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One
of our resellers’ 3D vision has sent us a fantastic customer success story,
once again showing us how DriveWorks can be used to streamline your business,
through saving time and freeing up your creative juices for innovation.

Custom
coach manufacturer Farber create speciality vehicles for a wide range of clients
in industries such as Home Land Security, Dental, Medical and communications.

With such
a varied portfolio of customers comes the challenge of creating custom designs
for each one, in the past this would mean expensive and time consuming
redesigns for each new vehicle.

Farber Speciality Vehicles began their experience with DriveWorks like many of our customers do, by tryingDriveWorks Solo in a 30 day trial. After seeing what DriveWorks Solo could do for their business they decided it was time to upgrade to DriveWorks Pro and expand their capabilities.

Now, using DriveWorks Pro, SolidWorks Models are produced in the
background permitting the engineers to spend more time working on other
elements of design.

Farber
Speciality Vehicles have automated the design of custom cabinetry for all their
vehicles, which means they can quickly create high quality custom designs that
meet the specifications of their customer.

To
find out more about Farber Speciality Vehiclesclick here.

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DriveWorks has long been a
front runner in design automation, providing a versatile set of easy to use
tools allowing you to automate your designs. With 3D printing beginning to
gather pace and commercial 3D printers round the corner, we are asking what
role mightdesign automation play in the 3D printing revolution?

The 3 Ds: Digitalise,
Develop, Deploy

For those who dont know,
3D printing (or Rapid Prototyping) is a form of additive manufacturing technology
that allows you to create a 3D object by laying down successive layers of a material. You might be wondering,
what is this wonderful material?

The answer to that
question is the key to why 3D printing is talked about in revered tones, with words
like Revolution and World Changing being thrown about. While currently most
3D printers are printing in plastic, this isnt where the story ends.

Metal 3D printing is
already out there allowing you to print sturdy and accurate models using only
an STL file. I know what youre thinking, metal is cool but I cant eat metal, what
about my dinner, can you print that? Why yes, actually, you can.

NASA have recently granted mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor $125,000 to develop a 3D printer capable of printing food for its
Astronauts , attempting to replace the monotonous mush available 230 miles up with
some delectable digital delights. But it doesnt end there, oh no.

Need a new body part? Research
conducted by the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute
is pushing the boundaries
of what we thought was possible in 3D printing “We think we can do it
in 10 years that we can build, from a patient’s own cells, a total
‘bioficial’ heart,” along
with 3D printed skulls its clear that in the future we will be looking at
spare body parts as well as spare parts for your hoover. So where does design
automation fit in to all this?

Design automation is the future of 3D printing design. Jeffrey Lipton,
Fab@home

In an interview with
Solidsmack
, Jefferey Lipton, one of the members of Fab@home (a university
project set up to bring 3D printing in to the home) stated that he believed that
design automation would become key to 3D printing design, and its easy to see
why. Creating 3D CAD files can be a complex and time consuming process, combine
this with the often slow printing times of most 3D printers and Rapid
Prototyping becomes far less rapid.

With design automation
software, its easy to capture a design, enabling you to customise it for the needs
of whomever will be using it. This way time isnt wasted recreating a new
design with only slight adjustments but rather the core design is automatically
changed to fit the new specifications entered by the user. From here a CAD file
can be exported and you can begin 3D printing.

The best part?

While not everyone might
have a 3D printer yet, design automation is very valuable today, in fact
design automation can lead to reduced design times, less errors and adaptable
designs which means design time from start to end is drastically cut.

Manufacturers
with “same but different designs” might have thousands of variations. Design
automation can turnthe production of thesevariations in to a simple and highly efficient process.

We combined DriveWorks Design Automation with ourown in house 3D Printer and created variations of one of our Design to Order Furniture projects.

If this sounds like something your business could benefit from, why not try DriveWorks Solo for 30 days and see how it can help you grow your business to the next level.

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This article is a summary of a fantastic case study published by The Fabricator.

Matot , a small Chicaganmanufacturer of dumbwaiters founded in 1888 has recently moved its design and manufactuing process in to the 21st century using SolidWorks and DriveWorks to automate much of this process.


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Example of dumbwaiters in an office and Lab environment

Until very recently, the shop had relied on its workers decades of experience to interpret orders as and when they received them. In order to ensure that they could cope with the thousands of variations in design the company stocked serious amounts of angle iron, sheets and many other components needed for the manufacturing of dumbwaiters.

With demand booming , the owners Anne and Cece Matot saw an oppurtunity to modernise their ageing manufacturing process. Now Solidworks and DriveWorks have become a key component to their manufacturing process, asJon Lane acting Vice President of operations commented :

It takes basic master models and helps us tailor them to become a unique model for a particular customer.

DriveWorks has allowed the company to capture the knowledge that their workers had developed over the years, whilst increasing the efficiency of their design process by knowing exactly which parts are needed for each order. Now they don’t just manufacture the lifts quicker but they have also reduced the need for raw stock inventory.

Jon Lane acting Vice President of operations commented “There was some resistance at first” but with time opinions have changed and now “people are thinking in terms of the model and the geometry of the part”.

For many years fabricators such as Matot tweaked their process to fit the order, now Lane says “We design around our process , our process isnt structured around our design ”

To find out more about Matot or to find out more about DriveWorks please click the links below.

DriveWorks-Design Automation for Solidworks

Matot- Commercial grade Lift solutions

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