October 20, 2008
iCHECK For Autodesk Inventor Identifies Design Problems
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INCAT has identified the top 21 everyday challenges to productively using Autodesk Inventor and addresses them through effective use of iCHECK, its proprietary data quality and integrity analysis software application.
Explaining the latest INCAT internal research, Dan Miles, Manager, Technical Services for the INCAT General Manufacturing Solutions (GMS) Group said, "Working closely with our clients who are using Inventor to aid in product development, we have identified 21 areas in product design, assembly design and documentation where there is the greatest potential for problems; and found that these can be identified 35 percent sooner through the use of iCHECK."
Miles noted that the use of such applications is growing rapidly in a market that demands higher quality and faster time to market. "iCHECK is the only such application available on the market for use with Inventor," he added.
Tom Hallenbeck, iCHECK Development Manager for INCAT, added, "We are serious about delivering technology that enables our clients to realize earlier problem-solving and discernable leaps in productivity. As we continue to push the envelope, we are keen to give companies the ability to validate their best practices and methodologies with our software applications. iCHECK for Inventor is a reflection of our commitment to our clients and to that mission."
iCHECK is the ideal tool for helping designers who pick up a file where another designer has left off. Three simple, everyday examples include; navigation of existing sketches that are not fully constrained, working with assemblies with adaptive features turned ON, and manipulating drawings that contain override dimensions. In each case the designer's productivity can be compromised by unrecognized problems or deviations from standards, but with iCHECK, each of conditions can be verified with minimal user interaction and can be solved in just a few seconds.
To find out the other 18 everyday user challenges that INCAT research has identified and for information about how iCHECK helps designers working in Inventor overcome those challenges, go to
Commentary By Jeffrey Rowe, Editor
effectiveness in downstream processes and more efficient data reuse.
So exactly what constitutes bad CAD data and what can it cost?
For a long time, CAD product data quality (PDQ) checks were primarily focused on examining piece parts or assemblies for defects within a given CAD system. Traditionally, the focus was on determining issues that would affect the ability to use CAD geometry downstream by other CAx applications, such as CAE and CAM. While this is still an important part of PDQ, interoperability problems are an increasing concern. CAD model quality checking and comparison identifies CAD data problems, such as:
It should be obvious that low quality CAD data is a costly proposition, especially the deeper you get into the product development cycle or downstream applications.
Although there are several software applications on the market for gauging CAD data quality, iCHECK is an add-on specifically developed for Autodesk Inventor for 3D CAD model quality verification. It helps maintain 3D model quality throughout the design process. In a nutshell, iCHECK is the quality assurance system for Autodesk Inventor. During the design process iCHECK works like a spellchecker to automate compliance with an organization’s best practices and methodologies.
Advances in CAD technology have brought significant efficiency to product development processes in the manufacturing world, and global connectivity has helped structure teams designing products. Geographically dispersed teams and continuous changes in organizational structure make it virtually impossible for an organization to manually maintain and leverage its standard best-practices and methodologies universally. On the other hand, iCHECK helps organizations minimize the risk of poorly-produced data, which will likely cause inefficiency and other problems downstream in the development process.
Some the model checks that iCHECK can perform include:
Model data integrity has always been an important issue, but today, with ever-decreasing product development cycles and dispersed design teams, it is becoming increasingly important. Although iCHECK has been developed specifically for Inventor, it seems to be a well thought out implementation for dealing with the vital data quality issue with that CAD package.
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