MSC Releases Apex ‘Next Generation’ CAE

MSClogoNEWPORT BEACH, CA, Sep 30, 2014 – MSC Software Corporation, today announced the release of the company’s next-generation complete Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) platform, MSC Apex.  MSC Apex is the world’s first computational parts based CAE system that will serve as the platform for a broad range of physics and applications that MSC Software will introduce over time. MSC Apex transforms the way engineers perform simulation by reducing critical CAE modeling and process time from days to hours. The platform delivers innovative technology that enables predictive product development in the earlier stages of design where it is critical in saving time and money.

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Before committing to a computationally expensive analysis, the application evaluates the analysis readiness of the model and notifies to the user to any model issues that may compromise an analysis

“The patterns that were developed 30+ years ago for simulation have simply not evolved to keep pace with the tremendous challenges that industry faces today,” said Dominic Gallello, President & CEO of MSC Software. “We rethought the process, and have found many opportunities to deliver dramatic productivity improvements to engineers and analysts. Our team rearranged the way in which the components of geometry modeling, solving, and post processing relate to each other, moving away from a serial process to an interactively connected process based on a new parts and assembly paradigm.”

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When a change is performed to the model, the application automatically updates any dependencies such as boundary conditions and connections

“MSC Apex addresses key pain points of its big analysis customers and, with the same broad stroke, opens the door for MSC Software to meet the broader needs of smaller firms, who have not been part of MSC’s core customer base. The concept of computational parts makes it feasible for firms to push exploratory analysis into the hands of those without deep expertise in analysis. This has the potential to dramatically reshape engineering workflows. MSC Apex could be transformational for MSC,” said Brad Holtz, President and CEO, Cyon Research.

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Results may be viewed in a number of ways. In this example, the natural frequencies are displayed in a horizontal spectrum

Highlights of the MSC Apex Platform Include:

  • MSC Apex is a built-from-the-ground up fully integrated and generative simulation environment

    With a paradigm shift away from traditional pre-solve-post point solutions, users can leverage the same user experience to carry out end-to-end simulation workflows with full associativity between geometric and analysis data, including fully generative behavior to ensure that all aspects of the model are consistent and up-to-date following design changes.

Identify and target features to remove based on feature type and dimentions.

Users can easily identify and remove features based on feature type with MSC Apex Modeler

  • MSC Apex is powered by a CAE specific direct modeling and meshing engine that accelerates the CAD to Mesh process by a factor of up to 50x

    CAD geometry is not suitable for analysis and geometry repair/improve and meshing operations are tedious, error prone, and take too long. MSC Apex features a complete set of direct modeling tools to make geometry clean-up and idealization steps fast and easy. These features provide dramatic productivity improvements for engineers.

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Users can easily extract mid-surfaces from a solid with MSC Apex Modeler

“MSC Apex takes what used to be time consuming and frustrating geometry tasks using traditional programs and turns them instead into efficient and satisfying tasks,” said Robert Lind, Director of Engineering at TLG Aerospace.  “The ability to create mid-planes on the fly and to quickly simplify geometry for meshing purposes is unmatched. With the dynamic meshing process, the results of changes to geometry and mesh parameters are immediately apparent.  This allows the user to achieve a high quality mesh in significantly less time when compared to traditional meshing applications.”

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Users can automatically create thickness and offset definitions for multi-thickness surface models using MSC Apex Modeler

“Using MSC Apex, the time required to prepare the model and mesh was reduced from 8 hours to 1 hour,” said Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems / RSG@Takasago.

MSC Apex is enabled with integrated solver methods which allow the user to interactively validate parts and sub-subsystem models, yielding up to 10x productivity gains in model preparation

The traditional process for validating a Finite Element (FE) model is iterative and time consuming involving repeatedly submitting jobs and interpreting solver cryptic warning/error messages. The generative behavior of MSC Apex is fully leveraged to incrementally validate the evolving model and remove the many time consuming iterations inherent in the old pre-solve-post paradigm.

  • MSC Apex is the world’s first Computational Parts based CAE system, allowing:

 Individual users to incrementally run analysis of complex assemblies, enabling rapid trade studies

Groups of users to exchange mathematical models in/through the supply chain without compromising Intellectual Property (IP)

Specify mesh definitions based on feature type and dimension.

In MSC Apex, users can specify mesh definitions based on feature type and dimension

  • MSC Apex is a Parts & Assemblies Model Representation centric solution allowing supply chains to share a unique product structure while independently managing instances of parts, sub-systems, full assemblies, and their corresponding multi-fidelity behavioral representations. This enables each person in the overall product development workflow to finally have the right data.
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MSC Apex model browser and workflow instructions make it easy to learn and use

  • MSC Apex offers a unique, fun and easy-to-use experience making it possible for non-CAE experts to learn the software in a single day. This new user interface approach allows for a 10x reduction in tools. Built-in video tutorials, workflow instructions and at-mouse guidance make it easy for engineers to quickly learn and become productive at simulation.
Regenerate meshes automatically with each use of direct modeling.

MSC Apex regenerates meshes automatically with direct modeling updates to geometry

“MSC Apex is so easy to use and yet so enjoyable. I complete the same amount of work in a half day rather than 3-4 days,” said Kaban Makina.

“MSC Apex is so easy to use and yet so enjoyable. I complete the same amount of work in a half day rather than 3-4 days,” said Kaban Makina.

  • MSC Apex is complementary to Patran and MSC Nastran

With robust support for industry standard .bdf file import and export, MSC Apex makes for easy migration of data and smooths the integration of the product into existing tool chains such as those incorporating Patran and MSC Nastran.

Make quick geometry changes with the MSC Ape Direct Modeling tools.

Make quick geometry changes with MSC Apex Direct Modeling tools

Additional Information

To learn more, register for the MSC Apex launch webcast events taking place on Thursday, October 2, 2014 and Thursday, October 9, 2014 at


For details regarding the MSC Apex product portfolio and available software releases, please visit

About MSC Software

MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and a global leader in helping product manufacturers to advance their engineering methods with simulation software and services. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time, and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC’s technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,100 professionals in 20 countries.

For additional information about MSC Software’s products and services, please visit

One thought on “MSC Releases Apex ‘Next Generation’ CAE

  1. Dennis Nagy

    A major development and announcement by MSC. Everyone active in CAE owes it to themselves to look into this new MSC product, watch the webinars, and then comment on their reactions and observations.


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