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The advantages of using CAD models in downstream processes

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 04-Apr-2013 12:54:00

downstream processesWith Creo 2.0, manufacturing experts can leverage design data to create, optimise and validate machining sequences. Manufacturing teams and product design teams are able to work concurrently, knowing the any design modifications will be instantaneously and automatically included in the existing machining routines. So, even as the product design evolves, they remain up to date.

What are the advantages of collaboration?

Being able to collaborate and share data from Creo with manufacturing is vital to decrease product development times. As, of course, it doesn’t matter how great the model looks is it cannot be manufactured in a timely and cost-effective way. So, for example, it means manufacturing engineers can start to create a rough blank representing the design and add machining operations, like roughing, to begin to shape the material at an earlier stage.

Manufacturing engineers are able to use CAD model to check that the assembly can be properly completed and to make the tooling required for the machining. It allows them to run real time complete machine and tool simulations in 3D, enabling them to preview the actual behaviour of the machines and tools in the workshop.

Why is it important?

Currently, many companies are using several CAD tools, using an external vendor for their CAM requirements. This can mean the CAD model is shared with a wide range of different systems, resulting in a manual input to make sure the design intent is passed on to the manufacturing stages.

Issues can come from poor communication between designers and manufacturers. This can lead to mistakes being made, resulting in inconsistencies in the machining stage. So by using a tool that allows for greater collaboration between design and downstream processes, it limits the number of mistakes and improves the overall product development process.

How using Creo 2.0 allows the model to be used for downstream manufacturing?

With Creo, manufacturing can leverage design data to create, optimise and validate machining sequences, at the earliest of stages, knowing that any product design changes can be automatically and instantly incorporated into existing machining routines.

If the product design evolves, existing machining routines can be automatically updated and any new machining sequences can be easily added with no loss of existing work. And, though it is not possible for CAD designers to make their models “production-ready”, by being able to use an integrated tool, it can help support downstream processes. Being able to design with downstream processes in mind, it can help to reduce time to market.

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