Frequently Asked Questions

A digital prototype is a digital simulation of a product that can be used to test form, fit, and function. The digital prototype becomes more and more complete as all associated conceptual, mechanical, and electrical design data are integrated. A complete digital prototype is a true digital simulation of the entire end product, and can be used to virtually optimize and validate a product to reduce the necessity of building expensive physical prototypes.

The abreviation CAE stands for Conputer Aided Engineering, and the terminology 'Digital Prototyping' refers to the act of using CAE in the field. Digital Prototyping gives conceptual design, engineering and manufacturing departments the ability to virtually explore a complete product before it becomes real. With Digital Prototyping we can create, validate, optimize, and manage designs from the conceptual design phase through the manufacturing process. By using a single digital model throughout the design process we help our clients to boost the level of communication with different stakeholders while getting more innovative products to market, faster. By using a digital prototype, our clients can visualize and simulate the real-world performance of the design with less reliance on costly physical prototypes.

The manufacturing product development process today is dominated by islands of competency:
• In the Conceptual Design phase industrial designers and engineers often use paper-based methods or digital formats that are incompatible with the digital information used in the Engineering phase. A lack of digital data, compatible formats and automation keeps this island separate from engineering and manufacturing, and means that the conceptual design data must be recreated digitally downstream resulting in lost time and money.
• In the Engineering phase, mechanical and electrical engineers use different systems and formats, and a lack of automation makes it difficult to capture and rapidly respond to change requests from manufacturing. Another problem in the Engineering phase is that with typical 3D CAD software its geometric focus makes it difficult to create and use a digital prototype to validate and optimize products before they are built, making it necessary to build
multiple costly physical prototypes.
• Manufacturing is at the downstream end of all the broken digital processes—the disconnection between the Conceptual Design phase, the Engineering components, electrical and mechanical —and they receive this analog information in the form of drawings. The result is a heavy reliance on physical prototypes and the subsequent impacts on productivity and innovation.
Although there has been talk about the benefits of Digital Prototyping for years, the budget for the tools required to build and test a true digital prototype has been out of reach for most manufacturing companies. Also, having Digital Prototyping professionals in staff is usually expensive, and affordable for large enterprises only.
• Attainable: NC&C maintains a single digital model. This model will be used in all stages of production.
• Cost effective: NC&C brings Digital Prototyping to a broader market by making it cost-effective for design and manufacturing companies. Our services are affordable to companies of all sizes.
• Scalable: The NC&C Solution is scalable, flexible, and easy to integrate into existing business processes. So manufacturers can realize the benefits of Digital Prototyping at their own pace, with minimal disruption to existing productive workflows.
• We will explore your ideas using simple, functional representations that help generate a digital prototype. Then we do stress analysis test and motion simulation to help optimize and validate complete designs digitally and confirm that customer requirements are met even before the product is built.
• We provide manufacturing teams with the most current and accurate data (release drawings, models, and BOMs).

According to an independent study by the Aberdeen Group, best-in-class manufacturers use Digital Prototyping to build half the number of physical prototypes as the average manufacturer, get to market 58 days faster than average, experience 48% lower prototyping costs, and ultimately drive greater innovation in their products. The Nautilus CAE & CAD Digital Prototyping Services help customers achieve these results.

By creating complete digital prototypes for our customers, NC&C helps them build fewer physical prototypes and ultimately get to market ahead of the competition with more innovative products. In today’s increasingly competitive global market, being best-in-class means using technology to stay ahead of the competition and incorporating Digital Prototyping into the product development process gives our customers that edge.

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