Originally published on the Desktop Engineering blog. Written by Geoff Haines.
At Desktop Engineering, we aim to help our customers find ways of doing design or manufacturing quicker and of higher quality using software technologies.
Geoffrey M. Haines, BSc(Eng), ACGI, C Eng, MIMechE, FRSA
One of the approaches we can use is to use a rule based approach to capture knowledge to allow it to be re-used.
Rules are those simple set of instructions, something as simple as a cooking recipe, that one follows that determines an outcome. So it is with engineering. Capture those rules and then reuse them in software and then you have design automation.
We have done this with the design of Rainscreen Façades using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
By taking the elements of a façade rainscreen, encapsulating the design process as a set of rules, we have created an Intelligent Rainscreen Façade solution.
We can vary any parameter within the rules to automatically recreate a complete assembly.
As every part in the assembly has an associated fabrication drawing, then those are automatically recreated too. Preset reports then create a full schedule of parts, cutting lists and cost information.
So when your architect decides on a different variation in grid or material, it’s simple to recreate a design, determine a cost, and create full fabrication details.
We have a short video demonstration to highlight this process: