Normal simulation models versus a digital twin based simulation

Key points

    The main benefits of digital twin simulations

    Focusing on real data extraction

    Creating interaction between digital twins

By Carlos Miskinis
Digital twin research expert
Jan 2018

One of the biggest benefits of using a simulation model that is purely based on digital twin technology is for its potential to accurately determine the implications and effects of how the duplicated object will perform in the future based on the changes that were made or the add-ons that were added during the process of development.


When comparing this new digital tech to a normal online simulation of an object, there are a few major factors that differentiate a digital twin based simulation from an ordinary one. Basic simulations are limited in their nature because they can only represent a digital replica of an object in the current moment, exactly as it is. This is a huge limitation when it comes to product development as developers are stripped from the possibility to test new concepts due to the fact that the potential to recreate a specific outcome is not possible. The below video is a sample we took from our workshop on simulating digital twin.




What are the main benefits of a digital twin simulation?


A Digital Twin interface is a simulation that is entirely based on the physical replica of the simulated object itself. The digital twin simulation can extrapolate how an object, product or a system will work in the future after all necessary structural changes are implemented. This is entirely possible because a digital twin based simulation is capable of recognizing an object’s material from which it is made of, differentiate moving parts from static ones and finally, the use of the simulated product can be programmed into the digital platform in order to represent its functioning at an extremely accurate level. After this is achieved, the digital platform can build and manufacture parts, extensions and even software that can later be incorporated into the digital twin itself.


Although the technology itself is totally brand new compared to other software that is capable of manufacturing simulations, the algorithmic engine that powers the digital twin platform is capable of developing future scenarios of how an object will behave after improvements are applied to it.

Part 2

Separating the main features of digital twin simulations from generic 3D software

The main process of simulating an object via digital twin is to recreate - not project

A simulation engine that is focused on interaction and real data

Considering the fact that digital twin platforms can have the potential to extrapolate future, upcoming scenarios and acknowledging how immensely this will impact the future of development, these features alone are entirely unique compared to what options we have at the moment. In addition to that, most basic digital simulations are not created for development in the first place. The main purpose of a digital simulation is to recreate an object, process or a system – not take the object and project it in the future. Without this one crucial feature, no immense development progress could be made because company developers won’t be able to witness what kind of effect the product will experience from the changes that were made. Digital twin will allow this to be done.


how simulation software differs from digital twins


Finally, digital twin technology is entirely unique due to its ability to recreate how the duplicated object will interact with other digital twins on the platform. When it comes to internal and external processes in business, it is safe to make the conclusion that there is rarely a process that does not cross over, interact or merge with other systems you have in place. The product/service merges with its fulfillment process because one cannot exist without the other. Your funnel for prospecting and customer onboarding merges with the fulfillment and customer retainment process and so on. Because of this, it is extremely important to find out how new product improvements, changes or alterations will merge with other processes that are in place.


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