A data model must always take into account the real-world requirements of the final product, such as a car. That’s why there is a need for software tools that can ensure the design adheres to pre-defined design parameters, aesthetic perception and feasibility check of the prototype in terms of, for example, the required tooling. The Advanced Modules have been developed to ensure the customer doesn’t have to conduct these tests and analyses on physical prototypes.
In fact, they empower you to refine the design further and further until you have created a unique, perfectly styled product. Additionally, the advanced analysis modules ensure the product meets the relevant compliance and regulatory requirements before you create your first physical model.
Diagnostics and Real-time Analysis
In industrial design, it is now standard practice that every physical model you produce must be functional. On the one hand, that means design processes have become more compact and more integrated. On the other, time to market has been shortened significantly. The result? The design and engineering departments of any product-oriented enterprise must work even faster.
Special diagnostic tools help the user achieve the right balance between surface smoothness and adherence to the digitised data.
Simultaneous real-time analysis lets you see reflection lines, curvature, or deviation from reference data dynamically as you manipulate surfaces. The benefit of this approach is clear: the creation of production-quality surfaces in a fraction of the time that would be required if another system were used.
The following modules are available:
ICEM Surf Advanced Tools
ICEM Surf Advanced Tools is an add on module consisting surface functions, gap creation and several analysis functions. Together, they enable product designers to achieve the highest possible product quality based on a virtual model.
For example, the levelling analysis function allows designers to check for the homogeneity of a surface area, when compared with a control or reference area. An additional diagnosis tool helps identify unwanted flat areas on surfaces. Functions like ‘Nominal actual value comparison’ allows the user to check for the deviation of surface to scan data. And the ‘helix’ function enables the construction of helix surfaces that, for example, allow side windows in vehicles to slide along a helix curve, rather than just a circular one.
While these tools have been designed with the automotive industry in mind, they are extremely useful in many other industry sectors.
ICEM Surf Safety Analysis was developed primarily for safety studies in the automotive industry. However, it also has many other applications for situations in which humans need to operate safely in a man-made environment. For example, it provides digital tools, which can detect edges and corners on a 3D model that may cause injuries if implemented in the final physical product. It then analyses and highlights the radii in those potentially dangerous areas, based on pre-specified industry-standard safety criteria.