Adding an extra step to a process is rarely considered efficient. After all, streamlining steps usually means that tasks are accomplished more quickly. However, if the added step is designed to save time and money in the long run, then would it not be worth considering?
This is the case with Finite Element Analysis (FEA). It’s an extra step in the process, but it’s an important one.
What FEA Does
FEA is a software system that will predict how a product will respond to the real world. The computer model considers physical effects such as heat, fatigue, motion, vibration, force, and so forth.
Finite element analysis shows whether a product will break, wear out, or work the way it was designed. It is called analysis, but in the product development process, it is used to predict what is going to happen when the product is used (AutoDesk).
How FEA Benefits You
Through FEA, you are able to evaluate your product’s strengths and weaknesses before it goes to production. By narrowing potential problems, FEA allows you to circumvent a potentially-lengthy prototype phase and move you toward your end goal more quickly.
Therefore, although FEA could add a step to your process, it also could save you both time and money in the long run. Whether you are working on a new product design or refining production of an existing product, FEA could be your next logical step.
We here at American Hydroformers would love to talk to you about Finite Element Analysis and how it can benefit you. For more information, or to chat with us about any of our other services, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to working with you.
Founded in 2003, American Hydroformers specializes in the tube hydroforming manufacturing process. Production capabilities include numerous metal forming techniques such as hydroforming, hydraulic press work, metal stamping, and tube forming. In addition to hydroformed components, American Hydroformers offers complete assembly level fabrication of automotive structures, robotic welding, and both industrial laser and plasma cutting.
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