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Aerospace

Professional Outsourced Aerospace Services

Aerospace companies have to deal with a highly regulated industry that requires incredible precision, detailed designs, and a ton of engineering effort. At the same time, the aerospace industry regularly achieves some incredible feats of engineering.

Within the world of aerospace, you’re dealing with high forces, large thermal swings, and precision that you won’t find in any other industry. As a result, you need a team that has experience working with aerospace designs, and a proven track record — you need CAD/CAM Services.

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What Are Aerospace Services?

Simply put, our aerospace services include outsourced CAD services that apply to every aspect of your aerospace business. Whether you need a single panel designed, an entire aircraft reverse-engineered, or a brand-new wing design for your upcoming project, CAD/CAM Services can deliver. In fact, we’ve successfully done projects in each of those three examples, plus countless more.

Our aerospace services start at the initial concepting phase and go all the way to a final production-worthy set of manufacturing drawings. We include plenty of complicated 3D CAD services, engineering simulations, full tolerance analyses and manufacturability run-downs for each part, among countless other services.

Our goal is to deliver outsourced aerospace services that save your team time, money, and headaches.

Why Aerospace Services Matters

As you already know, the aerospace industry doesn’t have a lot of room for error. A simple miscalculation could result in your fuselage failing mid-air, and risking people’s lives. We don’t ever want that to happen, so our engineers go above and beyond to triple-check all the math, simulations, and design features. We include a lot of quality checks and peer reviews to avoid any problems.

The same can’t be said for “discount outsourced” companies. A lot of companies will cut corners to save money and try to meet your timeline, but we refuse to. Our team at CAD/CAM Services has been highly trained and we take a lot of pride in our work. Our engineers work in staggered shifts, giving us 24/7 coverage within the office. It means that your project can always have a set of hands working on it, no matter what time it is.

Benefits of Aerospace Services from CAD/CAM Services

Why do people choose CAD/CAM Services for their aerospace projects? There are a lot of reasons why, and plenty of benefits associated with choosing us for your next project:

We have a ton of experience.

Every aerospace project requires background experience within aerospace, and our team at CAD/CAM Services offers exactly that. Our crew has worked on countless successful aerospace projects in the past for massive companies like Boeing, the US Air Force, and many others.

A trusted, reliable, and consistent team.

There’s a reason why we’re the most-chosen US-based outsourced CAD company in the country: we’re consistent, reliable, and trustworthy. We’ve worked on top-secret engineering projects for the Department of Defense, and they keep choosing our team. We take our work seriously, and we want to deliver the best results.

Faster turnarounds with fewer mistakes.

With our highly experienced staff working around the clock and going through various quality checks, the results are better. We can deliver faster results with fewer mistakes. We don’t trade quality for expedited timelines, we do both at the same time.

Great quality you can be confident in.

One of our favorite terms to describe CAD/CAM Services is “high-quality”. Our work, our people, and our commitment to your project all prioritize quality over everything else. We want you to be confident in your designs, and our CAD Perfect® quality will put your mind at ease.

A wider range of services.

We want to position ourselves as your go-to engineering firm. To do that, we established a robust range of services that you can choose from. By doing more in-house, there are fewer mistakes during hand-off that you would encounter if you had to use a number of different outsourced teams for the same project.

Accredited and certified.

For government contracts, rest assured that our team is ITAR, GSA, and DLA-registered. We are fluent with DoD and DoD Prime vendors, which will help with every step of the project.

What Goes into Aerospace Services from CAD/CAM Services?

Our aerospace services revolve around the needs of your team, and they’re often project-specific. As a result, most of our aerospace collaborations start with a conversation. During this consultation, you’ll tell us more about your project like your expected timeline, what deliverables you’d like, what CAD format you’d prefer, and any high-level details about the project.

From there, we’ll assign a dedicated Project Manager and a number of engineers. We’ll start drafting, concepting, designing, engineering, and creating drawing packages for you. Our team can be as hands-on or hands-off as you’d like — meaning we can give you regular updates, or only update you as you ask for them.

In either case, all of our engineering work goes through multiple rounds of quality checking to ensure everything is perfect.

Whether you contract us for 3D CAD, engineering, simulation, prototyping, 3D printing, or reverse engineering, we’ll deliver the results through an encrypted filesharing source that keeps your information safe.

Our Aerospace Services Include:

2D and 3D CAD Models

Engineering, Designing, and Concepting

Production-Ready Manufacturing Drawings

Reverse Engineering and 3D Scanning

Engineering Simulations and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

And Much More (Including Custom Services)

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Get a quote today to start working with our talented team at CAD/CAM Services. We’ve worked with all of the biggest names in the aerospace industry, and we’d love to help with your project as well. Whether you have a sketch on a napkin, a rough idea of what you want, or an existing assembly that you’d like to update, our team can help. Allow CAD/CAM Services to be your one-stop shop for all things CAD, engineering, and outsourcing.

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FAQ's

3D Modeling FAQs
How do you bill 3D CAD services tasks?

Per hour. Hourly rate depends on what CAD software used and typically starts at $75 per hour.  In general, to make this process safer for you, we often provide you a fixed not to exceed the cost as well.  That way, you are protected from an open-ended PO. However, the reality is our fees are based on time. In addition, services in say Catia or NX are more expensive than say Solidworks. Or, simulation services are commonly done by real engineers.

What do you need to give me accurate pricing?

First of all, we need to know the target CAD system and whether you have an existing  template, or set of CAD standards for this project.

The main question is the overall complexity. As each part and assembly consists of different features and elements the best way is to provide us with an example.  Again, a picture is worth a thousand words.

If you already have a model and need us to improve it or update it in any way we need to know which dimensions and features are critical and which can be modified to achieve your desired result.  Even a before and after example works very well. We started with x, and got to this CAD file.

We can also offer you better options if you provide us with the purpose of your project (demonstration, 3D printing, FEA Simulation, CNC manufacturing, etc.).  This helps us better refine the task.

How do you check your models?

We create 2D drawings from our 3D models for QC purposes. We follow aerospace standards and deliver ±.005” accuracy models for all projects.  All of our QC is done by a different person than the designer. On Catia work, we often use Q-Checker for Airbus.

What is the minimum price for your 3D modeling services?

We have a minimum order fee $150.

General CAD Questions
How do I send a sample, in order to get a quote?

Fill out our quote form, attach your files, or simply send us an email. Tell everything about your project, like the model purpose.

For smaller files < 15 MB you can simply email them to us.  For something larger, just drop them in any number of drop boxes like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and others.  Or if you would like, just contact us for a private, hardened link.

It is fine to use most any time of compression such as  *.zip, *.rar, *.tar, *.7z, *.arc, *.LBR, and even *.iso images.

A direct email is [email protected]

We also use a hardened OwnCloud web file sharing platform for unlimited file transfers. We provide unique and very private Web Storage Portals, this also supports file syncing for extreme convenience for you. Because so much of our work is DOD or weapons design work, Security – and confidentiality is very important to us.

Will CAD / CAM Services Sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?

Yes. NDAs are a common part of our business. All data is yours – not ours, and treated as proprietary data and not for public consumption or use. Probably 70% of our work is under NDA agreements. We can generally get these signed within the day.

What is the estimated delivery time?

It depends on the scope of work:

  • 2D drawings – small quantity, normally 48 hours.  We have several customers where they contract to us, keeping 4-8 drafters busy full time.
  • 3D models – complexity dependent, but smaller jobs in 2-3 days. Some models we have spent months on.  Again, we have several customers where they contract to us, keeping 6-10 3D CAD designers busy full time.

Simple jobs have a lead time of 48 hours. Larger projects are delivered and invoiced weekly.

Did you really own the trademark Cad Perfect™, Cad Perfect CAD Conversions™ and Cad / Cam Services™?

Yes, we did back in 2008. We started using Cad Perfect™ back in the early 1990s because all of our customers wanted only real Cad Perfect™ work. Back then the buzz words were terms like machine ready, or DXF Traceover and others.

The problem is, nobody wanted that. They all wanted drawings and models that they did not have to touch. Everybody wanted drawings just as if they hand redrew the work themselves.

Thus, Cad / Cam Services™ was the first company to start offering ONLY Cad Perfect™ work.

Do you support the PPD-21 Directive?

Yes we do, and have now for several years. In addition, we also support the industry specific plans as well.

Reverse Engineering FAQs
What is the average price for Reverse Engineering?

It all depends on the part’s complexity, size and structure.

What do you guys need to provide me with accurate pricing?

We need to know whether you need your parts to be scanned by us. Or many times we can work with 3D scans provided by third-party companies.  The quality of the scan is everything in our business. Anyway, we strongly advise you to use us for both the scanning and the CAD conversion aspects.  That way, we can control the quality. Sometimes we receive poor quality scans which make it impossible to create truly Cad Perfect™ models for you.  By all means, send us a couple of even cell phone photos, and the rough size of the object.  Most of the time, this will provide us enough information to provide a real bid.

The price depends on the part complexity, size, as well as the target file parametres. We need to know whether you need full parametric models, and your desired accuracy. If you tell us the purpose of reverse-engineered models, we can often provide you with possible solutions. The target CAD software may change the price as well. This includes sophisticated Workstation add-on products such as Composites, Catia electrical wiring, mold design, and others.

What is the quality of reverse-engineered parts?

We can provide ±.005” aerospace quality for every model. CT scanned parts can have even higher precision up to ±.001”.

Finite Element Analysis and Engineering Simulation FAQs
What is the purpose of FEA?

A Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a form of non-destructive testing (NDT) that shows how your part reacts to real-world loading events. A common example is running an FEA on a support bracket. The FEA will give results showing how much the bracket deflects, how much reactive force is seen, and the kind of internal stresses the bracket experiences.

FEA results will change dramatically based on the position and angle of the load, how much force is applied, the material properties of the part, and the design of the part itself.

An FEA is used to optimize a part before manufacturing begins. It allows you to find weak points within your part or assembly, and it will predict a failure before you physically make anything. This gives you an opportunity to fine-tune each part to optimize its size, strength, and cost before you start producing it.

What do you need to make an accurate simulation?

The more information we have, the more accurate the simulation results will be. It also depends on what type of simulation you want to run. For a simple FEA, we can run an accurate simulation with just a 3D CAD model and loading/force/pressure information that you want to simulate.

Don’t have a 3D model? Not a problem, our team can make one for you from scratch, and then run an FEA on it.

For a more detailed answer, a well-run FEA will need:

Material properties: What material is the part made out of? We can run different FEAs with different materials to help you pick the right one.

Loading conditions: The size, location, and type of load you want to simulate.

Bonding condition: How is the part held in place? Is it bolted, welded, or just sitting on a tabletop?

A 3D model

For other simulations: Please provide us with all thermal, dynamic, aero, and/or fluid flow information. Feel free to call us and we’ll walk you through what we need.