3D Computer-aided design (3D CAD) is the use of computer technology to aid in the design and particularly the drafting (technical drawing and engineering drawing) of a part or product, including entire buildings.
3D CAD packages, such as Pro/ENGINEER allow rotations in three dimensions providing you with the ability to view a designed object from any desired angle, including from the inside looking out. It is useful for detailed engineering of 3D models and is used throughout the engineering process from conceptual design and layout of products, through to strength and dynamic analysis of assemblies to definition of manufacturing methods of components.
3D CAD has become an especially important technology within the scope of computer-aided technologies, with benefits such as lower product development costs and a greatly shortened design cycle. 3D CAD enables designers to lay out and develop work on screen, print it out and save it for future editing, saving time on their drawings.
3D CAD Benefits
Quickly create the highest quality 3D products with a broad range of core modeling, 2D and 3D drawing, sheetmetal, weld, surface modeling, assemblies, kinematics and more
Increase model quality, promote part reuse, and reduce model errors
Lower your costs by reducing new part number proliferation
Create innovative designs
Plastic injection simulation
Flow & thermal simulation
Save time and reduce errors by working in a seamlessly integrated design and simulation environment – with no data translation
Gain early insight into product performance and discover design flaws early as you increase first-time build success
Obtain realistic performance data and improve product quality by directly applying real-world conditions to design geometry
Evaluate more scenarios than with physical prototypes
Increase innovation by simultaneously designing and simulating design variations
Decrease development costs by reducing or even eliminating physical prototyping
Optimize manufacturing process
Achieve manufacturing excellence
Create, verify and optimize programs for all machine types: 2 1/2- to 5-axis milling, 2-to 4-axis turning, mill/turn machines, and 2-to 4-axis wire EDM
Simplify storage and reuse of best practices by using proven manufacturing templates
Improve product quality & manufacturing consistency by generating toolpaths directly on 3D designs
Reduce time-to-market with associative tool path updates to design changes CNC machine simulation (G – Code) & part verification CNC program cutting speed optimization