View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Re: Valuable step forward
Beth Stackpole   9/7/2011 5:08:44 PM
I agree with Chuck and Salvador that providing more direct access to CFD, FEA, and other types of analysis tools directly from within CAD is a huge step towards making this technology far more accessible to non-analysts and will likely go a long way in encouraging engineers to employ analysis far earlier in the design process when it has the potential for the most impact.

Yet I do think TJ is spot on, though, in pointing out that just because these programs are easy to get to from within a familiar environment, doesn't necessarily mean that advanced techniques like meshing and the mathematical knowledge that goes along with it is part of the domain expertise of most engineers--nor should it be.

That said, the more likely scenario for these in-CAD environments will be to offer the nuts and bolts analysis functionality that has the most potential for widespread use and save a lot of the more indepth, specialty stuff for the hardcore, dedicated analysis programs.

User Rank
good news
SalvadorRomo   9/7/2011 3:25:02 PM
In all it is a great treand, as a lot uf us do the math and mesh by hand since we can afford the multi thousand dollar seats, an accessible price is always welcomed.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Re: Valuable step forward
TJ McDermott   9/7/2011 1:13:02 PM
One still has to have knowledge about sizing the mesh properly in order to get good results.  A person capable of creating a 3D Solidworks model of a part or assembly is not necessarily knowledable enough to adjust the mesh and interpret the results.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Valuable step forward
Charles Murray   9/7/2011 12:14:51 PM
This is an important step forward for many small- to medium-sized engineering departments and firms that would like to incorporate FEA earlier in the design process. Historically, it's amazing to see how FEA and CFD are leaving the specialty realm, both in terms of the hardware that they run on and the engineers who can use the technology.

Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Digital design tools and 3D printing can be used to innovate new products and accelerate the development and commercialization cycle.
The ways companies and their outside product development partners work together and divvy up success are evolving radically. Here's what you need to know no matter if you are an engineer or executive.
One of the biggest walls in embedded software development is the integration of low-level drivers with higher-level middleware and application code, but silicon vendors are stepping up to bring it down.
Honeywell and NASA's FMA Live! Forces of Nature show uses hip-hop to teach physics lessons and is currently on its Fall 2015 tour in the Midwest.
Using 3D-printing to integrate electronics is an enthralling idea, but there's a long road ahead to commercialization.
Design News Webinar Series
10/1/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/10/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
8/13/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Oct 5 - 9, Standards for the Internet of Things (IoT)
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7

Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service