Even though a lot of manufacturers prefer 2D drawings, 2D CAD’s shortcomings are pushing the industry to switch to 3D CAD Modelling. There are various challenges that 2D CAD represents in front of product designers and manufacturers. For instance, the gap of intent communication between designers and manufacturers, inaccuracies introduced during data exchange and sharing, and delayed production.
But when you use 3D CAD modelling, there are no such issues. It helps improve design communication and provides prototypes for design validation before production. It can make the process faster as it allows CAD designers to use PMI annotations and create CNC files right away.
In this blog, we will discuss how 3D CAD modelling benefits designers and manufacturers.
- Effective Design Communication
Not only have CAD platforms eliminated the use of drawing sheets and rulers, but they have also offered advanced 3D solid surface and mesh modelling which allows manufacturers to know how the product will look like actually. The chances of errors are reduced due to the higher accuracy of data. Their advanced capabilities help establish an effective design communication channel between designers, manufacturers, sheet metal fabricators, and sub-contractors as well.
- Self-Explanatory Design Model
When a product design is created using 3D CAD modelling, it facilitates easy and assisted design visualization. This, in turn, helps other stakeholders to make their integration with product designers smoother, insightful, and hassle-free. 3D geometry further improves internal design reviews and can also be used during product marketing.
- Vault Data Management for Product Design and Development
3D CAD models can be extended to product data management which will create PDM vaults, also called Vaults by Autodesk products. The vault data management software helps design engineers and manufacturers to organize and track data and create and validate designs through simulation. Thus, it ultimately helps in streamlining all activities related to product design and development.
The software allows saving all the files at one location that can be accessed anytime. Plus, they also help replace the designs as and when changes are made to the actual products. The best part is that vaults store every version of every file and display the history of the product quickly.
- Provides Proofs of Design Concepts
The 3D models designed using 3D CAD modelling make the perfect candidates to be used as prototypes to get proofs of design concepts, design optimization, design analysis, and design geometry validation. Since these virtual tests are non-destructive, they help reduce the cost by a significant margin that is often spent in validation by replicating real-world applications.
Though 3D CAD modelling is a boon to both designers and manufacturers, it allows the company to raise the bar of perfection and productivity. Right from facilitating better design communication to informed decision-making at the manufacturing stage, 3D CAD Modelling is rapidly becoming an indispensable part in the product design industry.