Last year, AIA partnered with IHS and CADENAS PARTsolutions to create authorized 3D computer-aided design (CAD) models of components based on critical National Aerospace Standards (NAS). The result was a valuable new tool for engineers across the aerospace industry to accelerate innovation, shorten design cycles and reduce costs. 3D models are now available for the most used NAS/NASM/NA/NAM parts. The catalog was made available through IHS and PARTsolutions last month.
The 3D CAD model catalog provides a solution for a problem that confronts the aerospace industry. Currently, the creation and management of AIA/NAS-based 3D information involves various diverse approaches, multiple systems, a variety of mechanical design automation and computer-aided design (CAD) software and the unique revisions of these models, stored in a variety of product lifecycle management (PLM) systems. The AIA/NAS 3D CAD Model solution provides a lightweight and flexible product option that includes 3D models along with attribute datasheet files. Companies subscribing to the AIA/NAS 3D catalog will have access to authorized 3D models that can be used in their 3D designs alongside the companion attribute datasheet files. The AIA/NAS 3D catalog facilitates a more efficient and reliable design process when utilizing aerospace standards, as well as updating of parts to new revisions and making better overall use of computer infrastructure.
Key benefits of this solution include:
* Reduced modeling and design cycle times;
* Improved engineering productivity;
* Elimination of duplicated effort;
* Assurance of quality through the use of authorized CAD models;
* Increased consistency in parts used on projects; and
* Greater accuracy in bills of materials.
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