SimLab Composer Mechanical Edition

The Mechanical Edition of SimLab Composer is designed for product design engineers to create high quality visualizations and to run dynamic simulation analysis. As a 3D software solution for mechanical engineering, this edition of SimLab Composer includes workbenches for commercial or noncommercial use anywhere. Included workbenches in this edition are Sharing, Rendering, Animation, Simulation, Texture Baking and Virtual Reality.

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Why is Simlab essential to Designers ?

Technical Documentation

Mechanical and product designing is a process that requires high precision and relies immensely on accuracy when it comes to the design's dimensions and measurements, it also requires an extensive description of the design's purpose, usage, and sometimes an assembly or production guide when shared with technical users and product manufacturers.

Simlab composer allows engineers to document their designs in a 3D PDF document or as webGL page.

Those easy to read, shareable 3D documents can withhold the 3D model in all its details along with any measurements, annotations or documentation accompanying the design, they can also demonstrate the design's mechanism and behavior by playing animation and supporting objects interaction when implemented in the design.

3D PDF and webGL documents are easy to create and have a customizable interface for personalization and branding purposes making them the perfect solution to document your 3D Design.

3D PDF Creation

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Artistic and Engaging Communication

VR Product preview

When it comes to sharing and presenting your design ideas in an innovative and visually appealing manner, simlab composer offers multiple solutions, each of which fulfills their respective need and collectively ensures reaching all types of audience.

The real time rendering in simlab composer is a powerful feature complemented by a huge material and lights library that creates captivating top quality images and videos of your design.

In addition to rendering images, 360 images and videos simlab composer allows you to view your design in a VR environment where the viewer can closely examine and engage the 3D model in a life like experience.

Simlab's VR availability across different platforms and devices makes it a reliable medium to share and showcase your designs through.

Another promising method of viewing designs in simlab composer is Augmented Reality, this method of viewing has proven to be very useful for product designers since they can display their designs in the surrounding environment, giving the user viewing the design a better, practical and comprehensible feel to it.

Study and Analyze your design

Engineers need 3D mechanical Softwares to study, analyze and validate their design ideas before the production phase.

Simlab Composer offers mechanical designers the ability to examine the functionality of their mechanical design using the simulation workbench available in the mechanical edition of Simlab Composer.

The simulation workbench uses advanced physics driven engines to simulate the functions and behaviors of mechanical parts accurately, it can also provide the engineer with high precision analysis of the forces and dynamics at play during the simulation.

The data provided by the simulation workbench can be used to adjust and improve the design, assuring that the functions of the design comply with the idea behind it.

Simulation tutorial

Cad, Cnc machines and 3D Printing

Solid Edge Integration

Designers use different types of design software available in the market each with their unique 3D File format, simlab Composer is able to read nearly all 3D file extensions which makes it compatible with all prominent design software.

Add to that, simlab composer's ability to pair with design software through dynamic linking, this feature allows designers to work on the 3D model in the design software as it updates simultaneously in simlab composer.

Simlab composer can also export 3D models in various formats, making it easy for designers who use multiple design software to migrate the model across those software as well as communicate with CnC machines and 3D printers which simlab composer is able to send 3D formats compatible with.


Simulation tutorial

Simulation in simlab composer is run by physically accurate engines that can simulate mechanical interactions and collision between components and can graph data based on the simulation which aids in studying and improving the mechanical design.
Running the simulation relies on defining the relationship between the components using links and joints and by determining the forces affecting the simulation, once you run the simulation, the simulation engine takes over and dictates the movement and behavior of the components based on the links and forces through advanced mathematical calculations.
The created simulation can then be converted to a frame by frame animation which can be used in creating animation sequences for PDF, WebGL and Virtual reality experiences or to be rendered into a movie.
Simlab Composer can also run interactive simulation, this type of simulation is similar to the predefined simulation in terms of creation, it differs however when it come to determining the value of the forces since you are able to map those values to a keyboard or a joystick making you able to change the value of forces while the simulation is running which is suitable for simulating manned machines such as cranes, forklifts and automobiles.
Interactive simulation can also be run in virtual reality.

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Real time rendering

Rendering Tutorial

Real time rendering is a powerful feature in simlab composer that calculates the lights and shadow values as well as the attributes of materials appearances and renders them into a high quality 2D or 360 images, the calculations are processed in real time which allows the user to modify the scene while the rendering is active and see the updated result instantly.
To achieve a realistic looking rendered images, Simlab composer offers an extensive material library containing a huge variety of predefined materials that mimics real life materials ready to be used by simply dragging materials onto objects in the scene.
In addition to real time rendering, simlab composer renders animation sequences, where the user sets the frame range to render, and simlab composer creates a rendered image for each frame which can be later converted to a video file in different settings and formats using the “movie maker” tool available in simlab composer.
Product designers can animate cameras in a scene and render a video of their design displaying the model from different angles, animation rendering is also beneficial to mechanical designers where they can render the mechanical simulation to further explain the mechanism of their design.
Simlab composer allows the user to add their unique water mark to rendered images and sequences for branding and protection purposes.

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Supported 3D formats

Various 3D formats are included and supported for import and export by SimLab Soft to be used within SimLab Composer.
Import formats:

  • IGES
  • STL
  • Collada (*.dae)
  • SolidWorks 2019
  • SolidEdge (ST9)
  • Inventor (2019)
  • STEP
  • ACIS
  • Parasolid
  • JT *Needs extra license*

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CAD Integration

Alibre integration

Simlab offers free plug-ins that can establish a direct connection between the design software and Simlab composer, through this connection the user can modify his model in the design software and update the model in simlab composer without having to export the model from the design software and importing it to simlab composer each time.
Dynamic linking in the CAD integration plug-ins makes sure that each modification applied in the design software is updated instantly in simlab composer without the need to request a model update. Supported CAD applications :

  • PTC Creo
  • Inventor
  • SolidEdge
  • Alibre Design
  • SolidWorks
  • ZW3D
  • Fusion 360
  • Onshape

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3D PDF Creation

Simlab Composer allows the designer to export a uniquely branded, interactive 3D PDF that can be opened using the free Acrobat reader .
What makes 3d PDF created in simlab composer special is that it can contain scene states, animation and measurements.
Scene states capture several attributes for the model and stores them, the captured scene states can then be applied by clicking an object or a button that is linked to the scene state in the 3D pdf document, some of the states that can be captured by scene states are objects visibility, transformation, materials and lights to name a few.
These scene states allows the designer to display different states and options for the design, so for example a product designer can display a 3D desk design with different materials and assembly options in a single 3D PDF instead of having different files for each design.
Simlab 3D PDF can also play 3D animation, using animation sequences the user can attach several animation clips within the 3D pdf that each can be connected to an object or a button similar to scene states.
Measurements and annotations in simlab composer can also be exported in the 3D PDF document, transforming the traditional PDF to a true model based definition tool.
Simlab composer offers different template designs to be used for the 3D PDF document, additionally Using the simlab template designer, the user can design his own templates for the 3d PDF document or even use a different PDF document as the template for his 3D PDF.

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Ring Design

WebGL is a JavaScript API for rendering interactive 2D/3D graphics within any compatible web browser without the use of plug-ins.
Exporting WebGL documents from simlab composer allows the user to publish his 3D designs on the web and have them embedded within a page and not necessarily as an independent element.
Similar to 3D PDF documents, WebGL files can contain scene states and animation.
Scene states capture several attributes for the model and stores them, those stored scene states can then be called by linking the scene state to a click-able object or a button in the WebGL document, some of the states that can be captured are objects visibility, transformation, materials and lights to name a few.
These scene states allows the designer to display different states and options for the design, so for example a product designer can display a 3D desk design with different materials and assembly options in a single WebGL page instead of having different pages for each design.
Simlab WebGL can also play 3D animation, using animation sequences the user can attach several animation clips within the webGL that each can be connected to an object or a button similar to scene states.
Simlab composer offers different template designs that can be used for the WebGL document, additionally, Using the simlab template designer, the user can design his own templates or even use a PDF document as the template for his WebGL page.

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Annotations Creation

Simlab Composers allows you to add annotations and measurements in the 3D Scene, there are different types of measurements that can accurately capture and display the dimensions of a component, some of which are:

  • The linear annotations tool which measures the projected distance between 2 points on the principal axes.
  • The aligned dimension tool which measures the distance between two points in space without projecting their location on a principal axes.
  • The Radial dimension tool which measures the radius of a circle or an arc.
  • The Angular dimension tool which measures the angle between two intersecting lines.
  • The Leader annotation tool which allows you to add custom text with a pointer to the design.

You can change the measurement unit used in the annotations and you can also adjust the size and color of the displayed annotation for all the annotations or for a specific one.
Those annotations can be exported in a 3D PDF document or viewed in Virtual Reality in addition to being displayed in simlab composer.

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Virtual Reality

Interactive VR

Virtual Reality is an interactive computer generated simulation where the user experiences a life like environment through the use of several types of devices such as VR headsets and mobile devices.
It is a reliable tool to study, display, and share your 3D designs in an effective and pleasing manner.
Simlab Virtual Reality Allows Designers to work on prototypes that has not been manufactured yet or large scale models that are inconvenient to be placed in a room.
With VR you can Closely examine designs for improvement and fixes prior to building, saving time and money.
VR Scenes may display different options and mechanisms during the same experience without having to create different VR scenes for each option or design using animation sequences, lists and scene states.
Since VR is a digital technology it can easily reach your target audience wherever they are through sharing the VR scene privately or on public servers through the simlab Showroom.
Virtual Reality in simlab composer is interactive, the designer can use several tools to transform his design to a dynamic live experience, some of those tools are:

  • the assembly system, where the viewer can assemble and disassemble components of a design based on a predefined hierarchy of construction.
  • the events systems, where the designer can set up a system of responses each connected to a trigger, and once the viewer interacts with the trigger, the response sequence will be initiated, an example of responses would be for objects to be come grabbable, to apply a scene state and to play animation to name a few.
  • the Lists system, this system is designed to allow the user to display options and variations of a design in an appealing 3D interface, you can connect scene states and animation sequences to an object and inside the VR experience the user can view and apply those options to explore the different available appearances and behaviors of the object.

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VR Training

Mechanical Training

Training using VR enables the trainee to acquire new skills and improve his existing skills in a lifelike experience, moreover, it has several additional advantages over conventional training, some of which are :

  • VR Training is cost effective, it saves you money, time and space, since the only equipment you would need is a VR setup or a desktop computer. You can also Run several VR training sessions at the same time with the ability to adjust, customize or enhance the training with simplicity and ease.
  • Training in VR grants the user the ability to work with prototype devices or equipments that are not available yet, it also allows him to operate in hypothetical scenarios such as safety training in cases of emergency and safety drills.
  • Running the training in a controlled and customized environment allows the trainee to focus on a specific task, it also negates any risks that would endanger the safety of the trainee.

Simlab VR enables the training designer to implement actions and events into the environment, the actions and events systems allow the creation of interactive triggers which depending on the trainee's actions, can respond in various ways predetermined by the VR training designer.
Simlab VR also greatly benefits from the simlab mechanical simulation and animation tools, which can accurately simulate the functions of mechanical devices and bring rigid objects to life.

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Augmented Reality

Alibre integration

Augmented reality allows the user to place a 3D model in a real environment while maintaining the full 3D model interactivity.
It is available through the SimLab AR/VR Viewer which is a free, all in one mobile solution that makes it easy to view and share 3D models with others and where you can view your models in 3D,VR (Virtual Reality), and AR (Augmented Reality) modes.
The AR mode supports actions which attaches a scene state or an animation to an object and the attached behavior can be applied by interacting with the object.
It also supports light baking which is new technology that stores light values, occlusion and shadows in a layer of texture applied to a model to improve the 3d visualization for mobile viewers not capable of performing those calculations in real time.
AR is suitable for product designers, and specifically furniture designers since they can view a furniture model inside a room in its true dimensions which helps them display the design to their audience in a more comprehensible fashion.

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