Moving from 2D to 3D with SOLIDWORKS
There are many reasons why you or your company may still be working in 2D. Often the most common reason for sticking in 2D is because important team members have mastered the technology and for now it’s just cheaper and easier.
But is it?
If you have trainees or non-engineers who struggle to understand 2D drawings, customers who cannot visualise your design because they got four views to consider (top, side, front rear etc.) or a shop floor where Engineering Change Orders are a constant (and costly) occurrence – then you might want to consider the benefits of designing in a third dimension.
Our design-led culture in the UK is constantly pushing demand for products to be better designed and brought to market faster and cheaper. The introduction of 3D CAD to the UK market more than 20 years ago is wholly responsible for this change. Design jobs that take days in 2D can now be automated in minutes or even seconds with a few clicks in 3D. It means that 3D designers and engineers are free to get on with what they love best – the job of designing.
So how do you know if a move to 3D CAD is right for you? SOLIDWORKS CAD reseller NT CADCAM asked two industry experts about how 3D is changing the way we design and manufacture.
Andy Pye, editor of Environmental Engineering and Controls, Drives and Automation, argues how a move from 2D to 3D will enhance not only your design process, but also better your communications with customers and your design team.
While Will Bridgeman, MD of UK manufacturer Warren Services, looks at how new tools in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is helping companies eliminate ECOs permanently from the shop floor by using CAD models directly into the manufacturing process.
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