Manufacturers in various industries today are enjoying the convenience and cost-efficiency of computer-aided design or CAD in their product development process. From personal, customized items such as medical prosthetics and jewelry to large-scale production of consumer electronics and devices, CAD has definitely changed the way designers conceptualize and execute their ideas.

Especially with advancements in digital and Internet technologies, CAD software has been greatly enhanced with additional features and functionalities that make the design process even faster and more accurate. The Solidworks 3D CAD software for instance, is one the latest high-tech 3D design and modeling solutions that help businesses streamline product design and enhance manufacturing efficiencies.

If you are thinking how such state-of-the-art CAD software can be an advantage to your business, consider the following benefits:

Increased productivity in the design process. Designers and engineers involved in the design or product development stage can do their work more efficiently—and with more astounding results. Computer-based design frees up the mind and encourages creativity in many ways that traditional drafting is not able to do. Manual pen-and-paper design is not only laborious and cumbersome, it is also not able to entirely capture details down to the minutest level.

Better product design and quality. The ultimate goal of CAD modeling is to test a product in the virtual world before it is produced in reality. CAD software is increasingly becoming sophisticated in terms of realism and visualization, with additional features such as 3D animation, and walkthrough and flythrough functionalities. A wider array of simulation, analysis, and cost target tools are also available to help engineers test and perfect product design and functionality.

More accessible and dynamic documentation. Utilizing digital and Internet technologies does wonders for team collaborations. Designs are easier to study, revise, or update, and files can be shared easily and conveniently, even among individuals in different offices and locations. Efficient archiving of design documents can also be achieved, which helps long-term product development and referencing, especially when such documents are required in the future for after sales services or for the amendment of existing product designs.

Faster production and time-to-market. Computer-aided manufacturing or CAM complements computer-aided design and helps ensure that the detailed vision of the designers are realized on the factory floor. A CAD software ensures that files are converted correctly into the necessary formats and that the integrity of data is preserved. Such data can then be seamlessly integrated with CAM systems in order to achieve efficient manufacturing processes.

Overall cost efficiencies and enhanced profitability. As a business owner, you can realize cost savings in all these different aspects and stages of work, all leading to an improvement in your bottom line. Profit margins are made wider with less expenses on labor, rework, and even wasted or underutilized raw materials. End-customer experience is also improved with excellent and reliable product quality, leading to higher sales.

Invest in the right CAD solutions today

There are many vendors in the market today that offer computer-based design systems, but you should choose one that suits your needs and requirements best. It also depends on the demands of the particular manufacturing industry you are in. Whatever the case, the best vendor is one that offers impeccable after-sales service and support, especially in ensuring that the CAD solution is integrated well into your manufacturing operations.

Making CAD a part of your company processes may require time, effort, and resources, but it is definitely a worthwhile investment that will bring great returns in the long run. Just make sure that as technology progresses, you are able to update your CAD software in order to maximize the benefits you can get from computer-based design and manufacturing. Whatever industry you are in, CAD will surely be of help in more than ways you had imagined.

By Kar

Dr. Kar works in the interface of digital transformation and data science. Professionally a professor in one of the top B-Schools of Asia and an alumni of XLRI, he has extensive experience in teaching, training, consultancy and research in reputed institutes. He is a regular contributor of Business Fundas and a frequent author in research platforms. He is widely cited as a researcher. Note: The articles authored in this blog are his personal views and does not reflect that of his affiliations.