Which is Better: Simulation Consulting Vs. In-House Simulation Tools?

Simulation consulting or in-house simulation tools for your 3D design solution? Make the right choice.

Are you worried about how your 3D design solution will work in a real-life environment? That’s simple – you have two choices. You can hire a simulation consulting service or use in-house simulation tools to test your 3D design. But which is the better choice? Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of both options. But first, what is design simulation?

What is design simulation?

Design simulation is a tool used by engineers, manufacturers, architects, and all CAD drafting/3D design solution services. It is used to evaluate the quality and performance of a product that has not yet come into existence.

Simulation programs can help manufacturers find design flaws and make solid cases for immediate improvement. They can also provide accurate data-driven suggestions about the ideal conditions a specific product can be used to its full potential.

Simulations determine if a product’s 3D design meets all the parameters that it must satisfy. Some design parameters that design simulation can evaluate are:

  • Strength
  • Features
  • Deterioration
  • Life expectancy
  • Safety
  • Energy requirements

The pros of hiring a simulation consulting service

Save time and money: When you don’t have the time to hire and train a simulation engineer, a consultancy service can help. When you lack the financial resources to purchase in-house simulation software or employ a simulation engineer, a simulation consulting service could be your best option.

Get your designs tested by professionals: Simulation consulting services have their teams of professional engineers who specialize in simulations. So, when you don’t have an experienced team, you can rely on their expertise.

Get the requested results delivered to you: You won’t have to worry about doing the simulation work. The consulting team will conduct all the necessary design simulations and provide you with the results you need.

The cons of hiring a simulation consulting service

Simulation consulting services can prove costly, especially when you have several 3D designs that need testing. Every iteration costs money. To keep costs low, people who hire consulting services opt to conduct minimum simulations – only the safest options.

The pros of in-house simulation tools

 Easy to learn and use: Simulation software is easy to master – even for beginners. More companies opt to purchase simulation tools and make them a part of the in-house product development process.

Run as many simulations as needed: You can simulate as many design possibilities as you want at no extra charge. You own the software, and you have your in-house experts, so you don’t have to worry about limiting the number of simulations conducted.

Get innovative with your 3D design solutions: With in-house simulation software, you are not limited to running only safe options. You can use simulations as part of your design process to create more innovative products.

Save money in the long run: Upfront costs like purchasing simulation software and hiring and training a simulation engineer all costs money. But once that is done, you won’t have to worry about funding a consultation service for simulations of your 3D designs.

Increased ROI: With each subsequent project, the return on investment (ROI) increases.

A better understanding of the 3D design solutions: Your in-house engineers understand each product’s material properties and unique design components. They are more invested in your products than an outsider.

The cons of in-house simulation tools

Costly upfront costs: Buying simulation software can be expensive. Many companies don’t have the resources or the funds to buy software and hire/train a simulation engineer.

When to hire a simulation consultation service

Consider hiring a simulation consultation service:

  • If you can’t afford to buy simulation software.
  • If you don’t have the resources (money or time) to hire and train a simulation engineer.
  • When you hope to gain new and unexpected insights from a fresh perspective of your design.
  • When it works out cheaper to hire a simulation consultancy service. For example, when simulation expertise is not required regularly or too expensive to hire/train additional employees.
  • If you don’t want to burden your in-house engineering team.

When to invest in in-house simulation tools

Consider investing in an in-house simulation tool:

  • If you deal with multiple design projects.
  • When you need to keep recurring costs under control.
  • You have an in-house simulation engineering team.
  • If you want your team to accumulate knowledge and experience and become qualified to conduct in-house simulations.

There is a third option: A mix of consulting services and in-house simulation tools

Do you have an engineer on your team who is familiar with simulations for 3D designs? You can hire out one or two projects to a simulation consultancy firm that is willing to train your engineer and involve them in the simulation process. Your engineer will understand what is needed to generate critical data using simulation and then eventually take over the entire process in-house.

When you want to create high-quality and high-accuracy parts, you have three choices to test your 3D design solutions. Each solution has its pros and cons, and what you choose will depend on how much time, money, human resources, and knowledge you have at your disposal.

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