Do You Know Which Design Cost Less?
We normally think of optimization in terms of reducing mass or increasing performance of a product, but often the underlying goal is to reduce product cost while achieving a target performance. Product cost may be a function of many factors such as material type, amount of material used, manufacturing process, number of parts, assembly details, and more. The relationship between cost and design variables (e.g., shape, material, gauge thickness, location of features, etc.) is highly implicit. In other words, it is often difficult to understand the direct effect that changing one or more variables will have on cost. But mathematical design optimization has the ability to efficiently explore these complex relationships. For this reason, a powerful tool for achieving a cost effective product design is essential. It is tempting to reduce design complexity by focusing on just one type of design variable. For example, cost reduction efforts may consider only reducing gauge thickness, or changing material type, or changing shape
to reduce material usage. By themselves, any of these approaches may yield some benefit in terms of cost reduction. But the biggest cost savings are usually achieved by taking advantage of the strong coupling among shape, material properties, gauge thickness, and other variables. Further, the least expensive material may not always lead to the lowest cost design, since performance and mass are often strongly affected by a change in material. Simultaneously optimizing the distribution and type of material within each component is the best way to achieve both high performance and low cost Benefits
- Expected costs and the expected output of your product.
- Different materials or constructions developing creative solutions,
- Checking alternative concepts and more often than not unconventional approaches move you on to a break-through.
SIM Technologies Pvt Ltd being an Authorized Reseller for SolidWorks can address this scope with automatic cost estimation tools that is fully integrated with 3D CAD, enabling designers and engineers to continuously check their designs against cost targets. Easily monitor manufacturing costs as you design, thereby, avoiding costly redesigns and production delays later on. Manufacturers can also utilize SolidWorks cost estimation tools to automate their quoting process. Cost estimation and quoting capabilities include:
- Automatic Manufacturing Cost Estimation and Quoting/Design for Cost — Assess manufacturing cost for sheet metal and machined parts in real time as you design, with automatic updates every time the design is changed
- Customizable Manufacturing Settings — Customize costing inputs based on company and regional conditions
- Design optimization for cost, function and environmental impact — Change your design, remove material, or change material based on the results generated by simulation tools included with SolidWorks 3D CAD software.