Moving from 2D to 3D design tools not only enables manufacturers to grow and innovate faster, but can also help them save on time, cost and materials, improve workflow and processes to eliminate manual rework, increase better product quality, and foster higher levels of innovation. This white paper explains all the benefits that SOLIDWORKS solutions provide that can help your company succeed and shows how real companies have made the transition from 2D design tool to SOLIDWORKS.
Product design does not occur in a vacuum—it has a significant impact on
manufacturing. In fact, 3D design carries even greater potential for
streamlining production processes, especially when you take advantage of
Design for Manufacturability tools and applications.
This 3D guide is designed for people who need to implement 3D CAD throughout their company. You may be a CAD manager, a designer, or an engineer who believes that your company can benefit from 3D. Or you may be an IT person who has just received a mandate to evaluate 3D software. Whatever your title may be, part of your job is to get your company up and running on 3D CAD software.
SOLIDWORKS® Premium CAD software provides the advanced capabilities you need to design better products–from design, automation, and simulation to validation, collaboration, and data management–all in one comprehensive package.
Continuous improvement separates great companies from mediocre ones. Innovative products, efficient manufacturing, and an energized staff are attributes of a company constantly looking at itself and asking, “How can we do this better?”
Product development has historically involved two divided processes: first, designing a product, and then manufacturing it. The use of separate, non-integrated CAD (design) and CAM (manufacturing) tools to develop products has created a communications barrier between design and production, resulting in cost, time, and quality issues, especially when design changes are necessary or manufacturability disruptions arise. By using an integrated CAD/CAM solution, you can overcome the problems associated with the traditional disconnect between design and manufacturing. With an integrated CAD/ CAM platform, you can reduce cycle times, control costs, and improve quality, while simultaneously cultivating cooperation and collaboration between product design and manufacturing personnel.
Just as the move from 2D design tools to 3D CAD solutions revolutionized product development, the emergence of 3D model-based definition (MBD) integrated manufacturing technology offers substantial productivity advantages over the use of traditional 2D engineering drawings to drive manufacturing.MBD drawingless manufacturing solutions extend the benefits of 3D design to manufacturing, including time and cost savings—through improved, more tightly integrated communication of Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) for production—as well as reduced scrap/rework, improved accuracy, and faster throughput. SOLIDWORKS® MBD software automates the generation, organization, customization, and sharing of PMI data required for production in easier-to-understand, more information-rich 3D digital formats such as SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies, eDrawings, and 3D PDF, giving product development and manufacturing operations a significant competitive edge.