Computer-aided design (CAD) made its way in the industrial design engineering around 20 years ago.Manufacturing and design engineering companies rely on CAD drafting and drawings service providers around their location due to the useful characteristics. The biggest advantages, for converting 2D to 3D drawings, CAD services charge less hourly and smooth drawing. On the other hands, one of the other advantage side in industrial uses in terms of save time and operational costs.
CAD in the industrial engineering
The process of developing technical engineering drawings and modeling, today, depends immensely on CAD platforms. This means that final products depend largely on how the CAD drafting is done & how the drawings are developed, irrespective of what products are new or rebuilding the existing ones. Importance of CAD for an industrial design engineer or product designers cannot be negated.
One of the most prominent ways manufacturers benefit by drafting in CAD is to develop a seamless communication channel between the design engineers and shop floor fabricators.
Also in case of sheet metal, where DFM guidelines are strictly to be followed to minimize the ECOs arising from the shop floor, 3D CAD has proved to be an efficient solution.
Fabrication drawings, GA drawings, assembly and installation drawings, and P&IDs – especially in case of plant room layouts are developed in AutoCAD which helps the communication between the ideal CAD shop and the real world machine shop.
Inbuilt CAD functionalities stop design engineers from designing anything that violates any of the DFM rules – for manufacturing as well as for the assembly.
The greatest benefit to manufacturer here is that it reduces the count of change orders for cost effectiveness.
The product design ideas that have been originally conceived by the product design engineers essentially will have to be first drafted and then modeled with SolidWorks to visualize, understand, and convey design intents appropriately.
Furthermore, it opens the door for adopting new upcoming technologies like 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
These technologies help the manufacturer generate complex shapes, based on CAD drafts, with ease and relatively low material waste, resulting in significant profits for the manufacturers.
Accurate geometrical attributes, surface finishes, functionality, operational performance etc. It will have to be assessed through simulation in ANSYS and for that engineers and designers need 3D CAD modeling. All in all , a 3D model is the way through the product design verification and obtaining proofs of designs concepts.
Another major advantage of 3D modeling is that these models can be easily exported to other software for multipurpose works. Like CNC programming can directly import the strategic points on the model geometry and develop the cutting tool programming for tool path.
Secondly, BIM content for building products manufacturers can easily be generated either with help of Revit, or from a comprehensive geometry of the native SolidWorks 3D model.
It helps all involved in a construction project to collaborate with the respective sub-contractor efficiently.