TriMech is fortunate to work with clients from Maine to Florida and out to Arkansas, offering a range of engineering solutions. This week's client story showcases a client's use of SOLIDWORKS MBD.As the manufacturing process has evolved, SOLIDWORKS strives to provide engineers with tools to stay ahead of the game. SOLIDWORKS CAD has changed how we design, communicate and push projects to market; however, one step that is often overlooked is the documentation stage. Engineering drawings have long been a bottleneck in the design process and can lead to many errors in assembly and manufacturing, sometimes with high impact costs.
Evaluating Their Existing Solutions
Some of our clients have taken creative approaches to minimize their losses and achieve their production milestones. One of our clients was looking to us for guidance in using eDrawings Professional to update their process and provide digital manufacturing documentation to the shop floor. This would allow them to minimize hard copies floating around; which can be outdated and don't provide accurate visualization of dimensions or assembly steps. In addition, they wanted to save time by leveraging the same documentation into their Quality Control process.
Adding SOLIDWORKS MBD to Their Software Toolbox
After discussing their process and goals with one of our Application Engineers, we presented them with a solution. We determined that eDrawings was a good fit for the shop floor and met most of their needs, however, SOLIDWORKS MBD was a better overall solution for their production improvement initiatives. In addition to 2D information such as engineering notes, BOM and rich meta properties (part numbers, materials and approvals), you can also interrogate the model in 3D with Pan, Zoom, Rotate, Measure, Section and other 3D tools. The easy and popular 3D output provides additional clarity to help reduce errors, speed up communication and cut cycle time.
Some engineers had questions revolving around additional costs of licenses and viewers that would be needed. Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS MBD generates documentation that is view-able by free and commonly available tools such as Adobe Acrobat and eDrawings Standard. In addition, MBD would provide the manufacturing floor with fast and accurate documentation that shows dimensions, call-outs and other annotations. Therefore, the documentation can be easily updated while simultaneously being used for additional files for downstream processes like QC.
SOLIDWORKS MBD helped our client comply with the predominant industry standards, such as ASME Y14.41, Military-Standard-31000A, ISO 16792, ISO 10303-242, ISO 14739, etc. Being compliant gave our client a competitive advantage because it allowed them to win more contracts and deliver projects with strict requirements, on time and on budget.
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