All About CAD Conversion

NDT and 3D CAD Model Visualization

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 @ 01:29 PM

NDT and 3D CAD Model Visualization

The process of non-destructive testing (NDT) makes use of 3D CAD Model visualization in conjunction with X-ray detection in order to find and correct defects in objects that cannot be observed directly.  This technology is helpful in maintaining safe oil pipes and gas pipes; in weld inspection for aerospace; in manufacturing and in many other industries that need to examine internal structures that cannot be seen with the naked eye.  Radiography is often accompanied by ultrasonic examination, and the image that is generated by ultrasonic examination is compared to the radiographic image.  This method provides not only location detection of the defect, but also material analysis, and can help determine how the defect will affect the component over time. 

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Tags: 3d CAD, NDT, CAD Visualization

The Practical Aspects of Reverse Engineering

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 02:13 PM

The Practical Aspects of Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering is a process in which parts are carefully measured and tolerances are developed prior to generating CAD drawings or models. The most common application for reverse engineering is the reproduction, or modification, of an existing part for which there is no formal drawing.

Today’s CAD programs have made reverse engineering technology a practical tool for creating a three-dimensional virtual model of an existing physical part. That, in turn, has made the use of 3-D CAD, computer-aided manufacturing, or other computer-aided engineering applications easier.

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Tags: Reverse Engineering

How to Create Cost-Effective Sheet Metal Part Designs

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 04:35 PM

How to Create Cost-Effective Sheet Metal Part Designs

Sheet metal is versatile, durable and strong. It can be easily shaped and fitted for both visual and functional benefits, which gives it great advantage for use in manufacturing and building.   It is the visual and functional uses that determine both the design and the fabrication. 

While design and fabrication are two separate and distinct operations, the sheet metal designer must understand fabrication processes and requirements to provide workable designs.  The fabrication process requires many complicated and sometimes dangerous processes.  Proper attention to design can help to eliminate complications and reduce dangerous processes. 

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Tags: Sheet Metal Design

From Old Design to New via Reverse Engineering

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 03:44 PM

From Old Design to New via Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering makes use of an existing object to generate a new one.  Often the new object is an improvement over the design of the old one, or, it may be an identical part needed to replace a malfunctioning part in a machine.

Some businesses use reverse engineering move into 3D digital records of their own products or to assess competitor’s products.  Another use is to analyze how a product works, what it does, and identify potential patent infringement. 

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Tags: Reverse Engineering

What You Need to Know About 3D Printing

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Mar 08, 2017 @ 02:04 PM

What You Need to Know About 3D Printing

Some market predictions show that the 3D printing market is the United States is expected to show a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between the years 2016 and 2022.  The prediction is for a marketing at or above $30.19 Billion by 2022.  While this prediction includes all kinds of 3D printing, from desk-top hobby printing to high-end industrial printing, industrial 3D printers are expected to account for the largest share of the printing market during the forecast period due to these three reasons:

  • increase in accuracy per inch of part dimension
  • faster printing speed
  • introduction of new materials
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Tags: 3D Scanning, 3D Printing

The Changing Focus of CAD

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Mar 02, 2017 @ 02:40 PM

The Changing Focus of CAD

3D Modelling, while still a core growth area in the CAD market is now categorized as a “slow growth” area.  After rapid growth in 2014-2015, the market stabilized in 2016, and is expected to continue as a steady slow-growth area in CAD.  According to “Business Advantage,” the “future predicted growth potential is limited” globally, with usage in these sectors as follows:

  • High current usage in manufacturing (81%)
  • Significantly lower in AEC (65%)

In the Americas, about 80% of firms use some form of 3D CAD, but there is no additional propensity to grow.  Large companies are more likely to be current users (85%), although 7 in 10 use in small (70%) and medium companies (73%). 

A look at our customer base shows us the following:

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Tags: PLM

3D Scan and Model Infographic

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 02:03 PM

3D Scan and Model Infographic

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Tags: 3D Modeling, 3D Scanning

Scan to AutoCAD -- Better than Paper Archives

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 @ 05:50 PM

Scan to AutoCAD – Better than Paper Archives

If you’re an AutoCAD user, and you’d like to import paper drawings or Mylar drawings into AutoCAD, the first step is scanning.  You may have a large format scan and you’re prepared to do the scanning yourself, or you may decide to let a scanning service handle it for you.  (An especially good idea if you have a large quantity of drawings, or if they’re old, wrinkled, stained or, in the case of mylar, stretched out of shape.

You can import the scanned raster drawings directly into AutoCAD, but beware…you’ll need to do some correction to the scan beforehand. As long as the raster file is accurate, it’s often relatively easy to convert it to dwg.  But, not always…

 

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Tags: Scan to AutoCAD

Capture Parts, Molds, Buildings and More with 3D Scanning and Modeling

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Mon, Feb 06, 2017 @ 05:11 PM

Capture Parts, Molds, Buildings and More with 3D Scanning and Modeling

Need to make manufacturing design changes?  But you don’t have parts data and documentation?  No problem!  3D Scanning technology coupled with 3D modeling lets you generate your parts library and documentation.

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Tags: 3D Modeling, 3D Scanning

Time for a Change: Convert Paper Drawings to AutoCAD

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 @ 04:04 PM

Time for a Change: Convert Paper Drawings to AutoCAD

Organizations that use AutoCAD and that have legacy paper drawings often waste time when they need to convert the paper drawing to an AutoCAD drawing.  Knowing exactly what to do when it comes time to handle old paper archives in an AutoCAD environment is important.   

We’ve found that a two-part process works best:

Step #1 Scan the Drawing – But Make Sure It’s Accurate

Scanning engineering drawings requires an accurate large format scanner and a knowledgeable scanner operator.  Your firm may choose to purchase a scanner and train someone within your company to use the scanner; or you may decide to outsource the scanning.  

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Tags: Scan to AutoCAD, Raster to Vector Conversion