Simpleware software user Dr Llion Evans of Swansea University and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy has received £1 million in funding for a five-year project into virtual testing of new components. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the research looks at how image-based simulation using 3D X-ray imaging can virtually evaluate manufactured components.
Offering a compliment to physical testing, this approach is valuable for validating parts for high-value manufacturing (HVM) where repairing or replacing the part is difficult or very expensive. The 3D image data processing solutions offered by Simpleware software enables Llion Evans to overcome traditional time and cost bottlenecks within image-based modelling, speeding u workflows.
Dr Evans explained the project:
“Virtual qualification can be a big boost for the manufacturing industry. But to make it worth companies’ while using it on their production lines, it has to be quick enough to work on the large scale they need.
At the moment, image-based modelling is very labour-intensive. Our aim is to reduce the time needed from weeks to hours.”