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Announcing Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ for SOLIDWORKS® 3D CAD

BELTSVILLE, Md.Sept. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — DfR Solutions, pioneer in Reliability Physics Analysis and leader in quality, reliability, and durability solutions for the electronics industry, today announced a major release of Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ software, version 6.0, Sherlock for SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Integration.  This new release includes integration with SOLIDWORKS 2018 and empowers all SOLIDWORKS users to predict product reliability before prototyping. Sherlock users are now able to use one tool to complete complex, 3D design and reliability analyses. This groundbreaking feature is democratizing the process of electronics design by bringing powerful analytical tools to everyday electronics designers.

Current technology trends– Internet of Things, Electrification, and Autonomous Transportation – are bringing power and intelligence closer to everyday environments. This intelligence requires innovative electronic hardware that is not normally exposed to extreme environments. Now this hardware must operate at reliability levels far beyond what is currently expected for mobile phones or gaming consoles. Solving this reliability and safety challenge requires Reliability Physics Analysis that uses knowledge of failure mechanisms to predict reliability and improve product performance.

With the new Sherlock for SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD integrated software, mechanical and electronics designers and engineers can now quickly and easily predict the reliable lifetime of entire Printed Circuit Board Assemblies under real world conditions, before a product is built.  Mechanical, electrical, reliability engineers, and non-FEA experts, can now seamlessly import complex 3D objects into one tool and gain valuable insight into how mechanical structures influence the robustness of electronics exposed to thermal and mechanical loads. This information is vital for simulating circuit card assemblies as close to reality as possible.

Previously, design and engineering teams used several tools to accomplish reliability testing of 3D objects. Now users of CAD/CAE tools like SOLIDWORKS, Sherlock, or any other FEA tool, can easily build complex assemblies and complete complicated reliability physics-based analyses with just one tool.

DfR Solutions pioneered the use of Reliability Physics with Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ software, providing crucial insights and solutions early in product design and throughout the product life cycle. DfR Solutions empowers customers to accelerate and maximize product development while saving time, managing resources, and improving customer satisfaction. The company supports Fortune 500 clients in every industry including aerospace/avionics, automotive, consumer, industrial, medical, military, solar and telecommunications. For more information visit

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