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SolidWorks macros reduced beam arrangement drawing time from 7 days to 15 minutes

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SolidWorks macros reduced beam arrangement drawing time from 7 days to 15 minutes

Project Overview

Client Profile
Conveyor support structure manufacturer
Location
USA
Industry
Mining Industry
Inputs
Customized design inputs
Deliverables
.swp files with master models in CAD
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Business Needs

The client needed to develop a CAD automation tool to update models, drawings, and their references to auto assemble the parts. The manufacturer wanted to automate calculations for Bill of Materials in Excel and drawings creation in pdf to save time.

Challenges

  • 5-7 days of engineering lead time, affecting final product delivery.
  • Skill gap to accurately calculate the angle for conveyor belt support.
  • Repetitive error-prone and time consuming tasks.

Our Solutions & Approach

Get your 7 days’ work done in 15 min with CAD automation

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The manufacturer approached Hitech’s automation team to eliminate repetitive tasks for calculating angle of the belt with accuracy and shorter TATs. Project team studied the standard process and advised development of a SolidWorks macro with a User Interface.(GUI)

  • Project team collected the design inputs and probable design customization to develop the macro.
  • The automation was designed that allowed the user to select beam type, size, distance between two end beams and other details such as title block in drawings.
  • SolidWorks macro’s interface also allowed the user to specify a location from where the updated model is to be generated.
  • Calculations for beam design and arrangement such as beam height, top and bottom angles (if needed) and number of beam was done automatically through the rules set.
  • General arrangement drawings were auto-generated as per the customers’ specification.

The final deliverables included:

  • Files such as part (.SLDPRT), assembly(.SLDASM) and drawing (.SLDDRW) with updated dimensions.
  • Standard file name
  • Add custom property
  • Pdf files for drawing
  • BoMs in Excel

Business Impact

Project Samples

Beam Arrangement
Beam Arrangement
Developed Automation Macro for SolidWorks
Developed Automation Macro for SolidWorks
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