Design and Engineering Services
- WRD, in conjunction with Luxon Engineering is proud to offer the following Design and Engineering services
The design of mechanical parts and assemblies is our specialty. Using advanced computer-aided-engineering (CAE) techniques, we are able to optimize a design to achieve your goals quickly and accurately. The ability to build and test a virtual product using CAE substantially improves design efficiency; fewer prototypes are required for development and testing since most of the iterations are preformed quickly on the computer. This saves valuable time and money and quickly gets the product or idea to market. All simulations, results, design concepts, bills of materials, etc. are organized in a manner that is easy to understand and can be delivered to the customer in many formats. Take a look below and click on the thumbnails to see some examples of our capabilities.
3D CAD Modeling
We use SolidWorks CAD software for all our 3D modeling. Models can be delivered to the customer in various formats (SolidWorks, Pro/Engineer, IGES, STEP, Parasolid, and STL). All solid models are created using a clean and efficient style; notes and comments are added where necessary to a neatly organized feature tree. If applicable, skeletons and/or equations are added to facilitate design and configuration changes. Assemblies receive the same treatment with the addition of exploded views where applicable. Our CAD services include AutoCAD and 2D to 3D conversions, taking sketches to 3D models, and general 3D CAD work.
2D Drafting and Technical Drawing
Like our 3D modeling, SolidWorks CAD software is utilized for all 2D technical drawings. Drawings are available to the customer in various formats (SolidWorks, DXF, DWG, PDF, and JPEG). All dimensions and tolerances conform to the ANSI Y14.5 1994 standard with proper GD&T used throughout as needed.
Finite Element Analysis
Finite element analysis (FEA) is typically used in structural analysis to check for stress concentrations, factor of safety, determine resonant frequencies, and find other values of interest. Finite element methods give us the ability to run through many different design configurations quickly to determine the optimal design. We have the capability to run both linear and non-linear models, contact simulation, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation, fatigue simulation, composite analysis, and optimization runs.
Our powerful finite element analysis capabilities allow us to efficiently optimize designs. Typical optimization goals include minimizing component mass and material or maximizing modal frequencies subject to stress or deflection constraints. Manufacturing and symmetry constraints can be applied to the model to ensure a manufacturable result. Optimization types include topology (pictured), topography (sheet-metal beading), size and shape, composite (core and ply order and thickness, ply orientation), and others. Contact us for more information about this powerful technology.
Multibody Dynamic Analysis
Multibody dynamic analysis (MBD) is preformed to determine an assembly mechanisms motion, force magnitudes, and directions throughout various scenarios. MBD is useful to check for part interference, size actuators and motors, and plot various parameters of interest throughout a mechanism's motion. We also have the ability to use "Flexbodies" in the analysis which model the effects of flexible components (FEM Models). This advanced technique does not limit the analysis with the rigid body assumption producing more accurate results.
Our rendering software can transform a 3D model into a realistic looking image; many different materials and scenes are available to showcase your design. Renderings are useful for visualization purposes when aesthetics are of importance and can also be used to market a product before it goes to production or to convey an idea to investors.