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Beta Edition of COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.0 Released at 5th Annual COMSOL Conference

October 16, 2009
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COMSOL Desktop streamlines the product design workflow for maximum productivity. The new Model Builder with its unique graphical programming tool guides users from model creation to simulation results while providing full control and complete oversight of their simulation tasks.

MILAN, ITALY & BURLINGTON, MA (October 16, 2009)—Today at the Fifth Annual COMSOL Conference being held in Milan, COMSOL released to all attendees and media the beta edition of COMSOL Multiphysics 4.0, its market-leading multiphysics modeling and simulation environment. Version 4.0 delivers the COMSOL Desktop™, an all-new user interface that makes it easy for users to build and run simulations. COMSOL Desktop's sleek design and graphical programming utility combine unprecedented power, ease of use, and flexibility into a single application. With version 4.0, COMSOL will give high-tech firms a competitive edge in product innovation throughout their development departments.

“Over the last few years the use of multiphysics simulation has grown rapidly, especially within engineering and R&D departments. With the new COMSOL Desktop environment we’re making it easier for more engineers to apply multiphysics to more applications,” comments Svante Littmarck, President and CEO of COMSOL. “The COMSOL Desktop streamlines the modeling process for a broad user base. This unified interface is built for cross-disciplinary applications and is quick to learn. COMSOL Multiphysics version 4.0 is key in advancing the product design processes for our customers by providing easy access to powerful tools.”

Set Up for a Smarter Workflow in the COMSOL Desktop™
The COMSOL Desktop makes it easy to organize the work flow and gives a clean overview of the modeling process. Users can set up the desktop’s appearance easily using its docked window placement capabilities that include the Main menu, Model Builder, and a Help Desk as well as Settings, Messages, and Graphics windows.

The Model Builder brings a dynamic model configuration approach to simulations. Building a model is a straight-forward process of following along the model features. Users just right-click to perform common tasks such as importing CAD, meshing, specifying material properties, solving, and plotting results. If changes need to be made, the Model Builder provides unobstructed access to any part of the model settings. Moreover, users can record and save the steps of the set-up to use sequentially as a model is automatically re-evaluated and refined. Dynamically updated context-dependent help enables easy browsing and extends the search functionality. This makes the Model Builder more than a workspace: its graphical programming at your fingertips.

“One of the nicest features of COMSOL is how easy it is to use to define your own models and tailor it to one specific problem,” said Bernard Bunner, principal engineer with Waters Corp. in Milford, MA, a developer of high-performance liquid chromatography systems. “With version 4 we can be even more productive. The Model Builder speeds up many steps in the development work. For example, instead of saving several instances of a model, each representing a small variation of a feature in the design we can now simply save the entire suite and its results in the same model file.”

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