Beth, this is where CAE codes make a big difference. It is possible to explore a large part of the design space in the computer. This gives the design team the ability find optimal, or near optimal, parameters for their rel-world testing.
Another interesting aspect is the cloud for CFD. These are highly parallel simulations that seem more amenable to massive parallel solutions. It is also interesting to see that this is a public cloud solution.
Using a 3D printer, CNC router, and existing powertrain components, a team of engineers is building an electric car from scratch on the floor of the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this week.
In November, a European space probe will try to land on the surface of a comet moving at about 84,000 mph and rotating with a period of 12.7 hours. Many factors make positioning the probe for the landing an engineering challenge.
NinjaFlex flexible 3D printing filament made from thermoplastic elastomers is available in a growing assortment of colors, most recently gold and silver. It's flexible and harder than you'd expect: around 85A (Shore A).
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