Manikin ensures designs conform to regulations

PTC has introduced a 3D digital human figure to help designers make their designs more user friendly as well as conform to health and safety regulations

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There will be two new modules, Pro/EngineerR Manikin Extension and Pro/Engineer Manikin Analysis Extension, which according to Robin Saitz, PTC's vice president, solutions marketing, will allow evalulation of reach and fields of vision and conformance to all relevant regulations including carrying standards. She further said at the recent PTC World event that, "We wanted to make it available to all users", so from December 2008, "Every licence will have one Manikin included", and this will be included in all Pro/Engineer packages at no additional charge for those customers on the latest maintenance release of Pro/Engineer Wildfire 4.0.

Pro/Engineer Manikin Extension will include the insertion, customisation, and manipulation of standards-based 3D human models; and the generation of human reach envelopes and vision cones to understand what limitations may exist in a design. A user's perspective may be gained by using a "Fly To View" capability. Libraries of global populations and manikin postures will assist the building of manikin scenarios.

Pro/Engineer Manikin Analysis Extension will allow the simulation, communication and optimisation of manual handling tasks such as lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying.

Author
Tom Shelley

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