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CAE Design Analyst - New Trending Career for Mechanical Engineers

Updated: Mar 14

Mechanical engineers research, design, develop and test mechanical and thermal devices including tools, engines, machines etc. Design and manufacturing is very vital to the progress of civilization. Before we dig deeper into CAE, let us first understand the basics of engineering design. Engineering design of a product can be broken into four steps:

1. Problem definition – in the initial stages of product development, it is necessary to clearly define what the product is meant to achieve and / or do.

2. Creative process – once the objective of the product is identified, it is necessary to synthesize its form. This involves brainstorming sessions where designers and engineers meet and interact. Various forms are evaluated and selected into a set of few workable solutions.

3. Analytical process – Fitting the product into form is the next step. This requires strength and reliability analysis, cost determination, etc. This step is very important and iterative. Multiple solutions for the product may be evaluated till the optimal values are achieved. This is where CAE is blended with CAD. Using CAE software, trained engineers are able to evaluate various parameters of the desired object.

4. Prototype development & testing – this is where the theory is translated into practical. Prototypes are developed and tested, usually using 3D printers for rapid development.