Many projects have physical requirements and constraints which need to be considered in the overall system design. DRA’s engineers apply mechanical models during development to understand the physical interdependencies of the components and to ensure a successful build of the product. DRA utilizes the following tools and techniques to aid in the mechanical design process:
- 3-D modeling and 2-D CAD
- Rapid prototyping
- Environmental Stress Testing
- OrCARD PCB board layouts
SolidWorks provides solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) capabilities. 3-D renderings are produced, along with animations to evaluate the form-fit-function of a design prior to manufacturing. This includes taking industry standards STEP files from commercial products all the way to DRA custom OrCard PCB board layouts and incorporating them into an integrated design. DRA uses established procedures for the conversion of 3-D renderings into 2-D mechanical diagrams to support the manufacturing process. Partnerships with local machine shops as well as working relationships with additive manufacturing companies produce everything from rapid prototypes to high-quality, low-cost, custom fabricated solutions.