Models, Material Properties, Loads and Constraints... things you should know. 
FEA software is very expensive! FEA training is very expensive! Gaining the experience to be able to handle all different types of analysis takes time. I have all three! Software, Training and Experience. I am using ANSYS analysis software, the Best in the industry. I have received training from ANSYS in advanced, nonlinear analysis and I have extensive experience with linear and nonlinear applications. Let me help you to reduce your development costs and shrink that development timeline. 
F.A.Q. 
Why should I use FEA? 
Finite Element Analysis is useful when Engineering equations do not apply. Engineering equations for stress and deflection are derived using a set of assumptions that must be true for the equation to be valid. The truth is that most Engineers never consider these assumptions when applying these equations. In the past, Safety Factors were applied to account for the uncertainties in the calculations and resulted in over designed parts. In today’s competitive market, these over designed part are too expensive. FEA can eliminate the over design and reduce your final cost. 
What types of analysis are available? 
The easiest type of analysis is a single body with linear material properties. Since the material properties are linear and no contact is involved, the simulation can be done in one direct calculation. This means that the part is constrained, loaded and solved in a single step. The following is a list of the categories I use for analysis. Single body with linear material properties. 
What do I need to have an analysis done? 
To have an analysis done you will need to have an accurate 3D model of your part in a format that my software can import. I prefer Autodesk Inventor or Mechanical Desktop files. If you are using a modeling package other then the ones I listed, you can export models as a DXF or STEP file format. 
What does an analysis cost and how long will it take? 
The simplest analysis is a single body with linear material properties. If you have experience with FEA and are just looking for a results report, I’ll run the analysis and send you the ANSYS results for $100. If you want me to interpret the results and write a summary report this goes up to $150. This is for a part with simple geometry. As the complexity of the part increases, so does the price of the analysis. 


Once the analysis is finished, I will provide you with a report that is generated by my software. This can be in either .html or .pdf format. The .html format is viewable in any browser and is easiest to extract images from. This report will include a description of all the parameters used such as constraints, loading and material properties. I will also include images of the stress plots and any other areas of interest that you have asked to see. If you have requested a written summary report this will be provided in .pdf format. 
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