Technical Frequently Asked Questions

3D modeling is the process of creating a digital representation of a three-dimensional object or environment using specialized software. It involves constructing a virtual model that accurately captures the shape, geometry, dimensions, and details of the real-world object or concept. 3D modeling is used for visualization, communication, prototyping, testing, repeatability, and manufacturing & production. 

Mechanical design plays a critical role in product development. Mechanical engineers utilize knowledge of mechanical principles, materials, and manufacturing processes to develop ideas that meet desired product requirements and objectives. This ensures that the product functions as intended and meets desired criteria. Designers also consider factors such as mechanical strength, load-bearing capacity, motion control, fluid dynamics, and thermal management. Mechanical design also takes into account cost considerations by balancing functionality, materials, and manufacturing processes by aiming to optimize the design to achieve the desired features while minimizing production costs without compromising quality.

Rendering provides clients with high-resolution realistic images of their designs. Rendering involves adding textures, colors, reflections, and lighting to create a life-like image of a 3D design. Typically, the majority of advertisements and product photos you see on a daily basis are rendered. This allows you to showcase your products in the best possible light, explore configurations and colors, and vividly portray hard-to-photograph objects.

Simulation utilizes FEA and other methods to help you predict the performance of and optimize designs by allowing you to quickly evaluate characteristics such as stress, strain, factor of safety, thermal stability, resonance, and more before you invest in manufacturing and testing. Simulation is not a replacement for prototyping and testing, it allows you to iterate and dial in designs ahead of time saving you substantial costs in the long run, eliminating downtime between prototypes, and rapidly assessing design changes before they are implemented.

Finite Element Analysis is a numerical technique that is used to solve complex engineering problems by discretizing a continuous structure into smaller elements. These elements are then individually analyzed to provide predicted performance characteristics for the overall part. Finite Element Method is commonly used in structural analysis, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and electromagnetics.

Accuracy in simulation results is heavily dependent on the initial information and designs that you provide. Simulations are performed by degreed engineers with formal training in hand analysis and simulation analysis. Simulation includes convergence analysis, as well as, other forms of tests to verify that results possess a respectable accuracy.

To get accurate results, it is important to know what your specific goals are and what you would like to achieve. You need a precise CAD model of your part or system that accurately depicts the shape and dimensions of the real part. You need material properties for the part that include mechanical characteristics, thermal properties, electrical properties, and any other relevant characteristics. You need an understanding of your boundary conditions, including; constraints, forces, loads, temperatures, and any other factors that affect the behavior of the system.

Prototyping and testing support the creation of sample products that allow for physical evaluation and testing of the design. By fabricating prototypes, designers can validate the design, identify areas for improvement, and make necessary adjustments before proceeding to mass production. We provide in-house FDM 3Dprinting & rapid prototyping services. 

We can provide 3D printed components available in various materials. These range from fully functional parts to visualization components of size and form. We also have a network of local machine shops that we work with regularly to source parts for our projects and clients. If your parts cannot be manufactured in-house we will source prototypes for you included free of charge with your service.

3D printed prototypes can be delivered with a maximum size of 10” x 10” x 10” for FDM parts, and 4.85″ x 8.6″ x 9.8″ for SLA parts. However, depending on the design, larger parts can be broken down into smaller portions and fused together after printing.

3D-printed components can be provided in plastics such as PLA, PETG, ABS, and ASA. As well as, higher-grade materials such as nylon and carbon fiber reinforced filaments. It is recommended to visit our 3D Printing service overview page for an extensive explanation of our offered materials. 

We have a network of local machine shops that we work with regularly to source parts for our projects and clients. If your parts cannot be manufactured in-house we will source prototypes for you included free of charge with your service.

Leveraging our consultation services allows you to tap into a wealth of valuable insight and comprehensive research support. Our services encompass a wide array of areas, including design enhancements, optimization of manufacturing processes, efficiency methods, and strategic vendor procurement strategies.

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