1.4 Concurrent Engineering
Concurrent Engineering is another powerful CAD concept that has evolved in the 90’s. According to this concept, there is an instantaneous communication between the designer, analyst, and manufacturing. Changes made at any of these work centers are immediately passed on to the others and the product is modified without delay. Often, the customer, management, and the marketing people join in and become part of the process. Concurrent engineering saves the valuable time and helps get the product out in the market quicker. Products that use to take years from the date of its concept to the actual production now take only a few weeks, and the final product is better and cost-effective.
Some large organizations have invested in Rapid Prototyping process. In this process, the part is created by a CAD package and downloaded into the rapid prototyping machine; the machine immediately manufactures the part, using a plastic material. This is a good example of concurrent engineering, sometimes referred as Art to Part concept.
Lecture Notes © by R. B. Agarwal
Computer Aided Design in Mechanical Engineering