Altair Engineering (www.altair.com) and Ansoft Corporation (www.ansoft.com) have announced that the former's HarnessLink® wiring harness and system-design tools will be integrated with the latter's SIMPLORER® simulation software. The companies say that coupling will give automotive, aerospace, and marine manufacturers a complete design environment for electrical distribution systems. Among the promised benefits: shorter simulation time and earlier detection of problems. HarnessLink manages product options and harness variables. SIMPLORER analyzes electrical performance, heating of wires, and overall system analysis.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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