The unique approach to modeling in Enventive® software is based on Smart Components™, which are composed of both geometric and functional data. Smart Components accumulate engineering knowledge in the course of product design activities and preserve the knowledge for reuse in future products.
Engineers can embed equations and empirical data into Smart Components, enabling the components to compute their own functional properties. For example, bearings can compute their B-10 life, springs can compute their force-deflection curves, shafts can compute their deflection under load, and motors can compute their RPM-torque curves.
Functional interdependencies between Smart Components are easily created and managed—one component’s functional outputs can be connected to another’s functional inputs. For example, the force generated by a spring produces a load on a shaft, which transmits the load to a bearing.
These component-level knowledge modules drastically reduce the time mechanical engineers spend looking for information and enable collaborative system-level modeling, thereby accelerating system performance analysis and optimization.
Smart Components are the building blocks that collectively form Smart Assemblies™—used to simulate, optimize, and analyze system performance. Smart Assemblies support collaborative modeling and a flexible, 2-way management process. Team members can originate and migrate changes from components to assemblies or from assemblies to components.
Smart Assemblies can also roll up costs, giving team members a running total on manufacturing cost estimates. Integrated Excel spreadsheets make it a snap for costing engineers to embed information, such as costing formulas, directly into component definitions.