Wednesday, 11 January 2023

EXCEL BASED AUTOMATION OF SHEETMETAL PANELS

 

 In SOLIDWORKS, Design Automation is one of the easiest ways to quickly make design changes by specifying parameters in an embedded Microsoft Excel worksheet.

Most companies have a common goal of reducing design costs, to design less and standardize the product range and to design faster.

This stands out as an effective means of dramatically cutting costs and increasing productivity thus saving time.


By incorporating proper design rules, Design table allows you to modify the dimensions and build multiple configurations of parts in the least possible time.


Engineers will spend less time on repetitive tasks and time-consuming variations on the same design, and more time on innovation.

Using Excel based automation, we can complete days of custom engineering design in just minutes.







Sunday, 25 December 2022

How to Overcome your collaboration barriers with 3DEXPERIENCE cloud solutions?

Effective benefits of Cloud CollaborationTHE 3DEXPERIENCE PLATFORM

3DEXPERIENCE is a cloud-based platform, easily accessed with a browser which has curated solutions for persons from each department in an organization ranging from design, simulation, and manufacturing to governance/Management.


Before knowing what’s new in recent 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS, let’s quickly run through a few capabilities in this powerful cloud collaboration environment - 3DEXPERIENCE. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform has cloud design and collaboration capabilities in close integration with SOLIDWORKS to carry out Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) activities.

Connect your SOLIDWORKS or any CAD data with the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud platform to securely save and manage them from anywhere, anytime with any device. Below listed are a few of the general benefits of cloud-based collaboration for SOLIDWORKS.

· Create several tailored dashboards to serve your needs in a single place.

· Save and manage access, revisions, and product lifecycle of your Designs or Non-CAD data on the cloud.

· Real-time collaboration of ideas, designs, tasks, and people with other teams like simulation and manufacturing in a unified environment with the cloud as a single source of truth to eliminate duplicates.

· Conduct design reviews from anywhere using 3D markups, issue management, and change management with a whole track of what and when anything has happened during the product lifecycle.

· Compare your designs with previous revisions and make custom approval routes within the organization.

·  Plan your project with work-breakdown tasks, milestones, and dependencies with Gantt chart UI.

·  Browser-based design tools for parametric and sub-divisional modeling (Digital Clay modeling).

·  Generate and manage part numbers, product structures, and BOMs digitally.


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Tuesday, 18 October 2022

NESTING OF NATIVE OR IMPORTED CAD MODELS IN SOLIDWORKS

LOGOPRESS

LOGOPRESS is a die design software, which automates a variety of processes, including Blanking, Strip layout, Nesting, Tool design, and drawings in addition to unbending and flattening even "Complex" parts. This included LOGOPRESS die simulation even allowing the die to simulate the tool positioning and interference checked during the operation in the press.
With a Gold-certified SOLIDWORKS Partner Product, LOGOPRESS work as an Add-in inside SOLIDWORKS so you can use the power of 3D modeling capabilities to speed up the design process.

BLANK FLATTEN

LOGOPRESS BLANK Flatten option allows us to quickly and easily predict the theoretical blank of 3D-formed parts. The Finite Element Analysis includes minimizes the development time in the press.
Therefore, we can Flatten our models in the following FEA conditions including Blank Prediction, Meshing, Thickness Variation, Stress & Strain Results, Bounding Box Info and Contour points mapping. This mesh is fully automatic but its size can also be adjusted if the user wishes to do so. There is no need to be a mechanical engineer with finite element analysis skills to handle the LOGOPRESS BLANK module because it is very user-friendly.
 LOGOPRESS BLANK can also be used to flatten various applications, such as Aerospace, Leather (Shoes) Composites, cloth, plastics, adhesives, leather, inflatable objects, packaging & Shipbuilding. Note: Native SOLIDWORKS models as well as imported models can be used.




Key functions:

  • Manage native and/or imported data
  • Manage solids and surfaces
  • Material thickness management
  • Customizable material database
  • Choice of the "stamping starting area"
  • Allow defining pinched/locked areas
  • Thinning and thickening information
  • Stress and strain information

LOGOPRESS NEST

In the manufacturing industry, nesting refers to the process of laying out cutting patterns to minimize raw material waste. It automates the calculation of the ideal distribution of the cutting patterns to avoid waste. The process involves the analysis of the parts to be produced at a particular time. This has the advantage of minimizing tool movement for Sheetmetal products and maximizing how many pieces can be fabricated in one session.

LOGOPRESS Nest is completely integrated with SOLIDWORKS which is quick, and simple to use. Either a multibody component file that was made in SOLIDWORKS or that was imported from another CAD system or an individual SOLIDWORKS Part or Assembly file can be easily Nested after setting some logical parameters that allow extreme flexibility it will quickly nest the parts per the options that you set.

Key functions:

  • Multiple nesting options and strategies included
  • Supports either multibody parts or parts within an assembly
  • Set sheet size to nest on or set only width
  • Angular control of parts
  • Option to allow parts to flip upside down
  • Flexibility in setting clearances between parts
  • Ability to set quantities for each individual part
  • Automatic report generation

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Wednesday, 28 September 2022

3DEXPERIENCE BROWSER BASED CAD (Part 2) - xShape

What is 3D Sculptor - xShape?

3D Sculptor - xShape, a 3D subdivision modeling solution that is browser-based and enables industrial designers, engineers, and artists to create stylized ergonomically or organically shaped models faster and more easily than traditional parametric tools.


Intuitive cloud-based modeling solution to design 3D organic shapes easily and quickly.

Seamless interchange of design data with the parametric workflows of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD with subdivision modeling capabilities.

It is built on the cloud-based Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Rapid iteration on design solutions and real-time collaboration help your organization deliver innovative products to market faster to Accelerate your design process.



3D Sculptor Sub-D modeling has xShape application that features:

  • Using intuitive push-pull interaction, quickly create complex surfaces.
  • Create 3D surface geometry Use images and sketches as a guide.
  • Convert subdivision surfaces to NURBS (Non-uniform rotational b-spline) geometry automatically.
  • Switch between conceptual modeling and detailed modeling environments and eliminate the need for rework Seamlessly.
  • Make changes to the shape of product design at any point in the development cycle without the need for remodeling. 
  • Eliminate the necessity to plan your assembly structure upfront. 
  • Single modeling environment to make model changes at any time in parts and assemblies.


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Saturday, 27 August 2022

OPTIMIZATION USING SOLIDWORKS DESIGN STUDY

 To specify the Volume and Mass properties of the Multibody part, you can monitor the properties of the part by adding sensors to evaluate and optimize. This feature (Design Study) can run iterations of the values and reports to generate the optimum combination of values to meet your specified goal.

Design Study is a tool to perform optimization or evaluate specific scenarios of your design using Simulation. This Analysis is fully integrated into the SOLIDWORKS within the same interface. Design Study allows for quickly and easily simulating design iterations on parts or assemblies.

Solid bodies can be used to calculate the results for different iterations or scenarios by defining a required parameter like Variables, Constraints, and Goals for a single study, whereas multiple studies can also be combined.

This can be any type and any combination except fatigue and pressure vessel. If optimization is being used the results will show the initial state and the optimal state. The results of each iteration can be compared and this helps to bring better designs to market faster.

Where to find;

SOLIDWORKS Command Manager > Evaluate > Design Study (or)

SOLIDWORKS Menu Bar > Insert > Design Study

1) Variables: The inputs can be Model Dimension, Global Variable, Simulation parameters, and Material properties.

2) Constraints: The inputs can be from Simulation data (Stress, Displacement, Frequency, Temperature, etc.,), Mass Properties, Dimension, Measurement, and costing data.

3) Goals: There are targets. The inputs for this are the same as constraints. This data is required only for the Optimization mode design study.

To create a Design Study, set up the parameters. The keys to creating a Parameter are to provide Variables, choose the appropriate category, and then link that parameter to the model which you want to vary in the design study.

To insert a Design Study in your model. Use the drop-down arrows to add the Element Size Variable (Model Dimensions) to the Design Study.

In the Constraints section, use the pull-down menu to add a Sensor to the model, specifically to monitor the Mass Properties and select the model you want the sensor to reference for data.

Then set the goal and check the ‘Optimization’ box (whenever we choose a goal this check mark for optimization will need to be checked) and click ‘Run’.

When the Design Study is finished by running all of the scenarios. The Optimized results have been shown in the Result tab and it has found an optimal part number 5 and this is generated using a design study.

ü All of the ones that are in Red are did not reach our goal.

ü All of the ones that have reached our goal are displayed in White.

ü The optimal ones which can satisfy the goal are in Green.

In the Result view tab, optimal number 5 has maintained the geometric conditions and physical properties (i.e. Mass)

Note: SOLIDWORKS Premium is mandatory for Simulation Design Study.

Thank You..!!

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Wednesday, 27 July 2022

THERMAL OPTIMIZATION OF HEAT SINK’S USING SOLIDWORKS FLOW SIMULATION


SolidWorks Flow Simulation helps Designers in Evaluating the performance of the fins of a solid body that is generating heat.

Using SolidWorks Flow Simulation, we can accurately capture the thin walls of the geometry by its advanced meshing algorithm. (Refer to Image 1- We can Enable minimum wall thickness of the model geometry)

Image 1: Automatic Mesh

Image 2: Thin Wall Optimization Mesh

SolidWorks Flow Simulation also provides the manual mesh type option for the users who require additional accuracy due to stringent design criteria.

Using manual mesh type, users can add the control planes (Refer to image 3) at the required locations.

Image 3: Manual Mesh


Image 4: After Applying Control Plane


Result:

Benefits:

ØIdentify the thermal hotspots of your products.

ØEngineers can easily improve the thermal efficiency of your products.

ØManufacturers of Electronic Components, IOT Devices, Instrument Clusters, Hi-tech Devices, etc. can be benefitted from this engineering tool.


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Saturday, 25 June 2022

Generative Design on Cloud - 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

 The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform 

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a collaborative environment that Connects People, Data, Processes, ideas, and Business. 3DEXPERIENCE is a cloud-based platform that is easily accessed with a browser that has curated roles for persons from each department in an organization ranging from Design, Simulation, and Manufacturing to Governance/Management.


The 3DEXPERIENCE platform has cloud design capabilities running on a browser, so that it can be used with any device using a dedicated Touch Mode. A few of the Cloud Design roles include 3D Creator, 3D Sculptor, 3D Sheet Metal Creator, 3D Structure Creator, 3D Mold Creator, 3D Pattern Shape Creator, 3D Render, Drafter, and so on.

3D Creator

3D Creator is a role on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, having xDesign as the web application to create parametric models and assemblies, in a unified interface within a browser. Since the tool requires only a browser and internet connection, you can model on the go with a Tablet or Mobile device. The tools and workflows in xDesign are very similar to the mighty SOLIDWORKS.


DESIGN GUIDANCE

Apart from Parametric modeling, xDesign enables us to use industry trending tools like Generative Design on the cloud. We can use this Design Guidance to help design geometries, taking into account forces, space, and loads. We can create a new design or redesign an existing geometry.

For creating a new Generative Design, the process is so simple that we need to define the Material of the model, boundary conditions like Fixtures and Loads, the bounding box dimensions of the model, and any areas to be excluded during the generation process. Within the browser, several iterations occur to offer you the best possible geometry for the given conditions.

A conventional or legacy design consumes more material that does not contribute to the load, whereas the model obtained from Design Guidance (Generative Design) can be directly built using additive manufacturing. In order to make the optimized model to be manufactured using conventional machining processes, we can build machinable features from generated design using xDesign tools.

Advantages of Generative Design

· Reduced Product Weight hence reduced material and handling costs

· Takes less time to complete the design

· Create better designs and better products

· Consolidation of various parts into a single design

· Limitless number of designs to choose from

· 3D Creator doesn’t need any installation

With 3D Creator you can also:

· Create parametric 3D models anywhere and anytime using a browser

· Eliminate the need to plan your assembly structure with a single modeling environment

· Iterate rapidly without the rework associated with typical parametric modeling tools

· Understand structural requirements through an easy exploration of optimal material with Design Guidance

· Leverage the power of machine learning to reduce repetitive tasks with the Design Assistant tools

· Visualize your designs with ease and impress customers instantly with realistic appearances and environments.

The 3D creator role enables you to step up your Product Design and development process, and allows your design data to be managed, and used for other processes like Simulation and Manufacturing, on this unified 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. 

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