Here’s a freebie for PTC users looking a taste of finite element analysis (FEA). Algor has released Algor DesignCheck, a first-pass, integrated simulation tool for Pro/Engineer users. Algor DesignCheck is a free, time-limited FEA package that lets engineers perform linear static stress analysis of single-part CAD models. The package’s FEMPRO user interface offers direct CAD/CAE data exchange and full associativity with most CAD solid modelers. Simulation capabilities include linear dynamics, fatigue, CFD, electrostatis, full multiphysics and piping. If Pro/Engineer like what they see, there’s an upgrade path to convert the free Algor license into one that supports full assemblies.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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