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.

Friday, December 29, 2017

How Process and Plant Design With SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Solutions can Increase your Profit!

Building a processing system - even a whole plant or factory - in industries as diverse as alternative fuel development, oil and gas production, power generation, and manufacturing is more difficult than ever. Competition is stiff and capital is tight. So the need to ensure quality, control costs, and speed up delivery is critical to your success.

See how SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD product development solutions give you a wide range of design, modeling, data management, simulation, and technical communication tools to create detailed 3D models and drawings for process layouts, mechanical equipment and systems, HVAC, and electrical, conduit and piping systems. You can complete the entire process and plant design projects speedily, affordable, and reliably.

To know more, please contact Engineering Technique - an authorized reseller of SOLIDWORKS products for Gujarat (India) region.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

What’s New 2018 – Smart Extract in SOLIDWORKS Inspection

SOLIDWORKS have made Inspection even more accessible to those using different software. DWGs are now fully supported in the standalone application. Essentially, Inspection documentation is now a 3 step process:

1. Import a DWG, TIFF, or PDF file.
2. Simply click the characteristics to capture them using the new to 2018 Smart Capture tool.
3. Export to create a ballooned drawing and an Inspection Report.

Using the new Smart Capture Capabilities in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018, make capturing each characteristic quick, accurate, and easy, just one click for each characteristic. As the Limits and all the dimension type information is grabbed automatically, one click creates a fully propagated characteristic which is ready for your Inspection Report.

Well, now you can create zero error documentation in just a few clicks of the mouse, from any DWG Drawing, as well as the PDF and TIFF functionality that SOLIDWORKS Inspection already uses. You can even update revisions quickly and easily! Watch the below video:


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Which SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Package is best for you?

Whether you’re considering about taking the leap into the world of SOLIDWORKS for the first time or you’re a SOLIDWORKS user looking for further functionality, selecting the best SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD version for you can be confusing.

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software is available in three packages - Standard, Professional, and Premium - packed with capabilities developed to quickly transform new ideas into great products.

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SOLIDWORKS Standard delivers robust 3D design capabilities, performance, and ease-of-use. Not only can you create fully detailed parts, assemblies, and production-level drawings, but you can access all the tools required to generate complex surfaces, sheet metal flat patterns, and structural welded assemblies. SOLIDWORKS Standard also includes wizards to automate designs, perform stress analysis, and determine the environmental impact of components. Discover increased design productivity with SOLIDWORKS Standard.


Part and Assembly Modeling
2D Drawings
Design Reuse and Automation
Animation and Visualization
Collaborate and Share CAD Data
Interference Check
First Pass Analysis Tools
Design for Manufacturing
Productivity Tools
Advanced CAD File Import

SOLIDWORKS Professional

SOLIDWORKS Professional gives you all the power of SOLIDWORKS Standard with additional capabilities that increase productivity, ensure accuracy, and help you communicate your design information more effectively.

SOLIDWORKS Professional includes libraries of standard parts and fasteners, tools to automatically estimate manufacturing costs and help convert imported geometry and utilities that search designs for errors. Realistically render your designs with PhotoView 360 software and then share them with others using eDrawings® Professional. SOLIDWORKS Professional also gives you integrated file management tools that securely store all project information and track all design changes. Streamline your design process and increase design productivity with SOLIDWORKS Professional.


CAD Libraries
Advanced Design for Manufacturing
Design for Cost (SOLIDWORKS Costing)
Automated Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis (TolAnalyst)
ECAD/MCAD Collaboration (CircuitWorks™)
Advanced Photorealistic Rendering
CAD Standards Checking
SOLIDWORKS File Management
eDrawings® Professional
Reverse Engineering (Scan to 3D)


SOLIDWORKS Premium is a comprehensive 3D design solution that adds to the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Professional with powerful simulation, motion, and design validation tools, advanced wire and pipe routing functionality, reverse engineering capabilities, and much more.

Users can test product performance against real life motion and forces with our rich simulation capabilities. Ensure manufacturability and resolve complex assembly issues early in the design process with tolerance stack-up analysis tools. Quickly incorporate printed circuit board data into your 3D model, and create and document layouts for electrical wiring, piping, and tubing with the extended toolsets of SOLIDWORKS. You can also work with 3D scanned data in SOLIDWORKS Premium. Experience all the benefits of a complete 3D design solution with SOLIDWORKS Premium.


Time-based Motion Analysis
Linear Static Analysis for Parts and Assemblies
Routing of Pipes and Tubes
Routing of Electrical Cabling and Wiring Harnesses
Advanced Surface Flattening
Routing of Rectangular and Other Sections

Still Don't Know Which Version is best for you?

No problem! Contact an Engineering Technique today and we'll help you sort out which package is best for you and your company.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

An Evolving Trend in Outsourcing of Engineering Design Services

The manufacturing companies are facing a paradigm shift today, where the companies prefer to outsource their engineering design requirements. The major factors influencing these companies to move towards outsourcing are the reductions in the operating expenses and at the same time focusing on the expansion of business and revenue augmentation. These factors have led to the fast evolution of outsourced engineering design services worldwide.

Outsourcing is being seen as a cost-effective mode of achieving organizational goals. There has been arising in the number of several solution providers, located worldwide, who offer quality services at economical costs and quicker turnaround times.

Having a large pool of cost-effective labour, India is been looked at as one of the preferred locations for outsourcing of engineering design services by major business houses across the world.

The primary cause of the increase in the number of outsourced engineering services is that they provide faster outcomes at economical rates to the manufacturing companies. They offer numerous perks to the manufacturing companies including specialized knowledge of the domain, dedicated technical support, a significant reduction in operating costs and enhancement of product designs focusing on ultimate client satisfaction.

Core Perks of Outsourcing Engineering Design Services

If you are looking forward to outsourcing any of your engineering design services, here are the underlying benefits that you can apprehend from your trusted outsourcing partner.

  • Outsourcing to a third party can help cultivate better ethics by giving emphasis to the project targets and demands. On the other hand, the in-house team can allocate the saved time to contemplate efforts on development and quality enhancement.
  • Outsourcing engineering services will lessen the entire project expenses and provide you with the results in a much quicker manner than carrying out the project by oneself. The funds thus saved can be utilized for new promotion initiatives and crucial outlays.
  • The outsourcing partners are abreast with the latest technologies and they keep their systems upgraded to ensure that they provide the best results and finest craftsmanship for any project that they undertake. The top outsourced partners have greatly skilled teams of engineers who are experienced in industry best practices.  So, you will receive the best from them.
  • With the outsourcing of design engineering services, you get an access to a wide-ranging assortment of multifaceted services. For a restricted infrastructural setup, complex demands of the customers can be difficult to adhere to. On the other hand, outsourced providers are equipped with sophisticated infrastructure to handle any type of complex engineering projects.
  • Outsourcing partners offer continued support to its clients for all the projects undertaken. They boast of 24/7 access to their customers. The support is extended to the customers depending on the time zone of the client. This truly means that the customer queries are attended immediately.
  • You achieve greater customer satisfaction by offering excellent quality results and quick turnaround times for your projects. Outsourced providers help you attain these and you have a happy customer in your kitty. Happy customers mean continued business for your organization.

Working with Engineering Technique

Engineering Technique has a full-time staff of SOLIDWORKS certified experts with over 15+ years of experience and a variety of industry expertise to meet your design and analysis needs.

Our core capabilities include:

  • SOLIDWORKS Best Practices Consulting
  • CAD Modeling and Mechanical Design
  • Prototyping
  • 2D Drawing to 3D CAD Model Conversions
  • Conceptual Development
  • CAE Analysis Services
  • Technical Documentation
  • 2D Drawing and BOM Generation
  • Fixture Design Applications
  • Animations and Photo-Rendering

Want to learn more about our engineering design services and how we can help you? Contact us today to get a conversation started.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Exploring New Avenue with 3D Printing

Are you looking at reducing your operational costs while designing your product? Well, then 3D printing is the best choice for you. With 3D printing, you avail the privileges to get a three-dimensional product which is close to reality. The technology advancements experienced in the recent times have had a great effect in the process of product engineering. Be it an automobile company, construction company, healthcare or engineering company, 3D printing has taken each industry by storm. The alluring benefits offered by 3D printing have made each engineering professional launch effective and faster designs in the market.

Let us have a closer look at the plentiful benefits you get while opting for the 3D printing system.

The foremost advantage of the 3D printing is the fastest mode of bringing your product alive with less effort and reduced operational costs. You do not have to wait for weeks and months to get an approval for your prototype. The traditional expensive machinery will no longer occupy your space and budget with the progression of 3D printing options.

With 3D printing services, you are able to tweak and customize your designs anytime and obtain the modified prototypes in pretty less time. The designs can be freely tailored to suit the requirements and expectations of your customers without impacting on the operational costs.

You can give life to your endless imaginations in the way you like. The 3D printing equipment helps you to build simple as well as complex shapes and structures in the way your customer’s desire. 3D printing offers you infinite possibilities for living your imagination to the fullest. The process is exciting and useful to the stakeholders.

3D printing has become one of the most affordable and popular methods of producing prototypes as compared to the old traditional methods. You can create machine component parts using various features inbuilt at much cheaper rates.

As compared to old conventional methods, 3D printing has a proven compatibility with a diversified range of materials to support large categories of industries. You can create your desired design outputs using metals, biomaterials, precious metals, edible items, plastics, glass etc.

The most vital benefit you get from 3D printing is sustainability. The process of 3D printing is highly energy efficient. The efficiency allows reducing wastage generated during the 3D printing process. This is a progressive step towards creating an environment-friendly manufacturing setup.

Nowadays, the accessibility to 3D printing has increased significantly. Apart from the printers, there are new options available to the designers such as 3D printing pens that have the same functionalities as that of the 3D printer. This facilitates the users to create the product at the right time with the right specifications.

The recent advancements in the engineering technology have made 3D printing extremely accessible and highly potent. You can design any form and style of product from your choice of input materials. Thence, for all engineering and architecture community, 3D printing technology is on its journey to creating a quicker, improved, economical, lithe and extra sustainable manufacturing environment.

Looking for 3D printing solutions? We’re here to help. Let us know about your requirements.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

5 Steps for Success in 3D CAD Modeling Services

3D CAD modeling revolutionized the way designers and manufacturers developed parts for various applications. Originally developed for the purpose of designing automobiles, CAD modeling gradually garnered success and its reach has now spread to the core sectors of manufacturing, electronics and even aerospace industry. However, 3D CAD modeling services must be solicited with care and refined approach in order to avoid common stumbling blocks and difficulties that clients usually face.

Follow the 5 steps below to avoid difficulties and gain success with 3D CAD modeling: 

1) Attend prominent industry trade shows

Attending important industrial trade shows and exhibitions will keep you updated on latest engineering trends. It is also a great place to scope out your competitors for competitive advantage. These shows can be your platform to showcase and test the trials of your new software to leading industry professionals. Their feedback would be vital for your research, which in-turn will be hugely beneficial to your business.

2) Take the time to personally dispel 3D CAD modeling myths

There are few industry myths associated with 3D CAD services among professionals that stop them from adopting this modern design technique and stick to the traditional ones. Here are few of them for your reference:

“3D CAD modeling services are too expensive.”
“I don’t have time to wait for 3D CAD modeling services”
“My customers can develop quality designs even without 3D CAD modeling”

These myths need to be dispelled if you want to reap the benefits of 3D CAD modeling. You can obtain 3D modeling services at affordable costs, especially if offshore outsourcing is taken into the picture. In fact, the value of the long-term financial payoff that results from implementing 3D CAD services far outweighs the costs involved. Along with being cost-effective, Outsourcing CAD services provider can also complete your project in a matter of days; way faster than an in-house team. Leaving design elements to traditional design methods or worse, just imagination leaves a lot of room for human error and the end result can be ambiguous depending on different perceptions of the designers involved.

3) Learn the benefits of 3D CAD modeling

Let’s say you want to migrate from traditional design methods to modern 3D modeling methods that are trending. But before you take that step, have you familiarized yourself with the benefits of 3D CAD modeling. It’s always recommended to acquaint yourself with that change before you take steps towards that transition. Few key benefits of 3D CAD modeling are as follows:

Increased accuracy and precision with less room for human error.
Shorter duration for project completion
Enhanced ability that empowers you to visualize varying design scenarios

4) Understand the advantages of outsourcing specific services

Outsourcing CAD modeling services to a right CAD services expert offers numerous advantages. Few of which are listed below:

In-house staff gains more time that can be utilized to take on new projects or focus on other core business activities.
3D CAD drawings and models are more accurate as they are prepared by a dedicated team of design experts.
Outsourced agencies frequently offer 24/7 service, thus offering a faster turnaround time for your projects.

5) Track and Act on Customer feedback

Keep track of what your customers are talking about regarding your product on social media or any other product. Take note of their views and reviews related to design, features, costs or any other factor regarding your product and act on this feedback to keep up with the customer demands.

Looking for a best quality & affordable 3d cad modeling service to meet your business’s needs? Contact us at Engineering Technique.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

How 3D Printing Can Transform the Traditional Pump Manufacturing Process

3D printing technology offers countless opportunities to transform the manufacturing industry. 3D printers have expanded a company’s operational capabilities to encompass the use of rapid prototyping. These new developments include 3D printing pumps. 

Manufacturing pump components can be a costly process, making 3D printing the perfect solution for companies to take advantage of. Materials used for 3D printing pumps can range from polylactic acid to stainless steel, presenting enormous opportunities for companies who adopt the technology in order to improve their bottom line. 3D printing pump components has become particularly beneficial for those who produce complex castings for many pumps including centrifugal pumps, water and sewage pumps, turbine pumps, transfer pumps, fluid flow pumps and many more. Increasing fabrication speed and efficiency while maintaining accuracy and precision are present challenges for manufacturers, and have spurred innovation within the industry to lower costs and deliver a better product to customers. Companies who are putting the power of 3D printing to the test may be eligible to take federal and state Research and Development Tax Credits.

The Research & Development Tax Credit

Companies in various industries, including firms that utilize 3D printing technologies have been taking advantage of the federal Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit since 1981. Firms can receive a credit of up to 13 percent of eligible spending for new and improved products and processes. Qualified research must meet the following four criteria:

New or improved products, processes, or software
Technological in nature
Elimination of uncertainty
Process of experimentation

Eligible costs include employee wages, cost of supplies, cost of testing, contract research expenses, and costs associated with developing a patent. On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the bill making the R&D Tax Credit permanent. Beginning in 2016, the R&D credit can be used to offset Alternative Minimum Tax and startup businesses can utilize the credit against $250,000 per year in payroll taxes.

3D Printing Approaches for Pumps

There are two common approaches when 3D printing components for pumps, namely ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), a thermoplastic approach typically used for injection molding (e.g. LEGO), and PLA (Polylactic Acid), a biodegradable thermoplastic derived from renewable resources which are commonly used for bioplastics. Both ABS and PLA are applicable for prototyping air pumps. ABS 3D printed components are useful for flexibility and tensile strength while PLA is optimal for rapid prototyping. Depending on the purpose of the pump, ABS can tolerate up to 221° F and PLA up to 140° F. The future uses for 3D printing pumps are growing for manufacturers who want to reduce errors in parts they produce for industrial and commercial pumps. These are low cost approaches, and other materials are a variable. High-end manufacturers are using sintered metals to achieve high strengths in new applications such as automotive and aerospace industries.

3D printing components for pumps can be utilized to overcome limitations design engineers encounter throughout conventional manufacturing processes. Not only can molds and castings for pumps take weeks to create, but the accuracy and granular details that are needed to produce reliable components are not guaranteed. 3D printing expands the opportunity for designs with complex geometries while simultaneously supporting a manufacturer’s ability to rapidly produce castings.

Read also: Is 3D Printing Beneficial to Small Businesses?

The 3D Printing Process for Water Pumps

Determining which approach to implement can be difficult, but largely depends upon the end use of the pump as each method has its advantages and setbacks. In regards to water pumps, primary factors that are built into the 3D printing approach include strength, thermal stability, biodegradability, and machinability. For example, while ABS is more durable and heat-resistant than PLA, prints made using the ABS approach are prone to warping, presenting a problem when the application involves coming into contact with both hot and cold water. The PLA approach, on the other hand, can result in prints with higher aesthetics due to the ability to print parts with very fine details, made possible by its lower printing temperatures.

As mentioned previously, 3D printing can be used to achieve flexible and rapid prototyping for pump components that require unique designs and shapes. The 3D printing process for water pumps begins with designing STL files to print for all applicable parts. STL files are CAD files used when developing three-dimensional object geometries, as well as during the design process of rapid prototyping. The chosen motor for the pump should be one that will not overheat when in contact with water. After choosing the best motor, designing the base, top and two turbines can be done properly. This design process can be an iterative one, as it requires functionality testing throughout.

Once all desired parts are complete, assembly can then take place. Soldering the cables to the motor can help to improve the durability and stability of the component by holding it in place. Ongoing experimentation throughout the process will allow for design changes that enable the output of more or less water to occur in the final product. Designs that undergo a series of changes in the development process are examples of activities that help companies qualify for R&D tax incentives.

Room for Improvement

The pairing of 3D printing and CAD software shows great potential for improving the overall manufacturing processes in the pump industry. With lower costs and reduction in lead times, manufacturing 3D printed components is proving to be a driver for innovation. Currently, most components are manufactured in bulk which is ultimately a simplified and less costly process for manufacturers. With 3D printing, however, manufacturers can produce complex and unique products in smaller quantities, while also decreasing production costs from their investment. Furthermore, 3D printing allows for increased storage space in a warehouse when taking into consideration the number of design files that will be stored electronically for easy future access. In the case of pumps and their components, conventional manufacturing methods are inefficient when considering the process improvements that 3D printing technologies have to offer.


Manufacturers are adopting new technologies and processes that will ultimately improve their competitive position in the industry. With evolving 3D printing solutions in place, companies are constantly finding new ways to create their products more efficiently and at a lower cost. Overall, incremental costs are not increased to produce 3D printed pump components, allowing for manufacturers to experiment with increasingly complex designs, some of which are currently unavailable on the market. Utilizing 3D printing approaches for producing pumps and their components equips manufacturers with activities that are eligible in order to take advantage of R&D tax credits, which are available to stimulate innovation.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Is 3D Printing Beneficial to Small Businesses?

Yes, it is!

The success of any business depends on its ability to keep up with the latest trends and technologies. The successes of SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses) rely on keeping up with the same trends and technologies and integrate them in the most cost-effective manner possible. One particular that is making its way into several businesses is 3D printing.

3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, is the process of creating three-dimensional physical objects from a digital file. Developed initially for the sole purpose of manufacturing industries, 3D printing is now part of everyday operations in the varied range of businesses. It is an excellent innovative technology that enables small businesses to compete with the big businesses. It saves much of the high manufacturing costs incurred by businesses as it allows them to design a simulated model of the objects they need.

Here are few ways 3D printing services can benefit Small Businesses:

An ideal match for businesses starting small:

One of the biggest problems that SMBs face is that they lack the budget to take on and complete large orders. Such orders are expensive and these startups and small businesses lack cash flow to make it happen. The 3D process makes manufacturing process much more affordable and allows you to take care of small orders and start with small-scale production.

Convenient Benefits:

This technology makes it possible for smaller businesses to create new prototypes and designs at their own convenience. 3D printing gives the owners the power of accessibility that enables them to decide when to design a prototype and when to print it. This brings the process of manufacturing and production in total control of entrepreneurs.

Prototyping Benefits:

Prototyping has often been outsourced by business owners and it takes a lot of effort, time and money. Turning an idea into something substantial doesn’t come easy!

However, with the advent of 3D printing technology, entrepreneurs are now able to develop prototypes with even more complexity and speed. Any concept can now be turned into a prototype overnight, tested the next day, or modified after reprinting in a matter of days itself. They can also continue to create prototypes until they are satisfied with the quality of the design.

Customization Benefits:

One of the major benefits of 3D printing is that, instead of relying on presumptions, small businesses can now gauge and simulate what customers want. This is because 3D printing technology makes mass customization possible. It makes manufacturing process easier and efficient for businesses and allows them to customize their products based on consumer demands.

The above points highlight why 3D printing is effective and vital for small businesses. It has revolutionized the business-consumer relationship in the market. The technology is continuously evolving and becoming more and more accessible and user-friendly so that small businesses can use it most efficiently.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Paybacks of Going Digital with Computer-aided-design (CAD)

Today, all major industries are progressing towards integrating technology into their systems and operations to boost their business. When talking about the engineering industry, technology has indeed created an ingenious impact. Computer-aided-design (CAD) has emerged as a boon to the engineering fraternity. Out of the several benefits offered by CAD, let us have a look at the ones that are crowd-pleasing.

Flexibility of Drawn to Scale

With CAD, creating accurate designs have become easier using the draw to scale feature. The created drawings are flexible to obtain a 2D or 3D view for better assessment. Unlike, the manual blueprints, the scale created in CAD can be easily changed according to the business exigencies. Wherein the manual blueprints, the scale has to be determined at the beginning of the designing process.

Enhance your Productivity

To compress the time taken for designing is the key to get to the market faster. CAD software assists the designer to envisage the end product, its assemblies, and associated components well in advance in order to allow every bit of required modifications, if at all mandatory. CAD systems enable you to integrate, evaluate, and document the designs, resulting in the quicker designing process while curtailing the cost and slashing the project timelines.

Design Accurately

With several distinctive features up for grabs in the CAD system, professionals have the advantage of creating accurate designs. The features help you to eliminate the errors drastically in the final product. There are several methods that can be chosen to make adjustments to the minuscule levels to attain the requisite dimensions. That would mean offering great quality in the shortest span of time.

Repository of Designs and Data

CAD features storing of the designing data like products, dimensions, component parts, shape, details of materials used etc. for future reference. This comes as a great boon to the engineers as many times there are certain products which may have common components.  They may be either basic or intermediate part. CAD allows the engineer to pick up the required fitting parts from the existing repository of designs for designing of new products in a swift manner and with the least possible effort. The drawings can also be saved and any number of copies can be printed whenever required.

Effortless Sharing of Information

In addition to easy storage, CAD makes the digital designs and blueprints easily transportable. This feature is a blessing to large manufacturing organizations having complex networks of internal and external stakeholders. This gives an edge to the designers over the cumbersome manual drawings and scanning overloaded file cabinets. You can actually share the drawings digitally to your customers or peers in no time, no matter where they are located.

To conclude, it is quite obvious that CAD has plentiful perks over traditional designing that is growing at an accelerated speed. Thence, going digital with your blueprints with CAD solutions is definitely a prudent step for creating hassle-free, faster and cheaper designs for complex manufacturing setups.

If you’re interested in finding out more about how Computer-aided-design (CAD) could help your next project, do contact us today. We’ll be happy to help.