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Alpesh Patel

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About Alpesh Patel

  • Birthday 01/10/1984

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    Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
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    Hitech CADD Services
  • Designation / Job Title
    Design Engineer
  • Highest Qualification
    Post Graduate
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  • Engineering Qualification
  • Name of Institute
    Gujarat Technical University

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  1. SolidWorks is the best for furniture design and it is also used to design all sorts of products across multiple industries. SolidWorks can be used to create a visual prototype of a hotel reception desk, using surfaces, common assembly features and rendering tools for a photo-realistic finish. We have seen many a time furniture manufacturing companies find difficulties to select the right CAD software for their design and manufacturing needs. SolidWorks can help with a range of furniture customers, who design furniture; display stands; washroom cubicles; kitchens and much more. With the help of SolidWorks, it becomes easier to visualize products and enable you to bring your product to market more quickly and cost-effectively. SolidWorks for furniture design also provides the opportunity to generate manufacturing and fabrication drawings directly from the 3D models using eDrawings, eliminating the need for paper drawings. Since the software allows automatic generation of drawings and other documentation, it becomes easier for the manufacturer to develop personalized or customized products faster. SolidWorks thus serves to be comprehensive design software that bridges the gap between design and manufacturing seamlessly and provides the opportunity for manufacturers to keep the design development and manufacturing efficient and error-free. If you need any assistance from well experienced SolidWorks furniture design services or want to outsource furniture design work then reach out to us and we will be happy to help you.
  2. Designing a machine or a product involving moving parts is common. This kind of design process requires performing motion simulation – also known as rigid body dynamics. Consider a classic Mechanics example of an elliptical trammel used to trace ellipses. A designer can define mates to perform assembly animation in a normal CAD program available today, to see how the components of the trammel mechanism move. However, the speed of the motion is irrelevant and timing is arbitrary in this case of assembly animation. In order to find velocities, accelerations, joint reactions, and other details such as power requirements, etc., there is a need to perform motion simulation as well. Motion simulation provides the designer with all the information related to kinematics such as velocity, acceleration, joint reactions, and forces due to inertia as well as power requirements. To perform the motion simulation, the designer has to define only the speed of the motor, points to be traced and the results he wishes to see in the motion simulation program. The program then automatically fetches other information such as material properties from the CAD parts and translates the assembly mating conditions to kinematic joints. The equation for motion is formulated automatically based on these details. This approach is different from FEA where the bodies are considered flexible. Rather, in motion simulation, the parts are considered rigid and have only a few degrees of freedom. Thus, the solver is able to solve the motion equations quickly and provides all the information on displacements, velocities, inertial forces, joint reactions, and power required to sustain the motion. Apart from the above details, the motion simulation study also checks for interferences. This check is different from the one available with CAD assembly animation. Here, the program accurately performs interference checks in real-time and provides spatial and time positions of mechanisms along with exact interfering volumes. Motion simulation thus solves the problems easily, irrespective of any complex mechanisms involved containing a large number of rigid links, springs, dampers, and contact pairs, such as in the case of a CD drive. The use of motion simulation however is not the last stage of designing a product involving moving parts, since the study considers all the parts as rigid. In reality, however, there are stresses and strains involved due to forces. To identify the behavior, the results obtained from the motion simulation such as inertial forces, joint reactions, etc. can be transferred to the FEA program. Usually, engineers utilize the maximum reaction loads to obtain maximum stresses and deformation in the part or assembly. The part or the assembly is then assigned elastic properties and is submitted with other boundary conditions in the FEA program to perform structural analysis. The final results obtained can then be observed to perform necessary changes or finalize the design of the product under consideration. All these phases, i.e. CAD modeling, motion simulation, and FEA can be performed in different programs or in a single integrated environment, such as the one available in SolidWorks. This CAD software includes SolidWorks Simulation (FEA) as well as SolidWorks Motion (motion analysis) as add-ins, providing a fully integrated environment to the user. This is beneficial as there is no need to transfer data to a different program to perform motion studies and structural analysis, which would otherwise increase the chances of errors in data transfer and discrepancy in results. You can approach engineering design services firms like Hitech CADD Services if you are looking for assistance in designing a product involving moving parts. The company provides services like CAD modeling, motion simulation as well as FEA, which can be helpful in finalizing the design for actual manufacturing.
  3. CAD designs are spread over a large horizon. So answering one particular software isn’t correct because every industrial or mechanical design application can be addressed by certain CAD software. However, AutoCAD, SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor are few of the popular CAD software that are versatile and widely accepted by industrial design engineers and manufacturing firms.
  4. Industrial equipment and machinery manufacturers consistently deal with the faster changing market that demands reduced development time, faster time to market and less operational costs. To compete better in the market and meet the market challenges, it is crucial for them to adopt the right product development systems. The slow and difficult 2D working environment is one of the major factors that influence manufacturer’s competitiveness in the market and hence; the transition to 3D is essential today to ensure efficient design of industrial equipment and machinery. The design process for these industrial equipment and machinery start with inputs from marketing, sales, engineering and manufacturing departments based on customer needs. The four stages – conceptual design, detailed mechanical design, prototyping and final documentation for production release are all equally important to keep the development process efficient. 3D systems are useful across each of these: Conceptual Design, Detailed Mechanical Design, Prototyping, Manufacturing Documentation, etc. Hope this will be useful. You can also share your ideas.
  5. Design automation helps you achieve up to 70% faster design cycles by reducing a day’s work to a few hours.
  6. 3D CAD modeling helps you in increasing design flexibility and improve the quality of the design and end product. Errors can be discovered and resolve easily during the early design development stage. It removes inefficiencies and establishes a streamlined workflow between design and fabrication needs for assemblies and sub-assemblies.
  7. Whether you manufacture building products, furniture or industrial products, our product configurator guides your customers in making better purchase decisions. These 3D visualization technologies used in CPQ not only offer a 360° view of custom design inputs but also provide innovative ways to stay ahead of your competition. 

    Visual configuration is the most promising way of improving CPQ productivity and efficiency. The need for product visualization has risen tremendously over the past few years, and this trend will only grow. If you want to keep your customers’ choices intact and grow your revenue and productivity, this transformation is essential.

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