Learn about the benefits of incorporating 3D modeling software into your product design workflow, including real-time collaboration and more.
With advances in design and 3D CAD software, prototypes can now easily come alive on a computer screen.
3D modeling has resolved many shortcomings associated with outdated processes and has increased functionality across design teams. Why you need 3D product configuration? Let’s explore a few ways in which 3D modeling and 3D CAD software have vastly improved the design process.
3D Modeling is often the precursor to formal prototyping, which included the manufacturing of physical iterations years ago. Traditional 2D modeling makes it difficult to get a true feel for a design’s form factor.
This forces designers to manufacture prototype after prototype to reflect every noteworthy design change. Thus resulting in heavy resource costs, which magnify at scale when developing multiple products simultaneously.
Ultimately, companies would likely prefer to save these raw materials for actual production. Not replenish them over time.
Modern 3D modeling breathes life into concepts. Designers can manipulate their models and inspect them from every angle. Teams are no longer restricted to “flat” design, making it much easier to evaluate tweaks without expending resources.
Easier Flaw Recognition
Building upon easy manipulation and spotting design weaknesses becomes much easier when people can apply other layers (and tests) to designs. Take stress mapping, for example, where colored topography highlights areas of concern.
This is key for products exposed to different stressors like heat, pressure, and torsion. Today’s designs incorporate a variety of different geometries — complex shapes are the new norm. Unfettered inspection of models allows designers to inspect every nook and cranny of a design, ensuring each imperfection is identifiable and correct for the next iteration.