CAESES

CAD solution for automated shape optimization

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CAESES Overview

What is CAESES?

CAESES is a CAD modeler designed for businesses in automotive, marine and aerospace industries, helping users optimize shapes and create models for simulation-driven design operations. Key features include mesh morphing, parametric 2D sketching, structural analysis, and custom templates.

CAESES comes with surface generation tools, which enable engineers to create different shape versions, as well as track issues in packaging, cross-sectional areas or shape volumes while designing. Users can assign colors with a custom name and ID to geometric patches, helping them identify changes after modification. CAESES' integrated system lets team members connect with simulation packages and implement 3D post-processing capabilities to assess results.

CAESES enables businesses to manage and monitor the performance of variants by evaluating different characteristics, including resistance and pressure loss during the optimization process. The platform also helps engineers import existing geometries, apply free-form/box deformations, and reshape designs to enhance the flow and structural performance of previous models.

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CAESES Reviews

CAESES Reviews

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6

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Value for Money
4,5
Features
4,6
Ease of Use
3,6
Customer Support
4,9
100% recommended this app
Harry L.

The thinking designer's CAD system

When we started using CAESES, we used it primarily to prepare hull geometries for CFD calculations in FINE/Marine. As we grew more experienced in its use, we found many more situations in which CAESES has really helped our design process.

Its parametric nature led us to first develop several "families" of parametric hull forms, all defined using meta-surfaces. These can quickly be modified to different dimensions or specific requirements of different vessels, while retaining the same character. For concept design, this is incredibly powerful, and I have started using CAESES as the first tool I reach for after the first talks with a client.

The resulting shape is then always CFD-ready, allowing us to integrate CFD very early in the design cycle. This is made even more convenient by the software connection to FINE/Marine, which essentially gives you CFD results of whatever hull form you have with the click of a button. Then, extending this to full parametric hull form optimizations requires almost no additional effort.

In short, if you have the time and mindset to overcome the steep learning curve, CAESES is a very powerful tool for the naval architect. It is a CAD system in a very true sense of the word, being a tool not just for defining digital geometry, but for complete computer-aided design.


Bodo H.

Parametric design as it should be

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.


Verified Reviewer

CAESES – Code and flow-optimize your CAD

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.


Christopher S.

Remarkable Functionality and Equally Impressive Customer Support and Feedback

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.


Klaus S.

CAESES

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 ;)


Harry L.
Industry: Maritime
Company size: 11-50 Employees

The thinking designer's CAD system

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/11/09
Review Source: Capterra

When we started using CAESES, we used it primarily to prepare hull geometries for CFD calculations in FINE/Marine. As we grew more experienced in its use, we found many more situations in which CAESES has really helped our design process.

Its parametric nature led us to first develop several "families" of parametric hull forms, all defined using meta-surfaces. These can quickly be modified to different dimensions or specific requirements of different vessels, while retaining the same character. For concept design, this is incredibly powerful, and I have started using CAESES as the first tool I reach for after the first talks with a client.

The resulting shape is then always CFD-ready, allowing us to integrate CFD very early in the design cycle. This is made even more convenient by the software connection to FINE/Marine, which essentially gives you CFD results of whatever hull form you have with the click of a button. Then, extending this to full parametric hull form optimizations requires almost no additional effort.

In short, if you have the time and mindset to overcome the steep learning curve, CAESES is a very powerful tool for the naval architect. It is a CAD system in a very true sense of the word, being a tool not just for defining digital geometry, but for complete computer-aided design.

Pros

At its core, CAESES is a parametric CAD package. Any geometry made is tracked and can be manipulated in the model tree. Properties of all these objects can then either be linked to numerical parameters or other geometry objects. This results in a very stable definition of the geometry (provided you set it up correctly). I often find myself with only a third of a screen devoted to the geometry window itself: the rest is taken up by the model tree and the definition window.

Furthermore, CAESES allows you to create scripts in which geometry can be defined or manipulated. This is prominently used for meta-surfaces, which have the user defining a cross-section in a script and drawing this curve over space curves or functions to create the surface. Combined with f-splines (fairness-optimized splines), this allows complex hull surfaces to be created very cleanly and with extremely smooth results.

Imported geometry can be modified using free-form deformations. And, drastically modifying the shape can be done by changing the value of a single parameter.

On top of this, CAESES can connect to external solvers, to process the geometry made or modified in the CAD functionality. An extensive optimization package aids in varying the identified parameters and coming up with an optimal design.

Finally, the CAESES support team is very helpful, knowledgeable, and quick to respond if you run into something you can't fix or need assistance with.

Cons

As a CAD package, CAESES is not the easiest to learn. It requires you to think about every piece of geometry you create, and thus "quickly" creating a shape in CAESES is not what it excels at. Building up a good hull model for a ship from scratch takes time and some careful thought. Therefore, it will not necessarily be suited for everyone, especially if you prefer a more sketch-wise or ad hoc approach to making geometry.

The geometry itself can be slow to respond to changes, and thus making changes to a more complex model requires a certain amount of patience. Also, it can be easy to "break" the geometry if you change parameter values to something unrealistic.

The precise definition of the geometry, a blessing in some situations, can also be a curse in others: for CAESES to accept a shape (particularly solid shapes) as valid, the definition has to be near-perfect. This can be frustrating when trying to close a hull shape for use in for instance CFD codes.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Bodo H.
Industry: Shipbuilding
Company size: Self Employed

Parametric design as it should be

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/09/21
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Maritime
Company size: 10 000+ Employees

CAESES – Code and flow-optimize your CAD

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/09/21
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Christopher S.
Industry: Research
Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees

Remarkable Functionality and Equally Impressive Customer Support and Feedback

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2018/09/20
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Klaus S.
Industry: Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
Company size: 11-50 Employees

CAESES

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/09/21
Review Source: Capterra

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 ;)

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

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

User recommendation
9,8/10
Based on 8 user ratings
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CAESES Pricing

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Free Trial
Value for money

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Value for Money
4,5/5
Based on 8 user ratings
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CAESES Features

CAESES Features

API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Bid Management
Change Order Management
Collaboration Tools
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Estimating
Job Costing
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Tracking
Projections
Reporting & Statistics
Subcontractor Management
Third Party Integration
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Additional information for CAESES

Additional information for CAESES

Key features of CAESES

  • Monte Carlo Simulation

CAESES FAQs

CAESES FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for CAESES.

Q. What type of pricing plans does CAESES offer?

CAESES offers the following pricing plans:

Free Trial: Available

Contact Friendship Systems for pricing details

Q. What are the main features of CAESES?

CAESES offers the following features:

  • Monte Carlo Simulation

Q. Who are the typical users of CAESES?

CAESES has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does CAESES support?

CAESES supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does CAESES offer?

We do not have any information about what CAESES pricing plans

Q. Does CAESES support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices CAESES supports

Q. What other apps does CAESES integrate with?

We do not have any information about what integrations CAESES has

Q. What level of support does CAESES offer?

CAESES offers the following support options:

Phone Support, Online Support, FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials