Engineering and Product Development

What is new in software engineering & product development.

Software engineers have in the recent past developed software that is vastly assisting engineers, architects and construction (EAC) professionals in their drafting, drawing, modeling and prototyping.

In the past, EAC experts used two-dimensional drawings to draft and draw their engineering products. This form of drawing did not allow the professionals to model and prototype their designs with ease. They had to go the extra cost of making physical models and prototypes.

However, software engineers have developed software that are enabling the EAC professionals to draft, draw, model and test an engineering product by the click of the mouse. This software is known as 3D drawing software.

While the traditional 2D drawing involved surface modeling, 3D drawing entails solid modeling of engineering designs. Below is a discussion of why you should go for the 3D rendering software.

  • 3D rendering software shortens the design cycle by about 45% since 3D modeling using the software eliminates the need for physical prototypes.
  • In 2D drawing, the generation of BOM entirely relies on the mental visualization of the designer. Therefore, human errors put quantifying of parts at risk. However, with the 3D drawing software, the bill of materials is generated automatically, and thus there are minimal cases of incorrect part quantities.
  • 3D modeling removes design ambiguity. 2D modeling uses several projection views to define a component, but in most cases, the design engineers are forced to leave out some elements of this component to maintain drawing clarity leading to ambiguity. This is not the case for 3D drawing.
  • 3D rendering software makes sending of drawings electronically convenient, making sharing simple.
  • In 2D, drawings are prone to human errors since the designer retains much of the information mentally. The brain cannot visualize fit and form to exact scale and hence the errors in 2D. With 3D drawings, all the information is in the drawing and hence the time delays and financial cost associated with rework because of these errors is minimal.
  • 3D modeling significantly improves the communication of the intended design. When using 2D designs and drawings, non-technical people cannot interpret the design, and they have to wait for a prototype. However, with 3D modeling software, you can get pictorial views and projections all at once, and it is thus easy to understand design intent.