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CAD software speeds up design of industrial machinery

Posted: 10 Feb 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Fujitsu  industrial machinery  CAD  design 

Fujitsu has recently unveiled the latest version of its 3D CAD software for designing industrial machinery. According to the company, the FUJITSU Manufacturing Industry Solution iCAD SX expedites the design of large-scale industrial equipment.

The software package claims to dramatically improve memory usage, greatly reducing the volume of 3D data and allowing files to be processed roughly ten times faster than before. In this way, iCAD SX makes possible parallel design of large-scale equipment comprised of thousands of steel parts and conduits, which previously could not be handled by a single software package due to the large volume of data, indicated the company.

The iCAD SX includes a feature that enables numerical information such as the length and weight of the steel parts and conduits positioned in the machinery to be automatically generated in a single batch of mechanical drawings or forms. It adds a drawing-generation feature that enables the high-speed production of assembly drawings, parts drawings and cutaway diagrams from 3D models. These features can cut lead-times for the development of large-scale industrial machinery by about 40 per cent compared to the previous version, Fujitsu stated.

With iCAD SX, by sharing the memory space for solid data representing identical parts, memory demands are lightened by a factor of nearly 1.3, and file read speeds are enormously accelerated to roughly ten times faster, the company noted. Because file lookup, saving and editing performance have been improved, an entire large-scale industrial machinery system comprised of tens of thousands of parts can be designed in iCAD SX, and tasks such as interference verifications on the machinery, steel parts and conduits can be quickly performed.

For the large number of steel parts and conduits, which can number in the thousands, using models created from 3D CAD conceptual design studies, iCAD SX can automatically generate mechanical drawings or forms, in a single batch, that include information on the length and weight of each steel part piece as well as each conduit connection. Information that previously could not be extracted from 3D models, including information needed for procurement, machining and assembly, such as parts counts that had to be manually performed by checking assembly diagrams and parts diagrams, or such ancillary design work as inserting annotations, is now automatically extracted, making the process more efficient.

The latest version also claims to enhance processing speed for producing drawings from 3D models, meaning it can quickly produce assembly diagrams that can contain tens of thousands of parts. In addition, using intuitive operational steps, it can also easily produce many kinds of drawings, including assembly diagrams, parts diagrams, isometric views, cutaway views and detail views, and when there are design changes, drawings can be updated accordingly as a batch.

The iCAD SX V7L4 is available for about $11,606 (exclusive of tax). The optional conduit design can be had for about $2,523 (exclusive of tax). Shipment of the solutions starts at the end of February 2015.

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