3D/ CAD model
CAD modelling In the concept phase we have assessed all options in the broad sense, and after carefully selecting the best option we will move towards the 3D modelling phase. We will start building your idea into a 3D virtual model which can work in real life and is suitable to be manufactured. A 3D model or CAD (Computer Aided Design) model has the main advantage that you are able to change and tweak it easily. Besides this, it is used to communicate with 3D printers or factories that will produce your product. Finally, we can do a lot of analysing with 3D software. For example: – Calculate mass and volume – Calculate centre of weight line, this can be done to analyse the stability of a product on a table for instance – Calculate where the weakest link is in a product, this is done not only to optimise strength, but also to not over-engineer a product, so it will save on material costs – Analyse mould-flow, this simulates how the injection moulding process will go to optimise strength and durability of your product.
Rendering Rendering is done to assess the appearance of the product with different colours, textures, reflections, shadows and backgrounds to simulate a photo realistic picture of how the product will look like in real life. This means you can already gain a good impression of what your product is going to look like once finished. Again this is a handy method to save costs, as obviously if you do not like the product once finished, big investments have been made already.
Animation Animations or movements can be made of your products; this is done to assess the movement of an assembly. This is done for: – Marketing reasons, to explain to investors how the product functions. – Analysis to investigate if the product works as it should. For example to investigate the moving of a DVD drive coming out of its player. We do simple animations ourselves, for complicated animations we work together with our talented partners at Victor Animation Studios.