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Sandvik Coromant Announces Metal-Cutting Collaboration With Autodesk Fusion 360

Sandvik Coromant Announces Metal-Cutting Collaboration With Autodesk Fusion 360

Sandvik Coromant has partnered with Autodesk—developers of software for design and manufacturing, which will deliver significant benefits to the future of Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and help customers stay competitive.

The first step of the collaboration will tackle one of the most widespread challenges in CAM; the complex task of specifying cutting tools to determine the most effective way to use them.

“Today’s manufacturing world is increasingly competitive,” explained Jonas Ström, Product Manager at Sandvik Coromant. “Materials are lighter, harder and stronger, machines are more advanced, batch sizes are smaller and component design is increasingly complex — all of this leads to an increased need for CAM programming and skilled CAM users.

“As engineers, CAM users love seeking new technologies and testing solutions, but they are often limited by the time constraints associated with CNC machining. By providing them access to tool information, recommendations and knowledge of unique machining methods at the click of a button, we hope to simplify their process,” concluded Ström.

Typically, CAM users rely on manually transferring data from tooling catalogues and inputting the parameters into CAM software. This process is often laborious and can increase time-to-market expectations.

“Manufacturing and metal cutting are already complex processes, and they’re often made more difficult by manually managing tooling information resulting in delayed setup times and increased room for machining error,” said Srinath Jonnalagadda, Vice President of Business Strategy for Design and Manufacturing at Autodesk. “By pairing our CAM software solutions with Sandvik Coromant’s deep tooling knowledge and expertise, we’re helping customers reduce time and improve efficiency in the preparation phase.”

The Autodesk partnership is part of a long-term vision for Sandvik Coromant. The two companies have similar goals — to help customers stay competitive with new technologies and to provide digital design and manufacturing solutions.

The first step in this new partnership will remove the time-consuming nature of data selection by providing Autodesk customers with access to the Sandvik Coromant tool data.

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Making Design Processes 50% Faster With 40% Fewer Errors

Making Design Processes 50% Faster With 40% Fewer Errors

As Benson Industries’ business expanded, the need to collaborate across time zones with a wider range of teams began complicating design processes. Here’s how they overcame communication challenges with streamlined collaboration efforts and accelerated design processes, resulting in 40 percent fewer product errors and 50 percent faster processes. Article by Autodesk.

Benson Industries Inc. is the premier custom curtain wall and external cladding subcontractor in the United States and Asia. With a portfolio that includes the UN Secretariat Building in New York, The Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, and The Tower One (Freedom Tower) at Ground Zero in New York City, Benson has worked on the most iconic construction projects in the world.

Established in Portland, Oregon in 1926, Benson has since expanded its operation to Los Angeles, New York, Singapore, and Manila, with a full-time assembly shop in Otay Mesa, Mexico.

Benson Industries Inventor Administrator Radu Stancescu.

Radu Stancescu

“We do everything, including designing, manufacturing, putting the units together, and installing them on the building,” says Benson Industries Inventor Administrator Radu Stancescu. “Every project is different because every building is different.”

Communication barriers lead to business failure

To streamline design processes across a globally dispersed and complex enterprise, Stancescu invested in Autodesk Vault for product data management, AutoCAD for 2D modelling, and Inventor for 3D mechanical design, documentation, and advanced product simulation.

But as Benson’s business expanded, the company’s need to collaborate across time zones with a wider range of internal and external teams, including tier one and tier two contractors and suppliers, became more complicated. He confessed that email, phone, paper-based processes, as well as VPN and FTP, were causing collaboration barriers, which in turn led to critical shipping delays, design errors, and quality failure.

“We used to just send emails and wait for a response from our foreign offices, but that created long email threads that made finding questions and answers difficult,” says Stancescu. “Email was taking too long to solve problems and phone was not a solution because of the time zone differences. And using FTP to share files with other locations also presented issues, because the other party may not have been granted access to the file, maybe the server was down, or other restrictions.”

To reduce product errors, accelerate time to market, improve collaboration across the global enterprise, and maximise its investment in its Autodesk products, Benson turned to Autodesk’s collaboration tools, specifically Shared Views and Fusion Team, to improve data and knowledge sharing and streamline design processes.

Four World Trade Center is a custom unitised glass curtain wall system with a LEED Certified Gold Rating.

Four World Trade Center is a custom unitised glass curtain wall system with a LEED Certified Gold Rating.

Collaboration tools for today’s manufacturers

Shared Views enabled Benson’s design team to create online visual representations of models and designs; this, according to Stancescu, was ‘a perfect tool’ for sharing a file with a customer for approval or providing sales teams easy web access to files for on-site presentations without the need to access a complete CAD application.

“Shared Views solved everything for us by enabling us to share document views between our offices and outside teams,” says Stancescu. “Shared Views enables a very fast collaboration process compared with old-fashioned methods. We know who said what and when, and it’s all very clear. Also, you know exactly which people are involved.”

Shared Views allows disparate teams across the Benson enterprise to add comments, markups, and screenshots, as well as print and support 2D and robust 3D formats. “What’s especially nice is that in 3D, you don’t need to open the document on your computer,” he says. “You can zoom in, zoom out, pan, orbit, fit it to the screen, and more. It’s a tool that has everything you need.”

In addition to Shared Views, Stancescu championed Benson’s adoption of Fusion Team, the cloud-based centralised source to create, manage, and share project data, review and discuss designs, track project updates, and comment and mark up projects.

“The difference between the two collaboration applications is that Shared Views allows you to share information, but you cannot download anything—it’s just a communication tool,” says Stancescu. “But Fusion Team allows you to share information from Vault with other contractors who don’t have access to Vault outside the office.

“When something gets shared from Vault to Fusion Team, design teams get instant access to thousands of documents immediately whereas with VPN they’d wait three hours. Now we don’t have to share documents on an FTP site. It is actually saving us hours and hours, and we know it is accurate because it goes straight from Vault to the computer.”

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Autodesk And Airbus Demonstrate Impact Of Generative Design On The Aerospace Industry

Autodesk and Airbus Demonstrate Impact Of Generative Design On The Aerospace Industry

Autodesk and Airbus are teaming up to fundamentally change how things will be manufactured and built in the aerospace industry of the near future. As part of an ongoing effort, Airbus is reimagining multiple structural aircraft components, applying Autodesk generative design to develop lighter-weight parts that exceed performance and safety standards. In an industry where less weight equals less fuel consumption, using this approach presents a huge opportunity to reduce the adverse effects of air travel on the environment.

Airbus is also looking beyond airplane parts to the processes and spaces for making them, employing generative design for the layout of adaptable, DGNB and LEED certified factories with streamlined logistics to facilitate improved employee work conditions and greater productivity.

Bionic Partition 2.0

Back in 2015, Airbus unveiled its first generative design proof-of-concept. The “bionic partition” is a next-generation version of the wall and jumpseat support structure that divides the passenger compartment from the galley of a plane.

The initial design was promising – 45 percent lighter than the traditional part yet just as strong. Airbus estimated the new design approach could save nearly half a million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year if rolled out across its backlog of A320 planes.

Originally the intention was to fabricate the new partition using metal additive manufacturing. But due to a range of variables in the manufacturing market and materials requirements, it became clear that an alternative fabrication process would be necessary. Fortunately, Autodesk generative design technology has continued to mature and is now capable of optimising for multiple advanced manufacturing techniques during the design phase of product development.

For Airbus, this meant they could use generative design to create a plastic, 3D-printed mold for the partition, and then cast the part in an alloy that’s already qualified for flight. Bionic partition 2.0 is just as strong and light as its predecessor and can be fabricated at scale more affordably.

“The revised design makes the bionic partition much more viable for production. The first prototype is in production, which we hope to finish before the end of the year,” said Bastian Schaefer, the designer at Airbus who has been leading the collaboration with Autodesk. “The process and technology have evolved to where we can now manufacture multiple units at a considerably lower cost.”

Airbus is in the process of utilising generative design to rethink other structural aircraft components, including the leading edge of the vertical tail plane (VTP) of the A320. The purpose of a VTP (or vertical stabiliser) on an airplane is to provide directional stability and reduce aerodynamic inefficiency caused by side-to-side movement.

Generative design is enabling the team to evaluate hundreds of design alternatives that all meet objectives for VTP stiffness, stability and mass.

Factory of the Future

Positive responses to what generative design could do for aircraft components led Airbus to explore what the technology might do for other parts of its business. Earlier this year, the team began thinking about how generative design could be applied to the building design, layout and workflows of its factories.

Generative design provided two paths that Airbus is currently considering: a bigger building with an unconventional footprint, or the same factory elements optimised to fit into a smaller rectangular footprint.

“Generative design is helping us create a more sustainable architectural design that better accounts for critical human factors and work conditions,” said Schaefer. “It has also expanded our way of thinking and our approach to design by overcoming preconceived notions and blind spots. Whichever design we choose, we know the factory will function more efficiently and will be less costly to build.”

By Raymond Deplazes

 

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Autodesk: FeatureCAM 2019

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Autodesk’s FeatureCAM 2019 is designed so that instead of having to program a machine stage by stage, the operator can program it using everyday shop terms, such as ‘turn’, ‘bore’, ‘bolt’, etc. The software is said to have sufficient intelligence to recognize needs and requirements from such terms and will automatically adopt the right speed and torque strengths without having to be instructed line by line.

New in FeatureCAM 2019 is the Directed Automated Feature Recognition (DAFR) capability, which automatically recognises holes, bosses, sides and pockets in a single workflow, which enables faster programming. While standard AFR slices the model in the active Z axis and produces complete features as it makes its way down the model, DAFR allows the user to select the features they want even before recognition begins.

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