How simulation software helps speed up the product design process
The capability to design, test and validate in the digital world helps get products to market faster for less money. Testing is a critical part of the design process. No matter how complex or simple, every design must be vetted to ensure it works as intended.
Typically, powerful finite element analysis (FEA) or computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software simulate how a design would work. Simulation software is also useful for conducting virtual tests on designs long before time-intensive and costly physical prototypes are made.
When the goal is to get a product to market quickly, simulation software integrated into CAD software shortens the learning curve because of the similar workflows in these programs.
With simulation software engineers can design their parts and make modifications, but at the same time be able to analyse them. An engineer can easily use software to find a problem or a potential problem in their model around high stresses or strains and resolve it.
Simulation tools let you isolate and correct design flaws, reduce problematic variables, improve design quality and rely on fewer prototypes. You can alter models early in the design process, when changes cost less to make.
That’s not to say these simulation tools eliminate the need for experienced analysts; the combination of engineering expertise and powerful simulation tools are still a critical part of the design process. By the time you receive the model, however, its overall quality will be improved, which will help speed cycle time and time to market.
Engineers can verify and validate their designs, and come up with new innovative designs based on those findings early in that design process. Any issues that are discovered can easily be modified and fixed, and then the engineer can move on in the design process.
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