3D CAD Design
3D Model Preparation
Every 3D printing job starts with a 3D model.
Typically we are supplied with a *.stl file, which is the file type that the printer software understands. No one designs using this file structure however, so sometimes depending on the software used to convert the model there may be errors in the *.stl file that prevent a quality print. Time must be spent to repair these errors before printing.
However, we can now work with your 3D model in SolidWorks and print the job directly, saving the time required to convert to .stl. This speeds the process and eliminates errors.
3D Model Generation
3D modelling capability was originally added to Navigator's service offering as a natural extension and compliment to the 3D Printing Services. What became apparent shortly thereafter was that it really is an extension and compliment to our overall company skill set, which is deeply rooted in manufacturing.
This service is primarily for those companies or individuals that need help converting their designs and ideas to a working 3D model in SolidWorks. Not everything that we would encounter here would require to be 3D printed, it could be conversions of old sketches to more professional shop drawings for example. Todays common 3D software such as SolidWorks is an average of 45% faster to design a product than our old 2D world.
Design assemblies prepared in 3D are able to be function and tested for interference prior to manufacturing a single part, which is critical to help reduce costs and time to re-design an assembly when something doesn't fit. 3D models are also very effective at engaging more non-CAD people in your design process.
2D Drawing Generation
Despite living in a seemingly 3D world, we still need 2D shop drawings in manufacturing environments. Luckily, the way a 3D model is generated using sketches and features the 2D drawing is relatively easy to prepare afterwards.
Having worked with 3D models in machining for the last few years I was often surprised sometimes how this critical component of manufacturing was often not provided, especially on complex models. However, they are still needed for effective QA/QC of machined parts, in my opinion.