The modeling technique is
hugely responsible for the level of productivity. Those of you that
are only trained in the constrained sketching world of the major CAD
are truly limited by not using the freedom of Streamlined Sketching
and Feature Based Design,
that is available in even the most Pro/e-ish of CAD systems. If you
designers are designing in these very unproductive and time
consuming processes it might be time to review your standard design
processes. Don't have any do you?|
lessons started out as
product comparisons, but quickly turned into a study in 3D modeling
I am not sure if it is due to these
exercises but I have replaced a few Creo, Solidworks and Fusion 360 with ZW3D. Listen to
what these two fellows said.
"We spoke a year and a
half or so ago about ZW3D. I took the Autodesk Fusion
360 but am becoming increasingly unhappy with it… It’s not very
productive for me, just too slow and cumbersome to get things done
quickly. On on the strength of your recommendations I am ready to
give ZW3D Standard a shot, probably as a rental for the first year.
Bottom line is,
Fusion 360 is “free” but not really free… I am finding that the
slow, clumsy pace of design with it is counterproductive… time is
The initial hull design was done in Rhino, which for some reason
is a standard in the boat industry.
The surface already had
a few problems!
It was imported into Fusion 360 and I did
some of the early concept design work, but when it came to surfacing
I hit road blocks every way I tried it.
At this time Phil
was not part of the project, but I suggested to my client that we
needed Phil's help. Phil also hit road blocks in Fusion 360 even
using some of his unique re-topologizing workflows and T-Splines.
The rest is history, as they say.
Thanks to ZW3D
paired with Phil’s surfacing skills we now have tooling for the hull
You should see the images.
I saw the
following Solid Edge YouTube tutorial and thought I would give it a
try on IronCAD. I have to tell you it is almost tortuous to watch
the Solid Edge presenter. I
have tried to do top down design in Solidworks and failed. Inventor
is a bit better but all of these programs including Solid Edge
create external parts. You will see a huge difference in ZW3D's
multi-object design environment.
You can see the same basic part
done on NX. The part is dimensioned incorrect in the Solid Edge
ZW3D vs NX
Solid Edge is a constrained sketched based
system as are Fusion 360, Solidworks and Creo. In the following
lessons you can see that this modeling paradigm is use throughout
the industry causing millions of wasted hours.
3D Modeling Techniques Defined
Here is the Isometric drawing. It is incorrect. So use the drawings
at the end for a good assembly. The top boss on the base should be
ZW3D vs Solid Edge
While creating 3D models from a drawing is the very best way to
learn 3D CAD and maybe some design techniques is does not expose the
designer to the design flexibility necessary in product design. ZW3D is all top down due to the
multi-object design environment.
Creating mating parts is a cruise. But modeling is just one aspect of a
well designed productive 3D CAD system.
ZW3D is very similar to
Solid Edge and the Pro/e
clones with differences that make it much more streamlined. It is very easy for those users
to get up and running with ZW3D. The unique benefits over the other systems
is the multi-object environment with the integrated drawing. You can
do complete projects (parts, assemblies and drawings) in one file.
I would do a
video, but I really am not good at it. So I will show you step by
step. I will try and get ZW3D support to create one. They are
ZW3D is a history based
system with planes, but it also has primitive shapes to increase
your productivity. It seems to me watching this Solid Edge
exercise that there is no concern for simplifying the process and
increase design productivity. Most of us do engineering design and
have schedules to meet. Not only do these more productive modeling
techniques and a productive system increase design speed it allows
us to meet our goals much easier. Especially with changes.
have to say this is incredibly simple. But the Solid Edge presenter has been
indoctrinated into these designs time consuming modeling techniques. The Solidworks clones are costing the industry millions, if not billions,
in lost productivity.
Here is ZW3D. It is set to mm so let's
Like Solid Edge we have to set ZW3D for an
assembly. We open a multi-object file and call it Belt Roller
These have actually turned into exercises in
modeling techniques as compared to showing a more productive CAD
systems. Again, I say there are many different ways to model a part.
I see with my exposure to direct edit modelers like CADKEY, I
rarely sketch like you see the Solid Edge fellow doing. I have always
created my basic sketches by mostly creating offsets and trimming or
extending. It seems to be much easier. I never put in a fillet that
can be created later. What do you think?
I will first create my part which will
be the top assembly and call it also the Belt Roller Assembly.
will now insert our first component the Base
We will now
start our part by inserting a primitive block shape and sizing it.
I will insert another primitive block,
size and locate it and set it to add.
another primitive block, size and locate it and set it to remove
I put in the fillets.
For the threaded hole we bring up the
Create Hole Feature. We set our hole specs.
We locate the hole by selecting
offset from the options.
the pattern feature we create the other 3 holes. I can't believe it
is as complicated to locate a hole in Solid Edge.
I select okay and we are done with the
We now insert a new component called Bracket
As you can see the base is now a reference part that can be used for
in context design for the bracket.
bracket based will be created by creating reference graphics in the
now turn these graphics into a curve list and extrude the shape.
We add our cut by inserting a primitive
block locating and sizing it set it to remove.
We insert another primitive block locate and size it and set to add.
Working with primitive shapes is fun. It is a short learning
curve but is so productive.
just insert a primitive cylinder locate and size it.
insert another primitive cylinder in the center of the boss, size it
and set to remove.
will insert a primitive cylinder, locate it and set to remove.
We pattern the hole.
for the rib we create a sketch. Yes, we do have to do some
just use existing geometry to create the 3 lines. No constraints.
The only line we defined was the vertical that was set to 40 as we
put it in. The horizontal line was point to point.
exit the sketch and select extrude, select symmetrical and size and
set to add.
put in the blends and we are done.
copy another bracket and locate it. We are ready for the shaft.
I create a reference circle and move it to the location to start
We insert a primitive cylinder using the reverence
circle and a set the diameter and length.
insert another primitive cylinder, locate set the diameter and
add the chamfers and create the hole by inserting a primitive
cylinder and setting the diameter and depth.
for the side hole by inserting a primitive cylinder at X0Y0Z0 and
sizing and locating it. We are done with the part.
insert a new component and call it bushing, we create a reference
curve from the aft bracket boss and use
it for a reference to insert a cylinder, we set the diameter and
the shaft but inserting another primitive cylinder, locate and set
the diameter and length.
for the chamfer and another primitive cylinder. I am sure all of you
have gotten the idea how this works by now
there are two bushings we will copy another one and locate it.
will add a component Roller by creating as sketch. Since I will be
using Streamlined Sketching I will create a couple of reference
I will create my parallel offsets.
create the edges of the roller by connecting the dots, trimming,
extending deleting and mirroring. Nope, no constraints.
sketch and select revolve at 360 degrees.
add the chamfers and fillets and we are done.
we insert the washers and screws and pattern them and we are done.
Here is the assembly.
Here are the drawings.
Think of the amount of
files created with Solid Edge, the five parts and one assembly, if
you create the AIDs (Associated Information Documents (drawings))
that is a total of eleven files to maintain. In ZW3D there is one
file due to the integrated drawings.
It is very important that you look into
how you or your engineers are creating the parts. Streamline
Sketching and Feature Based Modeling is easy to learn and implement.
It, alone, can increase productivity 10X. Now, ZW3D with its unique
history and robust direct edit functionality can increase your
productivity another 5X or more with changes! Again, time is money
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3D Modeling Techniques Defined
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