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 manufacturer transitions to 3D with added benefits

Ontario Drive and Gear (ODG OdG Ordine del Giorno (Italian: Order of the Day)
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ODG Oxford Diocesan Guild
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ODG Open Development Group
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) Ltd., New Hamburg, Ontario New Hamburg is a community of approximately 7,000 in Wilmot Township, a rural township of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario. It is bordered by Baden to the east and Perth County to the west, and is within easy driving distance of the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and , designs, manufactures and sells amphibious am·phib·i·ous  
1. Biology Living or able to live both on land and in water.

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, all-terrain vehicles. ARGOs are all-season machines that offer seating for up to six passengers, while the company's latest eight-wheeler, CENTAUR centaur (sĕn`tôr), in Greek mythology, creature, half man and half horse. The centaurs were fathered by Ixion or by Centaurus, who was Ixion's son. , is targeted for the commercial market and is expected to excel in tough conditions.

Since recent implementation of Inventor software from Autodesk, San Rafael San Rafael (săn rəfĕl`), residential city (1990 pop. 48,404), seat of Marin co., W Calif., a suburb of San Francisco on the northern shore of San Francisco Bay; inc. 1913. , CA, John Donkers, ODG design technologist and CAD administrator, completely modeled the existing ARGO and CENTAUR vehicles in 3D for the first time. Donkers and the design team have also used Autodesk Inventor Autodesk Inventor is the 3D parametric solid modeling package produced by U.S.-based software company Autodesk. It competes with other CAD systems such as SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, and Solid Edge.  software to design vehicle accessories such as a brush guard, a roll bar, and dumpbox. These accessories were not available in the past and ODG had difficulty visualizing how the parts would look on their vehicles without building expensive prototypes. By modeling the entire ARGO using Autodesk Inventor, Donkers and his colleagues are now able to examine the form, fit, and function of the accessories in relation to the rest of the vehicle.

Prior to using Autodesk Inventor, Donkers and the engineering team worked only in 2D mode with another software package. "We made the decision to migrate to a 3D mechanical CAD system because we needed a tool to help us move product to market faster and more economically. For example, we wanted to eliminate some of the costly prototype building and testing." says Donkers. Previously, ODG required several whole vehicle prototypes for each of its products, at costs between $5,000 and $7,000.

Donkers hopes to use the software for numerous activities, including the generation of parts manuals. "Right now, our illustrator uses Corel and Pagemaker to document parts manuals that accompany each vehicle," notes Donkers. "Using Autodesk Inventor, we can document directly from the solid models, streamlining the design-to-manufacture process and reducing the time-consuming task of drawing. We can also create AVIs on axle and transmission assemblies so operators and assembly staff can understand how each assembly should be put together."
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Author:Mandel, Richard
Publication:Medical Equipment Designer
Date:Jul 1, 2001
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