3D Unit Model

The latest addition to the software is the integration with the main solid modeling engines available on the markets:

  • Inventor
  • Pro/Engineer
  • Solidworks

The purpose is to automate the generation of a 3D unit model, opening the door to a whole new set of features, typical of the 3D world.

Depending on the manufacturer’s needs, different possible types of 3D models can be automatically generated as output by the software, with increasing complexities. These possibilities are described in the following sections.

 

Generation of a model of the unit structure

A first level of detail is the ability to generate a 3D model containing the unit structure, the panels, the profiles and the positioning of the dampers, so as to obtain a solid model of the outside panel.

This model is suitable for designers of the technical office of the manufacturer, who will be able to:

• check the dimensions

• check the structure of the unit

The following are some examples that illustrate the potential of the module with Pro/E and Inventor:

 

Generation of a model of the unit with components inside

A next level of complexity consists in the automatic generation of 3D models of the internal parts of the unit, that shows the exact layout of all components and all of the sheets of the unit, whether they are metal sheets for the panels of the structure or internal metal sheets.

For panels, it will be used detailed models that indicate the exact arrangement of the two plates that form the panel with the necessary workings and holes. Similarly, for the internal metal sheets will be generated drawings that show the correct folds of sheet metal and machining and holes.

From this model it will be possible to automatically generate the necessary documentation needed to the production, particularly the drafting of individual sheets with their workings and all the necessary files to be sent as input to the punching machines used in the production plant.

The following pictures show some examples of the whole unit and of metal sheet 3D model:

Generating a 3D model to be sent to customers

Another important application of 3D drawings is to generate a model for the end customer. In this case, the accessories of each section of the machine (these are particulars that can be chosen as add on to the basic elements), the models of the doors and removable doors (useful to inspect the internal parts of the unit) and every other detail which helps to complete the model of the unit will be detailed in the drawing.

 

3D model for the unit assembly

The next stage of the 3D unit modelling, with the highest level of detail possible is to propose a scheme of assembling the units (“IKEA-like” model). This will allow the shipment of the machines disassembled, with considerable savings in transportation costs.

The model will allows the visualization of the assembly diagram of the entire unit and thus requires a very high level of detail, having to report every single elements, screws and assembly components.