Saving Costs with Virtual Prototyping

Virtual prototyping

Leveraging the combined powers of 3D solid modeling and design analysis software, engineers can now test a design on the computer instead of using prototype-test iterations for design. CAD models have become virtual prototypes, and design analysis has supplanted physical testing, enabling faster, less costly, and more optimized product development. In addition, computer-based design analysis allows for more in-depth examination of product performance than would ever be possible using even the most detailed prototypes, resulting in more innovative, reliable, and marketable products. Prototypes vs. Design Analysis Studies have shown that 80% of a product’s manufacturing costs are locked into the approved design, which is why the ability to perform quick and inexpensive design iterations prior to releasing the design has become a critical competitive advantage. Design analysis makes it possible to perform design iterations quickly and inexpensively on computer models instead of on costly physical prototypes. Even if prototyping costs were…


Optimizing the Virtual Memory on a System

System Information

The virtual memory on your computer should be adjusted to provide optimum performance, and minimum fragmentation.  While this guide is written for Windows XP, the changes and settings are also fully applicable to other Windows operating system (however the locations of the menus in question may be different). To properly adjust your virtual memory, you need to know how much physical memory, or RAM, is on the system.  You can find this by going to Start-> All Programs-> Accessories-> System Tools-> System Information.  Within the System Summary section of the system information window, find the Total Physical Memory.  This is your RAM.


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