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Wt is the future of product analysis? which is the best software for both 3D modelling & analysis of aerospase structures?

 

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Blogger

Makes sense! Thanks so much for spending the time with us today David.

Iron

but in other industries it's a big deal, e.g. architecture and building.

Blogger

In the design space, so many people are already using 3D, this is less of a factor any more.

Blogger

Ah, yes. Good point. There is definaltey coolness compatitive advantage. And then it comes down to earth as a value measured in higher quality and fewer errors.

Blogger

Right. I was thinking more of leveraging the fact that they use advanced 3D modeling as part of their capabilities to differentiate themselves from another design resource.

Iron

THere's also easily measured value in 3D expolsions in a repair manual, or 3d animations. THey add a lot of value, reduce errors and speed repairs.

Blogger

I gave the example of the car in the mountains - it's real.

Blogger

Yes, many companies use 3D in marketing. It's huge value to see the product and be able to reduce cost ad produciton. Or putting data directly from engineering onto a catalog on a web site, rather than re-staging it all for the catalog.

Blogger

for example, iut's tough to tell if a person spinning a 3D model on a computer screen is innovating or repairing something that isn't working quite right.

Blogger

Have you seen companies using 3D capabilities as a marketing tool?

Iron

Sorry, I had posted this just as your next question came up... certainly ROI is a factor, and it's tough because some of these metrics are intangible.

Blogger

There is also add-on value of using 3D, in that once a product is designed fully in 3D, that design can easily be re-used for the next customer with a similar requirement. Design re-use is a huge value.

Blogger

I would imagine return on investment is a factor, as well as training, Do you find yourself having to prove ROI on this technology?

Blogger

THere is also huge growth in architecture and construction. It's reall expensive to try to run HVAC ducting through the wrong place. They are really getting on board with 3D in the last 3 years.

Blogger

Certainly the widest use is technically trained people like engineers. THis is not only because it landed on their desk first, but also because they have a mindset of exploring technology. Again, back to culture and mindset. I see many purchasing people receiving RFPs and dealing with 3D data just fine, even in small suppliers.

Blogger

To piggback on Rob's question, I'd also think the technically proficient distributor or VAR has been gaining ground with this being a revenue source for them.

Iron

Absolutely not. Especially with the migration of products to lower price points and better ease of use, even small companies are using it. And as most anyone in a professional position these days can drive a computer and mouse, that person can also open a CAD file and rotate it to see some comment made by someone, and proabably add some of their own annotations. Maybe it's a marketing/packaging person or a sales person looking at a quote.

Blogger

Is this technology used mostly by large, bleeding edge companies? Or is it spreading to mid-size and smaller companies.

Blogger

Some of the major appliance companies are evenusing now to help their repair people. Fairly complex machines. Especially at the higher pri-cepoint products - to justify the cost of implementation (assuming higher margin).

Blogger

It's driven by design cycles first and foremost. So the most complex, multi-part, multi-assembly products are the leaders. THerefore it all started in automotive and aerospace. BUt it's now very big in any industry that has these kinds of products. MY survey results show industry adoption and it's expanding each year.

Blogger

Where are you seeing the most rapid adoption of 3D visualization in terms of industry?

Iron

THey have one of the more popular (note I did not say better because it may not be for YOUR process) STL viewing tools. Popular meaning I hear of it very often amongst users of STL data.

Blogger

Is Materialize a stand-alone viewer for STL files or is it imbedded in a larger SW package?

Iron

YOu should always look at a few suppliers for any single consideration. Remember, the software must suit YOUR users and YOUR process.

Blogger

As you might imagine, I am not real keen about recommending a particular toolset without understanding your requirements. These are complex issues. BUt I would take a look at Materialize for STL among others.

Blogger

What software do you recommend using for viewing OBJ or STL data?

 

Iron

THanks for having me today. I'm looking forward to the radio cast.

 

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