It’s fair to say that nearly every tooling shop has thought about introducing motion simulation and dynamic collision checking into their workflows. Those that go this route reduce tool collisions and inspire greater customer confidence. But those that don’t almost always harbour a few common objections.
These objections are:
- Our tools aren’t complex enough to warrant motion simulation
- We rarely have mechanical issues with our tools
- We don’t have the bandwidth to introduce new steps into our workflow
But if these objections are valid, why are so many companies embracing motion simulation?
The Why of It All
Motion simulation isn’t just about catching collisions, although it’s worth saying that avoiding a single collision will more than pay for the investment.
The reality is that tooling complexity is only one of many factors a company considers before adopting a motion simulation like Dynmik Design from the team at Longterm Technology Services, a specialized add-on for the NX Mold Design and NX Die Design CAD packages from Siemens Digital Industries Software.
Rather than focusing on common objections to motion simulation, a forward-looking shop asks:
How efficient and future-proof is our current design review process?
At its core, motion simulation is about facilitating a better design review process, giving your team the confidence to shorten their timeline while increasing quality assurance both internally and for customers. And your company can use the time saved to finish all those other projects that are waiting to get out the door.
This is about completing more work more confidently.
Which brings us to our second point.
Feel like a firefighter?
If you feel that you’re constantly playing the role of firefighter and struggling to finish projects just in time, that’s the strongest reason for bringing in motion simulation.
The reality is that companies using motion simulation on every single tool have used this software to streamline and standardize their design review process, injecting more confidence along the way. This is the case not only for internal design reviews, but for customer-facing reviews, so customers can see their optimized, collision-free tool in action long before the physical tool is built. And in today’s industry, customers will always go with shops that provide them more control and visibility over their tool’s design, engineering, and delivery date.
So if your company feels like it doesn’t have time to introduce a new step in its workflow, this is exactly why it needs to do so. Apart from the time savings, you’ll inject more confidence throughout your quality assurance process and spread that confidence to customers.
Is your shop currently looking into motion simulation? If so, please reach out to the experts at Longterm Technology Services to learn more about how this technology will help you shorten and strengthen your design review process.