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Can You Outsource 3D CAD Modeling?

Posted by Diane Mitol on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

Can You Outsource 3D CAD Modeling?

Before you hire a freelancer to pick up the extra tasks on that new 3D CAD Modeling job that needs done, you should consider the pros and cons of outsourcing your 3D CAD Modeling.  Is outsourcing a smart choice for your company?  If it is, do you want a freelancer; or a bona fide CAD outsource company?  Located in U.S.A?  Or offshore?  What should you pay?  How do you ensure the work is done right?  Let’s start at the beginning…

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Tags: 3D CAD Modeling

Why 3D CAD Models Are Used in the Design Process

Posted by Diane Mitol on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 @ 02:51 PM

Why 3D CAD Models are Used in the Design Process

With globalization has come the requirement for product manufacturers to respond to the ever-changing needs of consumers faster, better, and cheaper.  These demands shorten product life cycles and increase the need for new models, customizations, advanced technologies and more. 

It’s been proven that companies which respond to these consumer demands are more innovative, more successful and more profitable than those who don’t.  One way in which manufacturers keep one step ahead of the competition is by concurrent engineering – the process of engineering and manufacturing being enabled simultaneously from shared 3D CAD data.  For instance, 3D CAD models can be used as virtual prototypes, eliminating the time-consuming requirements for multiple physical prototypes until the engineering is “right”.

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Tags: 3D CAD Modeling

3D CAD – A Primer

Posted by Diane Mitol on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 @ 03:50 PM

3D CAD – A Primer

3D CAD comes in different “flavors” that are used differently and that require the CAD technicians to design their virtual components in a different manner for each.  Here is a list of the types of 3D CAD this article discusses:

    • 3D wireframe
    • 3D "dumb" solids
    • 3D parametric solid modeling

3D wireframe, while not often used today, is worth mentioning simply because the approach to 3D wireframe is similar to that used in 2D CAD systems.    Persons familiar with 2D CAD will understand these concepts:  (1) each line has to be manually inserted into the drawing; (2) the final product has no mass properties associated with it; (3) the final product cannot have features added directly to it.   The wireframe model  is used to make the final engineering drawing views.

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