We’ve come to the end of our 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Tutorial series. With this Carving Knife project, we’ve used tools available with 3DEXPERIENCE Works to process a design change of a carving knife from a corded version to a cordless version. Here is a summary video of the tools we used, and how we were able to use them:
Tracy was able to use the Project Planner role to lay out tasks for each engineer to accomplish. Project Planner allows the tasks to be organized based on date and allows for tracking of resource usage and what is at risk of running late. Each engineer then gets the task listed in their platform and can move it to In Work and Completed to let everyone know how the project is progressing.
3D Product Architect
I used the 3D Product Architect role to lay out the desired project structure of the knife in a web browser. The role allows existing and new parts to be added to an assembly structure, so that when the assembly is opened in the CAD system, the components are ready for creation or assembly. It allows for the interrogation of assemblies without the need for the parent CAD system.
Sarah used the 3D Sculptor xShape App to create a new design using subdivision modeling techniques right inside her web browser. This allows for many design iterations to be quickly and easily created and then brought into SOLIDWORKS. Subdivision modeling provides a more robust ability to make changes than traditional surfacing techniques.
Wayne was able to use the same SOLIDWORKS tools as desktop SOLIDWORKS in the cloud-connected version called 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS which is licensed and launched from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. It is web-connected from the start. It allows users to quickly open and manipulate designs done in xDesign or xShape and build the manufacturing features around them. Since it is connected to the platform from the beginning, all designs are automatically saved to the platform where every user has access to them.
Structural Mechanics Engineer
Suman was able to use the Structural Mechanics Engineer role to perform a drop test simulation on the new handle design. These tools, built on the powerful ABAQUS solvers, allow for the accurate solving of highly nonlinear situations found in these impact-type problems. The role also opens up the ability for cloud computing. Studies can be solved on cloud servers in a much faster timeframe than if the same problem were run locally.
Plastics Injection Engineer
I used the Plastics Injection Engineer role to perform a mold fill analysis on our handle design. With a few quick steps, guided by an assistant panel, you can set the material, mold parameters and gate location to determine if a part will fill easily in a mold. You can also analyze sink marks and vent locations and make any needed changes before cutting tooling.
Shop Floor Programmer
Paul used the Shop Floor Programmer role to write a 3 Axis toolpath on our complex handle insert. The role has 3 axis surface programming along with full machine simulation to allow for quick manufacture of your designs.
This design shows how tightly integrated SOLIDWORKS is with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. We were able to easily accomplish a design change using only tools available on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. We took the cordless knife from concept to manufacture and were able to follow the entire process along the way. If you enjoyed this design, please join us for our next series where we will complete and document a design entirely within tools available in a web browser.
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