Saturday, August 27, 2011

White Paper - The Benefits of Component Technology - Part 3

This blog covers the third and final part of our whitepaper on the benefits of component technology and looks at example components and how they are used. The paper is written by David Plater, ModuleWorks and Howie Markson, Spatial. The full paper is available on request by contacting either company via website or email.

Example Industry – Woodworking Machinery

Woodworking is a fast developing industry, embracing new engineering technology for a faster and more efficient industry. Many of the technologies that have long been used in the metal cutting industry are now finding their way into woodworking, including the use of 3D component technology. The main reason is that the benefits obtained are the same – improved user experience and productivity, less material waste, and market differentiation. The effects of the global financial crisis have accelerated the uptake of new technology as companies seek to remain competitive.
  • Market differentiation. The need to differentiate in this highly competitive market is critical. While software applications have traditionally been seen as a necessary, but “generic” part of the solution, it is now seen as a way to provide an improved user experience and a key selling advantage over competitors. 
  • Move to 3D models. There has been a move away from blue-print or wire frame design to modern 3D CAD systems, such as SolidWorks®, SpaceClaim® and Autodesk Inventor®. Downstream applications such as CAM need to work effectively with 3D geometry as an input. 
  • 5-Axis machining. This has become much more common as designs become more complex and the routers more capable. 
  • Programming and Production Automation. Companies are looking for error free programming and automated production techniques. 
  • Material utilization. Raw material costs continue to increase, requiring maximum use of available materials. Sophisticated nesting technology helps to layout more components on a single sheet. 
Technical requirements
  • 3D CAD solid modeling along with 3D graphics and visualization is now a key requirement. 
  • High-quality Data Translation. Downstream applications need a seamless and error free interface to the 3D solid models. 
  • 3-5 Axis Toolpath Generation. Increasingly, models require 3D or 5-Axis machining. 
  • Simulation. More complex machines increases the potential for expensive collisions – proving out programs with simulation helps to ensure safe operation. 
  • Nesting to optimize material utilization. 
  • Components are widely used in woodworking technology solutions. Machine manufacturers are benefiting from component technology with reduced time to market, lower risk and reduced development costs. 
Conclusion

Component technology can provide many benefits to machine manufacturers, helping to develop high quality software products in a timely and cost effective manner to broaden market appeal and increase revenues.

For more information on Spatial 3D Software Components please visit: www.spatial.com
For more information on ModuleWorks Machining Components please visit: www.moduleworks.com 

That concludes the final part of the white paper. Please contact us for the full version of the white paper. See you next time.

The ModuleWorks Blogger


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