Steel constructions designing – why is a design important?
Steel constructions designing is required on every step of production. Each company, before it releases a new product, design it, draw it, test it. It’s the same system even for mass producers. They start with drawings, showing dimensions, tolerances, the connections of pieces. In modern designs there are usually a few, or few hundred thousand details. A mistake in designing even a small detail can cost a lot, eg. Increased wear and tear because of the wrong material, or even a destabilization of the whole construct.
Usually, each project starts with a sketch or your drawing, which lets us see the general idea and make a project. So called macro designing. It consists of:
- Capacity and size of the device/machine
- Analyzing the efficiency and cost-effectivity
- A requirements’ list from you
- Collisions and conflicts of elements, which need to be immediately resolved
- Designing the assembly operation
- Specifying which pieces will be jointed and how will they be a part of the main structure
- Setting the welding points or screw points
The data we receive is then put on the main, general drawing. In this drawing you can see all of the machine and each of the parts. At the very end tables are made where all the materials are specified, their amounts, e.g
- Weld X with Y by Z
- Pipe 50x50x3 – 20m
Let’s not forget about quality control process. It’s essential, as the verdict must be objective and based on established guidelines to check the resistance of the material. It’s finish and compliance with the original drawing and design.
Steel constructions designing is used in most of the industrial branches currently – thanks to a simple, normalized drawing you can communicate without the need for words. No matter where they’re from or what language barrier divides them, two engineers can communicate by a drawing, be it manual or CAD. The latter type of drawing lets you save a lot of time. Creating 3D models along with the dimension information, the materials used, the moving parts. It’s much faster than traditional drawing, also encourages testing and team’s communication. CAD also allows you to run numerous simulations, e.g how will the product act in various conditions: high load, higher temperature, weather conditions. Thanks to that, you don’t need to physically test your prototype. It’s enough to just put in the correct data and let the program do the work.
CAD also helps you to cut costs, because:
- It eliminates the need to physically have the materials in your hall or storage
- The software costs, sure, but it’s a cost less painful than buying new material and using workhours that could be allocated somewhere else
- It lets you test huge constructions that would be costly to test with a physical prototype
- The data is in one drawing, which allows multiple users to add changes or corrections
In a world where designing, production and customer service are usually located in different places. You can easily share information with all branches of the company, making a one, consistent system for the whole organization. Contact us!