Solidworks aids HTO axial diesel-engine design
Solidworks 3D CAD/CAM software
Shepherd's High Torque Output (HTO) axial diesel engine, designed using Solidworks 3D CAD/CAM software, quadruples the torque of a traditional crankshaft engine while consuming half the fuel.
Said to be more powerful and environmentally friendly, as well as cheaper to build and run, it has fewer parts than a traditional diesel engine, no intricate castings or complicated machining and can be assembled by hand.
Its low operational rev range also means fewer combustion events occur when the engine is idling or running under a normal load.
Solidworks has saved Shepherd costs by allowing the company to quickly and accurately design the parts required for the engine.
In the coming months the company hopes to use Solidworks' simulation functionality to determine whether the parts it are using will be able to withstand the forces of the torque produced from the engine.
The HTO engine can be used in all types of cars, trucks, heavy earthmoving equipment and, if it is scaled up, in the aerospace and marine industries.
It also has applications in power generation as its high torque means it can cope with increased demands on the power supply.
A large number of cylindrical laser processing applications program the laser writing campaign as if the two axes are both, in fact, linear in nature. In other words, the cylindrical pattern is ‘unrolled’ to make the shape a more typical flat workpiece. While this technique might ease the motion control programming burden, often the resulting pattern cycle time suffers due to the many directional changes the rotary axis, in particular, must undergo during laser processing.
Infolytica has announced the release of its latest MagNet for SOLIDWORKS update, the company’s electromagnetic field simulation add-in to the 3D CAD package. This update includes improvements made to the interface, post-processing and speed of the software.
The latest release of Delcam CRISPIN’s ShoeMaker CAD software for the design of all types of footwear includes special editing tools to adapt an existing sole to a new upper design.
At the Jinjiang Footwear Expo to be held in Fujian, China, from 18–21 April, Delcam CRISPIN will launch the new release of its ShoeMaker Pro CAD software for the design of all types of footwear includes special editing tools to adapt an existing sole to a new upper design.
Elkington Brothers has completed 25 years as a customer of Delcam’s CAD/CAM software. The Birmingham-based toolmaker installed its first system in 1989, having used traditional methods for the first 50 years following its founding in 1939.