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Scan and R2V: Getting from Paper to EDM/PDM for Engineering

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, May 16, 2017 @ 03:37 PM

Scan and R2V: Getting from Paper To EDM/PDM for Engineering

Engineering competition is fierce and survival means adopting the latest technologies.  It means delivering the best product or service fast and at a fair price.  To maintain a competitive edge, a company must leverage its information assets, which includes a tremendous amount of engineering documents, some in CAD and some in paper format.  By some estimates, there may still be as many as eight billion paper engineering documents world-wide. 

The need to capture, modify and distribute existing paper designs within today’s 2D and 3D CAD technology continues to be a requirement for success.  That’s why we still get calls for conversion of paper drawings, mylar, bluelines and other media into AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks, Catia or some other CAD program.

Most engineering firms realize that regardless of how experienced they may be in operating their CAD software, scanning and converting from paper to CAD requires a different skill set.  This is especially true when the original drawing is old, damaged or misshapen.   In these cases, both scanning and conversion become a challenge and require expert care to extract accurate data. 

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Tags: R2V Service, Large Format Scanning for EDM

Keeping Up with Technology:  Mold-filling Simulations for Manufacturers

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, May 11, 2017 @ 03:01 PM

Keeping Up with Technology: Mold-filling Simulations for Manufacturers

Injection molding is one of the most common modern methods used for manufacturing parts.  It’s a great technology for producing high volumes of parts, in a multitude of materials – metals (called die-casting), glasses, elastomers, and polymers.  It’s simple, really – the heated material is forced into a mold that is shaped like the part you need.  The material is cooled, hardens and…voila’… you have your part. 

As simple as the process is, parts to be injection molded must be very carefully designed.  The material used for the part, the desired shape and features of the part, the material of the mold, and the properties of the molding machine must all be considered.

That’s where mold-filling simulations come in.

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Tags: 3D CAD Services, 3D CAD Modeling, 3D Mechanical Design, Engineering Simulation

BIM, FM and Outsourcing - the Revolution for Design/Build

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, May 03, 2017 @ 05:23 PM

If BIM is the revolution in Design/Buils then what’s the technology behind the revolution?  Some may say it’s the software, some may say it’s the models, but we think it’s about people, process and collaboration.

From a CAD Service provider’s perspective, one of the most valuable additions that BIM offers is the ability to work more closely with the people who send us their CAD work.  While we may specialize in CAD conversion, the truth is that today, CAD conversion is no longer about someone sending us a file to convert, and more about collaborating with the design team to ensure that they have all the bits and pieces of information in their BIM model.

Invariably, as a design/build project progress, this means that we get to interact with a lot of different players on the team.  There’s no longer the hard-and-fast divide between architects and contractors, engineers and subcontractors and outsource service providers. BIM plays a significant role in promoting collaboration between all project stakeholders, improving efficiency and profitability for all concerned – including clients. However, not every contractor and subcontractor feels yet inclined to assume the responsibility for promoting and championing BIM. 

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Tags: BIM Outsource Services, BIM Conversion, BIM Facilities Management, BIM for FM

The US National CAD Standard and Why It Matters

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 @ 04:53 PM

The US National CAD Standard and Why It Matters

According the Wikipedia, “the National CAD Standard (NCS) is a collaborative effort in the United States among…CAD and ... BIM users. Its goal is to create a unified approach to the creation of building design data. Development of the NCS is open to all building professionals in a collaborative process led by the buildingSMART Alliance.

The NCS is composed of CAD layer guidelines from the American Institute of Architects, uniform drawing system modules from the Construction Specifications Institute, and BIM implementation and plotting guidelines from the National Institute of Building Sciences.”

While adoption of the NCS is voluntary, any company that has adopted it can require its use by their associates.  If your company adheres to the NCS and you plan to outsource any drafting or conversion services, it’s important that you make sure the CAD service provider you use is knowledgeable about the standards, and willing to adhere to them on the work it does for your company. 

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Tags: CAD Design, CAD Standards

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