Overview & Application
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Overview & Application
D2M’s CAD/CAM/CAE solutions cover all aspects of your product development process with a seamless, integrated workflow—design, verification, sustainable design, communication and data management. Designers and engineers can span multiple disciplines with ease, shortening the design cycle, increasing productivity and delivering innovative products to market faster.
3D CAD solutions enable you and your team to quickly transform new ideas into great products. Subject your designs to real-world conditions to raise the quality of your products while you reduce your costs for live prototypes and testing. Effectively communicate complex product details by leveraging existing 3D CAD data across your organization to create polished content and animations.
Operational excellence requires harmony across design, production, distribution, people and processes. D2M’s CAM portfolio enables you to transform operations. With D2M’s CAM products, you can design and test in a simulated production environment. Once complete, you can efficiently plan, produce, and manage all resources from staff, to production, to customer delivery.
D2M’s CAE applications accelerate the process of evaluating the performance, reliability and safety of materials and products before committing to physical prototypes. The effective use of realistic simulation is a critical component of any product development process. Manufacturers and suppliers use D2M’s CAE solutions as part of their integrated development environment to evaluate design alternatives, collaborate on projects and leverage computing resources for more efficient analysis.
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3D CAD/CAM/CAE Application
As you work with 3D CAD software, you will quickly discover that 3D enhances not only the design process, but also communication with your customers and design team. Following are the main advantages of using 3D CAD/CAM/CAE software:
Enhance visualization and communication
CAD is all about communicating ideas. We live in a 3D world, so we visualize objects in the same way. When it comes to communicating a design, we naturally prefer a 3D image, model, or animation over a 2D technical drawing. In the 2D world, designers must be able to look at three or four views of a design and mentally combine them in order to visualize what that design will look like in 3D.
Design for manufacturing
Many of the new manufacturing technologies rely on the availability of a 3D CAD model as a starting point. For example, three-axis and up NC programming, rapid prototyping, mold design, and even sheet-metal manufacturing now require 3D models that can be referenced to create NC toolpaths, STL models, and sheetmetal flat patterns with proper bend allowances.
Accelerate development cycles with virtual testing and optimization
Speeding up a design cycle depends on more factors than simply streamlining the initial part or assembly design. Another major benefit with 3D modeling is the insight it offers through virtual testing, analysis, and optimization, which take many forms.
Create bills of materials and manage data smoothly
Working with an associative 3D CAD system also guarantees an accurate and current bill of materials (BOM). The BOM is always accurate because it automatically updates with changes you make to parts and assemblies.
Sales and marketing tools
Sales and marketing can also reap the benefits of 3D CAD data. Publication tools fully support the use of 3D CAD data to allow the creation of photorealistic 2D images, 3D models, and animations that appeal more to customers and consumers. Just look at any major automobile manufacturer’s website, and you will see the demand to present products in a more complete, colorful, and photorealistic way. Photorealistic models and animation capabilities as well as rapid prototyping also allow marketing to perform product market research at much lower costs than actually designing and producing prototypes in the conventional manner.