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3 reasons why 2D alone design hinders manufacturing

Two-dimensional (2D) drawings have played a major role in product design and manufacturing, and still play an important part today. Yet, 2D drawings can’t always cut it in a 3D world. 

2D drawings can provide a good understanding of how a product will function and what tolerances and dimensions are required to ensure fit and functionality.

The challenge is that 2D drawings have a few drawbacks that can hinder the manufacturing process within an organisation. This is where 3D design comes into its own.

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Topics: 3D Master, Dassault Systemes, CATIA, CATIA 3D Master

3 ways a 3D approach improves your design and manufacturing

For years, 2D drawings have played a significant part of the design and manufacturing process. They’ve provided vital information on the tolerances and dimensions required for fit and functionality of a part. Yet 2D drawings are struggling to keep up with the pace of design and manufacturing in industry today. 

Taking a 3D approach to design and manufacturing is highly effective in helping organisations to stay ahead of competition compared to a 2D approach, providing cost and time savings amongst other significant advantages.

So here’s 3 ways a 3D approach overcomes the challenges of a 2D approach in design and manufacturing.

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Topics: 3D Master

3 Ways CATIA 3D Master Can Improve Your Product Development

2D drawings can be a bit of a handful to work with. When you have multiple 2D drawings of the same product, all of the planes can be stacked on top of one another. This makes it very difficult to create accurate 2D drawings, which is a real pain when you’re trying to show off the key features of the part you’re trying to build.

Today, 90% of manufacturing companies still use 2D drawings as the main reference point for dimensions, tolerances and annotations. Yet when design changes need to be made to the 2D drawing and the parts list, these datasets may go out of sync with each other leading to costly delays in product development. And before you know it, one of your competitors has launched a new product onto the market. 

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Topics: 3D Master

5 Key Values of the CATIA 3D Master Concept

It can be quite frustrating when using 2D drawing methods and design errors just keep cropping up. Misunderstandings happen and then the long process of changing each 2D drawing ensues. This then increases your manufacturing costs and slows down the time to market. It’s a nightmare!

In your mind, maybe the issue is with the person on the other side of the world misinterpreting your drawings. But for the person on the other side of the world, it is your annotations across multiple 2D drawings that don’t make sense to them. It all just seems like a lot of hassle for the sake of one 3D product.  

This is where the CATIA 3D Master Approach can make things a lot easier. The CATIA 3D Master allows you to create a single 3D design with accurate and annotated geometric definitions, which can be used as the reference point for product design.

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Topics: 3D Master

Moving from 2D to 3D

Traditionally, design methods have relied on 2D drawings as a key part of the product development process whilst serving as a reference for product definition.

Despite 3D modelling’s large adoption, 2D still remained the reference for product definition. It’s something that has been debated and people have weighed up the pros and cons of both 2D and 3D, but nothing much has changed. 

The problem is, 2D drawings alone can be insufficient and can lead to design errors as well as higher manufacturing costs. The CATIA 3D Master approach attempts to correct some of these issues by empowering all the functions within a company to find, share, annotate and actually improve products using the richer, and more modern format of information; 3D.

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Topics: 3D Master