The Value of Simulation
Jonathan Prince - Director, Caliber Design
Our presentation at SouthMach this year will focus on The Value of Simulation - that’s simulating the life of your design before it hits production. With FEA and CFD, you can road test your design before going anywhere near a production facility. Do these parts fit together? What impact will freezing temperatures have on this part? How will my design handle intense vibration? Questions like this can be answered, and your design tweaked and re-tested—all virtually! This way, the expensive process of physical prototyping is only done when you have confidence in your design.
In this presentation, we’ll show you some real life examples of how FEA and CFD have helped in the repair, design, and success of several local projects. We’ll talk about best practice - how it can be done versus how it SHOULD be done. And how to integrate this technology into your development process. We’re advocates for analysis being an essential step during product development, rather than the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, picking up the pieces when a part has failed and your reputation is on the line.
Simulation enables you to highlight problems and find solutions during your design phase, before any material is ordered and before you even contemplate ‘cutting steel’. It will save you time and money and ensure you produce a quality product that performs as expected. That is the value of simulation.
Caliber Design is a mechanical design consultancy that provides project-based design engineering services. Our team of highly skilled and experienced engineers are based in Auckland, Hamilton, and Christchurch. Our engineers work with clients on a project-by-project basis … this means our clients can upsize their team with the exact skills they need, when they need them.
We work with some of New Zealand’s most well-known and successful businesses—Stabicraft, Fonterra, Trimble, Shotover Camera Systems, Sanitarium, Scott Technology, to name a few. We’re currently working on innovative projects across multiple industries, including aerospace, materials and food handling, packaging, marine, agriculture, and medical. Our services range from drafting to design, ideation to Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis.