Posted by Usha B. Trivedi on September 4th, 2018
CAD remains a marvel for many industries like building products and sheet metal fabrication, especially, by making the engineering product designing, engineering and all the other technical drawings processes much simpler. 3D Modeling and drafting has transformed over the years and become parametric. This kind of response from CAD has received tremendous applaud from industrial and mechanical design engineers, fabricators and manufacturing firms.
Also, it has led to development of my CAD service providing companies dedicatedly working as an extended arm for the manufacturing houses who cannot afford to set up the in-house CAD facility. The CAD managers and drafters working at CAD drafting companies will collaborate with the in-house engineers to understand the design needs and manufacturing capability to develop manufacturing and fabrication drawings.
Although, there are several steps that you need to take as a manufacturing firm to know the design principles and who they work in developing better CAD drawings.
When the components are designed the first principle is to know the need of designing. In particular the design engineer and the manufacturer should be well aware of what are the functional requirements of the component. Other couple questions include: Is the part moving? Will there be any surface to surface contact? What kind of forces will be exerted? If these questions are answered properly the designer thoroughly understands the need of product designing which will essentially lead to optimum product designing.
Once the design concept has been finalized, developing those conceptual sketches into engineering drawings and appropriate geometries to explain the design intent to other stakeholders involved with the product development. CAD sketching and modeling tools like SolidWorks and AutoCAD have remained efficient in conveying the design intent in 3D geometry with solid CAD models.
Innovative designing is something that is need of the hour with constantly evolving mechanical industry. Today, the world is moving towards Industry 4.0, which means that there will be a machine to machine connection and that the digital twin of the actual physical product will be developed.
Consequently, all the information regarding the product will be digitized. For mechanical component or an industrial sheet metal part, this kind of digitization starts with creating 3D CAD model, obtaining proof of design concepts in virtual CAD environment. It establishes the basis for digital twin and essentially the first step towards Industry 4.0.
These principles are but naturally the means to successful and effective CAD drafting and 3D modeling. Design engineers and manufacturing firms who abide by these principles are sure to attain good product designing results and shorter design development cycles.
While for firms who are unable to afford the investment in skills acquisition, manpower, and CAD technology infrastructure, there are umpteen CAD design support service providers in the market who are the best choice. These CAD drafting and modeling companies deliver quality CAD services from CAD conversion to final 3D CAD modeling at very nominal changes.
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About Author: Usha B. Trivedi is an engineer and she contributes in-depth articles for mechanical and industrial equipment designs, furniture designs and fabrication sector. Her contributions are primarily focused on enabling engineering professionals, furniture manufacturers and fabricators to optimize design outcomes through CAD and CAE tools.