CAD Integration with aPriori
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Reliable CAD Data Extraction to Drive Manufacturability Improvements
Gain insights into product manufacturability using design models from widely adopted CAD systems, and industry neutral model formats such as STEP and SAT.
Generate cost estimates using 3D CAD models in minutes instead of weeks for even the most complex assemblies and components.
aPriori extracts Geometric Cost Drivers (GCDs) and tolerances automatically from the CAD model, eliminating tedious manual entry of geometric cost drivers for the 3D model.
Establish consistency of cost estimation across your entire product suite. Eliminate large variances in actual manufacturing costs and unexplainable reductions in profit margins.learn more
Benefits of CAD Integration Described by aPriori Users
By costing my 3D CAD model in aPriori, I get early visibility into the cost impact of my product design. If my product design exceeds target cost, I can modify my design, quickly cost the alternative designs with aPriori, and pick a more cost-effective design that meets performance specs. Of course, using aPriori’s Cost Insight Design to cost my 3D models from right within my CAD system makes my job a lot easier.
My team uses aPriori to cost every variant of the product component or assembly represented by the 3D CAD model, regardless of the CAD system utilized by design teams. With shared access to the 3D CAD model, I can make engineering design recommendations to improve manufacturability, and collaborate with manufacturing and supplier teams to understand manufacturing processes, material usage, and labor needs.
My team is responsible for sourcing components and assemblies for our global product portfolio. With aPriori’s one click cost estimation of 3D CAD models, my sourcing specialists don’t need to be engineers. They utilize aPriori reports on fully burdened costs to help them quickly understand cost drivers, establish should cost, compare global sourcing alternatives, and begin informed negotiations with suppliers.
Manufacturing Engineer at Supplier
As a supplier to global design and manufacturing firms, my company responds to RFPs and RFQs every day. By accessing my customers 3D design model in aPriori Cloud, I can use the costing results to optimize my process routings and secondary process options and develop more accurate manufacturing time standards. The result is more contract wins for my company.