Bringing South Korea’s smart construction vision to life

Bringing South Korea’s smart construction vision to life

The South Korean government is on a mission to bring cutting-edge technology to the construction industry. It’s part of an ambitious smart construction technology roadmap that will see the nation’s civil engineering businesses embrace a combination of cloud computing, building information modeling (BIM), the Internet of Things, big data, drones and robots as we enter a new chapter in human development driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

For Dasan Consultants, this created a great opportunity to build the foundation for a new BIM design approach. The leading Korean engineering and consulting firm specializes in delivering planning, design and construction management services to the global transportation, land, water, environment, energy and plant sectors. Not only did it want to improve its competitive edge and grow its reputation as a national trailblazer, it also wanted to cut down on unnecessary costs while guaranteeing quality, reliability and sustainability.

The company turned to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on cloud to drive its business-wide transformation and make the switch from 2D to 3D. Today, the platform serves as a centralized database to manage data and intellectual property, securely share information with all stakeholders and work on designs company wide, bringing all design and engineering units together. At the same time, Dasan can actively avoid the design errors, incoherence, interference and miscalculation that commonly crop up in traditional 2D drawings.

Dasan used the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to manage the Yangpyung-Icheon Expressway construction project with impressive results.

“This was the first time we used our new BIM design approach in a project,” said Kim Bong-Seok, director at Dasan Consultants. “Our client recognized the excellent quality of the civil engineering design, enabled by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and it meant that we were able to win the next project as well.”

Want to learn more about how Dasan is building on its leading reputation and using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to make 3D BIM a reality? Watch the videos below or read the detailed case study.

This original article was published on Dassault Systèmes’ blog:

How to Accelerate Innovation in Medical Device Product Development: Register for Free Webinar

How to Accelerate Innovation in Medical Device Product Development: Register for Free Webinar

Doctor and medical assistant robot analysis and testing result of DNA on modern virtual interface, science and technology, innovative and future of medical healthcare in laboratory background.From arterial stents to ventilators to monitoring devices, medical device development is incredibly challenging for one fundamental reason: the universe of variations in the human body. Although the aerospace and automotive industries may require the most complex product designs to compete, a Boeing 737 and a Mercedes Sprinter van have the benefit of being nearly identical worldwide. On the other hand, developing a breakthrough insulin delivery device that can be safely operated by both a 14-year-old youth and an arthritic senior alike, can be deceptively difficult.

As if that wasn’t enough, the recent pandemic has replaced the collaborative environments and conveniences of conference rooms and labs with isolated home offices, Zoom calls and Dropbox for many medical device manufacturers not on the Coronavirus frontlines. Businesses that were ahead of the curve in their digital transformation pivoted to remote work without missing a beat, while digital laggards have seen their employees become less productive and more frustrated by the day.

Now that full- or part-time remote work is expected to be an integral part of the “next normal,” medical device manufacturers have a choice to make; integrate digital platforms designed to accelerate product innovation in a world where face-to-face collaboration isn’t guaranteed, or watch your competition leap ahead of you.

Here are three ways digitally transformed medical device developers are accelerating their product innovation in the “next normal.”

All your data in one place

With development teams spread across town or around the world, the need to have all product information available digitally—and immediately accessible to anyone who needs it, without compromising security—is more acute than ever.

Even before the pandemic, product engineers were spending 33% of their time doing nothing but searching for information, collecting data, recreating data and other activities that simply prepared them to get their work done.

Cloud-based collaboration platforms can deliver a significant productivity boost by ensuring every bit of information about your medical devices is stored in one secure, central location where it can be easily found and accessed any time.

These platform-based solutions can increase the innovation, productivity and overall employee engagement of product development teams because they’re free to spend more of their day creating and solving challenges and less time just looking for the information they need to get started.

More robust data platforms for more robust products

Medical devices can be incredibly complex, requiring hardware, software, connectivity and cloud working seamlessly together to deliver the desired value: “a system of systems,” so to speak. Most general business/office applications and legacy development processes aren’t able to scale to meet the growing product complexity, creating the need for the kind of force-fits and workarounds that occur when workers don’t have the right tools for the job.

Leading product developers have migrated away from traditional document-based environments and embraced model-based systems engineering (MBSE). MBSE uses robust 2D and 3D models as the base unit of reference, capable contain all the system requirements, design, analysis, verification, and validation data about the product within them.

The models’ ability to deliver complex, multi-dimensional product information at every phase of the development process:

  • Ensures your developers are always working with the latest, most correct information – “one version of the truth”—anywhere in the world.
  • Integrates ironclad change management protocols by automatically alerting anyone affected by a change to the model, no matter where the change is initiated in the development cycle.
  • Accelerates product development time to market and innovation by empowering developers to reuse proven “off the shelf” models to create new products.

Using simulation to speed development and cut costs

Today’s cloud-based simulation tools allow digitally advanced product developers to run thousands of real-world tests on products in development without the need to create a single physical prototype or conduct a single sheep study, in the case of medical devices.

Given the infinite variety of dimensions, compositions and conditions present within the human body, simulation is a powerful tool for medical device manufacturers looking to develop products that can safely accommodate the widest possible range of patients, users, and applications.

Simulation not only dramatically slashes development costs and time to market compared to physical testing, but it may also reduce the need for sheep studies and human testing in some applications.

Simulation results can also be shared with clinicians, surgeons, nurses, and other users to capture their feedback without the need for costly physical prototyping, further cutting production costs and time to market.

Freed from the resource pressures of prototyping and testing, your development teams will be much more willing and able to unlock their innovative potential and develop more “moon shot” products that revolutionize your areas of opportunity, rather than settling for incremental improvements that are more likely to meet target development metrics.

Taking the next step

If you’re a medical device developer or manufacturer looking for ways to speed your product development, improve your quality and cut your development costs, register for a free webcast, “Quality Management for Medical Devices In Today’s New World” going live on August 27, 2020 at 11:00 am EDT, hosted by Persistent Systems, a certified Value Solutions Partner for Dassault Systèmes.

CLICK HERE to register or find out more.

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]

Shukla Medical case study

Shukla Medical case study


Shukla Medical

Shukla Medical uses its Markforged Metal X system to create surgical instrument prototypes for surgeons to test before production

The Challenge

Shukla Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of aerospace manufacturer S.S. White Technologies, designs and manufactures universal orthopedic implant removal tools such as the Xtract-All® Spine Universal Spinal Implant Removal System (see cover image). Their products are used by surgeons worldwide to efficiently take out old implants before replacing them with new ones — all while preserving the patient’s bone. Most orthopedic implant removal tools are complicated and require a significant amount of time to operate, whereas Shukla Medical’s universal instruments are known for their simple, intuitive design.

Shukla products are engineered for orthopedic surgeons, with time-saving features like quick-connections and multiple extraction options. “It’s generally known that every minute in the operating room is very expensive,” said Zack Sweitzer, Product Development Manager at Shukla Medical. “So any time you can save is extremely helpful.”

Operating room costs can range from $35 to over $100, though it varies based on the hospital and surgical procedure. Shukla’s tools need to be quickly prototyped and tested by orthopedic implant surgeons to check for form and fit before the final product is fabricated. The team initially prototyped the parts using their CNC machine or sent the designs out to a third party, but found that long lead times were presenting major slowdowns in iterating on prototypes and preventing them from quickly getting their product to market.

“Compared to a traditional CNC, you can try more complicated shapes or take more design risks with the Metal X.”

— Adam Gosik-Wolfe, Mechanical Engineer, Shukla Medical

The Solution

Shukla Medical purchased a Markforged 3D printer capable of printing in continuous carbon fiber in 2017, and started using it to prototype their tools instead of using their CNC machine. It was a fantastic addition to the team’s facility. “We put a lot of load on our instruments, and carbon fiber gives them a little more stiffness so it doesn’t feel like it’s a toy,” says Adam Gosik-Wolfe, Mechanical Engineer at Shukla Medical. But Adam and the team wanted something more — they wanted metal prototypes to make it even easier for surgeons to imagine using the tool. Subramanya Naglapura, VP of Operations at Shukla Medical, also saw the potential and advocated for the Metal X’s purchase. After a great experience with their Markforged carbon fiber 3D printer, the team made the decision to add a Metal X system — with full managerial support

Using 17-4 PH Stainless Steel, Shukla Medical was able to prototype in the same material as many of the final products. They now utilize their carbon fiber 3D printer for initial prototypes, and then the Metal X system for the final prototype that goes into the hands of surgeons for evaluation. “The surgeon can envision using it in the actual incision, and can tell us if it feels the right way in their hands,” says Sweitzer. “Being able to prototype more efficiently and get finished products to market more quickly will keep us on the forefront of the industry.” The continuous carbon fiber 3D printer is also used to make soft jaws for any of the Metal X parts that require post processing, making it and the Metal X the ideal 3D printing solution for the team.

“Being able to prototype more efficiently and get finished products to market more quickly will keep us on the forefront of the industry.”

—  Zack Sweitzer, Product Development Manager at Shukla Medical

Looking Ahead

Shukla Medical has significantly reduced their product commercialization time by leveraging the carbon fiber 3D printer and Metal X system. Engineers at S.S. White Technologies — of which Shukla Medical is a subsidiary — often utilize the Markforged printers for tooling and fixtures for the aerospace, automotive, and medical industries. “We’re going to bring a lot more products to market faster with our Markforged printers, and we finally have the design freedom to do it,” says Sweitzer.

Aerospace and Defense: Navigating the Changing Landscape

Aerospace and Defense: Navigating the Changing Landscape

As systems become more complex to design, build and deliver, OEMs and suppliers need to accelerate innovation, drive efficiencies and move to the factory of the future to allow for greater agility on their production rate.

Meeting this demand requires a new way to conceptualize, design, manufacture, test, certify and sustain new air and space vehicles. As a result, companies such as Boeing and Airbus are quickly moving to digitalize their business.

Industry veteran, Anthony Velocci, reveals a comprehensive view of the aerospace & defense industry.
To learn more about this changing landscape and what it means for how aerospace suppliers will work with OEM’s, we invite you to request a copy of the whitepaper, Navigating the Landscape.


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