It’s no surprise that Research and Development in the sectors of Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) and printed electronics production has evolved significantly over the years. This time around, it includes implementing 3D modeling processes. More than just software, this digital approach to prototyping is revolutionizing what it means to do modern engineering in a variety of ways. Here are some of the key benefits 3D modelling brings to the table.

1. The design process is made easier

3D modelling is all about creating the closest thing to the final product, and when it comes to Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)or printed electronics, it’s all in the details. Having a model means that engineers can test out every feature included in the design in order to see what they like, what they want to remove and what they can improve on. It also gives them the chance to get a preview of the end result, such as the materials used, texture of the surface and thickness of each component. They can even use it to narrow in on the aesthetic and functional elements of a control panel, so they can achieve the best user experience from the get-go.

2. Manufacturing is improved

Creating a 3D model helps to approach a design intelligently and produce the best product out there. By having a digital version of a keypad, control panel or even smart clothing, engineers can assess the concept as a whole and entirely optimize the way it is made. In other words, they can rethink how new pieces will be designed to how they’ll be manufactured and assembled specifically for that model.

Above all, it gives one the chance to simulate how the design will work in the field, giving engineers the opportunity to integrate the 3D model of an interface directly into the 3D model of the machine that displays it. Not to mention the ability to share the model with the designers and other key players on the project. It’s a very dynamic, product-centered approach!

3. There’s less margin of error

Creating a 3D model prototype of the HMI or printed electronics is much more efficient because it saves time in other steps of the production process. Being able to pre-visualize the design not only decreases testing time, but also facilitates the final approval. How, you ask? 3D modelling helps decision makers interact with the concept concretely and gives them everything they need to make an informed decision that they’re confident about.

4. There’s space for continuous improvement

3D modelling is much more than a software, it’s an entire framework that is both modern and secure—exactly what is needed in today’s world of engineering. By choosing to have a 3D model of the concept, there will automatically be a digital copy to refer to at any time. This offers the opportunity to continuously improve the design, whether it is to make it more solid or simply modify it for a better performance. There are no limitations to how far the team could go.

Opting for 3D modelling will not only store digital versions of the design to fall back on, but it will also make the management of documents much simpler. The process enables engineers to keep everything in one place, which facilitates the sharing of information, the archiving of previous models and the overall organization of paperwork that can be time consuming and expensive. Staying on-track and on top of a project has never been simpler!

5. Product performance is optimized

Everyone wants a state-of-the-art design. 3D modelling gets you there, as it helps Research and Development engineers identify what needs to be optimized much earlier in the prototyping process. This gives them more room to think up innovative solutions and truly focus on developing a design that has the highest level of quality on the market.

3D modellig is completely revolutionizing HMI production and printed electronics engineering

It’s plain to see that 3D modelling is a simple and efficient way to develop a design, whether simple or complex. As a tool, it allows engineers to put energy where it matters most. From facilitating the design process and accelerating prototyping to significantly reducing production costs, it’s a tool to have for any company that aims to achieve perfection.

Memtronik offers unique support at every step of the HMI process, from the prototype stage to high-volume production. Whether you want to innovate, add value to your existing interfaces or optimize your production costs, our engineers are there to help you stand out from the competition.

Plus, you’re in luck! For a limited time, we cover engineering fees for standard HMI projects. That means now’s the time to take advantage of our cutting-edge manufacturing process and 3D modelling for free! What are you waiting for? Contact the team today to see if you qualify for the promotion.