Feeling the flow: Why we invested in Adaptive Simulations

Stockholm June 8 2017

Pollution carried by the wind in down town San Francisco — by Adaptive Simulations

We are currently invested in 34 companies and looking to invest in another 5–10 per year. We disclose most of our investments, however, for various reasons, not all. For disclosed investments, we have only provided a short quote in the press release describing why we invested and why we find the company exciting. From now on we plan to do more! Every once in a while, we want to use this blog to elaborate more around our investment decisions in young companies. Of course, we cannot put everything on the table. But we hope these short posts provide a better picture of who we are, what we do and what drives us.

So let’s get you into the mood to read about our first investment in Adaptive Simulations!

So here we go now, 
Holla if ya hear me though, 
come and feel me flow!
[Naughty by Nature: Feel me flow]

The world of flow simulations is fascinating. My first encounter with the concept was at University where some of my Mechanical Engineering classmates chose to focus on CFD analysis during their master’s studies (by the way, CFD stands for “Computational Fluid Dynamics”). They used complex software to simulate how air and water behave around objects, a cumbersome process that often lasted for several days. Even worse, results were often not good enough, which led to many iterations adding up to weeks of sweating and swearing before the job was finished. Their post-graduation lives as CFD engineers were no different as leading companies still to this day use software requiring manual, non-value-adding work.

So, when the team behind Adaptive Simulations presented their vision to improve life for CFD engineers and democratize flow simulations, they immediately captured our interest at Creathor. Our view of the future was aligned: flow simulations, a key step in the product development process in multiple industries, should be automated and simple — enabling engineers to spend time on the really important stuff such as interpreting flow, analysing results and creating great designs.

Automated analysis of turbulent flow around airplane landing gear — by Adaptive Simulations

The product development process becomes more effective

For most companies, agility is key to stay competitive. Adaptive Simulations enables millions of designers who are developing cars, airplanes, buildings and other products affected by flow to integrate simulation directly into their development process — designs can be quickly iterated and adapted.

Simulation costs can be reduced by 70%

Complex, time consuming tasks can be automated. Engineers, architects and innovators can spend their time on designing great products instead!

Anybody can do flow simulations

Until now, complexity has prevented many from doing flow simulations. By making it simple, we believe creators will develop new things. Except for the obvious value brought to designers of cars, airplanes, boats and other vehicles, new application areas will be explored through Adaptive Simulations. For instance, the flow of pollution from cities to the surrounding environment could be analysed in detail and indoor air flows in new buildings could be simulated and improved already in the design phase.

To conclude; the Creathor team is very excited to support Adaptive Simulations moving forward. If you are interested to get in touch — drop by their website for more info.

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