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Benefits of Virtual Simulation for Engineering Managers

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 @ 03:03 PM

Benefits of Virtual Simulation for Engineering Managers

Success can be measured by many standards.  In product engineering, manufacturing and production, success is often measured by three standards: (1) profitability; (2) competitiveness; and, (3) design.  It’s no accident that I listed them in this order.  Regardless of a product’s design and its ability to compete in the market, if the company manufacturing it doesn’t make a profit, the product cannot be considered a success.

Agile, responsive design and assembly methods and strategies continue to emerge, but perhaps one of the best ways for a manufacturer to meet three core goals listed above is with virtual simulation.  Assembly simulation, planning and assessment in a CAD model based virtual environment (VE) identifies potential problems without the use of physical mockups or prototypes.  This process shortens the design cycle, improves product quality, and ensures that the product can be manufactured with cost-effective materials to improve profitability. 

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Topics: Engineering Simulation

Keeping Up with Technology:  Mold-filling Simulations for Manufacturers

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, May 11, 2017 @ 03:01 PM

Keeping Up with Technology: Mold-filling Simulations for Manufacturers

Injection molding is one of the most common modern methods used for manufacturing parts.  It’s a great technology for producing high volumes of parts, in a multitude of materials – metals (called die-casting), glasses, elastomers, and polymers.  It’s simple, really – the heated material is forced into a mold that is shaped like the part you need.  The material is cooled, hardens and…voila’… you have your part. 

As simple as the process is, parts to be injection molded must be very carefully designed.  The material used for the part, the desired shape and features of the part, the material of the mold, and the properties of the molding machine must all be considered.

That’s where mold-filling simulations come in.

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Topics: 3D CAD Services, 3D CAD Modeling, 3D Mechanical Design, Engineering Simulation

Change the Status Quo with CAD-CAM-FEA Simulation Outsourcing

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 05:42 PM

Change the Status Quo with CAD-CAM-FEA Simulation Outsourcing

Historically, manufacturers have made products that have been designed with familiar materials, and physically tested to ensure that the product worked properly.  But, as new manufacturing materials are developed, the problem of design and test becomes more complex.  The entire status quo of design and manufacturing is being upended.  Options are endless and testing more complex.  Unfortunately, not all design/manufacture firms are up to the task. 

That’s where Simulation Outsourcing can be a boon.

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Topics: Engineering Simulation

How to Build a Bridge Using Structural Analysis

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 05:57 PM

How to Build a Bridge Using Computational Engineering and Structural Analysis

What do you do when you need to cross a divide, or cross a river?  You build a bridge, of course!

Bridge building, especially when the bridge must span massive distances and withstand tons of traffic, the possibility of earthquakes, high winds and other tests of strength and design, requires both art and science.

The art and science of designing and building bridges has changed for the better as a result of increased understanding of engineering principles, as well as advances in technology.  New materials and methodologies add to the changes in bridge building. 

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Topics: Engineering Simulation

Why We Love SolidWorks Simulation Suite

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 03:56 PM

Why We Love SolidWorks® Simulation Suite

Lately we’ve been working with a number of design and manufacturing firms who have come to us for design simulations of their products, prior to manufacture.  One of the main reasons for engineers to ask us to do their simulations is so that they can get an independent 3rd party to review and access their designs with no pre-conceived notions about the design validity.  3rd party simulation reviews also effecitvely eliminate internal politics from the design decisions. 

This is not to say that we work in a vacuum.  The very nature of design requires us to interact with the internal design team so that we can understand and study the objectives prior to undertaking the simulation.  It’s our job to construct a simulation model that accurately represents the product or system.  Then, we must validate the real-world performance and accurately report our findings.  Our reports frequently include recommendations for better designs and/or solutions for found problems.  

Which brings us to why we love SolidWorks Simulation Suite…

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Topics: Engineering Simulation

Engineering Simulation to Cut Costs

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 05:18 PM

Engineering Simulation to Cut Costs

The design decisions that engineers make often have a significant impact on the final cost of the product.  The design process consists of a sequence of decisions and adjustments.  By making better decisions during this design phase, engineers can use cost-saving materials without sacrificing product quality. 

One product that enables better design decisions is the SolidWorks® Simulation suite.  This suite provides the advanced capabilities manufacturers need to get to market faster.  It enables designers to catch mistakes sooner, change course quickly, and create better-performing products at a lower cost.

We use SolidWorks for many of our customer simulation projects and are familiar with its benefits.  Many of the ideas in this blog post are directly derived from the SolidWorks white paper DRIVING BETTER PRODUCT DESIGN WITH SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION.

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Topics: Engineering Simulation

Engineering Simulation for Better Design

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 03:24 PM

Engineering Simulation for Better Design

Computer-aided engineering simulation is an indispensable tool for resolving the multitude of scientific and technological problems that engineers face when they design complex systems.  3D computer modeling has advanced scientific engineering simulation by enabling virtual models of entire systems, sub-systems and parts.  These virtual models can accurately predict real-life system behaviors under a variety of physical stresses.  Simulation also allows engineers to try dozens of design versions in a virtual computer environment, thus eliminating the need for multiple prototype iterations. 

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Topics: Engineering Simulation

Why Simulation is Essential for EV Machine Design

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, May 20, 2016 @ 06:02 PM

Why Simulation Is Essential for EV Machine Design

In Electric Vehicles (EVs) a traction motor delivers torque to the drive wheels. This means that the vehicle performance is totally determined by the torque speed or power speed characteristic of the traction motor.  This means that an EV motor drive must be capable of offering a high torque at low speed for starting and acceleration, and a high power at high speed for cruising.

Engineers who design EVs need simulation services and tools that can quickly, yet very accurately, be employed to ensure that the essential criteria are met.  According to one source, the method of choice by engineers who design EVs is the finite element method (FEM).

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Topics: Engineering Simulation

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