How can SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard Help SMEs Increase Productivity?
Typical Prototype to Product Cycle*
According to Alen Cohen, author of Prototype to Product, the major costs of Design and Development stages are from Prototyping and Testing cycles. A potential product defect might cost several cycles of testing before it moves downstream. The cost would be even higher when the defects are to be rectified in the manufacturing stage.
Major categories of engineering failures:
80% of engineering failures are from the above categories. An early stage of planning normally takes Yielding and Fatigue effects into consideration as they are the easiest to foresee. Yielding effect is analyzed to estimate a Factor of Safety under normal loading condition, which involves static stress and strain of the material. Fatigue study will need to have an S-N Curve (relation between loading and loading cycles) to calculate the damage and life-span of a particular part. These two characteristics make Stress and Fatigue studies the most common types of analysis in the prototyping and testing phase. A good control over these two potential defects can easily reduce the development and testing time by 30%.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation products have three packages covering different analysis features for various physical scenarios. For example, Static Stress and Fatigue analysis are included in Simulation Standard package and Heating-Cooling effects analyses are available in Simulation Professional. Furthermore, Non-Linear Dynamics analysis for complex building structures could be found in the Simulation Premium package.
With SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, users have the capability to analysis the yielding as well as the fatigue effects. Additionally, SOLIDWORKS Motion simulation is able to carry kinematic analysis for assemblies and Trend Tracker helps the users easily determine and trace the impact of the design changes on component performance while designing.
As Stress(Yielding) and Fatigue take up to 30% of the most common engineering failures types to be analyzed, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard would be definitely help its users to reduce plenty of time in the testing cycles and save the both raw material and machining cost in the prototyping stage. A 30%-shorten development time will also introduce a shorter Product Life Cycle (PLC) in the whole company and increase the productivity by at least 15%.
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Typical Prototype to Product Cycle Chart, Alen Cohen, Prototype to Product: A Practical Guide for Getting to Market. August 2015, O’Reilly Media