Revamping Heavy Equipment Development and Manufacturing
Today’s challenging industrial heavy equipment design environment requires manufacturers to automate processes. Upgrading from methods that rely on non-integrated, point solutions in favor of concurrent, fully-integrated 3D design and manufacturing increases quality and adds to your bottom line.
Streamlining The Design Of Industrial Equipment
SOLIDWORKS assists engineers and machine designers as they go through each step of the design-to-manufacturing process as shown below
1. Receive proposal request
2. Assemble Team
Assemble a team to review the proposal request. Your team of engineers, purchasing and manufacturing must work together to answer several questions about how to address the design challenge and whether existing assets can be leveraged. SOLIDWORKS PDM is one piece of this puzzle.
3. Develop Proposal
With SOLIDWORKS you can easily answer the questions raised in the project request.
- PRODUCT STRUCTURE Use PDM to ﬁnd existing designs and begin to assemble the product structure with SOLIDWORKS Treehouse.
- CONCEPTUAL DESIGN Determine what complex parts need to be designed.
- RISK ASSESSMENT Determine whether the new design can be developed.
- COMMUNICATION Develop quick animations and renders to communicate design intent and build buy-in with customer.
- COST ESTIMATES Automatically estimate the costs of parts that must be manufactured.
- BILL OF MATERIALS (BOM) Automatically create a BOM for purchasing to get costs of purchased items and delivery impact of long lead items.
4. Design Iteratively
With the SOLIDWORKS integrated approach to product development, you can run a concurrent development workflow for design and manufacturing
- Verify performance during design and reduce risk while you explore alternatives
- Manage and communicate design data efficiently with easy access to the most recent data
- Start manufacturing tasks during the design phase allowing critical feedback from manufacturing to be incorporated into the design earlier, resulting in products that are easier and cheaper to manufacture.
5. Output to Manufacturing
Leverage CAD data to output the specific information needed by manufacturing facilities, production-ready files and documentation for the shop floor.
3D MODELS WITH GD&T FOR CAM
MOLD, TOOL, DIE AND FIXTURES
2D DRAWINGS FOR MANUFACTURING
FLAT PATTERNS AND BLANK SIZING
HARNESS & PIN BOARD DRAWINGS
6. Deliver Product
Deliver user manuals, field repair documentation and marketing content to promote your product. With SOLIDWORKS you can repurpose existing 3D design data to rapidly create high quality graphical assets that are fully synchronized with your design process.