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Introduction

Recently I’ve been working with a client who wants to use Parts Modeling as part of his software design strategy. I found out how Parts Modeling works and started using this new way of doing things on my development projects. Now, I want to share my experience with others so they can also benefit from this new method. I’ll start by explaining what Parts Modeling is and how it can be used in software design. Then, I’ll give you some useful tips that you can use to apply Parts Modeling in your projects or even create your own Components Library to use in future developments.

What is Parts modeling?

Parts modeling is a process used in engineering and design that helps manufacturers understand what steps are needed to produce each individual part and predict how much labor, inventory, equipment, or other inputs will be needed. Parts models can also show if there’s a risk of any parts not being completed on time because too few parts are being produced at any given point in time. A detailed parts model is sometimes referred to as a virtual assembly line. A well-crafted parts model is more than just an analysis tool, though; it also forces those working on it to analyze every step of production from where raw materials come from all the way through shipping and after-sale services.

Parts modeling can be used in different industries

Aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, and so on. The common factors are parts contained in a model and some of their relationships. To create Parts Modeling for a particular industry we have to realize what the main focus is: what parts will be in a model and which relationships are important? Most of the time it’s very hard to understand all needed relationships from the beginning. In Part Modeling, we try to define these relationships gradually. First, a part is considered an obligatory or base part for the rest other parts (an assembly cannot be created without it). We can see that relations with other parts are one-to-one, many-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-many.

The benefits of parts modeling

Part modeling is a great tool for conceptualizing and communicating an assembly’s design. Inventor Professional’s part modeling environment is ideal for all facets of part modeling, from basic shapes, to detailed free-form surfaces, to large assemblies. The process is always challenging, but if approached properly and with patience, it can be rewarding as well. This book has covered just about everything related to part modeling; however, there are still new things that will come up that aren’t covered here. The best way to learn more about your tools is by using them; when in doubt about how something works or feels different than what you think it should feel like, jump into your assembly and test it out!

Step by step instructions to create a parts model

Parts models help make assembly systems more flexible and efficient. Models can be created by anyone who has access to the parts and assemblies, regardless of their skill level. Models in Inventor are lightweight—they’re essentially just a collection of 3D sketches with some configurable properties—so they don’t require a lot of design time or processing power to use. This means that even inexperienced users can create models in seconds and less-experienced engineers will appreciate how easy it is to leverage them as they learn how their designs will come together. No tool requires less training or knowledge of 3D modeling than part modeling!

The 2 golden rules of Parts modeling.

Parts modeling can be a daunting task but if you follow these 2 golden rules it will become an easy process. First and foremost, keep your database small, don’t overthink your database; it’s better for it to be small than large. Keeping things simple is important for your database because when people are happy with their database they tell other people about it and that leads to growth. The second golden rule of Parts modeling is don’t make buying difficult: remember everyone wants a no-brainer experience when purchasing something and with great Parts modeling that can happen. These 2 rules will help optimize success with your Parts model database!

Conclusion

Part Modeling makes it possible for manufacturers and suppliers to collaborate. Companies are saving thousands of dollars in development costs, but more importantly: they’re collaborating in ways that were never before feasible. No longer is there a need for different departments within a company to operate independently—today, parts modeling has empowered them to work together toward common goals. This gives small businesses a chance to stand toe-to-toe with large corporations while opening up exciting new possibilities for established corporations. By partnering with companies from all over the world, enterprises can achieve anything they want—and what was once thought impossible is now merely difficult. Parts modeling makes innovation easier than ever and opens doors that have been closed for far too long.

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