Leipzig 2018


About 800 participants came to Leipzig from October 10 to 12, 2018 to inform, learn and exchange ideas about engineering simulation technology at the 36th CADFEM ANSYS Simulation Conference in the Congress Center Leipzig, Germany.

The conference made clear that simulation is already an indispensable part of where industry and research are evolving to - and its significance will continue to increase. Simulation stands for the digitization of the development process and makes decisive contributions to making Industry 4.0 a reality in all its manifold forms - from predictive maintenance and additive manufacturing to mastering the interaction of complex, interconnected systems.

The immense spectrum of simulation in the development of products, systems and processes has been discussed in up to 12 parallel sessions, in plenary sessions, technology and user presentations, forums, compact seminars and workshops and in countless conversations of the participants with other users, CADFEM, ANSYS, or exhibitors staff. The technical program was once again embedded in an attractive, motivating framework.

Please note: The 37th CADFEM ANSYS Simulation Conference will take place from
October 16th to 18th 2019 in Kassel.



Dr. Johann Soder (COO of SEW EURODRIVE) on Industry 4.0, Brent Stucker (ANSYS, Inc.) on the role of simulation in additive manufacturing, Dr.-Ing. Zlatko Penzar (Continental) on the challenges of a design analyst, Jean-Luc (Assor of HPE) and Dr. med. Ulrich Becker-Lemgau (Intel) on IT landscape for CAE, Dr. med. Simon Schmidt (Fraunhofer Institut für Bauphysik) on Human Models in Simulation and CADFEM Managing Director Erke Wang
were keynote speaker at the conference`s opening plenary session which was moderated by television journalist Brigitte Büscher.

Afterwards, the participants split into 12 sessions on a wide range of subject areas and application areas in order to learn from each other, to discuss, to gather impulses and to receive comprehensive training.
Participants of the conference can review all published presentations on myCADFEM.

The lecture program ended with the closing plenary where CADFEM expert Marc Vidal, Dr. Ulrich Kaiser, Director of Technology at Endress + Hauser, and Tejas Rao of ANSYS, Inc. gave an impressive look inside the performance of the still brand new tool for fast real-time simulation which is ANSYS Discovery Live.


A total of 36 companies took part in the large exhibition in the bright foyer of the Congress Center. Besides the main sponsors HPE and Intel, Amazon Web Services and DELLemc many CADFEM partners informed about their products and services around ANSYS.

Beside ANSYS there were also other direct software partners of CADFEM: ESSS (developer of ROCKY DEM for partikel simulation, MDL (developer of Motor-CAD for the design of electric drives, as well as ADT (developer of the technology contained in the CADFEM PumpWizard.

Social Events

This year's grand social event on the second conference day took place at the Moritzbastei which is the only remaining part of the ancient town fortifications of Leipzig. Our guests enjoyed great food, an entertaining pub quiz and awesome musicians:

Florian Schlögl
Jam Tonic

Before entering everyone was welcomed by the stilt walkers Mira Mas.

Also, Wednesday CADFEM hosted a Get Together in the exhibition area where participants could continue technical discussions or simply enjoyed the evening with music (Go Chicas).

Best Paper Award 2018

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