Engineering calculations can be derived from the model such as mass, centre of gravity and volume. Parts can be placed in an assembly and checked for clashing with adjacent parts.
All solid models can be combined together to form complex assemblies. These can be labeled and the parts identified for the creation of parts lists and assembly instructions. Sectional views and enlarged detail views can be created. Breakaway views can also be derived.
3D virtual models can be animated just like the real thing to show articulated movement or how it is assembled.
3D Solid Modelling
3D virtual models. We use a computer to create virtual models of concept ideas, manufactured assembly's, and manufactured parts. The virtual model has the ability to project 2D drawing views (plans and elevations) to enable manufacture using conventional manufacturing techniques. In some cases the computer file can be read by special machinery that can produce a replica of the virtual model.
Tables can be associated with the model so that multiple versions of common parts can be created. For example. In the 3D model represented below, dimensions can be allocated as x, and y to represent the bore and stroke of the cylinder. The 3D model changes size accordingly, and the 2D manufacturing drawings change automatically to reflect this.
2D Computer Aided Design (CAD)
We modify 2D CAD drawings from supplied CAD files.
We create 2D schematic and electrical diagrams from scratch. ie Power circuits, Lighting circuits, Data.
We overlay electrical, piping, and control circuits onto clients drawings.
We modify existing 2D CAD drawings.
Although we can create new 2D drawings from scratch such as plans and elevations, we usually create these directly from 3D CAD. This is because all the drawing views including detail and section views update automatically when the 3D CAD model changes.
See 3D CAD section for more info.
Using virtual models enables an infinite number of details to be created using just one model. You are not tied to a predefined view of an object. Transparency can be applied to outer surfaces, so that the inside workings can be visible. Virtual lighting and camera are used to create the final image.
We offer a variety of rendering types allowing a choice of how your images are displayed, this is available for both single image renders and animations.