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3D Modeling and ProE vs.

Solidworks
ProE and SolidWorks are two of the most popular 3D modeling applications used in the
industry today. Both have very similar tools and use the same tools in slightly different
ways to create 3D models.

ProEngineer was created prior to SolidWorks and was pioneering in the range of tools it
brought. It became the most prominent 3D modeling software in the late 1990's.
Engineers were finally able to view a part and rotate it on the screen. This created a rush
for others to try to mock this ability. ProE, being the first, did have a lot of features that
needed to mature over a period of time, just like AutoCAD and other 2D programs when
they first came out. The software was very graphics intensive and required a lot of the
computer's resources, which resulted in a slow and sometimes difficult to operate
interface. Also the original set up then involved sub-windows on the right side of the
screen.

ProEngineer evolved and a lot of the features were upgraded, and a lot of the bugs were
fixed. The software focused on performance and building upon what they already had.

Another group of engineers, however, believed that some inherent problems with the
ProEngineer existed and were not likely to be improved. This led them to develop
SolidWorks.

The primary difference between SolidWorks and ProE is truly the interface. The main
focus of SolidWorks was to try to make the tools more intuitive and user friendly.
SolidWorks focused on functionality and efficiency. As both applications progressed,
each in their own direction, they became further distinct and unique.

Other 3D modeling software appeared, too. These included I-DEAS, Unigraphics (now
called Siemens PLM NX), AutoCAD, and CATIA. SolidWorks seemed to be the low-
cost solution and was readily adopted by the industry.

When asked what software is best, the answer generally is that it depends on the
application. If there is a tremendous model which has thousands and thousands of parts in
an assembly, then it is generally recommended that ProE is the solution. If you are more
interested in user friendly and more intuitive applications, then SolidWorks is the way to
go. Both are equally useful for simple, straightforward parts. SolidWorks has a much
easier interface and has quicker tools, while ProEngineer has more complex tools and
custom sub-programs that can be applied.

Cost wise, SolidWorks is clearly the winner and is generally preferred by small
businesses. Larger firms that prefer custom sub-applications and custom software
integrated into their 3D applications prefer ProE. Both have really advanced engineering
and helped to move us forward into the 21st century. What used to take years to design in
2D and all the various amounts of checking that needed to be done is now very simple
and straightforward with these modern 3D tools. Automobiles, airplanes, large industrial

This NC codes are fed to the CNC machines for manufacturing the components. • Another important part of the CAD packages is the GUI. the little unknown devices like: tracker ball. The main purpose here is just to visualize the product idea. it then used as input for the computer aided manufacturing for generating NC codes. • CAE: The detailed CAD geometry is then used as input for computer aided engineering (CAE) or finite element analysis (FEA) to know whether the geometry will sustain the loading condition or not. the mouse and the key boards are used as input devices however. The output of a computer aided design process typically is 2D and/or 3D geometry like curves. But often the CAD geometry also contains data like material properties. Read more: http://www. . PDM helps systematic access and revisions of CAD data. By using computer the whole design process becomes much faster and robust.machinery. • Freezing the concept: By reviewing the conceptual system the concept is being frozen. • PDM: Product data management is the database for the CAD geometry and the related documents. A typical computer aided design process has the following steps: • Conceptual system design: Initially. tolerance and manufacturing process specific information. How Does CAD Work? • A CAD software package and sometimes a graphics card must be installed there in your computer for a typical CAD system to work. And thus the system level assembly is being finalized. The GUI is used for getting user input and displaying the CAD geometry. surfaces and solids. • Detail component design: The detailed CAD geometry of the individual components is then created with appropriate dimensions and tolerances.brighthub.com/engineering/mechanical/articles/12050. digitizer etc are also used sometimes. • The heart of a CAD software package is its graphics kernel. which was pioneered by ProEngineer. and all sorts of mechanical engineering applications have all benefited from the advent of 3D design. • Most of the times. a very rough CAD model of the system is being created without considering the strict dimension control. if not then required modification is done for the CAD geometry and so on. In simple term. dimensions.aspx#ixzz13dqdk57D The CAD or the computer aided design process is the enrichment of the traditional manual design process by using computer software and hardware extensively. • CAM: Once the CAD geometry passed FEA.

circle etc. Conclusion The basic difference between the CAD package and the other software package is that the CAD package has to handle large amount of graphics data and thus the graphics kernel explained in “How does CAD Works?” section is very important. • As shown in the above picture. Most important of them are: • Line: By clicking this icon you will be able to draw line entities.brighthub. The graphics kernel generates the geometric entities and signals the graphics card to display it through the GUI. Read more: http://www. the GUI then send the input to the graphics kernel in suitable form. . Notice the “Sketch Tools” panel. You can either click on the screen or enter the point coordinates.com/engineering/mechanical/articles/67118. you see there are many icons (like line.aspx#ixzz13dsAUKzZ Once you enter sketcher mode of UG NX6 you will see a GUI like this (click on the image to enlarge). the input from the input devices go to GUI. The computer aided design process dicussed under the "What is computer aided design?" section are the outline of the process and may vary from situation to situation. This is the explanation of the working of a CAD system in a simplest form.) over there. or specify the distance between two points to draw a line in Unigraphics sketcher mode.

• Dimensions: You have separate icons for different types of dimensions.com/engineering/mechanical/articles/34681. use this tool. You have the option of either specifying a center and diameter or three points on the perimeter to draw a circle. Like circle. Next time while creating entities you will see the possible constraints adding up automatically. The procedure is: Click on entity/entities then click on the “Constraints” icon. Conclusion The Unigraphics NX6 has an important and easy-to-use sketch tool. Profile. Unigraphics will show all the possible geometric constraints between the selected entities. you may go for horizontal dimension.aspx#ixzz13dsPTg5p Reverse Engineering & Designing is the process of transforming an innovative idea into a new product and testing it for various conditions before actually manufacturing it. perpendicular. if you select an arc. • Profile: For fast sketching in UG. Select any one of them. It includes the virtual creation of a . equal. UG will give Radial dimension and if you select line it will give parallel or horizontal or vertical dimension. For example if you hit “constraints icon” and select two sides of a polygon. This is a combination of line and arc. you will get geometric constraints like: parallel. etc. Click suitable types of dimension icons. Read more: http://www. For example. radial dimension. Various geometric constraints are available by this icon. UG will decide a dimension type depends upon the entity geometry. vertical dimension. • Circle: This UG sketch tool is for creating circles. • Arc: For creating and arc in Unigraphics sketcher mode. click this icon. etc.brighthub. You don’t need to click different icons in between. • Inferred Constraints: If you want Unigraphics to suggest geometric constraints while creating the entities then click the “Inferred constraints” icon and set what all the constraints you need. For example. • Constraints: Apart from dimensions you need to give geometric constraints to make any UG sketch fully constrained. you have two options: specifying centre and diameter or specifying three points. angular dimensions. Inferred dimensions. you can click “Inferred Dimension” and select any entity. and Inferred constraints are some of the functions available with tho UG NX6 sketch tool that will help you speed up your sketching. • Trim/Extend: These icons are used for trimming or extending lines or curves. Alternatively.

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