Products introduced at SolidWorks World 2008 conference.
Geometric Software Solutions (www.geometricsoftware.com), a supplier of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) services and technologies now includes its DFMXpress software as a tool in the SolidWorks 2008 software package.
This tool is fully integrated into SolidWorks, and gives designers insight into the cost-effective manufacturability of their designs.
The company said DFMXpress accelerates and enriches the entire design through manufacturing process by automating the iterative design process via a series of rules-based checks for manufacturability.
Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is a technology framework developed for designers by Geometric that facilitates upstream manufacturability validation and identification of areas of a design that are difficult, expensive or impossible to machine.
DFM is engineered to advise the designer on common problems that are faced in the manufacturing process. It is based on Geometric’s Manufacturing Feature Recognition technology, and leverages SolidWorks Intelligent Feature Technology (SWIFT) and manufacturing tolerances.
DFMXpress features include:
Explanations and recommendations that help designers identify and rectify manufacturing feasibility issues.
Basic set of rules for drilling, milling, turning.
Configurable rules parameters.
And an integrated and designer-centric graphical user interface.
“DFMXpress is perfect for the designer who needs manufacturability analysis, but is not necessarily a manufacturing expert,” Mike Coleman, chief executive officer of Geometric’s Desktop Products & Technologies Business Unit, said.
“Finding errors and correcting possible manufacturing problems during the design stage is the optimal way to achieve high quality and cost effective products,” he added.
As analysis needs change, DFMXpress customers can switch from DFMXpress to Geometric’s more powerful DFM products:
DFM Pro is engineered for designers who want greater in-depth examination of product manufacturability. DFM Pro includes all the features of DFMXpress plus advanced design rules for manufacturing processes like milling, drilling, turning and sheetmetal fabrication. It also contains rules to process manufacturing tolerances specified using SolidWorks SWIFT technology. DFM Pro is available as an add-on to SolidWorks 2007 and later.
DFM Enterprise involves the customization and integration of DFM Pro into a company’s own environment to enable fully optimized workflows and optimal cost-effective product design processes. DFM Enterprise can support multiple CAD platforms and geometry kernels.