Douglas Equipment’s designs for their aviation towing tractors contain a mixture of electrical and mechanical components, so they required a package that offered 3D capabilities but also the 2D schematic capability for producing drawing schematics. Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical provided the solution.
Douglas had been using Radan software due to its sheet metal manufacturing focus but needed to look for increased 3D capabilities, so decided it was time to upgrade its design software. As their designs contain a mixture of electrical and mechanical components they needed a package that offered 3D capabilities but also the 2D schematic capability for producing drawing schematics. As the Company had used AutoCAD in the past it played a factor in the decision. Finding a package that supplied integration between 2D/3D and electrical systems proved very difficult without spending thousands of pounds on a bespoke design package. They settled on a combination of seats in Inventor Series, Inventor Professional and AutoCAD Electrical.
One reason behind this decision was that when looking at the electrical integration offered by competitive products both were based on AutoCAD. Were they to have gone with any of these they would have had to purchase a copy of AutoCAD to carry out the electrical side of the design. It made sense to go with Autodesk for everything. Another important factor was that Autodesk Inventor offered digital prototyping capabilities which would allow the firm to produce more accurate designs by analysing performance at the design stage, reducing the chance of costly mistakes.
"Real time savings are seen on the shop floor with digital prototyping ensuring that vehicle designs are more detailed when they reach the construction stage, reducing the build time. Errors or inconsistencies in our designs are eliminated as mistakes are spotted at the drawing board stage rather than on the shop floor."
Danny Hyatt, Senior Design Engineer, Douglas Equipment.
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