This new actuator element technology is designed to enable engineers to realistically simulate complex computer-
Algor Inc.tuator element technology is designed to enable engineers to realistically simulate complex computer-controlled movement with their proprietary Mechanical Event Simulation (MES) software. This software is said to reduce the requirement for physical prototyping and eliminate the need to input dynamic loads by automatically determining the motion, flexing and resulting stresses of a part or assembly at each instant of an event. In addition, the proprietary kinematic element technology makes performing Mechanical Event Simulations using CAD solid parts and assemblies practical by optimizing run times.
Actuator elements are engineering elements (like contact or dashpot elements). In using these actuator elements, engineers can specify contraction and extension values over time to drive motion between the connected parts. Multiple actuator elements can be used in a system to replicate asymmetric motion. Alternatively, several actuators working in unison can simulate hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders and electric solenoids that function symmetrically.
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