The Single Modeling Environment—A New Paradigm for Conceptual Design

Written by: SOLIDWORKS | Published: 04/20

The single modeling environment for conceptual design establishes a new, instinctive paradigm for how design engineers create new mechanical design concepts and work with conceptual geometries. By stripping out all unrelated tasks and distractions, streamlining user interaction with conceptual ideas and models, and integrating communication and collaboration capabilities, the single modeling environment makes conceptual design more efficient, instinctive, focused, and productive.

Increased Efficiencies

Conceptual design becomes more efficient with the single modeling environment because engineers can create, capture, and communicate design concepts in real time. The single modeling environment is designed to develop design concepts in a more natural way. Thus, every task, tool, and capability contributes to advancing concept development in a flexible, unconstrained manner. This approach enables design engineers to efficiently identify innovative ideas for further development while weeding out untenable concepts, maximizing constructive work while eliminating wasted time. By making conceptual design more efficient, manufacturers can stimulate innovation without taking away from everyday product development resources.

Greater Freedom

The single modeling environment liberates design engineers from the distractions, constraints, and decision-making of traditional CAD tools. It allows conceptual designers to ignore product assembly structures, which gives them the freedom to innovate new concepts in an unconstrained design environment. Designers don’t have to worry about the myriad requirements for creating, manufacturing, or documenting parts, drawings, and assemblies. Because the single modeling environment gives design engineers a dedicated, instinctive, and liberated design space for modeling, sharing, testing, modifying, documenting, and saving new concepts, it stimulates their creativity to generate the innovative ideas that fuel future manufacturing success.

Improved Focus

Focus is the undisputed foundation of conceptual design. Without an intense focus on the problem or need, the spontaneity and inspiration that drive innovative solutions cannot take shape, and promising ideas cannot emerge, build, and coalesce into successful products. The single modeling environment facilitates and targets your organization’s conceptual design focus with laser-like precision. With the design freedom afforded by the single modeling environment, design engineers are free to design and innovate without having to make any of the premature decisions that are usually foisted upon them by traditional CAD data structures. In other words, freedom and focus combine to produce innovation because designers can think about the design, not the design tool.

Save and Maintain Innovative Ideas

Of course, a key requirement of the single modeling environment is the ability to save, extract, and leverage the results of all of this freewheeling conceptual design activity. While maintaining data related to promising product concepts is quite obviously a necessity, it’s also important to capture ideas that don’t work out—not only to prevent future conceptual designers from going down the same blind alleys, but also to document information and findings that may influence the development of other concepts or uses. For example, although a design concept may not fit an immediate need or particular situation, it may have other potential applications. Capturing conceptual design creativity and innovation—including both the successes and failures—is an important aspect of the single modeling environment. With it, designers can grow capture, and maintain design intelligence within their companies.

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