About Predictive Engineering
Using a “digital twin” Predictive Engineering can simulate airflow, vibration, stress and load testing to digital designs at a fraction of the cost those same tests would demand using a physical product.
Predictive Engineering has provided FEA across a number of industries which include Aerospace, Energy, Marine, Automotive, Medical, and Consumer Research.
Tools of the Trade
Puget Systems worked with George Laird to design a workstation for his workflow. Laird is a Ph.D., PE, and a Principal Mechanical Engineer at Predictive Engineering. He builds and analyzes models using various software packages. These include FEMAP, LS-DYNA, STAR-CCM+, and Nastran. Each of these software packages will push a standard PC to its limit, so providing each engineer a high-performance and stable workstation is a necessity in order to deliver projects on time and within budget.
Clients approach Predictive Engineering with a design for a product which can range from satellites to submarines. Laird and his team of engineers build a model of the design using CAD and finalize it into FEM for analysis. This process is both labor and CPU/GPU intensive.
Testing and analyzing designs place enormous pressure on computer hardware. As each model is revised, it must pass through possibly hundreds of test runs which can be very time-consuming.
The engineering workstations must not only perform well, but they must remain stable under heavy loads. Any downtime can drastically increase the costs of the project and can cascade into further delays and resource constraints.
Why Predictive Engineering Selected Puget Systems
Performance and stability play a part, but Laird said it best: “I went with you because you were dedicated to the engineering workstation with a reputation to get it right.
I asked Laird whether he believes the cloud will one day meet his needs in terms of computing power. His response matches what I’ve heard from other engineers: “People say, ‘Just cloud it’, but are you really securing your data, will you always have internet, and will you be able to make immediate changes. Too much lag. It’s just not appropriate for engineering.”
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