Friday, 28 October 2016

CAD Tools are a Must to Successfully Reverse Engineer Your Product or System

Deconstructing product or system for reverse engineering is common phenomenon today used by manufacturers to evaluate, improve or recover obsolete design information. While the traditional method of reverse engineering involves measuring the product geometry manually, it is often restricted to simple shapes, as measurement of complex shapes is often not possible. Instead, scanning techniques are often the preferred method for reverse engineering projects, as it ensures accuracy and ease of measurement when it comes to capturing information of complex geometrical shapes.

The scanned surfaces using laser scanners are then converted to solid models using CAD tools, in order to replicate the original geometry. CAD software is critical in for reverse engineering projects to convert the point cloud data to solid virtual models that can be utilized for re-manufacturing. Let’s have a look at several tools that are often used in reverse engineering. However, if you are seeking a partner who can support reverse engineering project for you, TrueCADD can help you with scanning, 2D drawings and 3D model development for product and systems of any complexity!


SOLIDWORKS

One of the widely adopted CAD tools across the globe, SOLIDWORKS has all the required tools to recreate the product geometry from existing physical object, develop 3D models, create molds and also export it to a 3D printer to develop a prototype. Features like Auto Trace enables users to easily import paper sketches along with surfacing tools to edit the geometry with ease.

Geomagic Design X

This is one of the widely used tools to process scanned data and convert it into a format that is easy to manipulate. Geomagic Design X is a tool that can be fully integrated with your existing CAD systems and as such generating manufacturing ready 3D CAD models is easy from the scanned data, rather than juggling with the point clouds. The software also has the ability to perform checks on deviation of the 3D model from the scanned part, allowing the design engineer to quickly evaluate the accuracy of the part before going for actual manufacturing.

HighRES Add-in for Inventor

This add-in from Autodesk is compatible with most of the laser scanning software available today and is meant to smoothly transfer the scanned data to Inventor platform for further refinement. This add-in can scan point clouds, obtain measurement data and convert into parametric CAD models with feature-tree.

Point Cloud

Point Cloud is also a plug-in that is compatible with AutoCAD and allows the users to recreate the geometry by utilizing point cloud technology. It creates surfaces using draping method as is easy to use even for the first time users looking to reverse engineer their product designs.

Utilize Reverse Engineering Services from TrueCADD for Competitive Advantage

Reverse engineering projects when done in-house often consumes valuable time of resources and money. It is thus often beneficial to shed this non-core activity to engineering service providers who can support your reverse engineering projects. TrueCADD is one such firm that provides end-to-end design support for manufacturers globally. We have the capabilities to handle reverse engineering projects of any scale and complexity. To know more about us, visit www.truecadd.com or send us your project details at info@truecadd.com

Thursday, 20 October 2016

MEP Designers & Contractors in GCC Region Work Towards Reducing Financial Losses & Unscheduled Delays


With MEP contractors, coordination has always been a prime challenge. As multiple trades are involved in the MEP process, without appropriate coordination it leads to a high risk of confusions and errors; further resulting in to financial losses and unscheduled delays. In such a scenario, MEP contractors often are held responsible for all that goes wrong in a construction project, such as excessive use of materials and repetitive work. They often end up in legal suits too.

Inadequate coordination leads to frequent alterations and when these alterations are implemented without preceding intimations the quality of work and costs are severely affected. Appropriate coordination between MEP, Architectural and Civil disciplines is mandatory in order to evade challenges across construction phases to attain expected results. Let’s not forget that integrating MEP designs and coordination with regards to load and overall building efficiency, ensures appropriate configuration of MEP services as well.

Installing MEP systems compliant to local safety regulations should be on Top Priority

MEP systems compliant to local safety regulations have taken the center stage. Most technical challenges of fire and life-safety, it seems are posed by high rise buildings, due to regulatory compliances with multiple complexities. This is where MEP designers are required to prove their expertise and experience. They should be in a position to provide adequate means of way out, followed with concise evacuation strategies as well. MEP engineers can do it by using direct evacuation and announcement procedures that also will reduce unwarranted alarms. For what matters during fire, is how swiftly the inhabitants can be moved away from the accident place?

Talking of GCC, Dubai Municipality and Dubai Civil defense have successfully defined really high standards for evacuation and building-management systems, which MEP designers are required to adhere to. And there is nothing wrong in it, as these legislative guidelines are issued to minimize the risks. And not only these two identities are working in that direction, in fact a lot of government bodies across the GCC are actively instrumental in building a safe atmosphere by adhering to rigorous health, safety and environmental practices (HSE). It is not that easy to comply with all of the regulations, however; these standards and protocols ensure safe living conditions for inhabitants.

After adherence to safety standards, sustainable designs are the next challenge

Ever increasing demands from the clients make it more than necessary for the MEP designers to develop designs that are eco-friendly and sustainable. These designs are more inclined towards conserving water and energy in the first place. Also these designs are required to reduce the operational costs of the inhabitants; upon handover to facility managers. What are the parameters and how to consider a construction project to be a “green building” is still a topic of discussion across GCC. The bottom line is that a building is deemed sustainable based on its ability to provide comfort to inhabitants and offers the end users with well-designed and implemented MEP systems.

Conclusion

Increased population and investments, both foreign and government, recession seems to be a long-lost era for GCC countries. The progress is a glaring evident of the reality, especially if talked about Mechanical, electrical and plumbing - MEP segment. All major building projects in the GCC region are working as if they are supposed to be finished in a crash course. This has made MEP design firms work rigorously to cope up with these ever evolving demands. Projects are addressed to on SOS basis, which has further enhanced the importance of MEP designers and the MEP design phase, holistically. However; the constant look out for better and most suited MEP designs is something that needs immediate attention of all the stakeholders in the MEP trade.

But with increased unpleasant incidents like address Downtown, Sulafa Tower and others alike, MEP designers are left with a challenging and moral task of designing systems with an ultimate goal to craft safe and well-integrated designs that cut down the operating costs and address environmental impacts.