Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Explore the World of 3D CAD

There’s a buzz about 3D CAD in the market. When it comes to designing ideas, visualizing concepts and simulating designs how they will perform in a real environment, 3D CAD comes into the picture. In many industries, due to an explosion in 3D Printing technology, 3D CAD Software is becoming the de facto product design tool.

What is Computer Aided Design (CAD)?

Computer- Aided Design is generally the creation, modification, analysis and optimization of design using computer systems. It is used in electronic design as well as mechanical design which are commonly known as electronic design automation and mechanical design automation. CAD is used in various applications including automotive, shipbuilding, aerospace, industrial, architectural design, prosthetics, and much more.

Engineers, construction professionals, and architects use 3D CAD Software to design schematics for three- dimensional objects. CAD software increases the productivity of the designer, improves design quality, and improves communication through documentation. It is mainly used for commercial, industrial or residential buildings and automobiles. The best part about 3D CAD designs is that it takes less time while reworking on the design as compared to traditional drafting.

Factors which should be considered before choosing 3D CAD system:

  • Efficiency in making 3D Design: The 3D CAD system chosen should offer the best value along with all the technical capabilities. It should be capable enough to make all the designs in fewer steps which will save time and offer cost advantages.

  • Information flow: The CAD system chosen should have the ability to import files from other systems. The CAD system should support the international standards such as STEP, IGES, VDA, and IDF. The tools should be evaluated for fixing damage to imported shapes.

  • Drafting Tools as per your standards: The CAD system should be able to make drawings to your current standard for dimensions, tolerances, lettering and part lists. Drawings should be able to export in formats such as PDF, DXF, and DWG.

  • Reduces design time, testing, machining, cost estimating and inspection: The CAD platform should have extensive and well-documented API’s. Such API’s can be easily integrated with your CAD system and that too at low cost.

  • PDM for Data Management: It’s very important to manage the data through Product Data Management (PDM) software integrated with CAD. PDM help designers to re-use the existing parts instead of re-inventing them. It also helps in generating a list for cost estimation and feeding data to MRP systems.

Advantages of 3D CAD Software:

There are several advantages associated with 3D CAD software. They are:

1. Product Design at faster rate
2. Automate design process
3. Effective communication with customers and suppliers
4. Effective internal design reviews
5. Generation of virtual prototypes
6. Incorporate design changes during prototyping
7. Enhanced speed and precision of production
8. Designed data management
9. Standardize details and drafting practices
10. Test designs and validate them
11. Reducing costs by eliminating problems and errors.


The explosion of 3D printing technology has attracted a large number of new designers into the market for 3D CAD software. 3D CAD technology is here to stay for a long time and has become the accepted medium for designing products, tools and manufacturing equipment.

Engineering Technique, founded in 2000, is one of the leading engineering services company based in Gujarat, India provides SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Software Solutions, Mechanical Engineering Design & 3D Printing services. The company also provides EnvisionTEC 3D Printing solutions. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Take Control of Your Engineering Data with SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management

Learn how SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM software can bring order to your product development process, increase productivity, and lower project costs.

Designing products without a PDM (product data management) system is like walking on a tightrope without a safety net.

The Essentials of Product Data Management (PDM)

SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management solutions help you get your design data under control and substantially improve the way your teams manage and collaborate on product development.


Eliminate duplicate work and delays
Make your development and engineering process more efficient
Protect valuable engineering data securely
Manage your project files through centralized storage and vault replication
Bolster regulatory compliance with built-in security, version control, and audit trails

SOLIDWORKS PDM for 2017 helps you get design data under control and ensure that everyone always has the right version to substantially improve the way teams manage and collaborate on design.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D Printing Technology

When we think of creating prototypes, the first thing which hit our minds is additive manufacturing or 3D printing. 
Though this technology is very old, but it still holds the attention of people because of the impact it has created in engineering, research, and medical industries. Among all the 3D printing methods available in the market, the most popular process is Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). 

FDM- What is this buzz all about?

FDM is known as Fused Deposition Modeling. FDM has become a topic of conversation among manufacturers, designers, engineers, educators and other professionals. FDM which works on production-grade thermoplastics helps to build strong, durable and dimensionally stable parts with the best accuracy.

How FDM works?

FDM printers use a thermoplastic filament, which is heated to its melting point and then extruded, layer by layer, to create a three-dimensional object. FDM follows a defined automated process. It builds parts layer-by-layer from bottom up by heating and extruding thermoplastic filament. The process follows three steps:

1. Pre-processing: This step involves importing design file, picking options and creating slices (layers). Sections are calculated using the pre-processing software. The part design is sliced into many layers. The software then generates tool paths which drives the extrusion of thermoplastic.

2. Production: Two materials one to make the part and other to support it enters the extrusion head. Thermoplastic is heated to a semi-liquid state by 3D printer. It is then deposited in ultra-fine beads along the extrusion path. Removable material is deposited during support which acts as scaffolding.

3. Post-processing: The part is ready to use once the user breaks away support material or dissolve it in detergent and water.

Benefits of FDM

1. Durable parts with high stability: Supported production-grade thermoplastics are mechanically and environmentally stable as they endure exposure to heat, chemicals, humid or dry environments and mechanical stress.

2. Complex geometries and cavities: Such things were difficult to build on traditional manufacturing methods. Now, soluble support materials can produce complex geometries and cavities.

3. Clean, simple and office-friendly technology

4. Fast Lead Times

Applications of FDM

1. Prototypes for form, fit and functional testing:  FDM components can be used to check fitments in assemblies. Sometimes it can be used for performance tests as well as for engineering assignments. Functional prototype allows you to detect the flaws before it becomes a costly affair. It reduces time to market and enhances product performance.

2. Finished goods: Aerospace companies, medical device makers and limited-production automakers can use FDM to produce finished goods as it reduces time and cost and allows you to make design revisions whenever necessary.

3. Manufacturing tools: Use FDM printers for making jigs, fixtures, gauges, patterns, molds and dies instead of spending time on machining, fabrication, molding or casting as they reduce time and cost for manufacturing tools.

Wrapping Up

3D printing technologies and processes will continue to grow as 3D printing industry is very dynamic. It will continue to innovate its hardware as well as materials and processes to create objects or parts. In such scenario, it’s very important to choose the right technology based on budget, design or function.

Engineering Technique is a professional 3D printing service provider in India. We use various technologies like FDM, DLP, SLA, SLS, Polyjet and Vacuum Casting. Request a free quote, if you are interested in our 3D printing services.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SOLIDWORKS MBD - Enable Drawingless Operations with Model-Based Design

SOLIDWORKS® MBD (Model Based Definition) is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS 3D design software. With SOLIDWORKS MBD, you can communicate product and manufacturing information (PMI) directly in 3D, bypassing time-consuming 2D processes, and eliminating potential problems. Companies embracing model-based definition methodologies report savings in multiple areas, including reductions in manufacturing errors, decrease in scrap and rework costs, and lower procurement costs for purchased parts. 

Drawingless Operation to Streamline and Accelerate Production

SOLIDWORKS MBD helps companies define, organize, and publish 3D PMI, including 3D model data in industry-standard file formats (such as SOLIDWORKS files, eDrawings®, and 3D PDF). It guides the manufacturing process directly in 3D, helping to streamline production, cut cycle time, reduce errors, and comply with industry standards, such as MilitaryStandard-31000A, ASME Y 14.41, ISO 16792, DIN ISO 16792, and GB/T 24734.

SOLIDWORKS MBD sets data such as product models, dimensions, geometric tolerances, surface finishes, welding symbols, bill of materials (BOM), callouts, tables, notes, Meta properties, and other annotations within the SOLIDWORKS 3D environment in 3D PMI. Because all the information needed to guide the operation is integrated with the 3D models, traditional 2D drawings are no longer needed. The intuitive and interactive 3D PMI provided by SOLIDWORKS MBD serves multiple operational use cases, such as part and assembly engineering drawings, Request for Quote (RFQ), and Inspection Reports. It also helps multiple departments and stakeholders across the operation, such as design, procurement, fabrication, assembly, quality, sales, marketing, clients, and suppliers.

SOLIDWORKS MBD helps get designs to production, quickly

Define PMI directly in 3D

SOLIDWORKS MBD defines PMI directly in 3D, avoiding the expense and time associated with developing 2D drawings, which can run up to 50 percent of total development cost. Creating 3D PMI also helps speed up communication, cut supplier quoting time, and reduce errors, thanks to its 3D data interrogation, interactivity, and rich Meta properties.

Present 3D data in a clean and structured fashion

Beyond 3D PMI definition, SOLIDWORKS MBD helps organize the rich data into clean and structured 3D presentations with different views and display settings. It can even intelligently show and hide 3D annotations while you are rotating the model to give you extra clarity while still respecting all the critical-to-function annotations.

Customize 3D output templates

SOLIDWORKS MBD delivers a comprehensive set of predefined templates out-of-the-box. Several aspects of the 3D Output Template, such as layout, company, or department logos; 3D viewport and thumbnails; text descriptions; Meta-property links; and tables can also be customized to address specific deliverables, such as Engineering Drawings, RFQ, and Inspection Reports. Once set up, these templates can serve as internal and external process guidelines for all departments, such as manufacturing, operations, quality, and procurement.

Output and distribute 3D data to an existing process

SOLIDWORKS MBD publishes widely accepted file formats, such as eDrawings® and 3D PDF files that are often used in existing processes. eDrawings files can be opened in a free eDrawings Viewer. 3D PDF can be viewed using a variety of free tools including Adobe™ Reader. In addition to providing associative information such as engineering notes, BOM, and rich Meta properties, you can also explore the model in 3D with Pan, Zoom, Rotate, Measure, Section, and other 3D tools.

Comply with industry standards

SOLIDWORKS MBD helps companies comply with predominant industry standards, such as MIL-STD-31000A, ASME Y14.41, ISO 16792, DIN ISO 16792, and GB/T 24734. Compliance gives you competitive advantages to win more contracts and deliver projects to strict requirements, on time, and on budget.

Share, archive, and reuse intelligent 3D data

SOLIDWORKS MBD helps you directly share, archive, and reuse intelligent 3D data including geometry, PMI, views, and data so that you and your suppliers don’t have to waste the time creating traditional 2D drawings.

Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders

Need manufacturing annotations from the shop floor or outside vendors? With SOLIDWORKS MBD, that is no problem! Your collaborators can easily review and comment on your design in SOLIDWORKS, eDrawings, or 3D PDF format. The comments are saved in your 3D output for your review, approval, modification, or archive.

Work hand-in-hand with 2D drawings and printouts

SOLIDWORKS MBD integrates seamlessly with existing SOLIDWORKS 2D drawings. The PMI and Views created in 3D are readily available for reuse in 2D. Easily create views containing geometry and PMI using the built in template editor.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Role of 3D Printing in Manufacturing & Engineering

Gone are the days when you need a CAD expert to create 3D printable file. In the past few years, 3D printing has been a topic of media attention and its hype is peaking right now. 3D printing has brought a revolution in the manufacturing industry. 3D printing emerged as a shining star for most of the industries, especially to healthcare, automotive and aerospace. Industries using 3D printing for production level manufacturing include the aerospace industry. 3D printing has the ability to redesign the parts in a way that it makes the parts lighter and doesn’t impact the strength of the parts. This ultimately leads to fuel savings.

3D printing has just not benefitted the manufacturing industry but also other industries as well. In the medical industry, it has enabled mass customization to make parts designed for individual’s measurements.

3D printing is often used interchangeably as Additive manufacturing. Before moving forward let’s understand what 3D printing is all about.

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing or additive manufacturing is far beyond the traditional sense, allowing for 3D objects to be physically printed before your eyes. 3D printing turns models into solid objects by building them up in layers. 3D printing allows the creation of prototypes, models, and products out of materials such as metals and plastics. Layer upon layer of your design is being created by the printer until the final product is formed. 3D printing allows rapid prototyping of ideas for new parts or products and also cut down costs on product creation through savings in supply chains, product wastage, and storage.

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Growth of 3D Printing 

Since past few decades, 3D printing has changed drastically and has shown tremendous growth. According to a survey done by Consumer Electronics Association - Sales of 3D Printers will approach $5 billion in 2017 as compared from $1.7 billion in 2011. Demand will boost up for everything ranging from consumer applications to markets such as automotive, aerospace, industrial and healthcare.

Uses of 3D Printing in Manufacturing

3D printing has various emerging and near-term future uses based on different industry sectors.

1. Automotive & Industrial Manufacturing: 3D printing gives the biggest advantage of consolidating many components into a single complex part. It allows faster product development cycle with rapid prototyping, for, and fit testing.

2. Retail: It enables printing spare or replacement parts for auto or home repair. It can create complex geometry and shapes which are not possible with traditional manufacturing.

3. Aerospace: 3D printing services can create lighter airplane parts, aerodynamic car bodies which are not possible with traditional methods.

4. Pharma/Healthcare: 3D printing gives innumerable benefits to the medical industry as it can develop custom orthopedic implants and prosthetics. 3D printed cadavers can be used for medical industry.

3D printing and Engineering

3D printing has a very bright future in engineering.  Some of the benefits are:

1. Rapid Prototyping: Complex structures of the object can be created with so much ease through 3D printing.

2. Reduced Lead Times: 3D Printing also allows you to save time and also reduce lead times. Products can be launched quicker with the help of 3D printing.

3. Mass Production:  It also enables mass production of unique products which can’t be made using traditional methods.

Wrapping Up

3D printing holds a very bright future and it is here to stay for a long time. 3D printing has developed significantly over the past 30 years and it will potentially have a greater impact on the world over the next 20 years.

Contact to Engineering Technique for any inquiries regarding 3d printing services.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Day Two Recap: The Best Community in CAD

In case the title wasn’t clear, day two at SOLIDWORKS World is dedicated to the SOLIDWORKS community, but before we dive into the proceedings, let’s quickly recap day one:

You can read more about day one in this blog post.

From students and experts to entrepreneurs and makers, the SOLIDWORKS community is like no other. Day two at #SWW17 was proof of the fact.

SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2017 Day 2 Highlights

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Day One Recap: Experience the New, the Next, and the Never Before

Since 1999, SOLIDWORKS World has been an experience. The event itself has always been a mashup of personal and professional. It’s learning about what’s new, next and never before from not only technological perspectives but also from connecting with peers, who feel more like family. In both cases, the goal is to learn how to tackle challenges with new approaches to design and engineering.

SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2017 Day 1 Highlights

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How can SOLIDWORKS Simulation act as a boon for Design Engineers?

Inspiration always fuels innovation. You must be wondering about which innovation I am talking? Well, this innovation is regarding the virtual simulation that most of the manufacturing companies across all the industries is using. 3D virtual simulation is being used as an engineering tool to synthesize and define products.

How is Simulation technology creating an impact in the design process?

Simulation technology helps the design engineers to make better design decisions by providing the right tools, right hardware at the right time which are crucial factors for any design process. Simulation is acting as a design driver for both product and process. This results in better products at a faster rate and lower cost rates.

Have you ever come across such questions like- whether the moving parts will clash with each other, the weight a product can carry, deformation during stresses, proper circulation of heat and air through the design?

If all these questions worry you then SOLIDWORKS Simulation is the right answer for you because SOLIDWORKS Simulation enables you to subject your designs under real-time conditions like stresses, impact, heat, airflow etc. It also helps in optimizing the design for maximum performance by helping prevent errors during early stages of design process. If the errors are discovered late in the design process, then it becomes difficult to rectify the errors. This helps in making the product development process linear and more efficient.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tools

The various SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools or solutions available in the market are:

SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation: SOLIDWORKS Motion helps in ensuring the performance of the product by performing structural analysis. Simulation helps in assembly motion analysis. It not only determines the physical movements of the assembly under load, as well as time-based motion and event-based motion.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation intuitive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) enables the designer to simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces. It also analyzes the effects of fluid flow, heat transfer on surrounding components.

SOLIDWORKS Plastic: SOLIDWORKS Plastics injection molding simulation helps to determine the melted plastic flows during the injection molding process. SOLIDWORKS Plastics helps the user to minimize the defects by enabling them to change part or mold geometry, processing conditions, or the plastic material. This ultimately saves time and money.

SOLIDWORKS Sustainability: SOLIDWORKS Sustainability performs real-time environmental assessments and provides instant feedback which helps you to make changes in your design very quickly.
"SOLIDWORKS Simulation for 2017 speeds up the process to find creative breakthroughs for your products, giving you greater insight to your design and improving productivity."

Benefits of SOLIDWORKS Solutions

1. Reduces Product Development Cost: 

Reduces the need for prototyping and also lessens outsourcing costs as performance and functionality testing is possible internally.

2. Enhances product efficiency

Improves the performance of the product like increased horsepower and lower pressure drop.

3. Shorten time-to-market 

Optimizes the assembly performance by parts verification, reduces the need for physical prototyping and optimize product development.


Simulation technology is the best solution for all the companies as it helps the designer to identify the defects at the earlier stage of the design process, helps the designer from making any big mistake and thus it saves cost to the company.

Thanks for reading this blog post. Engineering Technique offers SOLIDWORKS Simulation software solutions and services at affordable prices. If you need help with your simulation projects let us know and we will be glad to help.