Calculations and analysis aid the design process because they provide guidance to engineers throughout the design cycle. Because most product geometries are too complex for hand calculations, we use computer simulation and analysis to help us to predict how your manufactured product will behave. We perform virtual testing using simulation software, such as finite element analysis (FEA) or computational fluid dynamics (CFD). We test our digital CAD models in virtual prototyping environments to see if our designs behave in the way they are intended. If they don’t, we make changes and test again.
Traditionally, engineers tested physical prototypes, but simulation is quick and cost-effective. We run computer-based simulations and analyse the results to optimise your design before we build a single prototype. Simulation answers your design questions as quickly and accurately as possible, so has a direct impact on the cost and speed of product development. Physical prototyping confirms the simulation results later in the design cycle.
We can simulate your product being used correctly for its intended purpose, and a wide variety of misuse cases. This ensures your product is not dangerous, and will meet all the health and safety requirements. We can model a range of conditions which are difficult to test experimentally, such as extreme temperatures, high pressures and long product lifetimes.
Simulation can also help you to choose the ideal materials and finishes for your product. It keeps you final product as close to the design specifications as possible, and avoid expensive modifications after tooling.
At Oxford Product Design, we use the most up-to-date computing hardware and premium simulation software. We can run a vast range of tests, including:
Contact us today to find out more about our Simulation services.
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