Simulink exemplifies how modern simulation software and engineering benefit from very modern, comprehensive design practices, as well as very advanced computing. Model-based simulation tools are somewhat more novel, as older systems were entirely mathematical and held no real “physical” objects.
Simulink has a lot to offer, but does it stack up to modern expectations?
- Model Compatibility: Model compatibility is an ongoing problem in anything 3D-oriented. There are a thousand different model types, many starting out as proprietary formats from specific tools. However, these different formats have a way of getting around and generating import/export problems. Simulink can handle most of these formats by easily bringing them into the parameters and configurations needed to work right within the simulator. Simulink’s model viewer can display and analyze these along with any models made within the simulator environment.
- Integrations: Simulink is one of the rare simulation solutions that can integrate with other applications and tools. A big example of this is Matlab, a modeling language used for 3D printing, 3D animation, and materials design. With Matlab, coding materials, objects, and their aspects is very easy to do on a very accurate level. As Simulink evolves, it will bring in more programming platforms and interoperability, which will further expand its capability.
- Code Generation: It’s faster than ever to create the code for complex tests. With simple actions, you can create vast code constructs with accuracy and reliability. No more complex, non-standard functions, or bottlenecks as you try to debug code suites that weren’t really written together.
- Online: Simulink online simulation can provide browser-based interaction, allowing it to work cross-platform. It can also take advantage of cloud computing to put the world’s greatest super computer at your disposal to handle more complex, demanding simulations with ease.
- Hardware-in-the-Loop: Simulink can work with actual hardware architecture to properly interpret IC instructions and circuit logic. This is critical for robotics testing, and for testing the wireless capabilities of some designs.
- Solid Support: Simulink’s developers understand how complicated this kind of technology can be, and they provide extensive training to get everyone up to speed. Usually, training is the most costly aspect of adopting a technology or change, so making this training go smoothly takes a big bite out of this hurdle.
- Rapid Fire: Simulink can get a simulation running very quickly, with efficient compilers and initialization. This allows you to test early, and test often. This helps you arrive at a solution that works, and to verify that it meets the requirements put in front of it.
Customers must contact Simulink directly for more information on plans and prices. Simulink must have some rational payment choices, given it wants to be workable for multiple business sizes.