While it’s true that the mechanical engineering field is full of talented designers, more often than not, nature trumps our best efforts. Consider the tuna fish.
A tuna can cruise at about 60 mph, turn 180°, and then accelerate to about 22 mph in less than two lengths of its own body.
In the typical design validation and review process, more than half of participants aren’t CAD experts. That’s not surprising as stakeholders come from everywhere, like manufacturing, marketing, and even customer offices—each with his or her own unique background and goals.
What is surprising, though, is how we fail to accommodate those team members effectively.
Problems found earlier in the design process reduce development costs and save time. See how simulating the performance of your design early and often can reduce physical prototyping and enable you to make better design decisions.
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“You can be in love with designing things,” says Luca Pignacca, chief designer at Dallara Automobili. “It is more difficult to be in love with organization.”
Exactly. That’s why we enjoy images of a nicely rendered racecar more than, say, a screenshot of a nicely managed database.
“Nonetheless,” Pignacca warns, “you can be the best designer in the world—your design can be perfect—but if it’s not organized, it’s finished.”
Aren’t inter-departmental politics fun? They occur in any organization when resources are few. And since the economic downturn and executive’s turn towards cost control strategies, budgets have been rare resources indeed.
In this post, we’ll look at how the often conflicted relationship between simulation and test is taking a friendlier turn, especially under a rising new type of executive.
The Traditional Conflict between Simulation and Test
So what’s the beef between simulation and test?
Recently, I discussed how the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX) makes working with imported CAD data , and accommodating late stage design changes much easier.
Just downstream from product design, you find tooling. Whether in your building or on the other side of the world, the tool makers share a lot of the same challenges as design engineers. They worry about form, materials, forces, and motion. And just like design engineers, they work closely with other teams—like manufacturing, assembly, and often external suppliers for machine tools, standard tooling components, etc.
What’s that? You’re still a bit new to PTC Creo Simulate? Well here’s some information to help you get to know the technology a little better:
Exports in Taiwan are on the upswing, says last week’s Wall Street Journal. In fact, orders grew nearly 2% compared to March 2013, dramatically exceeding the newspaper’s forecasts of 0.1% for the period. And compared to February of this year, demand for exports grew 30% in March!
Your product is out in the marketplace. Your design team has done the best job it can. The shop guys have put their all into making it. But it’s failing. Warranty claims are escalating and putting pressure on the bottom line and you, the person tasked with figuring out what’s wrong and keeping it from ever happening again. When you ask an executive what keeps her awake at night, it’s usually some variation on this scenario. You can start, today, to get control of these issues and take preventative action for the future.