In a couple of months Unitec, Inc. will pass 25 years in business milestone. In the summer of 1988 Marty LoSchiavo decided to leave Micro Control Systems, the original name of Cadkey, Inc. and become a reseller of the product. Yes, Unitec was a 3D CAD provider since the beginning. I was about 4 months into my 9 years at Cadkey when I attended his going away party.
This morning during a review of technical support cases, one case reminded me on how far we’ve come. The client had developed a plastic case that housed a hand-held microphone. The client liked the look of the top, but the bottom piece was not looking right to him. The client constructed the entire shape in one feature – a loft. This loft was made of a plan view, a profile view and 3 cross-sections. The top was a conical shape. The plan view was an egg-like shape with the walls drafted. The top and sides were blended with a constant-radius fillet.
In SolidWorks 2013, using loft was not the very best way to model this part. The top could have been modeled as a boundary surface. A face fillet would have been an ideal (and cool) way to blend the top and sides. We could have developed the part in such a more elegant manner. What an awesome real-world example for application-specific training - one of our favorite services.
It turns out the support tech who handled this case, Jeff, found a single missed relationship in one of the sketched. This change modified the model to the satisfaction of the client. Jeff would never think to call an injection-molded part complete unless he could get it out of the mold. Jeff was equally satisfied.
This simple case is a classic illustration of the old axiom: the perfect is the enemy of the good (Voltaire). This client doesn’t model fancy plastic enclosures; he had a utilitarian project to complete. Being a 3D CAD expert is not his endgame.
25 years of experience comes in handle quite a bit, especially when attacking other people’s challenges. One of the greatest lessons of experience – don’t discount the simple.
Unitec has partnered with Camnetics to provide Gear and CAM extension software to our customers. If you would like further info on Camnetics products please contact us.
GearTrax™ from Camnetics
GearTrax™ provides the designer with an easy to use tool for creating solid models of drive components. Create spur, helical, straight bevel and involute splines with true involute tooth profiles.
GearTrax™ is intuitively easy to use for the designer with limited gear experience yet powerful enough for the gear expert. The animation window shows the spur/helical gear mesh which updates as the data is changed. It is extremely useful in understanding how changes to the gear parameters reflects on the gear mesh.
GearTrax™ is more than a library program. Each part model is created with it’s specific requirements just as a designer would, but rather than taking hours or days, the part is created in seconds. GearTrax creates solid models of spur and helical gears, bevel gears, worm gears, involute splines, timing belt pulleys, chain sprockets and V-belt pulleys. GearTrax™ also integrates with Excel to create data sheets.
CamTrax64™ helps the designer create solid models of virtually every type of cam with the dynamic motion control parameters your system requires. During the design, CamTrax64™ generates charts when linked with Excel and adds a profile list to your drawing. Camnetics, Inc. is dedicated to providing the design engineer with accessible software for developing high speed machine cams!
CamTrax64™ standard cam types include cylindrical cams, plate (aka disk) cams and linear cams. Choose the follower type that the design requires; on center translating, off center translating and oscillating (swinging arm). Selecting different motion synthesis is a snap with CamTrax64. Choose between virtually any standard cam motion with a couple mouse clicks. With Excel the designer can analyze the cam motions and compare different motion synthesis. Don’t have Excel? Output can also be to a text file! Charted are displacement, velocity, acceleration, pressure angle, cam shaft torque, radius of curvature, contact stress and normal force.
If you would like further info on InspectionXpert please contact us.
InspectionXpert for SolidWorks is first article and in process inspection software that automates the creation of a bubbled print and inspection report. InspectionXpert for SolidWorks is a SolidWorks Gold Partner Product add-in that automates the ballooning of SolidWorks drawings and creation of Inspection Sheets for quality control inspections. Eliminate time-consuming, error-prone processes for a time savings of more than 90%.
Seamless integration into SolidWorks provides direct access to the necessary dimensions, tolerances, units and custom properties of your SolidWorks and drawings. In just a few clicks you can instantly create ballooned drawings and inspection reports.
The InspectionXpert product line eliminates the manual ballooning of inspection drawings and manual creation of inspection sheets for first article and in process inspections.
Quickly balloon your SolidWorks and PDF format drawings.
Export dimensions from your SolidWorks drawings to an inspection report form.
Industry-standard formats such as AS9102 Forms 1, 2 and 3 and PPAP are supported along with user-customizable report formats.
Provide standard, accurate inspection report forms and drawings to inspectors.
Eliminate hand bubbling of inspection drawings and manual data entry into report forms. Instantly increase your accuracy and achieve time savings of 50 to 95%!