Manufacturers have embraced automation because it provides many competitive advantages, and product developers increasingly face design, workflow, and data requirements that extend beyond the capabilities of traditional, single-point 3D modeling and 2D drawing solutions. Meeting these emerging automation and data-sharing demands means designers need to use an integrated 3D product development system. SOLIDWORKS design-to-manufacturing solutions can help organisations lead this automation transformation.
Here’s a list of the 5 top reasons to switch to a 3D CAD tool such as SOLIDWORKS:
Instead of working in a linear, sequential manner, product developers can
leverage an integrated 3D product development ecosystem like SOLIDWORKS to
implement a more efficient, concurrent, “hub-and-spoke” approach that enables
all functions to access and work with the latest 3D product data. This
universal or “master” data is updated automatically for all functions whenever
design changes are made.
A fully integrated 3D product development solution like SOLIDWORKS allows
every function to directly work with the master 3D product data at the centre
of the process.
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With an integrated 3D product development ecosystem like SOLIDWORKS, you
can reduce costs by shortening design cycles and accelerating time to market,
as well as by eliminating duplicative, unnecessary tasks and associated costs.
This means designers can avoid more than multiple rounds of physical
prototyping; and higher than necessary volumes of scrap/rework arising from
data miscommunications or revision errors.
Because all functions leverage the master product data prior to
production, the fidelity or completeness of a design is much improved,
lessening the number of engineering change orders (ECOs) required.
Working with SOLIDWORKS mean a design change doesn’t result in the need
to rework tooling, documentation, packaging, or marketing materials from
scratch. Because these functions began working with the master 3D product model
in a concurrent manner, their materials will update to reflect changes to the
master model automatically.
3. Improve quality
With a central, master set of product data maintained by an integrated
PDM system, the opportunities for human error related to data
manipulation—instances requiring someone to import, export, translate, convert,
rebuild, or repair data—simply disappear.
Using an integrated 3D product development environment like SOLIDWORKS
also minimizes the chances for errors related to having multiple personnel
update data to reflect design changes.
More prototyping can be done virtually with an integrated 3D product
development solution like SOLIDWORKS because of the utility, speed, and
accessibility of integrated simulation tools.
With SOLIDWORKS you can also improve the effectiveness and efficiency of
quality assurance inspection efforts by using CAD-integrated inspection tools.
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An integrated 3D product development environment like SOLIDWORKS enhances
collaboration internally, with external partners, and with the growing
SOLIDWORKS user community.
Instead of using incompatible design packages and then trying to bring it
all together, mechanical, electronic, and electrical engineers can collaborate
on the design in the same design environment using SOLIDWORKS mechanical,
SOLIDWORKS PCB electronic, and SOLIDWORKS Electrical design software. All the
solutions are there and you never leave the software – that’s unique to
5. Increase innovation
Innovation can disrupt existing markets, establish new ones, and lead to
Complacency is arguably the opposite of innovation. Concurrent design
with an integrated platform pushes personnel out of their isolated silos into a
more agile, flexible, and collaborative work environment.
With less concern for the busywork that isolated approaches formerly
created, product development and manufacturing professionals will be energised
by the freedom to investigate innovative, outside-the-box approaches and
concepts via improved visualisation, simulation, and rapid prototyping.
Although many of these ideas may not pan out, the ones that do may make the
difference between success and failure.
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