The rise of CAD / CAM software primarily defines the current manufacturing era. While blueprints and dimensional charts are still widely used as reference guides, modern manufacturers rely on software to design prototypes and simulate casting processes.
One of the first steps in the cast part development process is to create a 3D model. From there, engineers can improve the part shape, simulate a variety of casting processes and materials and troubleshoot difficult manufacturing scenarios. You can find the best metal casting software via online.
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When done right, CAD/CAM software enables foundries to solve all the problems of casting in the virtual world, before pouring any metal. The results are cost savings for the customer, time savings for everyone, and reduction of overall waste.
If a customer provides a 2D blueprint illustrating their proposed casting, the foundry can input that dimensional data into 3D modeling software like Solid Edge, SolidWorks, or Cimatron. If the customer simply describes the part or provides a list of dimensions, foundry engineers can create 3D models based on that information as well.
Many of these existing parts contain flaws, prompting the customer to seek a new supplier. Even if the parts already function as desired, the best foundries will seek to improve upon the product to offer a better appearance, greater durability, or cost savings.