This is a post by Dave Martin on the PTC site.
I started my engineering career as a structural analyst at Martin Marietta (later Lockheed Martin). Our teams and workflows were siloed. The designers, analysts, and manufacturing engineers worked in separate areas. Models were handed off from one group to another in a linear flow, usually with multiple cycles of the engineering design definition looped back to the design team.
After gaining some experience, often I would receive designs and know immediately, without performing an analysis, that the model would fail to meet its operating environment requirements. Common problems included:
- The engineer didn’t design the components with the load paths in mind or had lightened the part by removing material in the load path.