FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG

CAESES


5 / 5
7 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

CAESES is a CAD and optimization solution for simulation engineers that need to run design studies. The geometry generation can be fully automated and is robust (no broken or infeasible designs).


Average Ratings

7 Reviews

  • 5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG
  • www.caeses.com
  • Founded 2003
  • Germany

About CAESES

For simulation engineers who need to optimize flow-exposed products, such as ship hull forms, propellers, wings, jet engines and turbochargers, CAESES offers efficient CAD and integrated tools to automate the flow analysis and to optimize the product shape. Unlike traditional CAD tools, the geometry generation can be fully automated and is 100% robust during variation. Hence, CAESES is perfect for automated design studies on e.g. cluster systems.


CAESES Features

  • 2D Drawing
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • Bill of Materials
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Component Library
  • Data Import / Export
  • For 3D Printing
  • For Architects
  • For Manufacturers
  • Reference Management
  • Simulation
  • 2 1/2-Axis Milling
  • 3-Axis Milling
  • 4-Axis Milling
  • 5-Axis Milling
  • Database Connectivity
  • Hole Making
  • Simulate Cycles
  • Spiral Output
  • Toolpath Simulation
  • User Defined Cycles

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CAESES Reviews Recently Reviewed!


CAESES - Code and flow-optimize your CAD

Sep 21, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It enables the setup of a complete CAD / CFD optimization chain. (CAESES provides the CAD creation, optimization tools and a simple approach to plug in meshing tools and CFD solver)

It follows an object oriented design approach that focuses on clear dependency chains. Your whole geometry is represented in an object tree that gives you a structured representation of the CAD model. In contrast to standard CAD this tree can be sorted by you. In my point of view that is a big benefit, since everybody has a different way of creating his models.

The first way to create CAD models in CEASES is comparable to standard CAD software. However the second more sophisticated way to create your model is to describe them in a scripting language. Its syntax is derived from C++ hence it is easy to read. It does not only provide the possibility to create CAD objects but also enables you created command chains for internal and external tools or the output of text files. Sky is the limit.

As far as I can compare it, the user support is the best you can get.

Cons: At the moment it can take some time to change the geometry of complicated models, since the code is not parallelized. To my knowledge this should change in the future.

Overall: We use CAESES in your daily work for the design / optimization of our different propeller types and the interaction with the accordant ships. It takes some time to create the models (we are looking for high quality CAD / robust topology). In the end it saves a lot of time, leads to better products and reduces the response time for customer requests.

Parametric design as it should be

Sep 21, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: CAESES offers a perfect mix of GUI based model development and full control over each parameter of the model. It offers very powerful objects such as meta surfaces that allow to define very sophisticated shapes in 3D based on parameters and parameter curves defined by the user. My personal favourite is writing programs within CAESES using "features". The programming language is easy to learn and allows to access all methods and parameters of the object-oriented CAESES model. CAESES creates 100% water tight models that can be readily used in CFD packages without the need for time consuming repairs. This is essential for applying the automatic optimization strategies supplied with CAESES. Many CFD packages can be easily integrated. Chances are high that you can continue to use your personal favourite CFD package. The support in the forum never leaves any questions open, because the developers of the software are active members of the forum themselves. The software is under active development and now covers diverse application areas such as ship hull optimization, propeller optimization and turbo machinery. However, CAESES isn't limited to such applications - you can create any kind of model you need.

CAESES runs under Windows and Linux.

Cons: Don't expect a full-fledged volumetric CAD software - that's not the aim of CAESES. Most of the time you are dealing with surface models that are connected into water tight 3D objects for simulation. However, the 3D operations using breps and solids have imroved a lot over the years, such that it is possible to perform 3D boolean operations, for example.

Overall: I am using CAESES for ship hull optimization for 8 years now and I never regretted my decision. I analyzed over 4500 variants of a fully parametric hull model using two different CFD packages. The parameter variations, CFD model creation and simulation were fully automated.

Remarkable Functionality and Equally Impressive Customer Support and Feedback

Sep 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: This software has quite a remarkable range of design capability with respect to creating both simple and complex geometries. The beauty in this software is the near seamless coupling with external CFD packages that enable fully integrated and automated DOE studies that are an excellent addition to a product's R&D process. Most of all I enjoy the documentation and organizational scheme of CAESES with the scopes and sub-scopes, making it simple to keep specific groups of features together.

Cons: Quite frankly, I can not write something in this section because any issue or frustration I have had with this software I was able to find very timely resolution for through the Help Desk or the Users Forum.

Overall: The quality of the software itself along with the customer support and personable nature of the CAESES team has left quite the impression on me and my colleagues. As we use CAESES for biomedical engineering related research, it truly shows the range and capabilities of how and where CAESES can be used.

CAESES

Sep 21, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: - Robust parametric modelling capabilities

- Software connector to OpenFOAM

- Possibility to run automated design studies

Cons: - Documentation regarding built-in "Feature Programming Language" could be better

Overall: As a researcher in the field of polymer processing i try to optimize mixing head geometries of plasticizing screws in extruders or injection moulding machines. The geometries of such mixing heads are quite complex but with CAESES it is possible to setup a robust parametric modelling process for them. Moreover, i use CAESES as GUI for OpenFOAM . This makes the usage of this CFD software a bit more comfortable and reduces mistakes in the case setup. And when the connection to OpenFOAM is setup correctly, the design engines tremendously reduces the effort in running parameter studies and it is even possible to perform optimizations with Dakato.

From my point of view, the major benfit of CAESES is the possibility to combine CAD, running CFD simulations and optimizations as well as post processing within a single piece of software.

The back side of the medal: Compared to classic CAD software the modelling is a little different and you have to learn what is the optimal way to build up your geometries. But i think it is time well spent ;)

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Total Integration from CAD to Analysis with unlimited customization

Oct 08, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to closely couple advanced parametric or free form geometry creation and CAD models with any number of analysis tools is unique in my experience. The cost of the program is very competitive and the help desk support is second to none in answering questions.

Cons: Occasionally minor speed issues with Windows interfaces related to the cross platform nature of the interface.

Overall: Allowed us to bring our design process to a new level of automation, permitting the automated generation and analysis of 1000's of candidate yacht or powerboat designs against strict geometric or performance metrics.

Great software for parametrizing complex geometries in turbo machinery applications

Sep 21, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Besides providing all the "standard" parametrization features for blade modeling, it was possible to realize every possible parametrization which came to my mind. Furthermore, the model is very stable and the exported geometries are of high quality as the used simulation tools can handle those geometries without any step in between (like repairing the geometry with cadfix).

Cons: If the parametrized model gets more complicated it is a bit tricky to keep the overview about all used parameters and settings.

Overall: We use CAESES for the parametrization of centrifugal compressors (impeller, diffuser and volute) within an optimization. The exported geometries are used for both structural and aerodynamic analysis.

CAESES in pump development

Sep 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Possibility to adapt the software exactly to your problems to solve

Cons: Maybe its not so easy to learn, but this depends on their versatility.