“ The Holy Grail of simulation is for your first prototype to be the right one: the final product with little or no improvement needed. It means having such powerful and accurate models that the configurations selected during simulation will conform exactly to reality. Digital modelling offers so much more potential: we intend to invest continuously in this area and the journey ahead is an exciting prospect for both Chicago Pneumatic and our customers ”
This range of simulation possibilities is so wide that there is almost no limit to what can be simulated. This is a real game changer in our ability to introduce innovative ideas to the market quickly.
Of course, the simulation is mainly theory and requires some real measurements to ensure a good fit in the practical world. We call this our « reality check ». These two approaches are complementary and necessary to achieve the best result possible. Once numerous virtual prototype models have been evaluated by the simulation software, the best configurations are selected to build physical prototypes which are submitted to real life testing.
Each physical prototype is tested for specific attributes. One is used to test the initial concept of the tool. Another one is a « functional » prototype tested to ascertain the expected performance. A final one is a fully designed prototype, complete with company logo, to validate every aspect: concept, design, and performance.