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How to Find the Best 3D CAD Drafting Service

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 03:46 PM

How to Find the Best 3D CAD Drafting Service

When you need 3D CAD  Services to augment your in-house CAD department, how should you go about finding the best?  You can try:

  • crowd-sourcing
  • free-lancing
  • off-shoring
  • outsourcing

Couple any of those words with “CAD” in a Google search and you’ll turn up a host of companies, individuals, businesses and wanna-be-businesses who are willing to take your money in exchange for…what?  You hope it’s in exchange for a perfect 3D CAD Model, 3D CAD Rendering, Expert Point-Cloud Conversion, or whatever your job requires.  But, the truth is the there are no guarantees…unless you do serious vetting prior to plunking down your cash.

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Topics: 3D CAD Services

3D CAD Modeling, PLM and PDM

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

3D CAD Modeling, PLM and PDM

Many times, when we get requests for 3D Modeling Services, the company making the request has digital files that have been acquired by scanning old Mylar of paper 2D drawings.  Often these are scans of parts, and/or assemblies that are used in long-life products, such as aircraft, naval ships, and heavy machinery.  What they don't have are 3D models. 

The reason they need 3D models is so that they can incorporate the parts into their current 3D CAD system, often using Solidworks or Catia.  Once the models are in their CAD system, they can retrofit, recreate, or machine replacement parts for their long-life products. 

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Topics: 3D CAD Modeling, PLM

Video:  The Future of CAD is Here

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 02:33 PM

Whatever CAD job you need done, whatever CAD challenge you have...we're here to support you with expert CAD services.  That's why the future of CAD is here!  Watch the video to learn more.

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Topics: CAD Service

Capture Your Object with 3D Scanning

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 03:16 PM

Capture Your Object with 3D Scanning

Just a few years ago, 3D scanning was described as a "growing method of measurement and image access."  Today, 3D scanning has come of age! There are many types of scanning devices for a broad range of applications:

  • Manufacturing companies use 3D scanning for everything from reverse engineering, first article inspection, quality control inspection, and object analysis to creation of documentation. 
  • The AEC marketing makes use of 3D scanning to create "as-built" models or to duplicate intricate architectural designs. 
  • Artists use 3D scanning to recreate three dimensional objects of all kinds. 
  • Scientists, archeologists and historians use 3D scanning to duplicate and recreate objects from fossils, shards and other unearthed objects.

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Topics: 3D Scanning

What's Your Manufacturing Design Strategy?

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Sep 06, 2017 @ 02:54 PM

What's Your Manufacturing Design Strategy?

Industries that rely on manufacturing processes also rely on the efficiency of those processes. Efficiency enables companies to create quality products at affordable prices.  But, what, exactly constitutes efficiency? For some companies, it may mean updating or replacing old, outdated equipment.  Others may need to better motivate their employees.  While for some, creating a better design system may be the key. 

One thing that we've learned from working with various manufacturing companies in many different industries is that efficiency and productivity gains in manufacturing are often realized by optimizing CAD processes.  What exactly does it mean to optimize CAD processes?  In general, it means that each employee in the design process is being utilized to the maximum effect.

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Topics: CAD Service Outsourcing

How to Recapture Obsolete CAD Data

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 @ 05:45 PM

How to Recapture Obsolete CAD Data

While we've written before about conversion of old mylar and paper drawings to CAD, as well as the conversion of obsolete CAD data to newer formats, the importance of what we do cannot be underestimated, and deserves another review.

Some industries -- notably Aerospace and DOD -- need to retain their CAD drawings for at least the life of the equipment, sometimes longer.  Often, this means retaining the data for 30-100 years.  Similarly, other long-lived equipment, such as that used in Manufacturing requires current versions of drawings when parts need to be replaced or re-engineered.  One other industry that has requirements for preserving old drawings is AEC, particularly when it comes to preservation and repair of historical buildings.

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Topics: 2D to 3D CAD Conversion, Migrate CAD to PLM

Designing Plastic Parts?  Why You Should Listen to Your CAD Service

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 @ 03:08 PM

Designing Plastic Parts?  Why You Should Listen to Your CAD Service

Nearly everything these days is made from plastic or made with plastic parts.  In fact, in developed countries, nearly a two-thirds of the plastic that's manufactured is used in buildings or for manufacturing.  For instance, today's buildings include plastic piping, plastic plumbing parts and vinyl siding.  Today's  automobiles are made of up to 20% plastic.  Furniture and toys also make good use of plastic.  Plastics have many uses in the medical field as well.

In the United States, the plastics industry is the third-largest manufacturing industry, and growing, with its use in injection molding and 3D printing in high demand around the world.  With plastics being a key building block in manufacturing, and, since many of our clients come from the manufacturing sectors, we get our fair share of CAD work related to plastic parts design and development.

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Topics: CAD Services Outsource, CAD Service, 2D to 3D CAD Conversion, 3D Printing

PDM:  Managing Product Data

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 04:17 PM

PDM: Managing Product Data

If you're part of a design team, you know how important Product Data Management (PDM) can be. There are seven reasons why PDM is so important:

  • Better Control - Engineering data is time consuming to compile and can be unwieldy to manage (interrelationships, large data sets, etc.).  PDM helps design teams and engineers communicate and stay on the same page.
  • Increased Productivity  -  If you don't want to miss your production deadline, then you need to be able to find the right information fast.
  • Error Elimination -  Cost control requires reducing manufacturing waste by ensuring that you always work on the latest revision.
  • Enterprise Connectivity - Sharing information with other business systems (ERP/MRP).
  • Collaboration - Communicating information to suppliers/customers.
  • Certification - Assisting with standardizing processes (FDA/ISO/FAA/TQM).
  • Compliance - Helping ensure data security (ITAR, etc.).
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Topics: Migrate CAD to PLM, PLM

How Manufacturers Benefit from Third Party Parts Inspection

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Aug 02, 2017 @ 04:47 PM

How Manufacturers Benefit from Third Party Parts Inspection

A defect-free parts production line is wishful thinking for most manufacturers.  No matter how carefully the design/manufacture process is approached, "stuff" happens -- parts failures may occur unexpectedly and for any number of reasons.  When there is any doubt about the integrity of parts coming off the production line, the manufacturer must: (1) immediately identify and quarantine the questionable parts; then, (2) quickly identify and remove the bad parts, while reintroducing the good parts back into the production process.

Timing and accuracy are critical. Timing is essential to quickly correct design or machining deficits and to reduce further production delays or safety issues. Accuracy and speed in identifying and ameliorating the flaws help to  prevent cost over-runs and liabilities.

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Topics: NDT, X-Ray Testing

CAD Conversion Puts New Life in Old Drawings

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 @ 03:57 PM

CAD Conversion Puts New Life in Old Drawings

Engineering documentation -- that pile of paper drawings that we love to hate. We'd really like to clean out our files, but we're equally afraid we might need something that's there.  Our younger engineering brothers and sisters, who cut their milk teeth on digital toys, think we're an anachronism.

"Let them laugh," we say. "The day will come when they'll need one of those drawings."  (My wife says the same thing about all the shoes in her closet (but that's another story.)

So, am I clinging to a dusty memory?  Or is there some validity to my way of thinking?  Can we really put new life into our old drawings?

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Topics: 2D to 3D CAD, 2D to 3D CAD Conversion

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