Guest blog written by solidThinking
In recent years, the concept of simulation-driven design has gained significant popularity. Design-embedded simulation tools help companies verify designs without relying on consultants or expensive, difficult-to-use packages of yesteryear that were the status quo not too long ago. When parts can be validated early in the design process, the business value is obvious; a few clicks of the mouse and manufacturers are reducing prototyping costs, and cycle time to market.
Well maybe it takes more than a few clicks of the mouse … 😊 The point is that design simulation tools have reshaped how the engineering and product design communities approach product design and consequently, product development. The truth is that most of these tools are still really design driven simulation. Where analysis is done to check an existing design to validate “hunches”, “hand calculations” or “tribal knowledge”.
Start with the Solution
Shorten the Time to Market with Lighter and Smarter Designs
We’d like to introduce solidThinking Inspire, a simulation design tool used to DRIVE your designs. Inspire allows designers to perform upfront screening simulation making the design process more efficient. When we place analysis as early as possible in our design process we have the advantage of a lower cost to change. Plus, our investment in time is minimal.
The software works by creating a material layout within a given design space, for a given set of loads and constraints in the most efficient way to meet the required performance targets so an “ideal” shape can be created as early as possible. By bringing simulation to design tools, Inspire has opened up the technology to a much wider user base allowing product designers to:
- automatically generate and explore weight efficient design concepts
- simulate and compare the performance of competing design concepts for static loads, normal modes and buckling
- assemble and simulate dynamic mechanical systems to automatically resolve loads on system components for optimization and analysis
- export Inspire CAD geometry to 3D printers to produce high-performance, quality parts
Inspire at a Glance
Inspire has a natural synergy with additive manufacturing technology. And as additive manufacturing continues its explosive trends, additive manufacturers seek out tools like Inspire to help them produce unique organic designs.
Now that you have a basic understanding of Inspire and its business value as a design-optimization tool, it would be helpful to wrap up this post by doing two things. First, let’s take you through the 8 different steps involved in a typical Inspire design workflow. (You’re in for a treat … here are some cool workflow videos because I know how much engineers love videos and cool images.)
Step 1: Import and Defeature
Step 2: Assign Contacts, Loads and Materials
Step 3: Topology Optimization
Step 4: Motion
Step 5: Export and PolyNurbs
Step 6: Topography and Gauge Optimization
Step 7: Verify and Compare
Step 8: Manufacturing Analysis
And as a final leave-behind… with Inspire being out in the market for as long as it has, we’ve iteratively improved on the technology. Our latest update, Inspire 2018, has been heralded as pushing the innovation envelope. But don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at the Inspire 2018 introductory webinar and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
**Note: DASI Solutions is only authorized to sell Inspire in California and Arizona