Score one for Dassault’s SIMULIA division. The Abaqus finite element analysis (FEA) tool has been tapped by PC giant Lenovo (Think the former IBM ThinkPad line) to establish a simulation center within Lenovo’s Design Center for PC and portable electronics products. The new center will tap the Abaqus tools to evaluate realistic product performance throughout the various phases of the design stage, officials say.
Specifically, Lenovo will employ Abaqus to simulate dynamic impact, heat transfer, vibration, fatigue and other realistic performance characteristics of its products. The analysis enables Lenovo design engineers to determine what parts to modify and where to add damping materials in order to make PCs quieter, for example, as well as to do virtual drop testing of cell phones in order to make them more durable.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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