ARRI Austria recently designed a fourth generation 16mm motion picture camera with the help of CoCreate software from PTC. According to Josef Handler, ARRI mechanical engineer, Ã¢â‚¬Å¡ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ80 to 90% of the components of a new camera have to be redesigned. We always start from scratch because electronics and optics change extremely quickly.Ã¢â‚¬Å¡ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
User friendliness was just as important as collision-free components in a compact housing.
The camera is one of the quietest on the market with less than 20 dbA. The compact viewfinder is brighter than previous models, lightweight, and ergonomic.
The customer wanted several improvements including an enhanced viewfinder, reduced weight, and quieter operation. ARRI engineers also considered other issues such as type of processor to be used to operate the camera, button and switch positions, type of magazine closure, and direction of rotation during closure. The design team used CoCreate Modeling to make changes to the designs right up to the last minute. The software is integrated with CoCreate Manager. This integration guarantees that product data management automatically supports the design process from design concept through construction approval. All 2D and 3D data and corresponding files are available in a central data bank. Engineers used the 3D viewer, CoCreate 3D Access, and iFactory iPrint from distributor Techsoft to access drawings.
ARRI Austria used CoCreate software to manage product data management during the development of new film camera.
Most film studios use cameras made by ARRI Austria, a Vienna based research and development firm for Munich-based Arnold & Richter.
ARRI also used the software for the approval process for the models and drawings used for manufacture. In addition, a bidirectional interface with its Baan enterprise resource planning (ERP) system guarantees integration of the design and manufacturing processes. For instance, when a new part is stored in Model Manager, its identification code is created in Baan. Any modifications in the ERP system are sent back to Model Manager to guarantee consistency in both systems.
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