This class covers the challenges and victories of a 100-year-old company that has transitioned from drawing on a drafting board to AutoCAD® software for 2D and 3D CAD, then to AutoCAD® Mechanical design software, and finally to Inventor® 3D CAD software. We describe how the company has adapted its own standards over the years to expedite the release of drawings to manufacturing in a very time-critical environment. Finally, we discuss how the company has decided to take technology by the horns with both 3D prototype/model design and a business enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
- Make the best use of iParts and iAssemblies in a custom environment
- Customize templates and iProperties to automate the drawing process
- Customize the content center with existing part numbers for automated bill of materials (BOM) data
- Search Vault using a naming convention for part/assembly reuse
Jason Mayes is currently the CAD Administrator at Deister Machine Company. He began his career at Deister in 1999 as a product designer. His experience started in high school with two years in drafting learning the basics of design on a drafting board. His first taste of AutoCAD came at Deister with release 2000. In 2005 Deister switched to AutoCAD Mechanical in which training followed to learn the mechanical features that were new to Deister. Jason's personal drive to better understand the software propelled his career to his current position as Cad Administrator. He started dabbling in Inventor at release 8. Since then he has had extensive training in Inventor, Vault and 3ds Max; both formal and at AU. He is responsible for all design software training for both new and updated packages for existing employees and new hires. While setting up Inventor he created a custom content center, iParts and iAssemblies to expedite the design process.