How SOLIDWORKS Takes the Complexity out of Designing for Manufacturability

[fa icon="calendar"] March 07, 2018 / by TPM Admin


A product's manufacturability is determined by its readiness to go to market. SOLIDWORKS offers several tools and features that aid in that readiness. Whether it's a time-saving, money-saving or error-reducing solution, each is a step toward improved productivity in design and manufacturing.

Let's discuss five ways SOLIDWORKS helps design teams tackle complex tasks with simple, straightforward solutions.

1. Automate inspection reports

A First Article Inspection (FAI) is often required for all manufactured components to assure conformance to quality standards. Typically, these reports are created manually with ballooned drawings. However, the down side of manual reports is that they take a lot of time and leave the potential for error.

Both of these problems can be eliminated with SOLIDWORKS Inspection, a software that automates creation of inspection documentation. Forms like AS91003 and PPAP are created automatically to save on time and updated continually to protect against errors. With time savings of up to 90%, your team has capacity to take on other tasks, or simply more of what you're already doing!

2. Create professional, high-quality technical communications

It's true that a picture is worth a thousand words, but if your picture isn't saying the right words, what good is it? And if your technical product communications are difficult to understand what good are they?

Content should not only meet a certain standard of quality; it should be clear to understand and visually stunning. That's what SOLIDWORKS Composer is for! If you're communicating information to a customer, prospect or internal team, SOLIDWORKS Composer allows you to create high-quality imagery that will leave the right impression.

Not only does SOLIDWORKS Composer improve the quality of the graphic assets you create, but it also reduces the time you put into creating them, thanks to optimized workflows and built-in support that integrates with numerous 3D CAD formats. 

With Composer, designers can produce stunning graphical content, including exploded views, vector and raster graphics, shaded illustrations, interactive BOMs, interactive storyboards, video animations, and more.

3. Accelerate design modifications

While designers sometimes create products from scratch, many times they find themselves modifying previously created products and designs. For projects that require tweaking or reconfiguring, designers look to SOLIDWORKS Electrical. This software accelerates the planning and development phase by allowing them to reuse design data.

SOLIWORKS Electrical comes with built-in libraries of symbols, manufacturer part information, and 3D component models, so designers can save time on tasks that are usually monotonous or redundant. And because time is money, they're saving that, too!

4. Update documentation automatically

If a design is changed, all documentation associated with that design, including the Bill of Materials (BOM) and cut lists, must also be updated. Depending on the scale or scope of a design, making these updates can be incredibly time consuming. Not only that, but manually making changes to any project leaves room for human error and miscommunication.

SOLIDWORKS PDM ensures design accuracy by creating a bill of materials and inputting notes where design modifications have been made. Automation is the key to accuracy and efficiency for development teams in the design world, and with SOLIDWORKS PDM, automation is possible.

5. Easily print in 3D

What if sending your prototype to print was as easy as it is to print a PDF on you office printer? There's no reason it shouldn't be be!

Thanks to the ability SOLIDWORKS has to integrate with 3D printing, the process of printing designs before manufacturing is no longer a tedious or troublesome one. Designers can easily visualize their products and address potential issues in their prototypes before they're sent off for manufacturing.

SOLIDWORKS is designed to work with a variety of formats, including .STL, the 3MF and AMF. This  versatility eliminates steps like post-processing or translating data using additional applications.

With the suite of tools available in SOLIDWORKS, designers can streamline processes and automate workflows to increase productivity, save money while at the same time improving accuracy. Such advantages are reason enough to make designing for manufacturability an integral piece of your design strategy. 

Design for Manufacturability


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