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.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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