Not every SolidWorks user exploits the capabilities of the built-in Cosmos finite element analysis (FEA) capabilities nor do they count any of the standalone Cosmos simulation tools as part of their primary design tool workbench. Those that do, however, are generally pleased with the technology’s friendly, button-pushing user interface, which puts many advanced FEA capabilities well within reach.
Yet despite the accessibility of this kind of complex FEA functionality, there is a whole sea of capabilities beyond what’s laid out in some of the Cosmos sales literature or even within reach via a push of the well-designed interface button. Kap’s Corner, a monthly column that dives into a variety of CAD tips, has many useful tricks and workarounds for SolidWorks users prepared by Keith Pedersen, resident technical guru at CAPINC, a reseller of CAD products.
In one of his most recent posts, Pedersen, also a SolidWorks Elite Applications Engineer, gets into the nitty-gritty of how to extend thermal analysis studies into the realm of non-linear materials response, particularly the Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE). Complete with explainers, charts and equations, Pedersen explains the background of CTE and lays out how to do this type of analysis within the Cosmos tool set.
If this wets your whistle, there are other Kap Corner posts on SolidWorks and FEA, including a tutorial on FEA meshing and Cosmos. Check it out.
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Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.