Much of the success of GNS is due to the software product Animator4. Animator4 is a general finite element post-processor and holds a leading position in its field. The development of Animator4 began in the early 1990s. The first commercial version was released by GNS in October 1996 under the name Animator3. Animator3 was succeeded by Animator4 in 2009. Animator4 is used worldwide by almost all automotive companies, a great number of aerospace companies, and within the chemical industry. With more than 2000 licences Animator4 is probably one of the most successful software products in the field of Finite Element Analysis (FEA).



In 2015 the follow-up of Generator2 was released as Generator4. It combines the safety functionality of Generator2 with mesh generating functionality and a new GUI. Generator4 also offers an easy to use impact point location functionality for pedestrian protection regulations and the Federal Motor Safety Standard 201.



In 2002 GNS released the software product Generator2. Generator2 is a specialized pre-processor for crashworthiness applications and has become very successful in the field of passenger safety and pedestrian protection. It is mainly used as a positioning tool for finite element component models by a great number of automobile companies throughout the world. Dummy models, the Free Motion Headform (FMH), car seats, seat belts and Pedestrian Legform Impactors can all be easily moved, positioned and adjusted according to a number of international regulations. Generator2 was the first tool of its kind on the market, and though it has been copied several times, it is still one of the leading software products in its field.



GNS also develops the finite element code Indeed. Indeed is an easy-to-use, highly accurate virtual manufacturing software that specializes in the simulation of sheet metal forming processes. Indeed is part of the GNS software suite and works concurrently with all other GNS software products. The development of Indeed started in 1987 when simulation of complex forming processes was far from becoming an inevitable part of the design process. Originally developed to simulate stamping processes in the automotive industry (-> Innovative deep drawing), Indeed now covers the entire range of sheet metal forming. The main idea behind Indeed is to combine ease of use with high quality simulation.



In 2007 GNS started the development of a new intuitive graphical user interface for industrial sheet metal forming simulation, called OpenForm. OpenForm is extremely easy to handle and can be used as a pre- and post-processor independently of a particular finite element forming simulation package. The software was designed to enable those who are not finite element experts to carry out multi-stage forming simulations with even complex multi purpose finite element codes. OpenForm consists of a number of different modules for model set-up, material data evaluation, automatic mesh generation and results analysis. The implicit finite element forming simulation software Indeed is included as part of the OpenForm software.




Program Versions

Animator4 2.6.0
Generator4 1.7.2
OpenForm 2.17.1
Generator2 0.1.5



MPDB 3.0
ODB 1.0