What do mid-size manufacturers have to keep in mind when introducing simulation driven design?
The decisive aspect is maintaining a culture of openness. All stakeholders involved have to stand by this strategic decision. Also, the introduction of SDD means fulfilling a number of preconditions. First, you have to evaluate all processes whether they can be automated. In addition, you have to identify the core aspects of your production. If a certain product feature is key to your success, then you have to make sure that it will not be questioned by analyses and optimization potentials – neither during development nor during production. You also have to take stock of the entire workflow: You can’t just focus on the specific components, you have to look at the whole manufacturing process, no matter whether you’re dealing with plastic or metal casting.
Will simulation replace physical testing at some point in the future?
I don’t expect us to reach that point for a long time, if ever. On the contrary, the more precise our simulations become, the more precisely we have to measure and evaluate the results. Our main goal is to provide the designers with a tool that helps them during the drafting process. Software cannot replace testing, it can’t replace the designer, and it certainly can’t replace the creative development specialist.
Many thanks for this interview, Mr. Herrmann!
Martin Herrmann For more than 30 years, Martin Herrmann has been involved in FEM simulation. Before assuming his position as simulation expert at CENIT, he acted as Managing Director of SynOpt (since 2012), a company in which CENIT has held a majority interest since July 2017. As a sales partner of Dassault Systèmes, SynOpt specializes in simulation products from the SIMULIA portfolio.
After completing studies in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in manufacturing technology, Mr. Herrmann began his career in 1989 as development engineer for crash simulation at Daimler AG. From 1992 to 2011, he was Managing Director of a company providing measurement technology for the auto industry and FEM simulation services. From 1994 onwards, he also acted as sales partner of DEFORM software (simulation of processes in metal deformation, chipping and thermal treatment).
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