TOPMOLDERS ENGINEERING also provide high quality Solid Modeling services
for our customers...
In addition to offering mold design services Topmolders Engineering
can help with your piece part models. By utilizing the latest release
of Unigraphics mechanical CAD software we can produce 3-D solid models
of your piece part. These models can be developed from your paper drawings
or 2-D CAD data. The models are a 100% correct 3-D representation of
the final piece part showing all detail.
The 3-D solid piece part model can be utilized in a number of ways.
It can be used to develop engineering drawings for the product as well
as technical drawings for literature and maintenance manuals.
By doing so, we are able to design the
mold in 3-D, which allows the toolmaker to produce an accurate tool.
This prevents mistakes due to interpretation of the 2-D data or drawings
as well as reducing the design and build time required to manufacture
The 3-D model can also be used for CAE processes such as mold filling,
cooling, and warpage analysis. Finite element stress analysis can also
be used to determine if the part design and chosen material will meet
the performance criteria required for proper product operation.
Clearance analysis can also be performed if all parts in an assembly
are modeled and mated together. This ensures that the product can be
assembled and will function properly.
If physical models are required the 3-D solid model can be used to develop
a rapid prototype model. This reduces or eliminates the costs normally
associated with making changes to completed tools to correct design
In addition to the technical analysis the 3-D model also has use in
marketing a new product. Photographic renderings based on the 3-D models
can be made to perform market analysis. These models allow people to
see lifelike pictures of the product prior to ever producing any physical
parts. By doing a market analysis based on the 3-D data of a virtual
product the cost and time required to market a new item can be reduced.
All of the above benefits can be used singly or in combination to ensure
that a product functions as intended. This will reduce the time and
cost required getting the product into the market place.