Computer Aided Design (CAD) is the use of the computer technology for the process of design documentation. CAD may be used to design curves and figures in two-dimensional (2D) space or curves surfaces and solids in three-dimensional (3D) space.
Finite Element Analysis
Finite element analysis (FEA) is a numerical method which provides solutions to problems that would otherwise be difficult to obtain. In terms of fracture, FEA most often involves the determination of stress intensity factors.
Rapid Prototyping is the automatic fabrication of an object directly from Computer Aided Design (CAD) using Additive Manufacturing techniques, also known as 3D printing, to produce physical prototypes and models. Theses prototypes are fabricated in plastic, metal and sand.
- Renishaw Co-ordinate Measuring Machine (CMM):- up to 0.012 mm accuracy.
- Konica Minolta 3D Non-contact 910i scanner: – which is able to scan components ranging in size from a golf ball to the size of an aeroplane up to 0.05mm accuracy.
- Z-Scanner 800 series (Portable handheld): – up to 0.1 mm accuracy.