Every successful manufacturer can share a horror story (or two) about a product that looked great in design but took a turn for the worst when dealing with the hard realities of the manufacturing process. With an upgrade to SOLIDWORKS Professional, the frightening prospects of wasted time, unnecessary cost and expensive rework related to design-to-manufacturing fails could be a thing of the past.
As part of the SOLIDWORKS Professional package, SOLIDWORKS DFMXpress helps identify potential design errors before they make it to the manufacturing phase. DFMXPress can be used to identify design issues that might cause problems during fabrication or unexpectedly increase production costs. It also allows users to quickly review parts with mill, drill, turning, sheet metal, and injection molding requirements.
DFMXpress functionality includes:
- Drilled hole checks – hole diameter-to-depth ratio, flat bottoms on holes, perpendicular entry surfaces, holes that intersect internal cavities, partial holes, and tolerance checks
- Milled feature checks – deep pockets and slots, inaccessible features, sharp internal corners, fillets on outside edges
- Turned part checks – minimum corner radii for turned parts and bore relief for turned parts
- Sheet metal checks – hole diameters vs. available tooling, hole-to-edge distance, and hole spacing bend radii
- Standard hole size checks – checks hole vs. available tooling
- Injecting molding checks – maximum and minimum wall checks
- Checks for draft, undercuts, and advanced thickness analysis are also included in SOLIDWORKS and can be founded by clicking the “Evaluate” tab
Simply put, SOLIDWORKS DFMXpress allows you to assess the manufacturability of parts before they’re ready to be manufactured, helping speed up the design process, improving productivity and lowering the likelihood of expensive rework later—which will save you time, money, and most importantly, your sanity.
SOLIDWORKS DFMXpress is one of the many tools available when you upgrade to SOLIDWORKS Professional. Learn more about upgrading to SOLIDWORKS Professional by visiting: www.solidworks.com/2018