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To Use a 3D Scanning Service -- or Not

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

To Use a 3D Scanning Service – or Not

3D laser scanning is the process of converting physical objects into precise digital models.  The size of the object is no problem.  You can scan a building or a small tool.  Laser scanning lets you quickly and accurately capture your object’s shape and geometries. This process supplies you with a complete digital representation of your object, which you can use for reverse engineering, quality inspection or any other activity that requires an accurate 3D representation of an object. 

Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning

  • Fast, ultra-accurate results, reducing your time to market (saving you time and money!)
  • Complete measurement data of the entire surface of your object, verifying that the as-built part matches your CAD model
  • True CAD models for FEA testing of actual geometry to correct problems before parts go into production
  • CAD models to validate tooling, even when no current models exist

Profile data of the whole part so assemblies can be digitally put together, revealing inaccuracies and interferences in matched technology and expertise.

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Topics: 3D Scanning

Why Engineering Simulation is a Powerful Tool

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Why 3D Engineering Simulation is a Powerful Tool

Simulation-Based Engineering Science (SBES) is the discipline that provides the scientific and mathematical basis for the simulation of engineered systems. Such systems range from microelectronic devices to automobiles, aircraft, and even the infrastructures of oilfields and cities.

SBES fuses the knowledge and techniques of the traditional engineering fields—electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical, aerospace, nuclear, biomedical, and materials science—with the knowledge and techniques of fields like computer science, mathematics, and the physical and social sciences. As a result, engineers are better able to predict and optimize systems affecting almost all aspects of our lives and work, including our environment, our security and safety, and the products we use and export.

 

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How to Leverage Existing 2D CAD Data to Simplify 3D Design

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 01:32 PM

How to Leverage Existing 2D CAD Data to Simplify 3D Design

Don’t stop using good design data just because it’s stored in 2D drawings.  You can leverage your existing 2D CAD data to create new designs using virtually any 3D design software to simplify your design process, save time and development costs, and accelerate your time-to-market.

If you don’t have the time or the knowledge to use your existing 2D design data to help create new designs, try using a 2D to 3D CAD conversion company.  Here at CAD/CAM Services, our favorite go-to design software is SOLIDWORKS 3D. We use existing 2D DWG™/DXF™ data to help build new 3D models out as DXF/DWG files as needed directly from SOLIDWORKS 3D models and 2D drawings; and, we use  2D data with SOLIDWORKS sketches to help duplicate complex areas from existing designs (a complex hole pattern, for example).

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Topics: 2D to 3D CAD Conversion

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

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