Sunday, June 20, 2010

Autodesk Inventor - Accessing Design Performance with FEA

To compete in today's global manufacturing supplier market,
companies are challenged to:

  • Shorten development cycles and cut manufacturing costs

  • Increase innovation and creativity

  • Produce better-quality goods

Incorporating FEA (finite element analysis) into the product
design process can help speed production. By trimming development
cycles, companies can reduce a product's time to market and
quickly adapt to new market requirements. In particular, FEA helps
minimize the prototyping phase of development.

For example, if the table of an industrial machine is in
resonance because its fundamental frequency is close to that of the drive, the
manufacturer has to modify the underlying properties of that
table. Typically, that means time and money spent correcting the design
flaws on a prototype.

But FEA testing completed early in the design phase can reveal
potential trouble spots before the prototype is built. Prospective
problems can be corrected in the design to minimize the changes
required in prototype -- accelerating both product development and
production. Autodesk Inventor Professional incorporates FEA
testing to accomplish viable designs more quickly and cost-effectively.

Get Acquainted with FEA

FEA requires you to establish boundary conditions - the part
materials and a definition of how the part operates - and then the software
simulates the behavior of a component in its physical
environment, taking into account how forces will affect the part and in what way
the part is supported.
FEA is completely integrated into the Autodesk Inventor
Professional interface, so you can perform testing within the design

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Autodesk Inventor - Accessing Design Performance with FEA