posted on Sep, 18 2020 @ 05:01 PM
From what i understand - admittedly not much - about this technology, I will take a stab at what these guys have done and why it is a gamechanger if
indeed it is the case.
Over the past few years, CATIA, Solidworks, Ansys and dozens of other design and engineering analysis software have made it possible to speed up the
design process for aircraft.
But the problem has been these are all distinct software applications. Sure, like with SAP R/3 HANA for business processes there is some handover,
some flow and some integration, but the sheer complexity of taking distinct components and turning them into a reliably functioning aircraft is
daunting. What I imagine has happened is that the capabilities offered by these systems have been tightly integrated into a single virtual
environment, which can end to end show how components interact with each other, the flight regime, how changes to one impact the whole system. I also
suspect there have been breakthroughs in the way this information is presented to engineers and the way they interact with the environment. This has
made it easier to test how existing components will interact with new ones, how changes made will respond to the real world. This virtual environment
where it all happens has been built up over decades of data from real world tests and experience, as well as mathematical modelling.
And that leads me to another potential breakthrough: the way this program is managed, the tools and thinking used. If you suddenly have this new
capability to design in the virtual world, you will be more likely to take risks, to push designs without worrying about blowing the budget with sub
scale, real world prototypes. You can simply push the nevelope harder, faster and cheaper.
This is what I suspect has happened. And this is before we even talk about digital manufacturing.
Finally...taxpayers will no longer need to bend over and smile... ;-)
a reply to: Blackfinger