Attention engineers! There’s an easier way to conduct Tolerance Analysis for your CAD designs.
Transforming CAD designs into real and tangible parts is not only rewarding on a personal level but also professionally fulfilling. It combines creativity, problem-solving, and hands-on experience, all culminating in the sense of accomplishment that comes from creating something real from an abstract concept.
However, as you already know, physical parts deviate from the idealized representation (the design model) due to many different challenges and manufacturing constraints. Tolerance analysis involves assessing the impact of variations in dimensions, geometries, and other parameters on the final product’s performance and functionality. By utilizing Tolerance Analysis, designers ensure proper fit and alignment of the product components.
Improve Quality & Design Innovation
If the goal is to improve quality and design innovation, enable your engineers to perform comprehensive tolerance stack-up analysis. Traditionally this process is a massive pain i.e. repetitive trial-and-error tasks and tedious testing. This part of the design process can be frustrating and often slows down design teams. However, it doesn’t have to be this way!
The PTC Creo EZ Tolerance Analysis Extension is a dynamic computer-aided engineering (CAE) tool powered by leading Sigmetrix technology. This extension helps designers by creating a faster, more intuitive workflow to assess the impact of dimensional specifications on your product designs before prototypes or production.
The software provides algorithms to help engineers identify the optimal tolerance values that meet the design objectives while considering various constraints. This aids in making informed decisions and reducing the time spent on manual analysis and evaluations.
By considering these variations even earlier in the design process, engineers can make more informed decisions to ensure that the final product will perform as intended. Cheers to reinforcing Closed Loop Manufacturing!
The Positive Business Outcomes of Using EZ Tolerance Analysis
Below is a high-level overview of the positive business outcomes this PTC solution proves to provide for manufacturing companies:
- Speed time to market
- Mitigate risk
- Improve productivity
- Reduce costs by reducing rework and scrap
How EZ Tolerance Analysis Makes Your Workflow Less Stressful
Intuitive User Interface
Achieve your goals efficiently with minimal frustration. The EZ Tolerance Analysis extension’s user-friendly UI enables you to maintain a flow and continue work without disruptions as it is integrated into the familiar Creo environment. This mitigates any steep learning curve and helps with productivity to get new users up and running quickly and confidently. If you need help getting set up with the technology, give us a shout. We can help maximize your workforce capabilities and your technology investment.
The EZ Tolerance Analysis software provides tools and features to manage complex designs efficiently. It offers intuitive interfaces and workflows that simplify processes regarding defining tolerance features. The extension extracts relevant information directly from your CAD models, reducing manual effort and potential errors. Visual dashboards: say goodbye to tedious spreadsheets.
Problem Identification and Resolution
No more flying blind, EZ Tolerance Analysis provides visualizations and statistical outputs that enable engineers to identify potential issues and bottlenecks in the assembly or system. After pinpointing problematic areas, engineers can devise effective solutions – such as adjusting tolerances, redesigning components, or modifying manufacturing processes.
Quick Iterative Design Refinement
Perform your “what-if” scenarios quickly and accurately. Using Sigmetrix technology, get immediate feedback on the effects of tolerance adjustments and trade-off analysis. Engineers can quickly refine and optimize tolerances based on the analysis results, reducing the time required for iterations.
The software facilitates collaboration among multidisciplinary teams involved in the design and manufacturing process. Easily share tolerance analysis data, models, and reports via HTML reports to ensure everyone comprehensively understands design intent and can make informed decisions. Visual and data-backed reports can be shared with the shop floor, suppliers, or other stakeholders, facilitating effective communication and collaboration. Providing clear documentation helps to minimize misunderstandings and costly mistakes, saving time and effort in the design and manufacturing process.
Standards and Specifications Compliance
Ensure compliance with built-in libraries of industry standards and specifications. Engineers can access these libraries to ensure that defined tolerances comply with the relevant standards. Ensure compliance with ASME and ISO standards for your designs and create products that align precisely with customer requirements while operating within acceptable tolerances. This feature helps streamline the process of defining tolerance features by providing pre-defined templates and guidelines that match industry requirements.
Overall, EZ Tolerance Analysis empowers engineers to make data-driven decisions, reduce uncertainty, and enhance the efficiency and quality of the design and manufacturing process. It aids in achieving design objectives, meeting customer requirements, and delivering reliable and cost-effective products.
Back-Up Your cad Designs with Stack-Up Analysis
The technology performs comprehensive tolerance stack-up analysis by applying two methods for increased accuracy and precision- worst-case analysis and statistical analysis.
Worst-Case Analysis: Worst-case analysis, commonly employed for critical components, examines the scenario where each component in the stack-up attains its maximum acceptable measurement.
Statistical Analysis: On the other hand, statistical analysis utilizes statistical distribution models to represent the variation of each component. These distributions are then combined to predict the overall distribution of the assembly measurement.
Related Technologies To Use With Tolerance Analysis
Combine Tolerance Analysis with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) to ensure your designs comply with ASME and ISO standards. Or take your designs even further to contain all the data needed to define the product with model-based definition (MBD). With MBD, your model becomes the source authority across the enterprise. The outcome is shorter product development cycles, reduced costs, and enhanced product quality.
PTC continues its investments in enhancing simulation-driven design and generative design with the new Creo 10. Some new features include Rotational Symmetry, Mass Point Constraints, and Remote Loads. Additionally, Creo Simulation Live now includes Contact Simulation options and improved options for fluid and structural results. Creo Flow Analysis and Creo Simulation now have better animation and multibody support.
For more Simulation and Analysis, we also recommend PTC’s Creo Simulation Advanced powered by Ansys technology. The brand-new Creo Ansys Simulation Advanced analyzes nonlinear contact and materials, with combined thermal and structural analysis. For more information about the latest release of Creo 10 check out the blog here.
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How it works
Creo Generative Design Extension (GDX) is a cloud-based solution that generates close to manufacturing-ready designs based on a set of engineering parameters. By utilizing GDX, designers can simultaneously generate a set of multiple design results with different materials and manufacturing constraints. The extension can consider a wide range of factors, including materials, manufacturing processes, and performance requirements to generate designs that are optimized based on constraints and requirements.
Additionally, the Generative Design Extension takes all the benefits of the Creo Generative Topology Optimization (GTO) and extends them with cloud-powered computing. GTO automatically generates optimized designs based on established constraints, including material or manufacturing process, and removes excess material without sacrificing strength. With GDX, users can add multiple design criteria and multiple materials for each design, which enables them to explore more design alternatives, leading to better design outcomes
Benefits of Creo Generative Design Extension
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Improved Design Quality: the Creo Generative Design Extension can help to improve design quality by providing a larger set of design alternatives, enabling users to explore more design criteria with multiple materials options. This allows for more optimized designs and more efficient use of materials, leading to higher quality, lower cost solutions
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One of the key benefits of Creo Generative Design Extension is its ability to spark innovation. By generating design options that may not have been considered otherwise, designers can explore new possibilities and push the boundaries of what is possible. This can lead to breakthroughs in product design and ultimately, greater success in the marketplace.
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Design Workflows Enabled by Creo Generative Design Extension
Creo Generative Design Extension enables users to design complex parts in a single step. It can be used for topology optimization and parametric modeling, including:
- Modeling of high-performance structures using topology optimization techniques
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Integration of Creo Generative Design Extension with Other Tools
Creo Generative Design Extension is a seamless extension to the Creo Parametric environment. It allows product designers to use the tools and workflows they are familiar with, while providing access to advanced generative design capabilities.
Integration with CAD and CAE tools: The integration between Creo Generative Design Extension and other tools provides an opportunity for users to analyze their designs in more detail before manufacturing begins. This can be done by importing data from other systems into Creo Generative Design Extension where it is analyzed using simulation tools such as FEA or CFD (computational fluid dynamics). These simulations help identify any potential issues with your product before committing resources towards making prototypes or manufacturing parts for testing purposes.
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Real-World Applications of Creo Generative Design Extension
Creo Generative Design Extension can be used for a variety of applications, including:
- Consumer electronics
Future of Creo Generative Design Extension
The future of Creo Generative Design Extension is bright. We will continue to work with our partners to integrate the extension with simulation and analysis tools, making it easier for you to model your designs before manufacturing them.
The Creo Generative Design Extension is a powerful tool that allows you to create designs with more flexibility and efficiency than ever before. With this extension, you can easily create parts that meet your specific needs without having to worry about the time involved in creating them manually or using other tools.
As Creo Generative Design Extension continues to evolve, it is poised to revolutionize the way we approach product design and innovation.