Hardware Innovation

Design Tools

We use industry leading computer aided design tools, like Solidworks, MatLab, and KiCAD, to focus your requirements into realized concepts.  Our design process takes innovative ideas bounded by customer requirements and builds prototype concepts around key hardware interfaces.  Our iterative design-analysis process simulates physical loads and environmental conditions to continuously mitigate technical risk and optimize the design for size, weight, power, and cost.

Simulating Real World Stressors

Before prototype hardware is made, our designs are validated through simulation and analysis according to design requirements.  We use a variety of tools dependent on the complexity of the intended use environment.  

For simpler mechanical and thermal load cases, we use Solidworks Simulation software to provide key feedback on the robustness of our designs.  Data from these analyses is used to mitigate technical and programmatic risk in the later stages of development.

LS-DYNA is our tool of choice for more complex and multi-physical loads.  LS-DYNA is a general purpose finite element program capable of simulating complex real world problems.  It is commonly used in the automotive, aerospace, construction, military, manufacturing, and bioengineering sectors.  It's origins lie in highly nonlinear, transient dynamic finite element analysis using explicit time integration.  It excels in analyses where changing boundary conditions, large deformations, or nonlinear materials create complications for other solvers.  Examples include plastic deformation of thin metal structures, explosions, and damping of thermoplastic or viscoelastic polymers.  It can combine structural, thermal, and electromagnetic effects in high speed, short duration events where inertial forces are important.  

Let's Build Hardware

After a rigorous design review to evaluate preliminary performance against requirements, we bring our designs into the real world.  With extensive experience in rapid development and prototyping - think less than 12 months from project start to tested prototype - we deliver effective solutions fast.  

In addition to using the latest additive manufacturing technology and materials to deliver production-representative prototypes, we are innovators in the AM space.  Harkind Dynamics, LLC personnel developed the first Inconel - Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube metal matrix composite using Direct Metal Laser Sintering.  This composite demonstrated a 35 percent increase in yield strength and 58 percent increase in resilience. We can also realize cost and time savings through AM by novel fabrication of features and surfaces which cannot be traditionally manufactured and combining designs into multi-bodied parts or non-assembled mechanisms.

AM is key to delivering hardware fast, but we push the boundaries of AM to develop tailored composite materials for improved mechanical, thermal, or electrical performance.  

Time to Test and Evaluate

The effort is now ready for testing, evaluation, and simulation model validation to close the design cycle.

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