By using Finite Element Analysis (FEA), product designers are now able to bring their goods and services to the market more safely and effectively than ever. Through computer-based models, products can be stress-tested and analyzed for specific results. Given the outcome, clients can make adjustments to their plans before the costly and labor-intensive prototype phase even begins.
Up and Coming FEA
Here are three new and up-and-comers who used FEA to perfect their products and designs.
Liquid Crystal Elastomer (LCE)
Believe it or not, we’re living in a world in which you can now 3D print functionally graded liquid crystal elastomer (LCE).
As a promising actuating material, liquid crystal elastomer (LCE) has been intensively explored in building diverse active structures and devices. (ScienceMag)
Naturally, it’s proven challenging to print LCE’s with graded properties; however, thanks to conducting FEA of the deformation of 3D-printed LCE structures, the process has now been proven to facilitate potential applications of LCEs in different fields.
Cantilevered Laminated Glass Balustrades
As the popularity of glass guards, railings, and balustrades continues to increase in North America, a demand for well-tempered glass increases as well. FEA has proven helpful in analyzing approaches such as how thick or thin the glass should be.
Niagara XL-Class Vibrating Screen
Haver & Boecker Niagara credits fifteen years of FEA and experimental measurements for the success of their new XL-Class vibrating screen, “the largest exciter-driven machine in the industry.” The long period of time invested in extensive testing, experimentation, and proof of concept has not been wasted. In the end, this company delivered a high-quality product that performs at high capacity.
FEA We Can Help
To hear more about how FEA can help you accelerate your production schedule, please contact us. We would be happy to hear about your project and consult with you about how we can best help you meet your goals.