Thursday, February 12, 2009

SolidWorks Simulation Training

As we are getting closer to the production of the Rally Fighter, it will be critical to test our suspension and chassis stiffness before building the production tooling. The best way to do this is of course through simulation in the computer where we can quickly and accurately conduct several different tests with a multitude of parameters, then build the chassis and suspension and conduct a limited number of physical tests to confirm our CAD model results.

Therefore, I spent the last few days at our Value Added Reseller (VAR) for SolidWorks, R&D Technologies getting some in-depth training on the Simulation package that comes with the seat of SolidWorks we purchased. With this powerful tool we can take the chassis design and inside SolidWorks, run simulations to test how it is affected by everything from just sitting at ride height to driving through the rugged desert terrain. No need for any other software, and no converting files. I can even make changes on the fly to the model and update the simulation parameters and run the test.

This will prove to be a very powerful tool and I'm very excited to put it to use in the very near future, so check back soon for updates on what results from the Simulation tests!

An example of Simulation results once the testing has been run on a SolidWorks model (www.develop3d.com)

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