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.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.