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Save Time - Automate FAI Documentation

The First Article Inspection documentation process can be daunting and time-consuming. Think about all of the time that goes into measuring properties and geometries of parts. In the occasion that a part is off by half a millimeter, a hole is a hair too far to the right, the color is indigo blue 2 instead of blue 1, or the part is stiffer than specified, time has to be taken to correct these issues. Even more time is spent resubmitting the parts for First Article Inspection and documentation. Imagine how much easier the inspection process would be if this were automated. So much precious time and energy could be saved and redirected towards more productive things.

Seriously, think of everything on your to-do list. How many things could you cross off with the gift of time bequeath by automated FAI documentation? For all of those workaholics out there having trouble envisioning it, the folks at CADimensions have assembled some great examples. Here are our top ten:

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Inspection Process at RotaDyne

As a member of the sales team at CADimensions, I’m responsible for making sure I put the right products in the hands of customers. Part of ensuring that our customers are happy with their purchase, I like to follow up with them after they’ve used the software for some time. I’ve recently had a chance to speak with Sean Davies, the lead engineer from RotaDyne, in Rochester, NY, about their quality process and how they have been using SOLIDWORKS Inspection over the past year.

For some background, RotaDyne is one of the largest manufacturers of rollers, roll coverings and related products in the world. It addition to manufacturing state-of-the-art rollers, the company has specialty divisions focusing on decorative arts, precision machining and formulated and proprietary molded products. Their division in Rochester primarily focuses on molded and machined products.

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New Paperless Environments with Model Based Definition

Sometimes I like to sit back and reflect on how much more we utilize our 3D models throughout product lifecycles, compared to let’s say a decade ago. We use our 3D models for renderings, analysis, communication, documentation, inspection and so much more. And why not? With the amount of engineering time it took to put into the design and careful 3D CAD creation of the product, it would be a shame to only use it to create a 2D print. In my opinion, this has been the single most important reason why companies choose SOLIDWORKS for their designs. The question becomes, can we utilize the 3D CAD data and do away with 2D prints? I believe the answer is finally, yes!

MBD

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