5 Rules For Making Your Custom Part Drawings Cloud Ready
Well made drawings are crucial when sourcing parts via a cloud manufacturing network. In this short article, we provide you with the main rules of creating custom part drawings that will lead you to a seamless cloud manufacturing experience.
Drawings are a key component of the KREATIZE cloud manufacturing service. To source a part via our cloud manufacturing network the drawings need to be clear and understandable without any ambiguities. Only then can you enjoy the seamless, and easy scaling process that a cloud network offers. Once all information is clean and structured the part is “cloud ready”.
What do we mean by cloud ready?
“Cloud Ready” means a custom part is configured, standardized, documented and stored in a way that allows one-click ordering and manufacturing. By making a customer’s part portfolio cloud ready, KREATIZE enables them to make full use of the benefits of cloud manufacturing.
As a pioneer and leader in cloud manufacturing, we have come to realize that there are a few best practices that should be followed when creating cloud-ready drawings. In this short article, we are going to provide you with the main rules you should follow with every custom part drawing that you upload into the KREATIZE Manufacturing Services (KMS) platform.
By following these rules you will be able to create engineering drawings that are easily understood by not just us at KREATIZE, but also by the manufacturers we work with.
Drawings need to be clear.
Keep Everything Within the Frame
The overall positioning of your drawings and information is an important aspect of making a cloud ready drawing. Geometry and information that are placed outside of the frame will not be properly captured by our systems when you upload them. This is because our technology captures and analyses everything within the frame. That includes tables with the positions of drillings. These should never directly touch the frame, but instead have a small gap to it. Geometry and information outside the frame will slow down the process because manual work has to be done to get your parts configured and ready for one-click-manufacturing.
Write Everything In English & Your Native Language
By working with KREATIZE you are accessing an international network of machine capacities. In fact, we currently have partners in Germany, Poland, Italy, Czechia and China. Therefore, any written instructions for post-processes, such as requesting the polishing of a corner after hardening, should be written in both English and your company’s native language.
If we do not speak your native language, we are going to reach out to get verification on the meaning of all your given information. Much in the same way that our partners would request more information from us if we were to present them with a document that is neither in English nor their native language. By having your instructions in both English and your native language, you eliminate the friction of making sure we understand the characteristics of your part.
Use The Header To Specify Post-Processes
You can specify your post processes on our KMS platform, but we recommend that you also write the specifics in the header of each drawing, as drawings are treated as a single source of truth. This also reduces the amount of questions we will ask you when setting up the configuration for your part.
For example, if a part should be anodized we need to know the color, and you should include that in the header of your drawing. Exact tolerances, and full descriptions of post-processes, such as polishing with specific Ra values, should be placed in the header. This way we can be sure to configure it in our KMS system, and that your information is recorded correctly and standardized. By getting it to this level, we are able to provide our partners with all the necessary information in their own language so there is no confusion with the documentation and features of your parts.
By not placing all information clearly on the header of your drawing, our team would have to collect the information from multiple sources like PDF’s or emails. This again introduces friction, and increases the likelihood of error. Hence, our recommendation to include all your post-processes clearly in the header, so that we can standardize your part for one click-manufacturing.
The Drawings Should Be About Geometry – Nothing Else!
This rule is very much tied to our previous tip. Much like you should write all post-processes in the header, we recommend that only geometry and tolerances (position, size, roughness, etc.) be placed in the main Window for drawings. We highly encourage that you include dimensions and tolerances to critical portions of your parts on the drawing, as this significantly facilitates the Quality Assurance.
Any other information that is placed within this area is likely to lead to more confusion. By clearly separating this information into their distinct areas you are saving time, and getting your parts one step closer to cloud ready.
Make Sure Your Drawings & STEP-files Are Consistent
If you want your parts to become cloud ready you need both a STEP-file and a 2D drawing. The 3D geometry of STEP-files plus the information provided in the drawings not only allows our manufacturing partners to see clearly how a part should look like, but also permits our system to automatically provide you with an accurate quote.
It is important to make sure that information between these two documents is consistent. If there is a mismatch between them, we will have to reach out for clarification, which will again delay the process of getting your parts cloud-ready.
Bottom line: By successfully following these tips you will be making cloud ready drawings that enable you to benefit from the revolutionary one-click-manufacturing privilege provided by cloud manufacturing.
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