Manufacturing & Prototyping

Simulating Composite Structures

Layered composites are often the materials of choice when a manufacturer must reduce the weight (lightweight) of a component or system to increase fuel efficiency while maintaining strength. Composites are often used in automobiles, aircraft, ships and wind turbines for this purpose. But because their strength and performance depend upon the thickness, layer structure, orientation and other factors, determining how composite structures will perform in real-world conditions is not as easy as it is for metallic components of the same shape. Read this white paper to learn how you can use ANSYS Composite PrepPost to perform layup simulations to optimize composites for strength, durability and light weight.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Composites, Materials

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Reticulated Foams Expand The Boundaries Of Cellular Solids

Ideally suited for high-tech applications, reticulated foams of ceramic or metal provide industry as well as the research community with an extraordinarily versatile material form that can be engineered for particular properties and tailored for specific applications. The interconnected lattice of continuous ligaments within the cellular structure provides greater strength than shorter fibers and also ensures uniform material characteristics throughout the structure.

Posted in: White Papers, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials

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CNC Guide: Best Design Practices for Custom Machined Parts

CNC machining is one of the fastest way to build functional prototypes, product molds, low to high volume production runs, and fixtures.

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Ensuring On-Time Parts Delivery for Aerospace Applications

On-time delivery of high-quality parts from suppliers is a major concern for aerospace companies because they stand to lose huge sums of money every day production is halted for lack of parts.

Posted in: White Papers, Aeronautics, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Products of Tomorrow: September 2016

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Product of the Month: September 2016

The PADS PCB Product Creation Platform from Mentor Graphics, Wilsonville, OR, is a design creation platform that provides schematic capture, component management, simulation and analysis, PCB layout and routing, and manufacturing analysis and outputs. The platform also provides intelligent component selection and data management, definition of rules and constraints, circuit reuse, and variant creation and management during circuit creation. Capabilities include analog/mixed-signal simulation that analyzes, solves, and verifies signal integrity and DDR memory issues; rules-based electronic design rule-checking to identify EMI, SI, and PI problems; thermal analysis; constraint and variant management; ECAD/MCAD collaboration; and design for manufacturing (DFMA) analysis. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61065-120

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Compact Robot

ABB Robotics (Auburn Hills, MI) introduced the IRB 1660ID compact robot for arc welding and machine tending applications. It features a DressPack design that allows users to program and simulate predictable cable movements, a rigid upper arm with a reach of 1.55 m, and a payload of 6 kg. It is able to accommodate heavier weld torches, and provides wire feeding control near the arc. TrueMove™ technology provides 0.05-mm path repeatability. The integrated DressPack allows the robot to move at maximum acceleration and speed for machine tending applications. The risk of collision in confined spaces is also eliminated, and the 1,390° working range of axes 4, 5, and 6 enables agility in CNC machines.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Motion Control

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