How to speed through the 60601 drop test with finite element analysis

Figure 1: From 3D CAD model (left) to FEA meshed model [Image courtesy of Flex]

Finite element analysis can help design a robust mechanical architecture to pass one of the toughest tests in medical device design.

Giorgio Sardo, Flex

Time to market is a key factor for new medical product success. Designers now use modeling and simulation to pass one of the most severe tests: 60601-1, an international standard applicable to all medical electrical equipment and systems. By skipping costly trial-and-error iterations, they can quickly define the parameters for a robust mechanical architecture. Drop simulation can predict the test result and also support a failure analysis investigation.

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