The popularity of 3D modeling for engineers continues to grow for those who want to “see” a finished structure, product or part during the design process. Still, many architects and engineers who use it would be hard-pressed to outline all the advantages of 3D modeling, including those beyond the design stages.
The Benefits of 3D Modelling for Engineering Services
While better overall design may be the biggest advantage of 3D CAD modeling, it’s important to consider it’s other ancillary benefits too.
- Design Efficiency – Simply put, 3D modeling helps reduce the time and money needed for design. 3D CAD software lets each component of a structure or product be checked, tested and revised before going into production. This helps to avoid costly returns to the “drawing board”. Just the ability to see an object from any angle can reveal issues that no drawing or 2D design ever could.
- More Precision & Control – Even before design begins, 3D scanning and modeling can be used to create precise virtual sites and spaces. It means 3D designs can be executed with complete confidence that issues relating to parts fitting and working together will be minimized.
- Faster to Market – As engineering tools and techniques evolve and are more widely available, a good idea doesn’t stay in your head or on paper for long. From structural engineering to product design, you don’t have the luxury of time that was once available to continue to perfect the part or product. 3D modeling generally results is a finished, market-ready product sooner.
- Keep Stakeholders in the Loop – Engineers and designers aren’t the only ones who benefit from seeing an object while it’s still in the design stages. Investors, customers and other stakeholders can be reassured and motivated be seeing a ‘working model’ before it goes into production.
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