Virtual Prototyping

Updated: May 16, 2020

Virtual prototyping consists of turning the design into a three dimensional (3D) model that is depicted in a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software program. That model is considered a “Virtual Prototype” because it’s not a physical model, but a model depicted in a computerized program. There are various CAD programs out there, but ISS works with Fusion 360, which is considered the most popular nowadays.



Optimizing the design


Generative Design, Finite Element Analysis, Topology, and Data Science are tools that engineers can use to optimize a design. All of the listed examples are computerized methods of improving designs.


  • Generative Design uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve the design.

  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)