A POWERFUL TOOL TO VERIFY YOUR IDEAS

At MMID, we are a great fan of testing our ideas and products with real prototypes. It is the best way to verify if your ideas work, if they are strong or stiff enough and if all the parts fit together well. In some projects however, these prototypes are quite expensive or time consuming. To reduce the risk of failure for these prototypes it could be a good idea to invest some time in a finite element analysis (FEA) of the 3D CAD model of your concept.

Analyzing risks in an efficient way

With the help of special FEA software, you can virtually test the strengths and stiffness of your 3D models.  At MMID we often use this software to quickly analyze a concept and improve it in a few efficient iterations. We can quickly see whether one concept is stronger or stiffer then another one. Also, it can show the weak areas very fast and efficient.  If we want to know with a little more certainty whether a certain concept can fulfill a certain requirement, we also do more elaborate analysis of our concepts. This type of analysis typically uses a more detailed 3D model, more detailed and complex boundary conditions and more accurate material properties. We can predict with reasonably high accuracy whether our concept would be stronger than a benchmark product. If there is no benchmark product available then we could predict the strength of the concept within a certain tolerance.

Pippi-carrier

The FEA was successfully applied to the development of the Pippi-Carrier, a super strong carrier for a car seat for babies, which can be easily and swiftly placed on a shopping trolley.

Real-life testing

Even the best FEA could never predict the behavior of a concept with 100% accuracy, so a real-life test with a physical model is always recommended to verify the concept completely but FEA is certainly a very powerful tool to generate smart and well-engineered parts efficiently.

Would you like to know more about FEA, please contact us!