Today’s manufacturing robots are sophisticated mechatronics systems that require PLM traceability and dependency management to ensure engineers in each design domain to understand the impact of their decisions on other domains.
I can relate to the discussion about the major obstacles of integrating data with multiple vendor's tools across multiple domains. With design cycle times becoming more and more compressed, it is so important to have the right data immediately available at a designer's fingertips. As the article stated, too often it seems that we have to spend excessive time digging up, verifying and converting design data instead of spending more time on the actual design itself. The right PLM tools and system can be very beneficial.
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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