We use 2D and 3D CAD, but we certainly aren’t RE-USING it
Aren’t most companies using 3D CAD?
Yes, most are, less those rare cases where manufactures are still modifying 2D AutoCAD drawings to satisfy their customers. Yet those designing with 3D CAD are still not reaping the full benefits. Meaning that they have not changed their ways of thinking to realize the full efficiencies of 3D CAD. Instead they still use the worst of both worlds by detailing models in 3D and detailing drawings in 2D, duplicating work and still missing important interfaces.
In essence, we are not keeping it simple, we ARE using the new technology, but we ARE also complicating it by continuing to employ the old 2D Drawings.
Changing processes is a challenge, without a doubt, but if you analyze the savings by optimizing the design cycle there is significant benefit.
I always say that design boils down to three challenges: time, money, and communication. A surplus of one, minimizes the other two.
Re-using solid CAD models is becoming not only a green principle to adopt, but also a necessity. Recycling metal didn’t become a nation-wide accepted practice by all people during World War II because it was the “right” thing to do. It became and institutionalized practice because Americans needed metal to build more airplanes.
Do we need more solid models of an ASME specified bolt? I don’t think so, it’s a great resource to businesses who build hardware products to “Re-Use” their CAD models throughout their product design.
Find out more about how to Re-Use Your CAD at this FREE On-demand webinar.
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