All About CAD Conversion

Kick Start Your SolidWorks Productivity

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 @ 02:38 PM

Kick Start Your SolidWorks Productivity

If you use SolidWorks, you know that it is a powerful CAD software product for professional 2-D and 3-D design and drafting.   Whether you’re doing 3D CAD, Product Data Management, Simulation, Communication or Design, you know that SolidWorks CAD Solutions and rendering software help drive your product development processes.  CAD Solutions and Rendering Software to Help Drive Your Product Development ProcessCAD Solutions and Rendering Software to Help Drive Your Product Development Process

The SolidWorks file extension is “.SLDPRT.”  However, you may come across various file formats as you work with suppliers and customers who use alternative CAD packages.  When that happens, it is best to  look at the restrictions and considerations you need to understand in order to successfully manage models that have been imported in different formats.  You also need to understand your options for exporting for other CAD users to accept.

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Tags: 3d CAD, SolidWorks

CAD, CAM, CNC and Robots = Manufacturing Automation

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 04:11 PM

CAD, CAM, CNC and Robots  = Manufacturing Automation

Manufacturing is an evolving industry.  Automation, manufacturing, off-shoring – all contribute to changes in the way products and parts are designed, developed and manufactured.    Fast, effective design strategies are essential for companies who want to keep up with the latest in manufacturing automation.

CAD refers to the design process and is described this way by AutoDeskCAD is the use of computer technology for design and design documentation. CAD/CAM applications are used to both design a product and program manufacturing processes, specifically, CNC machining. CAM software uses the models and assemblies created in CAD software to generate tool paths that drive the machines that turn the designs into physical parts. CAD/CAM software is most often used for machining of prototypes and finished parts.

CAM refers to the use of various software packages to create toolpaths and NC code to run a CNC controlled machine, based on 3D computer model (CAD) data. When the two are used together, this is generally referred to as CAD/CAM.

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Tags: CAD CAM Outsource, 3d CAD

Evolution of Design:  2D to 3D to PLM and PDM

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 04:43 PM

Evolution of Design:  2D to 3D to PLM and PDM

Design has come a long way since the days of paper and pencil drafting.  Even 2D CAD, a staple of design and engineering since the 1980s has mostly been replace by 3D design, PLM and PDM.  If you’re a CAD designer or engineer, the tool and processes you use are nearly as important as the design you create.  As specialists in 3D design, we know that fast-paced, product-driven businesses need effective product lifecycle management (PLM) and product data management (PDM), as well as intelligent 3D models.

According to Wikipedia, product lifecycle management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from inception, through engineering design and manufacture, to service and disposal of manufactured products, while product data management (PDM) is the business function, often within product lifecycle management (PLM), that is responsible for the management and publication of product data. In software engineering, this is known as version control.

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Tags: PLM

How to Make PLM Easy

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 @ 02:16 PM

How to Make PLM Easy

Ask nearly any design/manufacturing enterprise why PLM has become one of the most important ways for them to speed product development, reduce costs and generate higher revenues, and they’ll tell you it’s “because it works!”  Ask these same companies how easy it was to implement their PLM and the answers may not be as positive.

The reason for the gap between how well it works and how (un)easy it may be to implement is because PLM is less about the actual technology and more about business process transformation.  And, nearly any psychologist can tell you that “change is difficult.”

But, PLM is a change well-worth making!

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Tags: CAD CAM Outsource, CAD Conversion, 3d CAD, PLM

Product Engineering 3D Modeling Processes Promote Growth

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 05:52 PM

Product Engineering 3D Modeling Processes Promote Growth

What do you do when you’re a business that is dedicated to product innovation, impeccable customer service and the manufacture of quality products -- and you get more orders than you can handle?  You have three options:

  1. You can turn down the business;
  2. you can hire more staff; or,
  3. you can outsource the extra work.

When you’re a company that boasts a world class team of experts who operate with integrity, honesty, and strong core values and leadership, turning down business is not something you’re likely to do.

When new hires must fit into a team of experts that is committed to the research and development efforts needed to advance engineering capabilities and product improvements, the hiring process can’t be rushed.

That leaves outsourcing.

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Tags: 3D Modeling

The CAD/CAM Guide to Assembly Drawings

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 04:56 PM

The CAD/CAM Guide to Assembly Drawings

If you’re an inventor, a designer, an engineer or a manufacturer, then it’s likely that you need assembly drawings.

An assembly drawing is necessary for any product, design or invention that has more than one part:  From computers to aircraft, lawnmowers to heavy machinery, skate boards to baby carriages – they all need assembly drawings.

Some assembly drawings are simple (think about the last piece of IKEA furniture you purchased and assembled).  Some assembly drawings are complex (like the motor for your automobile.)  Assembly drawings all have these things in common:

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Tags: CAD CAm, 3d CAD

Interview with a CAD/CAM Services Technician

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 05:33 PM

Interview with a CAD/CAM Services Technician

I don't usually get to spend a lot of time talking to our engineers and technicians who actually work with our customers. But, I recently made time to sit down with one of our best technicians to get his take on how well we're doing meeting our clients needs.  Here are the questions I asked, and his unfiltered, unedited answers:

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Tags: CAD CAm

How Smart Engineering Firms Use CAD Outsourcing

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Nov 03, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

How Smart Engineering Firms Use CAD Outsourcing

There are numerous benefits tooutsourcing engineering work, and outsourcing doesn’t have to result in job cuts or projects lost to foreign competitors.  You just have to outsource SMART!

Skills -- An outsource team typically has more skills and resources than an “in-house” jack of all trades. Multiple -- Muliple engineers – both in-house and out, get jobs done faster.

Ad Hoc -- When you need a one-off skill set, use outsource ad hoc teams of specialists.

Resources – When you need additional staff to balance peaks and valleys of work-load

Time – More business means more work; Outsourcing give you more time for more jobs

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Tags: CAD Services Outsource, CAD Conversion

Is There Still a Need for Scan to CAD?

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 03:14 PM

Is There Still a Need for Scan to CAD?

According to an AIIM post from Neale Stidolph, Head of Information Management, Lockheed Martin UK, at least one industry – oil and gas – still manages a great deal of paper in their engineering departments. 

According to Mr. Stidoplph’s post “Most oil companies do not achieve data-centric engineering and do not practice engineering lifecycle management, though they may believe their engineering contractor does this for them. Records, drawings, specifications, datasheets and other documents are variously controlled, uncontrolled, lost, out of date, duplicated, rendered and generally not in an acceptable condition or one that can be used to advantage.”

Certainly, we find this to be true.

Our customer base contains several oil & gas companies who routinely come to us to have segments of their paper engineering drawings converted to digital, through the process of “Scan to CAD.”

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Tags: Scan to CAD

Change the Status Quo with CAD-CAM-FEA Simulation Outsourcing

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 05:42 PM

Change the Status Quo with CAD-CAM-FEA Simulation Outsourcing

Historically, manufacturers have made products that have been designed with familiar materials, and physically tested to ensure that the product worked properly.  But, as new manufacturing materials are developed, the problem of design and test becomes more complex.  The entire status quo of design and manufacturing is being upended.  Options are endless and testing more complex.  Unfortunately, not all design/manufacture firms are up to the task. 

That’s where Simulation Outsourcing can be a boon.

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Tags: Engineering Simulation