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Auto-generation of error-free manufacturing data and NC files using VB tools to customize CAD data

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Client Profile

The client is a manufacturer of custom hollow metal doors and frames operating out of 100,000 square feet of manufacturing facility in the West Coast, USA. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, the company supplies order-to-manufacture doors and frames across the country.

Business Need.

The sheet metal manufacturer wanted to:

Challenges.

Door designs that were developed from scratch could not be automated using SQL database as there was no data readily-available. These complex sheet metal designs for frames and doors with multi-component assemblies involved repetitive tasks of drawing and were error-prone which needed quick rectification.

Approach.

Solution & Results.

The automation team gathered all the information related to design models, customization requests, forms for design specifications, and manufacturing capabilities. Automation in various areas began as below:

Development of SolidWorks macros facilitated validation of various parameters such as sales orders, custom properties, and defined quality checklists. It offered:

Business Impact.

100% error-free BoM creation even for new designs
Easy file search with unique NC numbers
Reduced errors in modeling tasks
Eliminated repetitive modeling tasks

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