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3D Design Gets Make in India Push

“Some of the Indian government initiatives, such as ‘Make in India’ or ‘Start-up India Stand up India’ will invigorate 3D design software adoption in India,” said Suchit Jain, vice-president, Strategy and Community, SolidWorks.(AP)


Think about good-tasting coffee and Coffee Day comes to mind; its high-quality, hot beverage is available through various Cafe Coffee Day outlets in the country. Do you know that this fully integrated coffee company is a prolific user of modern technology too? Some time back, it was looking to accelerate the development of coffee machine components through improved design communication, drawing generation, and graphics creation. It chose design software from SolidWorks (a Dassault Systemes firm) for improving efficiencies in product design, modeling, and communication. Since implementing the design software, Coffee Day has shortened its product development cycles by 40%, reduced product development costs dramatically, facilitated collaboration through improved design communication, and improved product quality and machine performance.

The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, which offers a master’s degree in industrial design, has thrown its weight behind SolidWorks CAD software too, in order to improve its analysis and product design presentation capabilities. While taking the two-year graduate course, the institute’s students have to deal with many product design challenges, including plastic detailing, design presentations, renderings, and creating mock-up models. For them, SolidWorks software supports easy, fast modeling; quick, effective rendering; and efficient, accurate analysis. For instance, a student at IIT Delhi used SolidWorks CAD software to develop photo realistic renderings of alloy wheels. Another student used the company’s CAD software to model a CBZ Hero Honda Motor Cycle modelled as a class project.

Among others, Aldebaran Robotics is developing and commercialising humanoid robots, courtesy design software from SolidWorks. The French robot manufacturer’s introduction of the NAO robot—the most advanced humanoid robot to date— represents a quantum leap forward in robot technology. Aldebaran relies on SolidWorks design, analysis, mold simulation, and product data management solutions to develop robots that are helpful and fun.

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The are numerous instances of customers—Indian as well as global—which have leveraged 3D software tools from SolidWorks to design products better, faster, and more cost effectively. “Our passion is to make very difficult problems easier to solve…to help you make things happen,” said SolidWorks CEO, Gian Paolo Bassi, at SolidWorks World 2016 annual conference in Dallas early this month. Design software from this Waltham, Massachusetts-headquartered firm (it was acquired in 1997 by Dassault Systemes) allows engineers, designers and other tech professionals to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

“Some of the Indian government initiatives, such as ‘Make in India’ or ‘Start-up India Stand up India’ will invigorate 3D design software adoption in India,” said Suchit Jain, vice-president, Strategy and Community, SolidWorks. “In sync with the Make in India initiative, we plan to launch the SolidWorks for Entrepreneur programme in India to help the budding entrepreneurs and incubators have easy access to the complete 3D solution, enabling them to innovate quickly. This programme will help to take the legwork out of building a startup by empowering entrepreneurs with the right tools (such as SolidWorks software and co-marketing opportunities) to expose them to a new market of passionate engineers.”

According to company officials, the product lifecycle management (PLM) market in India offers immense potential. Looking forward to 2019, PLM market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% to $50 billion according to CIM data. The future in PLM market looks promising. “In order to remain competitive in the global manufacturing market, India must continue to invest in technology tools that will help its businesses succeed. There is rapid acceleration in the adoption of 3D CAD software among Indian manufacturers and this is in line with the global trend,” said Jain.

SolidWorks aims to increase its focus in India to help companies leverage 3D CAD technology to design better products and gain global market share in engineering design. In short, designers can definitely look forward to design their products better!

(The correspondent was in Dallas at the invitation of Dassault Systemes)

Source: The Financial Express

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