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Workstation-Based Digital Prototyping Accelerating Better Design— Why Digital Prototyping Is So Important Introduction Thomas Edison said, “There has to be a better way – find it.” With advancements in workstation technologies and the integration of CAD, Meshing, CAE, and CFD software – there has to a more efficient way to create, test, modify and visualize products. Today’s industry-leading manufacturers are using Digital Prototyping to drive innovation, improve quality, acceler- ate time-to-market, and cut costs. Made possible by major advances in the performance and capabilities of the latest ® Autodesk software for product development, as well as Intel ® Xeon processor-based workstation technology, Digital Proto- typing allows manufacturers to simplify workflow from design to manufacture and even to marketing and selling of the final product. With Digital Prototyping, collaboration happens much more dynamically; information accuracy is maintained through- out; and customer engagement is made possible to a degree never before imaginable. In addition to allowing manufactur- ers to make more products faster and more cost-effectively, perhaps the greatest benefit from Digital Prototyping is that it allows them to make better products, and in many cases to design products that without the advances of workstation- based Digital Prototyping would not have been feasible. Using technology from Autodesk and Intel, companies can leverage the combined strengths of a leader in software for design inno- vation and a leader in workstation processor technology to drive unprecedented success in their product manufacturing. The Need for Digital Prototyping Manufacturing today is inherently complex and only getting more so. It’s not unheard of for product assemblies to number thousands or even hundreds of thousands of parts. Take, for instance, Dynamic Structures of Vancouver, Canada, whose products include up to 300,000-part assemblies. The company is currently designing the structure for the Thirty-Meter Tele- scope on Mt. Mauna Kea in Hawaii, which will be the largest telescope in the world, and the parts for it easily number in the hundreds of thousands. The amount of information involved in bringing such a product to market is immense, and keeping track of it can be extremely difficult. It would be hard enough if this information were static, and of course it is anything but. Multiple designs are usually considered before a product is even approved; revisions are made extensively; materials, processes and suppliers can all change; and customer requirements never stand still. In the past, product development systems have often strug- gled under the weight of massive information and complexity. However, the advent of 64-bit enables software, memory and processor technology advances that now make it feasible to create a complete digital model of a complex product. As an example, engineers can now digitally produce a 3D proto- type to more accurately simulate its behavior in near realis- tic circumstances fast enough to impact product design. A complex detailed digital model that previously was too large to work with older software and workstations can now be opened, acted on and tested. Engineer’s can now design, visu- alize and simulate large Read the full White Paper.

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