3D CAD model quality is the backbone of an efficient Model Based Enterprise (MBE). Support of model based engineering processes requires robust and stable CAD model geometry and associated 3D Product Manufacturing Information (PMI). The CADIQ program lets users check CAD models, ensuring they are fit for reuse in downstream manufacturing processes. Checking model quality and finding unintentional changes and issues early in the design phase avoids rework and the potential for downstream design deviation, ultimately reducing expensive part recalls.
Other vital aspects of quality assurance supported by CADIQ include comparison of CAD models as they are translated for collaboration or when the customer delivers new revisions to a manufacturing company. These tools help when customers release new revisions of a CAD model and the manufacturing partner needs to quickly check for and communicate design changes within the organization so that decisions, such as retooling, can be made quickly.
As a partner in the European Hyproline project, International TechneGroup Inc. has added capabilities to its CADfix solution to improve the quality of parts produced in advanced Additive Manufacturing processes. CADfix improves STL program accuracy by basing the slice generation on curved triangles, and checks to assess the quality and manufacturability of the slices generated.
New functionality within CADfix allows users to import point cloud data from a scan and accurately compare it to the original CAD model to identify excess material for removal.
International TechneGroup Inc.
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