Mar 22, 2016 -- As an engineer, designer or manufacturer, you put huge efforts in terms of time and money to develop products for your end customers. You give your best to ensure that the assembly process is smooth, quick and accurate on the shop floor so that the first experience for your customer remains good and promising. To achieve all these objectives, there is a special place for documentation and is required almost at every product development stage.
The 3D product data is even extended for the creation of marketing materials and other content requirements such as for the website or a blog to convey the product concept and design to the relevant audience.
For any product design and manufacturing company, CAD data and associated intellectual property are crucial source of product information that drives efficiency in communication across and even outside the organization. However, the documentation process is an activity that usually takes place after product design in most companies, which to an extent delays the product release dates.
The process of product design, documentation, manufacturing and marketing often occurs sequentially. Technical illustrations, part diagrams and instruction and other high-res graphics are usually followed after the design release to production. This not only extends the product development schedule, but does not even allow enough flexibility to make changes.
In case when a design modification is required, manufacturers are required to manually address the change to all the functions, creating the possibility of more errors, further delays and cost overruns. It is thus crucial to shorten the documentation step to accelerate time-to-market and increase competitiveness for the product being manufactured.
Shortening Product Documentation Process
Product documentation process can be shortened by implementing 3D authoring tool that helps in developing content concurrently with the design process, providing the opportunity to release the products on time.
3D authoring tools like SolidWorks Composer helps in extending the utility of CAD data and automates the process of developing product documentation and related content. The tool allows you to avoid rework in updating the CAD models for downstream documentation. As the design changes, the tool automatically creates and updates exploded views, reducing the time considerably.
It is also possible to develop and update graphics in assembly instructions for manufacturing specialists or the same can be done by customer service personnel as well to create service documentation. For marketing professionals, it becomes easier to render and update the catalog images.
All these changes are done concurrently, which means the development time is reduced, cost in rework and delays gets eliminated and documentation for every function can be made available without affecting the integrity of original CAD data.
Implementing a CAD authoring solutions for documentation is crucial for you and your company, as it allows greater accuracy and increased efficiency. 3D authoring tools like Composer can ensure time and cost savings related to resource reductions in publication creation, engineering change order and warranty claims. While maintaining the cost-effectiveness, enhancing product documentation concurrently with design process helps in reducing the time-to-market your product, providing customers the experience you expect.
About Author: Kashyap Vyas - CAE consultant