CIMdata, the leading global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) consulting and research firm announces a new paper about providing early support for manufacturing through enhanced product design capabilities.
From a business point of view, organizational divide between product design and manufacturing is a major contributor to late product design change and the overall cost of products. Manufacturing and product engineering are often physically separated, which places barriers to communication; both person-to-person as well as for data flow.
Over the years SolidWorks has developed significant support for transitioning products from design to manufacturing. Today, many new capabilities have been built into SolidWorks to support the creation of information that is necessary when establishing efficient manufacturing processes and assuring that products can be produced profitably. While SolidWorks continues to provide geometric check functionality for plastic parts, cast parts, and sheet metal parts—it now features a new costing tool that provides automated cost estimation capabilities and SolidWorks DFMXpress, a tool that checks designs for manufacturability. In addition, many SolidWorks Gold Partners have embedded their own CAM products directly inside SolidWorks’ 3D CAD environment and SolidWorks’ new SolidWorks Plastics product provides plastic part designers and mold makers with detailed insight into the manufacturability of their plastic designs via plastic injection molding simulations.
This paper describes how SolidWorks has expanded their CAD solution offering to better support design for manufacturing concepts. It provides both CIMdata’s evaluation of SolidWorks solutions such as the SolidWorks Costing and SolidWorks DFMXpress modules, but also valuable insights from companies who have used these products to improve their overall product development and manufacturing process.
“Executing Effectively from Design to Manufacturing” is available to be freely downloaded from CIMdata’shttp://www.cimdata.com/publications/reports_complimentary/white_papers.html