Most of us have at least heard the term “Internet of Things,” or IoT, in the past year or so. This latest term is a fairly new technological concept that has to do with electronic devices being able to communicate with one another, as well as send/retrieve information over the Internet, like sending user data or downloading software updates and patches.
From small medical devices to full-sized kitchen appliances, and everything in between, the IoT has the potential to transform how people obtain and share information. In addition, the IoT makes it possible to track devices, operate them remotely, and more. Whether it is turning on the lights at home, downloading the refrigerator’s inventory from the grocery store, or checking on the status of manufacturing processes being performed by automated robots, the IoT will make it easier for people and businesses to access the information they require, when they require it.
However, the IoT is much more than sharing and obtaining data or controlling devices within your home from work. For CAD designers and engineers, the IoT is going to become an essential aspect to the 3D drafting and design of products, components, finished goods, and even homes of the future. Currently, most designers and engineers have not been fully involved in the IoT design process, from a mechanical point of view.
As a result, manufacturing firms are starting to discover design flaws when attempting to integrate IoT technologies into actual products. Part of the reason for this problem is the IoT tends to be more of a software development and an electronic design component, often left to software developers and electronic designers and engineers, not CAD designers and engineers.
When problems are discovered, the initial CAD drawing has to be reworked to address concerns about IoT technologies—most often the interface used and the placement of it within the product.
In addition, product redesigns increase development and manufacturing costs, and create delays in being able to deliver products on time and within budget. In some cases, while initially it might seem there is not a design problem and the IoT technologies can be installed as desired, later, after the product is fully designed, heating and cooling problems or communication issues could be discovered, further increasing the costs to correct these flaws.
As IoT technologies continue to grow and expand, it is going to be essential for CAD designers and engineers to be included in the development and creation of IoT products, and work together closely with IoT software developers and electronic designers and engineers. Initial product schematics are going to have to take into account a wide range of features and concerns, such as the amount of sufficient space that will be required for IoT interfaces.
Ongoing project collaboration is going to become second nature, with updates and changes to drawings needing to be in sync for everyone at all times during the development of IoT products.
Q-Cad is here to lend our expertise and collaboration for all of your firm’s IoT design and development product projects. To learn more about our extensive CAD drawing and drafting services, call us now at 800-700-3305.