Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ways to Incorporate 3D Design into Your Business

Companies are trying hard to attract customers, be it by digital marketing, offering quality service or by providing competitive prices; the struggle to get business is immense. 3D design is a new way which companies are adapting to get more business. If you are in a business that sells concept or ideas, mere words cannot lure the customers but a 3D design definitely will.

A well-executed 3D design can bring depth and provides clarity to the viewer. Not all are good in spatial skills; 3D design helps them gain perspective. Let us have a look at what 3D design is and ways to incorporate it into your business so as to get more leads.

What is 3D design?

3D Design is the process of developing a mathematical representation of any object into three dimensions using specialized software, the product is called a 3D model and the person who designs this is called a 3D artist.

5 Ways to incorporate 3D design into your business

1)    Concept testing 

Making a failed product results in loss of time, efforts and money, this is bad for any business. 3D design can help the developers to visualize and plan well to avoid the chances of failure. Let us consider an example of real estate, the developers can brainstorm using a 3D model and make desired changes with all team members consent. 3D design helps to try different things without having to hurt your pockets.

2)    New product prototype

Gone are the days of a plain description of the product in words. Be it a product or space, making a 3D design of it, can help you to see how things look as a whole. You can easily make changes in the product if you do not find it to your satisfaction. A prototype of the product can also be presented to the client so as to understand their needs. Several variations of a product can be made to finalize the best one. A 3D design can help you deliver a satisfactory product.

3)    Presentations and branding 

Well curated content and a powerful orator are key to a powerful presentation or a branding program, these two things when clubbed with 3D images, can help the presentation to reach a new level. 3D designs will strengthen your marketing and branding efforts. Take help of designing experts to include 3D images in your presentation.

4)    Trade shows

Trade shows and exhibitions are meant to reach the product or service to the masses. Having 3D images in trade show booths will attract customers. They will be able to visualize the product for real and understand all its attributes. The real-life feeling of a product will be highly appreciated and will leave a mark in the customer’s mind.

5)    Designing spaces

Imagine a real estate’s website, trying to sell houses with only basic 2D plans uploaded on the website. Whereas its competitor has uploaded a 3D tour of space, along with a sample interiors set up. Any customer will be lured to the second website as it provides actual visualization of space. You can design any kind of space using 3D designs.

Use of 3D Designs in various industries

3D models are useful in many fields, few of them are

Engineering: Used to make a prototype of products and devices.
Medical: Makes a detailed model of organs by using 2D images of MRI, to better diagnose the ailment.
Science: Used to demonstrate complicated model of chemistry
Movie: Uses it for effects and animation.
Architecture: Use to demonstrate building or landscape.

Many companies are adapting to 3D designs, you can also do the same, just by hiring few quality 3D designers or opt for 3D design services of a reputed company. 3D designs help you to save time and money and also gain business, so what are you waiting for, Present your products in style and sophistication and capture the market.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SOLIDWORKS Simulation “vs.” Analytical Solution: Which is better?

The impact of Engineering analysis, simulation, and modeling activities and the way businesses are driven worldwide are more dominant than ever before. The Indian CAE industry has been growing at a frantic pace for the past few years and this growth is reflected by the fact that thousands of young engineers are opting for careers in the analysis and simulation domains. Several multinational companies from automotive, aerospace and manufacturing sectors are setting up their development centers in India. Indian analysts are increasingly found in the global delivery teams.

For a CAD designer with no prior exposure to FEA and CFD, this is a natural question to ask. Numerical methods go back a long time and have been used to approximate solutions to problems that cannot be solved precisely. Since the 1950s, when computers became available for the heavy number-crunching of FEA and CFD, both these methods have been researched extensively; many thousands of books and research papers published; and the methodologies continuously improved and algorithms refined. FEA and CFD are sound reliable methods. Within the documents included in our SOLIDWORKS FEA and CFD Simulation products, there are validation problems that compare the numerical solution to selected problems with a closed-form analytical solution, established experimental results or solutions from other resources.

In the Engineering world, we’re often asked questions about the accuracy of FEA modeling versus reality. The answer: FEA provides the right information versus reality as long as you correctly define materials, boundary conditions and, mesh type. Next, regarding the accuracy of the software itself, we have lots of Q&A tests based on literature and recognized publications. NAFEMS, an International Association of Engineering Modelling, Analysis and Simulation Professionals, is one such example. NAFEMS has published 200 publications, covering many areas within engineering analysis and simulation. We use the NAFEMS benchmark problems in order to demonstrate the accuracy of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation software for the supported analysis such as linear statics, thermal, geometric and material nonlinearity, and linear dynamics.

Here is an example analysis:

Problem Statement:

We need to calculate the maximum deflection at the center of 40mm diameter MS round bar with a length of 4000mm. The beam is simply supported and weight consideration is self-weight due to gravity. Fig. 1 shows the model with dimensions.

Now, let us solve this example using both analytically and using SOLIDWORKS Simulation and compare the results of the same. First, let us solve using analytically.

We Know,

L = 400 cm

D = 4 cm

Material = MS

The formula for Deflection is for simply supported beam with UDL is (5/384) x (w x L^4) / (EI)

E (Modulus of Elasticity) = 2.1 x 10^6 kg /

I = Moment of inertia of a solid circular section of diameter 4 cm

I = π d4 / 64 = 3.142 x 4^4/64 = 12.58 cm^4

w = load per meter = 9.856 kg/m = .09856 kg/cm

Deflection at Center of Beam = (5/384) x (0.09856 x 400^4) / (2.1x10^6 x 12.58) = 1.243cms.

So, to summarize analytically we are achieving deflection at the center of beam as 1.243 cm or 12.43mm

Now, let us solve the same problem in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. The modeling is also done in SOLIDWORKS. So, the integration between SOLIDWORKS CAD and SOLIDWORKS Simulation is very easy and intuitive. Fig. no 2 shows the CAD modeling of the beam.

In SOLIDWORKS Simulation, the material is applied as MS. Fig. 3 shows the material properties of the same.

Boundary Conditions are applied like simply supported fixtures at both ends and force per unit length of 96.77 N/m is applied. Beam meshing is carried out since it is made up of weldment structure. And finally, when all boundary conditions and meshing is done the simulation is carried out. And results are plotted.

Now, let plot the maximum deflection result of the same as shown in Fig.4 below. The Simulation results show the maximum deflection is 12.467 mm at center of beam.

So to conclude, let us compare analytical and SOLIDWORKS results

Again coming to the question if analytical solutions are better or SOLIDWORKS simulation results are better, we can see there is hardly 0.5-1 % of the difference in deflections. Also in virtually ALL FEA analyses, as well as closed-form mathematical solutions to engineering problems, there is a fundamental weakness: Materials are assumed to be perfect. That is, some average values for key material properties are applied seamlessly with mathematical precision throughout a given solution space. The problem is that there are no perfect materials in the world.

Thanks for reading this blog post. Engineering Technique offers affordable SOLIDWORKS Simulation services. If you need help with your engineering analysis and simulation projects, contact us and we will be glad to help.

Article Written by GAURAV HARANE – an Engineering Analysis & Simulation Specialist at Engineering Technique

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Product Development accelerated with Effective Mechanical Design Services

Developing new products is extremely time-consuming and can be quite costly. Lots of efforts are put in for the product development and most importantly it’s functioning. Extensive research goes into idea development and its implementation which could match the market demand and satisfy the customers. Moreover, every time a new product is created, it is rechecked, verified and validated for proper functionality and design before it goes into production. Manufacturers are already well aware of the challenges and consequences they face while launching a product. Let’s check few and the most important ones:
  • There are instances when the designs get rejected because of its production cost. It is tricky to turn an industrial design made by software into a manufacturing product. There are various components that come into consideration when the product is required to be fully functional and within the production budget. 
  • Most of the times, the desired components are not available which pose another challenge for the manufacturers to get the product functional as per the demand.
  • The tooling cost shoots up when there is no radical plan put forth beforehand. Once the tools are already designed for mass production, it is extremely difficult and costly to change the design thereafter.
  • Furthermore, there are chances of products becoming outdated when they are not issued on time. Therefore, the timeline is again a big factor to consider while planning a launch.  
Good mechanical designs eradicates of all these issues and short comings in the production unit. It is a process where in useful resources are converted into efficient mechanical designs, tools, parts or a new machine that gives the desired output to satiate human needs. Lot of mathematical equations, kinematics, statistics, dynamics, hydraulics, electrical theory, mechanical technology and engineering materials and drawings are applied to create one single properly functioning machine. Thus, it is really important to hire a mechanical designer or seek help from agencies that provide mechanical design services as they have a plethora of knowledge specific to this field that helps the manufacturers to get the product developed within a short timeline.
  • A mechanical designer prepares a fully functional design for the new product or suggests the tools that must be designed to bring the required changes in the existing product.
  • They use 3D CAD designs, drawings and modeling that give a vivid image of the product thereby speeding the shop-floor job.
  • They assist in researching the market for the customer demands. 
  • A good mechanical design services also aids the manufacturing company to promote the product strategically, assuring better sales and marketing. 
  • A huge amount of time and money is saved by creating accurate and effective designs thereby lowering the chances of rejection.
  • Get various drawings and proper documentation of the whole production process, for future reference.
  • The pace of productivity is enhanced multifold. 
A good Mechanical design keeps you ahead of your competitors and provides you more time for the verification and validation of products before launch. Additionally, you get a professional help that ensures detailing of every minute changes and thus improves overall costing.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Here’s why you should outsource CAD services

What is Outsourcing?

Before we look at benefits that outsourcing offers, let us first understand what outsourcing is? For any company, Outsourcing simply means delegating company functions to a third party or outside vendor. These functions can range from basic accounting and bookkeeping services to more complex payroll and call center services. Businesses usually outsource several company functions to cut down on operational and management costs.

Outsourcing to companies from countries like India, a grand hub of IT and design experts, offers countless benefits.


So let’s look at the benefits that CAD outsourcing would offer to your business.

  • Cost Efficient / Reduced Costs

It doesn’t take a genius to understand that major benefit of outsourcing is it saves money. A business can save on infrastructure, recruitment, training, and license costs. This factor appeals to many business firms, especially to start-ups, who are always on the lookout for ways to cut out capital expenditure without sacrificing operational efficiency. Moreover, if you outsource your 3D CAD services to a right CAD service provider, you can not only get the job done with reduced costing but also with improved efficiency.

  • Enhanced Productivity / Access to proficient workforce

Another major reason why businesses opt to outsource certain services or functions is they gain access to skilled workforce without the need for any recruitment and training of resources. Many established firms based out of USA and UK outsourced CAD services as these CAD services experts offer engineers and draftsmen with strong expertise in functions like 3D CAD drawing, Mechanical 3D CAD modeling, 3D CAD design and so much more.

Related article: Unleash the Power of Outsourcing CAD Conversion Services

  • Improved focus on Business Core

CAD design can take time and resources. Outsourcing it will free so much of your time and energy, which in-turn will help you turn your attention towards other core areas of your business. You can focus on key business areas such as marketing, branding, expansion, sales, mergers, and acquisitions. Improved concentration on core business functions, with CAD services outsourced to a top quality CAD service provider, will only enhance the efficiency and productivity of your business.

  • Boost Business

Working with specialized CAD services provider and effectively managing communication with them will help you deliver projects in time. This, in turn, will keep your customers happy. Happy customers mean more business and commending references. After all, for customers, nothing speaks louder than work and the quality of your work, with the help of outsourced vendors, will boost your business exponentially.

Also Read: The Promising Future for CAD Outsourcing – Indian Perspective

Apart from above-mentioned benefits, below are few more points that summarize why you should outsource CAD services:

  • Save time and efforts
  • Team with dedicated team of specialists
  • Efficient collaborative process
  • Reduced risk of errors
  • Effective communication and planning
  • Gain access to customized and diverse CAD solutions

So if you have just started a new business or burdened with overwhelming CAD responsibilities and finding it too difficult to solve it on your own, outsource your 3D CAD services to a professional CAD services company who can take care of all your CAD designs, drafting & modeling.