A case study of the development of a design enabler tool to support frame analysis for Wright Metal Products, a US SME

Madhusudan Kayyar, Farhad Ameri, Joshua D. Summers
2012 International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology  
This paper introduces a design tool that provides customised engineering analysis functionalities for a manufacturer of metal frames. This work is motivated by the need for supporting small to medium scale enterprises (SMEs) with affordable computer aided analysis tools. The design process followed by a SME, Wright Metal Products of Simpsonville, SC, primarily depends on special expertise of a few key individuals who design products based on past experience, augmented by trial and error.
more » ... sing that this is an inefficient, time consuming, and expensive way of designing products and evaluating their performance, a specialised, simple, and affordable design enabler for engineering analysis is developed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the design process.
doi:10.1504/ijcaet.2012.047814 fatcat:nziddzdtrvbdpmglpb2mjj2m5e