3 Ways 3D Technology Is Changing the Manufacturing Industry

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Nov 6, 2017 11:15:00 AM

    17141554237_a880f3fd94_k (1).jpgThe manufacturing industry is facing disruption thanks to CAD technology. So much so that industry analysts predict that 3D printing alone could represent a $400 billion manufacturing market by 2030.

    So, why manufacturing? As many engineers know, manufacturing can be expensive and tedious. 3D CAD and printing capabilities improve the production process by enhancing accuracy and streamlining prototyping, which leads to a great cost savings for firms.

    Read on for more details on how 3D CAD is changing the manufacturing industry.

    1. Improved Accuracy

    In an industry like manufacturing where pristine accuracy is necessary, 3D CAD is an invaluable technology to have at your fingertips. Because manufacturing prototypes and products are initially designed in CAD, engineers can easily see the dimensional ratios as they tweak the design.

    On the same note, CAD files can be easily converted to computer aided manufacturing (CAM) files, too. Both CAD and CAM files can conduct simulations before products are physically manufactured, which lets engineers make sure all pieces are running smoothly before production.

    2. Faster Production

    Using 3D CAD technology in manufacturing also improves the overall speed of production and prototyping. This is because engineers convert CAD files to CAM files, which then go through computer-numerical-control (CNC). CNC then automatically processes the intricate details in these files for higher-speed machining.

    Similarly, engineers and designers are also able to prototype faster using CAD. Prototypes can be printed with a 3D printer in less time than other alternatives, which means engineers can tweak and adjust faster, too. Ultimately, this speeds up the production timeline, allowing businesses to take their product to market faster.

    3. Cost Savings

    When you combine top-of-the-line accuracy and increased production speed, engineers and businesses will likely see a cost savings as well. 3D printing technology is a much cheaper alternative for prototyping and product manufacturing. In fact, experts believe nearly 80 percent of the global 3D printing capacity will be dedicated to making finished products. This is because the materials used in 3D printing are often cheaper and more sustainable than others.

    With 3D CAD technology, engineers can develop products and samples quickly with less waste than ever before. 

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    One of the best ways to keep your focus while working in CAD is by using the new CadMouse Wireless. The CadMouse Wireless has all of the same features as the popular CadMouse—but with added mobility.

    Its ergonomic design enhances comfort and offers you a dedicated middle mouse button and intelligent scroll wheel. This helps cut back on wrist pain and strain while reducing the number of clicks. It provides effortless precision due to its optimized 7.200 dpi optical sensor and a constant tactile feedback for smooth mouse movement. And, you can work up to two months without charging and easily connect via Universal Receiver, Bluetooth or USB cable—ideal for workers on the go. 

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    Tags: Engineering, 3D CAD, manufacturing