Posted by Prahlad Parmar on October 20th, 2014
The mechanical design faculty has transitioned over the years. While earlier pencil, drawing boards and sheets of drafting paper were your CAD tools, they went on to be replicated and placed neatly in the side bar of your CAD software.
However today, CAD tools are much more than a mere replica of the pen and paper tools. They are a part of a much bigger set up, where product design and development takes place virtually, across the stages of 3D modeling, simulations, analysis, design iterations and validation.
Advanced Simulation and Computer Aided Engineering for Product Design and Development – Visualization and Manufacturing
Due to advances in computer hardware and software the computational complexities and design barriers have lowered. Effective visualization, higher productivity, better product performance, higher sustainability, smaller foot print and easy manufacturability are the various byproducts of the iterative loop ‘create, test and adapt’ of CFD/FEA capabilities.
Benefits of Product Design and Development using Advanced Simulations
Using advanced simulation tools such as FEA and CFD for analysis and validation of a product design has wide ranging benefits. Some of these include:
A Relationship of Innovation and Growth
The use of advanced simulations for mechanical design breeds innovation. The conventional prototyping and testing methods consume a lot of time, additionally, if a design change meant to improve performance backfires, then the resulting costs can be too high, this is why the conventional methods leave little scope for designers to experiment. On the contrary, virtual simulations are easy, and a product can be analyzed and validated before an actual prototype is made.
Utilizing CAD/CAE capabilities allows engineers to experiment more and hence encourages innovation. Design innovation in-turn leads to better products and hence business growth. Innovation and business growth thus have a mutually progressive relationship.
Mechanical 3D Modelling is a leading firm providing product development services using CAD/CAE capabilities. The company is an innovative partner to several manufacturers across the globe, delivering uncompromised innovative product design, driving business growth for its clients.
About Author: Prahlad Parmar is an Engineering Specialist working at Mechanical 3D Modelling for the past 4 years. He caters critical engineering challenges with ease and performs exhaustive procedures to develop robust, well-engineered and high performance designs. He can always be found in the lab discussing, brainstorming and tweaking designs.