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Here at Maplesoft, we like to foster innovation in technological development. Whether that is finding solutions to global warming, making medical discoveries that save millions, or introducing society to very advanced functional robots, Maplesoft is happy to contribute, support and encourage innovative people and organizations researching these complex topics. This year, we are delighted to have sponsored two contests in the robotics field that provide opportunities to think big and make an impact: Create the Future Design Contest and the International Space Apps Challenge. 

Create the Future Design Contest

Established in 2002, and organized by TechBriefs, the goal of the Create the Future Design Contest is to help engineers bring their product design ideas to life. The overall ‘mission of the contest is to benefit humanity, the environment, and the economy.’ This year, there were a record 1,159 new product ideas submitted by students, engineers, and entrepreneurs from all over the globe. In the machinery/automation/robotics category, which Maplesoft sponsored, the project with the top votes was designed by two engineers who chose to name their innovation CAP Exoskeleton, a type of assistive robotic machine designed to aid the user in walking, squatting, and carrying heavy loads over considerable distances. It can either be used to enhance physical endurance for military purposes or to help the physically impaired perform daily tasks. A contest like Create the Future is a perfect opportunity, for engineers in particular, to learn, explore, and create. 

The CAP Exoskeleton - ©2015 Create the Future Design Contest


International Space Apps Challenge

The exploration of space has always been unique in its search for knowledge. The International Space Apps Challenge, a NASA incubator innovation program, is an ‘international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world’. It is a unique global competition where people rally together to find solutions to real world problems, bringing humanity closer to understanding the Earth, the universe, the human race, and robotics. These goals, the organizers believe, can be reached much faster if we combine the power of the seven billion or so brains that occupy the planet, not forgetting the six that are currently orbiting above us aboard the International Space Station. The competition is open to people of all ages and in all fields, including engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs, and so on. With an astounding 13,846 participants from all over the world, several highly innovative solutions were presented. 

Maplesoft sponsored the University of York location in the UK where the winning team of five modeled an app called CropOp, a communication tool that connects the government to local farmers with the goal of providing instantaneous, crucial information regarding pest breakout warnings, extreme weather, and other important updates. This UK-based team believes the quality and quantity of food produced will be improved, especially benefiting the undernourished communities in Africa. Maplesoft supports the Space Apps Challenge because it proves that collaboration makes for bigger and better discoveries that can save millions of people.


Donating Maplesoft software for contestants to use is part of the sponsorship. The real delight is to wait and see what innovative concepts they come up with. When we sponsor contests like these, we find it benefits our software as much as it does the participants. Plus, if the contestants can provide solutions to real world issues, well, that benefits everyone! 

For those who are running Maple and/or MapleSim on the Mac, and who may have missed an earlier question on this site, we wanted to let you know that there are some problems with running Maple and MapleSim on the new Mac OS, Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). We’re working on a solution, which we expect will be ready in a few weeks. We’ll keep you posted, but in the meantime, please delay updating your Mac OS for now to avoid problems.




Thanks to the function Exports, it is possible to see the differents functions and modules which are in a module.

For example, I find in the module GetMultibody a module called GetLGM which permits to conduct some linear graph analysis. I'm interested by this module.

However, to my knowledge, I didn't see any help on this module.

How can I do so as to understand the inputs to give to the functions of this module in order to use the functions of this module ? In other words, how it is possible to use functions from a module when you don't have any help at your disposal ? 

Thanks a lot for your help.


I would like to know : how I can get all the contents of the module GetMultibody of MapleSim?

Is there in classic maple a function enabling me to ask the content of a module ?

Thank a lot for your help.


Do you have physical components like MOSFETs and IGBTs in your library? How can I have a look at the tool and library block sets?


I would like to define all the geometry parameters in a multibody model in MapleSim in mm.

Consequently, i define the mm unit for a parameter in 3 places :
1)  in the Parameters area of the subsystem 

2) in the Tab Inspector of the subsystem


3) in the Tab Inspector of the rigid body frame of the subsystem


The problem is that I receive the warning "Possible double conversion unit on a parameter" and the dimension seems to be as 10^-3 *mm soit too much reduced.

I see that in some examples of the library of Maplesim the parameters of the parameters area of a subsystem are defined as real and consequently, it doesn't cause this kind of problem.

However, how can I do if I want to define my parameters in the parameters area of a subsystem as a position in mm ?

Thanks a lot for your help




I use for the 3D visualization the component CAD geometry with STL files.
My STL files are created from CATIA with parts mesured in mm.
In MapleSim, in order to keep mm, I have, of course, to set "mm" in the inspector tab of the components "CAD geometry".
But, I have also to put the scale factor to 0.001.
I don't understand why I should to set it to 0.001 because :
- the CADs from CATIA are in mm.
- and the option in the inspector tab of the components "CAD geometry" is also in mm.
Would you have some precisions about the scale factor for the "CAD geometry" element ?

Thank you for your help.

When I run a simulation (i.e. Double Pendulum Example) MapleSim crashes with no errors or dialogues - completely shuts down. The simulation seems to compile ok, then as the plots are opening it crashes. My video card driver is up to date. Anyone know how to fix this?


in maplesim 7

when run example below

got error in linear_string and linear_string2

prototype must be a structured record type or a record, but received squeezed




There is a problem with the modelica code for custom component named CorneringForce
Regenerate or delete this component to correct this porblem....


i click the web said USD99

but after click into it, academic version is USD1,555

there are commercial version, academic version , what are difference?

i see that there are self balance robot and humanoid walk robot

what are the specification of size, length of components are they?

if simulate robot hand which has a string make a tension to grip object

what kind of string is it? where can buy robots components which fit the simulations it do?

will maplesoft cooperate with 3D printer to fit the reality of robots?

As i  want to build a model of engine an want to supply compressed air for same ii prepared a engine model but now i am not geeting how to prepare model flow of compressed air and its expansion in enige and force crated on engine head.

I have purchased Maple 2015 Student Edition a few months ago.  Now, I was about to buy MapleSim Student Edition and I saw that MapleSim include a license of Maple. 

If I buy MapleSim and Maple,  I would pay 198$ even if I could have bought only MapleSim and still get both products? 

Can I get MapleSim Student without Maple at a lower price? 

Maybe the version of Maple included in MapleSim has less features and that's why the cost of MapleSim and Maple are the same? 

Thanks in advance!  

I did some search on Google and on this website, but I haven't found anything. 

with this simple circuit i found a wrong simulation result : look at the probe 3 value.  someone could help me please ?

The same error i found in this circuit (binary adder)


Concerning the 3D visualization of my multibody systems, in the visualization windows, i can see both :
- the display of geomtry of the elements which has been defined as simple forms (as cylindrical geometry)
- the display of the geometry of the elements where the display of the geometry has been defined with CAD.

However, concerning the 3D animation, i have only see the components where the display of the geometry is defined as simple forms (as cylindrical geometry).

Have you some ideas why I can not see the elements which has been defined with CAD ?

For your information, the CAD geometries have been defined with STL files and, in the CAD geometry component, I let the box "Transparent" empty.

Thank you for your help


I have just updated maplesim to the last version (maplesim2015).

On the multibody examples of the maplesim2015 library, I didn't have any problems.

However, when i try to launch a simulation on a model i have made with a previous version (which worked before I use maplesim2015), i meet this problem :

May you help me to make the troubleshooting ? For the moment, I didn't manage to locate the error.

Do you have some ideas about this mistake ?

Thanks a lot for your help.

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