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Improve productivity

In 2D, you have to manually update every drawing view whenever a change occurs. Change one part and you not only have to include that change in each of the three drawing views for the part, you must also change every view of every assembly in which that part is used.

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    In 2D, you have to manually update every drawing view whenever a change occurs. Change one part and you not only have to include that change in each of the three drawing views for the part, you must also change every view of every assembly in which that part is used.

    The centrepiece of 3D CAD is a 3D master model that’s used for all aspects of manufacturing: product design and verification, drafting, tool design, numerically controlled programming, and inspection. A 3D model will accurately represent every part in your company’s products and the relationships among them. To maximise efficiency, designers should be able to design in 3D with as few steps as possible, without compromising product quality.

    Productivity is central to the 3D CAD system, and therefore the biggest mistake any organisation can make is to select a 3D system without evaluating the market. Given the choice, engage with at least three vendors to educate yourself about the capabilities of available software packages and dealer support organisations. It’s tragic when companies must buy 3D systems twice. It’s a massive investment to have to work around functional inadequacies, so they’re forced to buy and learn new tools.

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    Choose a system that’s easy to learn as well as capable. Look for a system that has a consistent user interface throughout. Be sure design and drafting procedures flow logically from start to finish. 

    Developing your own training materials is costly. Choose a system with built-in tutorials, a rich array of computer-based training aids, and a vibrant online community that lets workers ask questions and get answers. You’ll also want a system that’s taught in local schools and universities so you can hire students who are ready to work.

    With each modelling session, a CAD user's workflow will become less dependent on searching for methods and techniques. Instead, it becomes more a repetition of what worked last time. Therefore productivity automatically increases with experience. Once the CAD menu is memorised, the mouse clicks and keystrokes just happen faster.

    3D CAD can be even more productive with special-purpose software for design automation and analysis. If you need to simulate physical behaviour such as kinematics, dynamics, stress, deflection, vibration, temperatures, or fluid flow, look for a system that has integrated analytical tools or efficient interfaces to your preferred analysis software.

  4. Benefits

    • Bring products to market faster
    • Reduce production costs
    • Assemble products right first time
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