Large Frame Assemblies for Digital Projections with SOLIDWORKS

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TriMech is fortunate to work with clients from Maine to Florida and out to Arkansas, offering a range of engineering solutions. This week’s client story showcases how TriMech’s Project Engineering Group (PEG) helped Digital Projections improve their display frames designs using SOLIDWORKS. 

The Challenge

Digital Projections designs large LCD display walls for open spaces. Their clients can generate High Definition video content to be viewed by groups of people in stadiums, conference rooms or anywhere crowds gather. They use structural framing and custom components to fabricate the display walls to fit their clients’ design and space.

Digital Projections traditionally works with 2D architectural drawings provided by their clients. Typically, their display frames were measured and “cut to fit” on the job site. They needed a 3D model-based design process to create the structural frame and display assemblies because of the accuracy required to perfectly align the display panels. So, they reached out to TriMech and we prepared a demonstration for them showing how they could meet their needs with SOLIDWORKS 3D modeling and drawing capabilities. They decided that this was the solution they needed, so they purchased the software and included a SOLIDWORKS Essentials training seat.

After starting with SOLIDWORKS, they hit a bottleneck trying to model their large frame assemblies. Creating the hundreds of 3D models and mating each frame segment was taking longer than expected. Their first target project had a deadline that was fast approaching, and they knew there had to be a more efficient way to get the job done.

Working with TriMech’s Project Engineering Group

Digital Projections reached out to TriMech’s Project Engineering Group to see if we could help. They wanted to complete a display project for their new client. We were tasked with optimizing their design process and streamline their workflow.

After understanding our client’s needs, we set some objectives to help them with their display frame, which included: building a library of parts and weldment profiles used to build project assemblies, creating a drawing template and creating a detailed drawing proposal of the LED display system. Weldments is a feature that allows you to use 3D sketched based wire frames, and along with structural members or “profiles”, build your frame as it would be constructed. This allows for highly accurate frames with an automatically generated “cut list” that details the size of each part in your assembly. From there, we can align and attach each display panel precisely as required. 

Digital Projections display panel alignment

Digital Projections Frame in SOLIDWORKS

Outcome of Working with TriMech’s Project Engineering Group

The client was extremely happy with the method used to design their large display wall. It was faster, highly accurate and more efficient.

Digital Projections panel

Digital Projection has continued to open additional work orders with the scope of creating an extensive series of display walls with many proposals to new clients. Many of those proposals build from the drawing template repurposed from this project; fashioned to match their company documentation and elevate their design presentations. The result of this has been winning more jobs on a whole new level of design and complexity.

TriMech’s PEG continues to be the Engineering Resource for Digital Projections through continued collaboration and shared experience. We’ve expanded this collaboration and communication using the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform directly sharing 3D digital content, 2D images and interactive conversations. We’re looking forward to continued growth, and the future looks very bright.

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