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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

How CAD/CAM Services Uses SolidWorks 2017

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 02:11 PM

How CAD/CAM Services Uses SolidWorks 2017

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, then you know our engineering staff here at CAD/CAM Services are big fans of SolidWorks. 

Did you know that SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the 24th annual release of this great software product?  It delivers CAD (MCAD, ECAD), simulation, data management and collaboration tools that we use daily to provide finished jobs to our clients and customers. 

We like SolidWorks, because they are so response to user feedback.  In fact, they tell us that 90 percent of their software enhancements are driven by user feedback, like ours. Thank you, SolidWorks! 

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Tags: 3d CAD, SolidWorks

What's New in Scan to CAD?

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Jan 06, 2017 @ 03:11 PM

What’s New in Scan to CAD?

It used to be that scan to CAD meant one thing:  taking a paper drawing and it scanning with a large format scanner, then converting it via a process of raster to vector conversion, in order to end up with a digital CAD drawing.  And while we still get calls for that type of service the whole nature and complexity of CAD has changed.

Today’s technology is all about 3D scanning to 3D CAD models, and in 2017 all indications are that we will be providing far more 3D scan to 3D model for our clients than ever before. 

In fact, FARO, a trusted source for 3D measurement technology, says that “laser scanning technology has become established in many quarters -- from recording complex components, measuring buildings, façades, interiors and technical installations, to the documentation of traffic accidents and crime scenes.”

We know all about this technology.  We know that it often requires many scans to generate one model.  We also know that the larger the number of scans, the more complex the process becomes when it comes time to create a CAD model from individual scans or create visualizations of scanned objects from point clouds.

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Tags: 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, 3d CAD

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

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

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

Why You Need Surface Modeling (and Why We Provide It)

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 04:38 PM

Why You Need Surface Modeling (and Why We Provide It)

According to PC Magazine Encyclopedia, Surface Modeling is “A mathematical technique for representing solid-appearing objects. Surface modeling is a more complex method for representing objects than wireframe modeling, but not as sophisticated as solid modelingSurface modeling is widely used in CAD (computer-aided design) for illustrations and architectural renderings.”

Surface modeling gets tricky, because the process often requires conversions between different 3D modeling types.  Let’s start with the basics:

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Tags: 3D Modeling, 3D Design, 3d CAD

CAD Services Matter -- The Role of PLM, PDM and 3D Design

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 02:24 PM

CAD Services Matter – The Role of PLM, PDM and 3D Design

When you’re pushing a design deadline, you know that the tools, processes and services you use matter.

Many product-driven businesses rely heavily on PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) and PDM (Product Data Management), but they also rely heavily on CAD services partners to help them meet their deadlines.  The question, then, is how to ensure that your CAD services partner adheres to your PLM and PDM goals.

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Tags: CAD Services Outsource, CAD Service, 3D CAD Services, 3d CAD

How We Build 3D CAD Parts Libraries

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 04:46 PM

How We Build 3D CAD Parts Libraries

We have a client who is a vendor of parts – all kinds of parts – bolts, nuts, screws, fasteners, pipes, fittings. In fact, they have over 150,000 parts drawings that they needed to convert into 3D models in order to make them available over the Internet. 

We have other clients who manufacture metal booths, chassis and furniture.  At one time or another all of these clients have had one thing in common:  the need for a vast 3D CAD parts library, based on ANSI standards and compiled from an array of dimensions, parameters and specifications. 

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Tags: 3d CAD