Anyone Can Become a Pinball Wizard with Model-based Development

The elusive high score in pinball is a test of reflexes, determination, and focus. But most of us succumb to human error at some point. Reacting a fraction of a second too late, the ball falls fruitlessly past the flippers. Game over!

What if a smart machine could be automated to play the perfect pinball game? And how would you go about designing such a system?

Photo: Initial pinball table model created in Altair Inspire

Achieving greater operational efficiency and overcoming human error are central tenants of mechatronic system development. Smart machines can be automated to execute complex tasks, improving product quality, and shortening time to market. But first, manufacturers need powerful tools to understand and optimize how these systems operate.

The combination of mechanical structures and mechanisms with sensors, actuators, and computing power has changed product performance expectations. Mechatronic systems require full-system simulation to drive the mechanical, electrical, and control requirements necessary to deliver outstanding customer experiences. Development strategies addressing machine builder’s industry challenges set simulation at the core of their innovation strategy.

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