5 ways the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the Cloud can transform a startup

5 ways the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the Cloud can transform a startup

Something that I observed while working as a startup consultant, both in technology and outside of it, was the absence of a comprehensive solution to overcome organizational silos.

CEOs often had no way of tracking the real-time progress of multiple projects without walking over for a conversation or sending out an email. CTOs would divert their attention away from innovation to solve infrastructural challenges like ensuring that remote designers had access to the necessary tools and data files.  Collaboration, while very much part of the culture, was limited to team meetings followed by multiple emails about the same.

While these challenges are not limited to startups, the demanding ecosystem within which a startup needs to innovate, accentuates the need for a solution. And in a time of a global health crisis like we are currently facing, having tools to track a team’s projects from anywhere and for those teams to effectively collaborate regardless of location is vital to running a business of any size.

The Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the Cloud is a holistic solution for startups in any industry to overcome multiple levels of silos and bring their focus back to innovation. It is an all–in-one Cloud solution that combines IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform being at the center of the experience. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform brings together industry leading solutions for all aspects of your business in the form of applications on your ‘dashboard’ and powers them with Cloud computing. From project planning to manufacturing, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is the single source of truth to manage and track all business activities across multiple teams in real time.

From ideation to execution, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides you with the right solution at the right time, all through your web browser.

Below are 5 ways how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can bring value to your startup:

No more worrying about IT

A startup’s resources are far too valuable to spend significant capital on buying servers and managing them. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the Cloud is secured, maintained and updated by Dassault Systèmes, with dedicated 24/7 customer service. It takes less than 25 minutes to set up a new user, and its functionality can be scaled up or down as per your team’s requirements. No more worrying about not having enough infrastructure or paying for infrastructure that you don’t need.

Tools you need, when you need them

With the largest portfolio of applications available on any PaaS, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a one-stop solution for everything from data management and project management to 3D design, advanced simulations and manufacturing. It includes industry-leading Dassault Systèmes solutions like CATIAENOVIASIMULIA and DELMIA. By choosing the ‘roles’ best suited to your scope of work, you can access the applications best suited to your specific requirements and can even add or remove them on demand. Since these applications are all on the Cloud, you no longer need to worry about space and computing power on your hardware.

Social Collaboration

The 3DSWYM application allows you to create and comment on posts within online communities on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Here you can share ideas, progress reports, media content and data files across different teams within your startup – and also  your customers! You can manage the access to each community to ensure that the information shared is protected and viewed only by its intended audience. The ENOVIA Project Planner application allows you to create and take ownership of or assign tasks to your team members and track their progress in real time.  You can also comment on tasks to provide updated details about the same.

Sharing and viewing data files has never been easier

Applications like 3DDrive and 3DPlay allow users to save, share and view high resolution renderings of files created in Dassault Systèmes solutions like CATIA and SOLIDWORKS. There is no more sifting through files to find the required parts; they can all be accessed through 3DEXPERIENCE platform where they are displayed as 3D models. This eliminates file and part redundancy and increases efficiency in project completion.  Not a product designer? No problem. Applications like 3D Drive and Media links allow anyone to store and display all types of media content.

3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace

Need something to be 3D printed but don’t know anyone who can do it? The 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace allows you to find service providers for all your design and manufacturing needs through the very same platform. You can check the availability of parts with your manufacturer and update your designs accordingly in a seamless manner. Manage your relationships with different vendors and suppliers through the same platform in which your product is being designed.

 

Interested in seeing how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the Cloud can help your company?

Contact us and check out our special startup pricing to begin transforming your ideas into reality today.

Markforged video Lean production

Markforged video Lean production

Learn how Saskatoon-based metal fabrication company Lean Machine has used 3D printing for production. Lean Machine specializes in custom machining primarily for the commercial transportation and mining sector. The company had previously used heavy duty steel tooling, which they would usually make in-house.

This was not a scalable option for the company, as they found they were spending a large amount of time on internal tooling instead of on customer parts.

To keep costs down and reduce the wear and tear on parts, the team turned to Markforged 3D printing technology for lean production. “We found Markforged by researching for the best printers out there for commercial and industrial quality printing,” says Josh Grasby, R&D Engineer at Lean Machine.

Lean Machine has since created 3D printed sheet metal bending dies using Markforged carbon fiber material, and found the 3D printed parts haven’t experienced any marring when coming in contact with metal parts.

The team also has 3D printed metal grippers for their robotic arms, saying “the metal printed parts look nicer than most machined parts.” The company has also seen a lot of success in 3D printed fixtures, tools, and several other parts to keep things efficient while keeping costs down. Learn more about how Lean Machine has used 3D printing to improve its production cycle.

How Long Until We See Autonomous Vehicles On The Road?

How Long Until We See Autonomous Vehicles On The Road?

The dream of fully autonomous Level 5 vehicles is not far from realization. Top automakers have various predictions ranging from later this year up to next decade for when they might be hitting the roads. These vehicles have the long-term potential to disrupt the entire transportation industry, all the way from individual personal vehicles to trucking fleets operating in an expansive supply chain. Plus autonomous vehicles can be aligned with the trend of mobility as a service; for example, the rise in popularity of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft could eventually lead to robo-taxis.

Dassault Systèmes is helping to realize this dream. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is closely involved in accelerating the time to market for many autonomous vehicle manufacturers including both established automotive veterans and start-ups alike. Dassault Systèmes software can simulate different scenarios on the road, then the results can be incorporated into the vehicle design and production process for additional safety. Using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, motor manufacturers are able to better design, produce, test and maintain driverless cars.

There are many reasons why autonomous vehicle technology is an appealing option, first and foremost – it promises to reduce vehicle injuries and fatalities due to human driver error. The statistics on human drivers show there is serious room for improvement on the safety front. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 94 percent of crashes involve human error, meaning that this technology has the potential to save lives. There are also many distracted, drowsy, inebriated or simply inept human drivers on the roads today and the consequences are serious. The artificial intelligence built into the current driving systems has a great deal of room to expand and may eventually help to deal with the unpredictability of human drivers who will likely still be on the roads for the foreseeable future. Also from a sustainability perspective, autonomous vehicles can be designed to be more fuel-efficient and reduce traffic congestion.

There is the final hurdle of infrastructure development that needs to take place before there can be a full roll out of AV technology. For instance, there could be geofencing put in place to assist vehicles in navigation as well as more robust IoT connectivity to traffic lights and road signage. For drivers, not needing to concentrate on the road opens up valuable extra time for work and relaxation. In turn this might expand the range that people decide to travel for their job, vacation or even allow them greater access to more distant healthcare facilities. Three hours in the car might be more appealing if the occupant can sleep, read, or catch up on their favorite streaming show.

Read more on The Future of Connected Cars and if you are interested in learning more watch the CES 2020: Key Takeaways on the Future of Mobility.

This original article was published on the Dassault Systemes website : https://blogs.3ds.com/northamerica/how-long-until-we-see-autonomous-vehicles-on-the-road/
Guhring UK Case Study

Guhring UK Case Study

 

Guhring UK

Guhring UK 3D printed a milling cutter body, brazed industrial-grade diamond tips to the top of it, and qualified the tool by successfully reaming aluminum — and it worked.

Opening Up New Revenue Streams with Additive Manufacturing

The Challenge

Founded in 1973, Guhring UK — the Birmingham-based subsidiary of the Guhring Group — manufactures precision cutting tools. The company began as a stockholder of the more standardized cutting and milling tools. Today Guhring UK manufactures bespoke cutting and milling tools for some of the world’s largest companies, including BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Airbus, and BAE Systems. Guhring’s expertise in manufacturing carbide and polycrystalline diamond (PCD) cutting tools is world-renowned. Their range of PCD tools are made-to-order to suit customer requirements, and are manufactured by brazing ultra high-hardness industrial-grade diamond cutting tips onto bespoke hardened tool steel bodies.

Each piece of special tooling Guhring UK makes needs to first be designed and approved by the customer. Depending on the size and complexity of the component, special tooling can take up to eight weeks to design, test, and manufacture in-house — and the work can’t even start on the tool until the design is approved. Smaller manufacturers with less volume can’t justify the costs or lead time for special tools. “As we started looking at supplying smaller volume customers, it became an issue,” says Alan Pearce, PCD Production Supervisor at Guhring UK. This led the company to look into additive manufacturing as an option to open up new revenue streams, reduce lead times for existing ones, and manage timelines for smaller customers.

The engineers at Guhring UK have been able to rapidly prototype cutting tools in composite materials before printing them in metal.

“We certainly like to think that we’re well on the road to being a factory of the future.”

— Alan Pearce, PCD Production Supervisor, Guhring UK

The Solution

The team looked into 3D printing to make their products and services accessible to a wider variety of businesses — especially the smaller ones. “The idea was to make the prototype cost and iterative cycle time come right down,” says Pearce. They teamed up with local Markforged partner Mark3D UK to find the best 3D printer for their needs, and decided upon a Markforged  Metal X system as well as a Markforged continuous fiber 3D printer for customer samples and plant maintenance. The company then started to use its carbon fiber 3D printer to manufacture low-volume special tool prototypes, and quickly turned to metal 3D printing to produce functional tooling. “We can now make a one-off production part and supply it to a customer in less than one-third of the time and at a lower cost,” says Pearce.

metal 3D printed tool
Guhring UK has sent metal 3D printed tools to customers to test new concepts.

The first 3D printed tool Guhring UK made was a basic milling cutter using H13 Tool Steel. “Within one day, we had designed and printed a tool in Onyx [nylon mixed with chopped carbon fiber], and we could immediately see if we were going to come up against any problems in manufacturing it. Within five days, we had printed and sintered a fully functional metal cutter body. Using Markforged 3D printers just speeds up everything.” After adding the cutting tips, Guhring qualified the milling cutter by testing it initially as an aluminum reamer, and found that it performed extremely well. The engineers then changed the configuration of the tool-tip geometry and ran the 3D printed tool as a milling cutter to test its capabilities, with an off-centre loading. This too worked exactly as planned. The 3D printed tool is 60% lighter than its traditional predecessor, which allows for faster tool changes in cycles and a reduction in cycle times. This application discovery has allowed the company to produce more versatile, lightweight tools for its customers at a far lower price.

“From verifying the tool’s design to printing the tool, we can vastly reduce the lead time with 3D printing, as opposed to manually machining the parts.”

— Alan Pearce, PCD Production Supervisor, Guhring UK

Tool tips were fixed to the 3D printed body before being ground to the required shape.

Looking Ahead

Guhring UK now has the ability to service smaller businesses, making their product and services  more accessible. Engineers at the company have even started experimenting with 3D printed coolant pathways — one of the first Markforged customers to do so. The extra money Guhring UK has saved by adding Markforged 3D printers won’t be going to waste, with Pearce saying that any savings made will be “reinvested back into the company so we can continue growing and supplying bigger and better products to our customers.” As for the extra time saved, Pearce says it will be redeployed into the fabrication of production parts. The addition of the Markforged 3D printers has already allowed engineers to free up their 5-axis mills and conventional technology to produce other revenue-generating parts, boosting the company’s earnings.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]