Speeding Product Design
Troy, N.Y. — From turbine engines to toilet tissue, the time
to market of manufactured products could be accelerated through
improved high-tech design.
To perfect the design process and decrease costs, Rensselaer
researchers are working with Simmetrix Inc. of Clifton Park,
N.Y., inventors of a virtual simulation model used extensively
to automate the design of interior air handling systems in
Using simulation early in the design process makes it easier
for designers to incorporate sudden changes to a product,
ensure accurate costs, and meet strict performance
requirements, say Mark Beall, president and co-founder of
Simmetrix, and Mark Shephard, director of Rensselaer's
Scientific Computation Research Center (SCOREC).
The partnership between Simmetrix Inc. and SCOREC is supported
by a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of
Standards and Technology's (NIST) Advanced Technology Program.
Rensselaer will receive $550,000 of the NIST funding for their
efforts on the project. The project includes industry
collaborations with United Technologies, Visteon, John Deere,
and Procter & Gamble.
Advanced simulation and computerized component testing, called
Simulation Environment for Engineering Design (SEED), will be
used as the primary means of designing a new product. Companies
will no longer need to spend millions designing and building
"real" prototypes only to find the end result to be
insufficient for their needs.
"These steps are essential to saving time, money, and
resources," said Beall, who completed his doctorate with
Shephard in 1999 and was the previous assistant director of
Contact: Patricia Azriel
Phone: (518) 276-6531