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ThinkDesign Suite is the think3 solution for 2D and 3D aided design: an advanced parametric CAD dedicated to solid, surface and hybrid modeling. Conceived to assist designers in their activity, ThinkDesign Suite software is very versatile; built on a modern and powerful kernel, it offers many advanced drafting and modeling tools based on proprietary technology. ThinkDesign Suite is a valuable, professional and, above all, comprehensive product and these features are confirmed by the numerous collaborations undertaken with prestigious international companies in the field of the industrial production.
Technology that makes the difference
The available modeling techniques allow the creation of solids and surfaces, through the use of traditional approaches based on parameterization but also thanks to advanced tools such as the "Global Shape Modeling", also called GSM, that provides designers with all the functionalities necessary to achieve their goals, allowing global, accurate and quick changes at any stage of the design process. Other powerful tools are the Interactive Solid Modeling (ISM), which allows the direct editing, overcoming the logic of parameterization, and the Subdivision Surfaces, innovative approach for handling shapes with great creative freedom.
From conceptual design, through development, up to the final product, ThinkDesign Suite covers all the process stages and provides wide creative freedom and dynamic control of the model in real-time.
The family of ThinkDesign products
The solution is available in five different versions; each of them differs from the other for its functionalities that are specific for the different application areas:
The 2D solution that includes all the necessary tools for creating and editing, with a dynamic interface and method of use, able to give a new impetus to the traditional approach of two-dimensional design.
A complete tool for the world of design, it allows users to focus their work exclusively on the product shape, transforming the project into a model which takes into account the technical and engineering goals.
The solution that enables companies to proceed with speed, efficiency and flexibility in the process of product engineering, combining the traditional 2D design commands with many innovative features of 3D design.
Designed for toolmakers and technicians specialized in dies and molds, it provides tools for editing and rectifying data to easily convert the customers’ models saved in neutral formats (IGES, STEP, etc. ...), and proceeding with the design of molds and equipment. It includes the most common libraries of 3D components and commercial catalogs.
The full product version, dedicated to requiring a single powerful comprehensive solution, covering all the design cycle.
In fact ThinkDesign is the definitive answer to all users who look for a practical solution capable of adding quality, efficiency and productivity to their work.
Drafting is still very important for a variety of reasons: a large 2D archive to work on, dialogue with outside studios and customers using only 2D, product type not appropriate for 3D. Or, even though the advantages of 3D drafting are acknowledged, the time is not yet ripe in that specific situation or its extended use is still premature.
ThinkDesign Drafting allows to:
- maintain the traditional 2D design approach, re-use your legacy data archive with a modern, user-friendly and Windows standard tool;
- have a full range of tools for creating final drawings compliant with the main standards for the technical drawing;
- offer to detail designers and all designers in general the ability to produce the technical documentation with views and sections starting from a 3D model.
think3 offers many excellent design solutions, and drafting is a perfect example: excellence achieved thanks to many years of work and experience.
ThinkDesign Drafting offers a complete range of tools that makes it totally independent and productive. In ThinkDesign Drafting, companies find the exact 2D drawing tool they need, so that draughtsmen and designers can do their daily work quickly and well.
ThinkDesign Drafting: the strength of experience.
In ThinkDesign Drafting, all drafting and editing tools have a dynamic interface and method of use that give a new stimulus to traditional 2D drafting. The command list is long and worth describing by type. It includes all basic 2D geometric entities, plus polygons and curves, complex chain offsets, groups and shared groups controlled hierarchically and organized in libraries, details in scale, holes tables, a drawing cleanup utility to eliminate superimposed or fragmented entities, and interactive geometric transformations with preview. There is an excellent set of commands for creating and editing complex curves. A standard part environment is also available. In addition to creation and editing tools, there are extremely useful graphics functions, such as pan and zoom, bookmarks and state-of-the-art layer management. ThinkDesign Drafting fully exploits the Windows environment work modes so that multiple 2D drawings can be worked on simultaneously, for rapid re-use of parts or drawings with Drag&Drop or Copy&Paste.
Design is now a major factor in the commercial success of most products. Today, designers and manufacturers have to face these challenges:
- They have to strike a balance between innovation, functionality and appearance.
- They must reduce time-to-market without sacrificing the feel, look and quality of a design project.
- They need to improve the overall efficiency of the design process.
think3 lets you concentrate on the creative process. think3 gives designers the best tools for creating innovative ideas, for studying, revising, sharing and reusing information with greater ease.
From the idea to the production line,ThinkDesign Styling gives the designer creative freedom and dynamic control in real time.
ThinkDesign Styling lets you concentrate on the creative part of the design process and forget about the software. think3 technology interprets and does the maths for you automatically to create and shape your ideas. Global Shape Modeling has undergone continuous development ever since its introduction in 2001. Now known as GSM, it offers to designers the advantages to use surface modeling and solid modeling to shape and give form to their ideas. Designers can now make rapid modifications while maintaining their original design concept.
ThinkDesign Styling: the perfect tool for high quality design.
ThinkDesign Styling offers an innovative approach to design. With its Target Driven Design, it frees users from the technological constraints of traditional design systems. With ThinkDesign Styling, designers first set targets: points, curves or even the exact highlight they want to get on an object, then focus on the product shape, anyway they want, and transform the project into a model that includes all technical and engineering aspects while preserving the original design intent. It is possible to create a preview of every shape deriving from a modification made with GSM (Global Shape Modeling) and select the required one only. It enables higher creativity levels while increasing and enhancing design processes. In addition to traditional creation and modification functionalities, ThinkDesign Styling’s rich capabilities include powerful tools such as GSM, Capping, Blending Curves and Blending Shapes, Associative Global Sweep, as well as Dynamic Morphing, Automotive Grid and Rendering.
Launching a new product onto the market requires a huge commitment in terms of costs and human resources.
This is why companies need to optimize the process of marketing new products. To do this they need streamlined procedures and high productivity tools. think3 offers to designer its suite of software products. ThinkDesign Engineering is a tool which is flexible, productive, easy to use, easy to learn and tailored to the needs of manufacturing industries.
ThinkDesign Engineering is the designer's ideal partner for these operations:
- Defining mechanical assemblies.
- Breaking assemblies down into component lists.
- Assessing the overall dimensions of components and assemblies.
- Checking the feasibility of a shape sketched and drawn by the designer or drafted using a special function.
ThinkDesign Engineering enables continuous communications between the styling, engineering and tooling departments and thus ensures that project deadlines are met.
ThinkDesign Engineering: the best solution for 3D design
ThinkDesign Engineering addresses the needs of mechanical manufacturing companies by offering productive and reliable tools. From traditional 2D design controls, to innovative and integrated 3D design functionalities in a single environment, ThinkDesign Engineering provides a comprehensive CAD solution that allows companies to define their products in a faster, more efficient and flexible way. Part modeling, 2D/3D transparency, integrated sheet metal functionality, tubing creation and management, advanced assembly management, frame creation, smart objects, animation, data exchange interfaces with other CAD systems, high availability of mechanical parts libraries, direct FEM/FEA interface, product data management -- all in one intuitive and easy-to-use product. These are just a few aspects of ThinkDesign Engineering’s world. A world created to help manufacturing companies win market challenges.
Whether you have to deal with plastic injection molds, metal stamping or casting, it is certainly an extremely important step that makes "real" what has been envisioned in the 3D digital world.
Unfortunately the transition from digital to reality is not so smooth as we would like because the 3D models are often not prepared taking in account the downstream treatments.
Another common issue is that the 3D models are often not finished or not in "frozen design state", which means that the tooling phase starts before getting the final model: the user has to prepare the tool-mold on an acerbous 3D model, trying to foresee the possible changes and waiting for the final "frozen" model.
think3 provides to these companies cutting-edge technology tailored for their experienced users.
ThinkDesign Tooling allows to:
- treat legacy large size data;
- heal the data;
- easily introduce changes needed for the stamping phase;
- use exceptional modification tools.
For the bigger companies we provide also excellent tools for organization of the data that allows to keep track of the changes, detect and control file usage for single and groups of users, output reports, part data, part lists, all in a friendly and customizable user interface.
ThinkDesign Tooling: the ultimate hybrid CAD solution for the creation of moulds and tools
ThinkDesign Tooling is think3’s comprehensive CAD solution designed for tool makers and engineers specializing in tool & die creation. Built on strong CAD foundations, ThinkDesign Tooling features think3’s innovative technologies such as GSM (Global Shape Modeling) and Zone Modeling that allow real-time modifications of complex models. ThinkDesign Tooling offers libraries of 3D components and the most popular commercial catalogs, and it can be completed by adding CAM software, a wide range of direct converters and the fully integrated thinkPLM solution. The management of files in various CAD formats of varying quality levels is one of the most challenging tasks for mold makers. Therefore it is very important to have the right tools to easily modify the models in neutral formats (IGES, STEP, etc...) they receive from their customers. A key element of the mold design process is still made in a “mixed environment” that brings together the speed of 2D and the quality and accuracy of surface and solid modeling. For this reason, ThinkDesign Tooling offers a single 2D/3D integrated design environment that can be used by specialists according to their needs.
The definition of a product is a complex process that takes into account many aspects regarding design, engineering and production. The various departments of manufacturing companies involved in this process must be able to communicate effectively and regularly to ensure deadlines and quality. think3 is well aware of these needs and provides a clear answer through its 2D and 3D design solution.
ThinkDesign Professional provides designers with:
- Total Process Coverage;
- Multiple Modeling Approach;
- Multi Data Representation.
Total process coverage
ThinkDesign Professional is the solution that covers the entire cycle of product definition, meeting the needs of users working in the departments of Styling, Engineering and Tooling. It holds all the experience of think3, gained in the field alongside its customers, and all the power of ThinkDesign Suite, grown in time, version after version, until it has reached a completeness and flexibility level still unique in the CAD world.
The set of instruments is really rich: 2D functionalities, 2D and 3D integration, creation and editing of curves, surfaces and solids, sheet metal, tubing, modeling of structural frames, assembly management, layout, animation, catalogs of mechanical components, integration with FEM, rendering and much more. Through all these functionalities the project materializes and turns into the product, where everything is perfectly managed through the integration with thinkPLM suite.
One of the advantages of using a single solution as ThinkDesign Professional is the removal of the barriers to the communication in the various stages of the product definition, among designers, engineers and technicians of molds and equipment, since it is possible to make changes without losing the work done in other departments. In fact, thanks to the benefits of solid modeling, to the flexibility of the models of free-shape surfaces and to the extraordinary editing tool of GSM, modifications can be made with great creativity and precision to any type of shape, no matter if native or imported ones, while maintaining the full associativity and in a much shorter time than with the traditional approaches.
To learn the system requirements of ThinkDesign Suite 2015, read the following document. In the case of special configurations, please contact think3 Customer Care or your local reseller.
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