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04/05/06 Manufacturers use digital tools to cut development costs
   
Sierra College offers rapid prototyping demonstration at workshop in Roseville on May 5th

ROCKLIN – Businesses that design products or components can gain a competitive advantage by using new digital design tools. The Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) is offering a workshop in solid modeling, rapid prototyping, document control and concurrent engineering at the Sierra Gateway Campus in Roseville on Friday, May 5 to help local manufacturers adopt new digital design methods that save time, cut costs and increase customer satisfaction.

Solid modeling allows companies to digitally develop all the parts of a machine into an assembly, according to Jon Stallman, the Sierra College CACT Technical Consultant who conducts the demonstrations and on-site customized training for employers. “Solid modeling can simulate the exact intended motion for evaluation of the design,” said Stallman. “This allows companies to look critically at the design and find mistakes before investing a dime on prototypes.”

Using a rapid prototype printer, designers can produce three dimensional working parts from digital designs.  “It works by layering plastic to build up the part, similar to the way an ink jet printer layers ink on a page,” said Stallman. “The parts produced by the rapid prototype printer can be assembled and installed to get a real picture of the product's fit, form and function. This is more cost effective for fine-tuning a design than traditional tooling or manufacture of prototypes.” The CACT rapid prototype printer will be used at the workshop and can be brought to employers' worksites for demonstrations.

Businesses that use electronic design need methods to keep documents organized and controlled. Companies can create a “vault” to store documents, set up systems to control access and use new software to track projects and revisions. The Sierra College CACT can help businesses gain better control by adopting Product Data Management (PDM) software and document control processes.

Concurrent engineering is another element of digital design that increases efficiency. This approach requires engineering, manufacturing, production, accounting, finance, marketing and sales to be actively involved from the beginning of the design conceptualization to the final product release, explained Stallman. “This more inclusive process results in shorter development times and greater customer satisfaction,” said Stallman.

The Sierra College CACT helps businesses use solid modeling, rapid prototyping and document control tools to enhance communication, speed up production and facilitate concurrent engineering. For more information about the workshop on May 5 in Roseville , a demonstration at your worksite, or customized training for employees, call Judy Schmidt at (916) 660-7801 or e-mail judithschmidt@sierracollege.edu.

The Center for Applied Competitive Technologies supports companies with employee training, technology deployment and industry development. Since 1997, the Sierra College CACT has supported manufacturers and technology companies in Northern California from Sacramento to the Oregon border.
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