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SOLIDWORKS in the Manufacturing Industry

Within the manufacturing industry global competition, profit maximisation and reducing time to market are just a few of the Macro Critical Business Issues faced on a regular basis. SOLIDWORKS can offer real solutions to the issues faced by various members of the team.

SOLIDWORKS' expansive range of integrated product development solutions help your business meet these challenges. Improve and increase the efficiency of the product development process and allow you business to truly develop with SOLIDWORKS.

SOLIDWORKS can offer real solutions to the challenges faced by various members of the production team.

Challenges and Solutions for...

Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Consider manufacture in the design process. Produce tools based on 3D models and prototypes

Challenge

CAD Solution

DFM – ensure the design is fit for production in both a cost and time efficient manner

SOLIDWORKS DFM Tolerance Analysis allows the user to foresee manufacturing as early on as the design stage whilst ensuring hole alignment and reducing material waste to a minimum.

DFA – Ensure design is fit for assembly

SOLIDWORKS Interference Detection is suitable for both static and dynamic assemblies allowing any defects to be highlighted prior to production.

Finding an equilibrium between design intent and manufacturing features

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal and Weldment capabilities allow for accurate portrayal and creation of products fit for said genre, features such as weld beads are also clearly highlighted on technical drawings reducing the chances of any misinterpretation.

Plastics: Develop core and cavity from 3D model

SOLIDWORKS core and cavity tools allow for auto generation of parting lines, draft angles and other such features to enable design users to create accurate mould products. Moulds can be created directly from core and cavity geometry within a model and set to industry standards.

When producing tools based on other 3D models and prototypes easily identifying and accessing previous data is key

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM provides integrated data management which allows for safe storage yet easy accessibility.

Design Engineer

Reduce ECO occurrence especially those caused due to manufacture

Challenge

CAD Solution

Maintain design intent whilst ensuring product can be manufactured at a reasonable cost

SOLIDWORKS has numerous Checker tools which allow you to monitor cost throughout the design process, DFM Express checks your design is fit for manufacture to iron out any issues prior to production.

Ensure welding elements are appropriately shown

SOLIDWORKS Weldments intelligent weld features are available across parts, assemblies and drawings. Weld symbols feature in drawings to further ensure all weldment elements are correctly displayed.

Ensure sheet metal elements are appropriately shown

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal has intelligent sheet metal features which remain assosciated with the model throughout the entire model from base design through to unfolded features.

Create static and dynamic assemblies without collisions

SOLIDWORKS assembly modelling allows designers and engineers to run collision detection from within the design space.

When creating plastic parts ensure “mould-ability”

SOLIDWORKS Mould tools are able to auto generate draft lines as well as core and cavity tools, draft angles can be quickly and easily checked to ensure parts will work within moulds.

Be sure the correct revision of the product is being worked upon across the team.

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM makes it easy to control revisions and monitor which version is being amended, allowing data to be stored safely whilst also allowing for easy access from appropriate team members.

Tool Designer

Create accurate tool designs from working models efficiently

Challenge

CAD Solution

Use models in a range of CAD formats

SOLIDWORKS is able to import and adapt a vast range of frequently used 2D and 3D formats, thanks to import/export healing tools SOLIDWORKS is able to adapt files to allow amendments to be made.

Whilst creating plastic parts updates need to be made to the core and cavity within the base design

SOLIDWORKS retains associative links with the base part which ensure any changes are fed through accordingly to the core and cavity.

Ensure previous work is utilised when working on similar projects

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM allows data from previous designs to be quickly accessed thanks to its ability to archive previous revisions of a product.

Produce cost effective mould bases quickly

SOLIDWORKS is able to automate and repeat mould design operations whilst access to standard part libraries shortens design process as time is saved producing standard components available both through the toolbox and SOLIDWORKS partner website 3DContentCentral.com.

NC Programmer

Create numerically controlled programs for CNC machines

Challenge

CAD Solution

Use models in a range of CAD formats

SOLIDWORKS is able to import and adapt a vast range of frequently used 2D and 3D formats, thanks to import/export healing tools SOLIDWORKS is able to adapt files to allow amendments to be made.

CAD models received are not always suitable for production

SOLIDWORKS powerful modelling software allows amendments to be easily made to the model thanks to its import capabilities as well as automated DFM checkers.

Ensure previous work is utilised when working on similar projects

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM allows data from previous designs to be quickly accessed thanks to its ability to archive previous revisions of a product.

Produce cost effective mould bases quickly

With NC Toolpath generation solutions SOLIDWORKS makes it easy to generate numerically controlled tool paths directly from the solid model.

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