on product to incorporate high-fidelity models of pulley systems in your machine models, with adjustable parameters.
  • See more realistic machine visualizations with an expanded Kinematic Cam Generation App, allowing you to define new geometries for cam followers and visualize the results.
  • Bring simulation and visual debugging to your other automation tools with MapleSim Insight, a new product from Maplesoft that allows you to connect your MapleSim model to any automation tool supporting compiled FMUs, seeing live simulation results and 3-D visualizations of your control strategies.

Improved Modeling Capabilities

MapleSim 2020 comes with an extensive collection of updates to components, libraries, and analysis tools to help you create meaningful models of your design projects.

Take advantage of improved applications and components across MapleSim 2020.

  • New machine elements in the Multibody library give you fast, easy ways to model various machine geometries with automatic calculations of masses and inertias.
  • New gripper and proximity sensor components give you the ability to simulate the dynamics of moving objects in your machine simulations, such as payload movement.
  • A new interface for battery parameter ID applications makes it easier for you to analyze battery models
  • Improved battery library components help you increase the fidelity of your MapleSim models.
  • Significant speed improvements improve your simulations using the MapleSim Heat Transfer Library add-on.
  • 3-D visualization of flexible beams provides you with more realistic multibody models.
  • Redesigned icons for many MapleSim components make it easier to find what you need.
New Products!

MapleSim Insight

Simulation-based testing of machine control strategies is a key element of virtual prototyping and the use of digital twins for virtual commissioning. Unfortunately, this step can be cumbersome, as many automation tools provide limited options for machine-level, simulation-based controller testing, and these options often require moving development to an entirely new platform. MapleSim Insight gives machine builders powerful, simulation-based debugging and 3-D visualization capabilities that directly connect to your automation tools, so you can perform simulation-based testing of your controller easily and efficiently. MapleSim Insight provides both 3-D visualizations for quick visual feedback, and 2-D plots to get precise answers for testing and debugging, so you can always get the level of detail you need. With a real-time connection to most common automation platforms, MapleSim Insight shows you exactly how your control strategies will impact your machine - all before a physical prototype is constructed.

  • Test the impact of your control strategies in real-time to fix issues and optimize performance without a physical machine present.
  • See 3-D visualizations of your models that run in real-time, giving you a high quality, CAD-based reference for your control strategy development.
  • Compare results from multiple testing scenarios using both 2-D plots and 3-D animations.
  • Use MapleSim Insight with any of your automation tools that support compiled Function Mock-up Units.

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MapleSim Insight
Ropes & Pulleys

MapleSim Ropes and Pulleys Library

The new MapleSim Ropes and Pulleys Library allows you to easily create winch and pulley systems as part of your machine development. Using this add-on library to MapleSim, you can model the dynamics of rope and pulley systems, and view enhanced 3-D visualizations of your system's performance. Use the Ropes and Pulleys Library to add fidelity to your machine models with ropes, chains, cables, pulleys, and more.

  • Create both 2-D and 3-D pulley systems using components such as fixed and floating pulleys, winches, ropes, chains, and cables.
  • Incorporate realistic behaviors of ropes and pulley systems, including pulley slippage, chain masses, cable bending, and wind loading.
  • Explore systems with 3-D visualizations that show material flow and system tension using force arrows and color mapping.

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Learn about new features in previous releases of MapleSim

MapleSim 2019
MapleSim 2018
MapleSim 2017
MapleSim 2016.2
MapleSim 2016