Chapter 13

Analysis Tools

13.1 Introduction

The creation of a geometric model is not the end of design but rather a means to study the part or assembly to ensure that it meets functional requirements such as stress analysis, fatigue analysis, thermal analysis, buckling, and so on. CAD/CAM systems offer a multitude of analysis tools that a designer can use to verify the design.

The crucial factor in using these analysis tools is understanding how to correctly set up the analysis, use the right input parameters, and interpret the results. Each tool is based on and implements a mathematical model. The effective use of these tools requires that the designer be proficient in analysis using the proper implementation tools. For example, the designer ...

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