Hi guys, today I’m gonna share with you how do I use SOLIDWORKS cover all aspects of a product development process with a seamless, integrated workflow—design, verification, sustainable design, and data management. For you who involve in a product design, you can span multiple disciplines with ease, shortening the design cycle, increasing productivity and delivering innovative products to market faster.
Let’s take a look what am I going to design today! It is a phone cover!
Starting from conceptual until detailed design, SOLIDWORKS made my job easier, especially the newly launched website: http://my.solidworks.com/ , it include everything I need! From self-learning tutorial, online library, forums, manufacturers worldwide, and etc.
Now I wanted to add a new logo. As this is a plastic product, the overall product thickness is important to me by consider the injection molding process. SOLIDWORKS Utilities did a really good job here, by using the Thickness Analysis utility , I can determine different thicknesses of a part. This utility is especially helpful when using thin-walled plastic parts.
It will colored the part into different color region and I could visually inspect the region that might causing cooling problem when going to injection molding.
Not only thickness analysis, SOLIDWORKS Utilities also comes with others capabilities:
- Compare Utility
- Feature Paint
- Find/Modify Utility
- Find and Replace Annotation
- Geometry Analysis
- Power Select
- Report Manager
- Simplify Utility
- Symmetry Check Utility
- Feature Parameter vs. Volume-based Feature Simplification
Next question that comes into my mind, if my product meeting the design requirement? Would it over or under design? Can it be more optimum by considering cost & quality? or could it be more environmental friendly? This is how Simulation Xpress and Sustainability Xpress that really helps me out, virtually analyze my product follow the testing criteria, dramatically reduce the prototyping cost.
This is the result obtained from Simulation Xpress, looks pretty good to me. J It can display the high stress region, how much deformation if apply a certain bending load, and also factor of safety level. Give me really in-depth concepts how would my product be after it is physically built out.
Whereas, this is the result I got from Sustainability Xpress. By choosing the material I’m using, and giving some necessary inputs, example: how long it can last, what is the manufacturing process, produce and use region, and etc, it could calculate the possible environmental impact by dividing into 4 categories:
- Carbon Footprint
- Energy Consumption
- Air acidification
- Water Eutrophication
Well, it is ready to go! Next part would be input some important PMI data and share it to production team. Something that surprise me was SOLIDWORKS come with a great GD&T tools—DIMXpert!
You can inputs your GD&T standards in 3D, and all these information can be automatically generated in 2D detailed drawing, which really reduce my documentation time! With that, you can even link it to TolAnalyst to perform a stack-up analysis.
Click here for more details self-learning video for DimXpert and TolAnalyst! http://my.solidworks.com/reader/wpblogsteacher/2012%252F09%252Fhow-dimxpert-and-tolanalyst-can-help-you-out-in-school.html/how-dimxpert-and-tolanalyst-can-help-you-out-in-school
One greater thing here was SOLIDWORKS has even been equipped with a costing module which enable you to calculate material and manufacturing cost to produce your product!
With just a few info needed to provide SOLIDWORKS Costing, such as manufacturing method, material type, mold cost, labor cost and etc, SOLIDWORKS will take care the rest! It will even divide the costs into setup/operations cost. Pretty good tools for you who need to provide quick cost estimation to customer.
Finally, all the designs data could be very frustrated if you did not manage it well. SOLIDWORKS PDM was well developed to integrate in SOLIDWORKS which allow you to secure, manage and control the revisions of your file. Paperless approval process, files sharing between departments made easy, duplicated data definitely has been reduced and a lot more benefits to you. While to learn PDM was pretty easy, what you need to know basically just check-in and out! Awesome!
Click here for more details PDM info: http://www.cad-vision.com.my/solidworks-product-data-management-pdm/
And Hey!! This is my final product! Good looking ha? XD
(PS: With my “primary level” of photo rendering skill, not too bad right? XD oh ya, I’m using SOLIDWORKS Photoview 360 to render it, pretty cool!)
Alright, that’s all from me today, hope you enjoy reading! Cheers~
Application Consultant, CADVision Systems Sdn. Bhd.