Ace Manufacturing Systems Ltd.
Advancing CNC Machine Design with SOLIDWORKS Solutions
Eliminating Design Errors, Improving Machine PerformanceUsing SOLIDWORKS design and analysis tools for machine development, AMS has reduced design errors substantially, minimizing time-consuming, costly retrofits and rework on the production floor by generating mistake-free drawings. “Leveraging dynamic motion and animation tools in SOLIDWORKS, we can better visualize how every machine component will function in 3D before we release designs to manufacturing,” Kannappan explains. “This enables us to identify interference and collision issues, and then quickly adapt the design to provide the necessary clearances. “Our customers also want to see a machine in 3D before signing off on the design,” Kannappan adds. “With SOLIDWORKS, we not only can show them the machine design but also demonstrate the machine footprint—or footprints for multiple machines—on the factory floor. To support this, we’ve incorporated SOLIDWORKS eDrawings® of machine designs into our design approval process, so customers can review machine designs in detail even if they don’t have SOLIDWORKS software.”
Developing Machines in Less TimeBecause SOLIDWORKS software has helped AMS dramatically reduce design errors, the company can design and manufacture better-performing machines in half the time. “Greater design accuracy translates into less scrap and rework, which saves both time and money,” Kannappan stresses. “It also results in faster machine development and delivery. “Before we implemented SOLIDWORKS, it would take about six months to design, manufacture, and assemble a machine,” Kannappan continues. “With SOLIDWORKS, we’ve reduced machine development to four months by eliminating the wasted effort, time, and costs surrounding the need to rework designs after machines are already in production. With faster development times, we’ve increased our throughput to 800 to 1,000 machines per year, compared to the three machines that AMS produced annually during its first year.”
Simulation Drives Design OptimizationIn addition to utilizing SOLIDWORKS software to improve design accuracy and accelerate machine development, AMS relies on SOLIDWORKS simulation tools to optimize designs for weight, strength, and material usage, contributing to improved machine performance and development cost reductions. “With SOLIDWORKS simulation capabilities, we gain valuable design insights that allow us to optimize designs and boost performance,” Kannappan says. “For example, we run a motion analysis to assess how a mechanism works, then use that information to drive linear static stress and deflection analyses. “The result is that our machines weigh less and use less material, yet are stronger and more rigid, – through the optimal use of material and resources,” Kannappan notes. “SOLIDWORKS integrated FEA has given us the tools we need to shorten cycle times and improve machine performance considerably.”
Transition from 2D design tools to a 3D development platform for producing CNC machining systems to shorten design cycles, reduce errors, and improve interactions with customers.
Implement SOLIDWORKS Professional design and SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis software.
- Cut machine development time dramatically
- Reduced design errors substantially
- Improved design visualization and interactions with customers
- Optimized designs for weight, strength, and material usage
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Professional