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SolidWorks Helps to Develop Advanced Packing Technologies

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SolidWorks is more than just a mechanical CAD program.  It is a family of software packages that includes data management, simulation, technical documentation, and sustainability.  All of this software works hand-in-hand to help companies maximize time and resources.

OYSTAR Packaging Logo

Fortune 100 companies rely on OYSTAR North America’s Packaging Technologies Group for the development of rapid filling and packaging machines. While the company’s expertise has made it the world’s largest aerosol equipment manufacturer, OYSTAR also produces a variety of other filling machines that package products as varied as yogurt, applesauce, and coffee.

“…We needed a 3D design system to develop our packaging machines more precisely and realize improved efficiencies, so we could respond to customer demand for faster turnaround. Using 3D, we believed we could leverage automated design, simulation, and configuration tools to meet our goals.” – Nate Smith, MAP Applications manager

OYSTAR Processing Machine

Challenge:

Speed up development of sophisticated filling and packaging machines to support growth while simultaneously boosting machine performance.

Solution:

Standardize on SolidWorks design, SolidWorks Simulation analysis, and SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (product data management) software to accelerate development.

Results:

–          Reduced design cycles by 50 to 60 percent

–          Accelerated production throughput tenfold in some cases

–          Cut configurable design time from weeks to days

–          Increased revenue

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Fast, High Quality Models is the Key

Objet Technology Enables New York-Based International Architecture Firm to Shave Months Off Model-Building Time!

Rietveld Architecture Firm

At A Glance:

Company: Rietveld Architects LLP

URL: www.rietveldarchitectscom

Location: New York, NY

Industry: Architecture

Challenges:

  • Significantly reduce the time and expense in producing building models, often requiring highly delicate details
  • Impress clients with the ability to quickly produce better representations of designs and to quickly respond to new ideas facilitating the decision-making process

Solution:

The Eden350 3D Printing System

Objet Eden350 3D Printing System

Results:

  1. Reduced the time to create models from two full months for two employess to just hours by a single employee
  2. Yielded more detailed models, which help clients better visualize final projects, ultimately helping the firm to win more projects.

For more information about Objet 3D Printers, click here.

Bringing the Human Element to Robotics

Aldebaran Robotics

Challenge:

Bruno Maisonnier, founder and CEO of Aldebaran Robotics, wanted to develop and empower people with a robot that could interact.  Three years after starting to sell NAO models, over 2000 Robots have been sold worldwide, Aldebaran Robotics has now released the latest generation of its programmable humanoid robots, which is intended for research, teaching and, more generally, for exploring the new area of service.

 

Solution:

In doing so, Aldebaran Robotics, utilizes the full potential of SolidWorks 3D design, analysis, and motion simulation software to optimize mechanical design of the robot to determine if it can withstand stresses applied to the robot.  Once validation of the design is complete with SolidWorks they move on to production.  Using SolidWorks they are able to project the Robot and components in to the future and improve design and optimize performance before parts are manufactured, before they exist.

 

See how Bruno and his team created humanoid robots that help people!

How Can 3DVia Composer Save You Time and Money?

SolidWorks is not just a CAD package. It is a family of software packages. One member of that family is 3DVia Composer. 3DVia helps companies create technical communications.

Wamore Parachutes

Wamore, Inc. – USA makes airdrop equipment for the U.S. Military. In this case study they show how they utilize 3DVia to help them make assembly instructions faster and easier.

Delivering payloads of up to 42,000 pounds from cargo aircraft to the ground via parachute can be a risky proposition. Ensuring that airdropped payloads arrive intact and on-target requires the expertise of a manufacturer like Wamore, Inc. The Arizona company’s products support the US military in active combat theaters and range from Air Guidance Units (AGUs) and inertia reels to parachute release systems and soft landing airbags.

 Challenge:

Create easier-to-understand airdrop system assembly instructions more efficiently and without having to wait for the appropriate production phase to capture photographic images.

 Solution:

Implement 3DVIA Composer technical communications software to automate the development of assembly instructions as part of the design process.

 Results:

• Shortened assembly instructions development time by 85 percent

• Improved informational quality of assembly instructions

• Updated assembly instructions automatically with design changes

• Reduced assembly questions on shop floor substantially

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High-Speed Powerboat Team uses SolidWorks software to optimize boat performance.

Challenge:

Maintain the team’s high-speed powerboat, championship-winning position by pushing and optimizing boat performance within tight development cycles and specific design requirements.

Solution:

Implement SolidWorks 3D design, analysis, and motion simulation software to optimize hydrodynamics and aerodynamics, improve weight-to-performance ratios, and boost overall performance.

Results:

• Shortened design cycles by 25 to 30 percent

• Reduced time to manufacture a race-ready boat by 15 percent

• Realized fewer failed prototypes

• Increased project throughput

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Fender Musical Instruments Leverages Objet 3D Printing

Fender Musical Instruments leverages Objet’s Eden350V to speed product development, improve quality of designs

Company Description: Fender Musical Instruments Corporation designs and manufactures stringed instruments and amplifiers, such as solid-body electric guitars, including the Stratocaster and the Telecaster. The company makes acoustic guitars, electric basses, mandolins, banjos, and violins, as well as guitar amplifiers, bass amplifiers, and PA (public address) equipment. Avril Lavigne, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend and Sting are among the artists known for using Fender equipment.

Challenges:

  • Frustrated by the time and expense of outsourcing.
  • The nature of our work requires very tight detail. Ease of use was #2, and cost was #3. We also needed to make sure the system could handle a variety of part sizes and materials, because our parts range from the size of a dime up to a full guitar body.
  • Fender’s volume had grown to a point where Greene, Senior Industrial Designer,  recommended that they bring rapid prototyping technology in house

Solution:

  •  Objet’s Eden350V 3D Printing System

Results: 

  • Accelerated time-to-market for new products and product enhancements
  • Lower risk for new product introduction
  • Better, more creative product designs
  • Prototyping costs cut in half even though Fender now does much more rapid prototyping than it did in the past.

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A Behind the Scene Look at ‘Real Steel’ with Objet 3D Printing

By now, you’ve either seen or heard about one of the latest films staring Hugh Jackman, “Real Steel”, in which Hugh’s character builds, trains & manages his own boxing robots.  Ever wonder how those boxing robots were created?  Not everything is just special effects as one would assume.

Commissioned to build the robots for “Real Steel”, Legacy Effects designed & built animatronic robots with motion capture technology to portray the boxing scenes.  A task this large could have taken a lot of time. Time is a highly uncommon commodity in the film industry & very expensive because of increasing time delays overall.  Reshoots, editing, post-production — all costly expenditures when making a movie but even more expensive when incorporating special effects such as boxing robots –but not for Legacy Effects.

Using a high resolution Objet 3D Printer, Legacy Effects was able to go from design, to printed 3D models, to full size production in the shortest time possible.  Printing in 16-micron layers with very tight tolerances & high accuracies, using an Objet 3D Printer to create robot models was an obvious choice for Legacy Effects.  Different elements, from an entire robot to a specific limb & even a logo, were prototyped using an Objet 3D Printer in order to achieve amazingly life-like models in a very short amount of time.  The printed models would be examined, sometimes redesigned & printed again, and then approved for production to be used in “Real Steel”.  Thanks to the use of an Objet 3D Printer, Legacy Effects was able to save on reshoots, editing & post-production resulting in lower costs overall &, most importantly, an earlier release date.

To read more about Legacy’s use of an Objet 3D Printer, visit http://bit.ly/wKaMgw  or http://www.engatech.com/Objet-3DPrinter.asp to learn more about how an Objet 3D Printer could benefit your company.

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