The design process
The engineering team at PBC Linear begins the design process by offering their customers downloadable CAD material, as well as a library of technical data through PART Community—a web-based 3D CAD viewing program.
The team then uses customer specifications to formulate a solution for the proposed application. Next, a 3D representation of the application is created using SolidWorks®. Further refinements to the design are then added using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software.
Simulations are run in order to investigate the effects of static and dynamic loading, impact, vibration, heat transfer, and dimensional tolerances. These tests showcase where the “hot spots” of stress are for each feasible strain on the system. The software also exaggerates the strain to give engineers a clear picture of how each external factor affects all parts of the application.