Model the Parts in 3D
After initial sketches and discussions to define project goals, the mechanical design process begins by modeling any and all parts in 3D CAD. With AMD this step includes parametric modeling and design for manufacturability. The latter requires experienced designers, with broad knowledge of various manufacturing processes, and appropriate tolerances for each. AMD has over 25 years of professional engineering design and detailing experience.
Assemble the Parts IN CAD
The parts are then assembled in the CAD environment to ensure proper fit, function, and look. Any assembly issues such as static or dynamic interference can be detected and solved prior to fabricating and testing the design. This 3D modeling phase is the most cost-effective time to address any potential issues and balance the design goals.
Animate the Assembly, if NEEDED
Assemblies can be animated to operate just like in real life, resulting in videos. But unlike in real life these videos can be cross-section views or include transparent or missing parts for enhanced viewing. This digital prototyping, before any parts are fabricated, becomes an effective means of achieving project goals on the first physical prototype build.