Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Gibbs & Cox, Inc has extensive experience in the use of 2D / 3D CAD tools. Our depth of experience using CAD tools spans a period of over 20 years. We have a proven track record of supporting clients with CAD services in all phases of surface ship design. We have worked independently and with clients to develop new applications of CAD technologies as the platforms and software packages have been improved. We were among the first ship design companies to employ 3D CAD in the development of zone-oriented product models.
Current 3D CAD modeling tools employed by Gibbs &Cox, Inc. are Computervision CADDS5, ShipConstructor, AutoPlant, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Inventor series and Microstation. Gibbs & Cox, Inc. is accustomed to designing in a 3D environment using both wire frame and solid surface modeling techniques. We are accustomed to producing derivative products for our customers based on 3D models. These derivative products include video walk-through, fly-bys and animations, extracted 2D isometric and orthographic drawings with bills of material, extracted data files based on the model content and renderings. Video walk-through files are excellent tools to review the design for installation clearances and human interface factors. Routinely this medium has been used to get engineers and designers to buy off on the functionality and completeness of a design as well as get manufacturing personnel to review the producibility of a product they will eventually build.
The extracted 2D drawings are primarily AutoCAD based and include production type drawings and fabrication sketches. By extracting the 2D drawing from the 3D models, the geometry is maintained which assures that the design documentation stays in lock step. We customize extracted drawings to support clients’ production methods and material schedule requirements. We have worked with clients to increase the level of data contained in the CAD models so that very specific data can be extracted for a variety of manufacturing needs. Examples of what types of data can be derived includes customized bills of materials, equipment lists by vendors, equipment lists by compartments and components associated with specific authorization. The extracted data, such as the bill of materials can also be exported in text, data base or EXCEL files for input into other material systems.
Gibbs & Cox, Inc. has the ability to take 3D models developed in AutoCAD, Intergraph, Computervision, ShipConstructor or other design modeling software for a particular design or project, and using 3D Studio MAX software, develop renderings to give a “photographic” view of the model. The renderings are manipulated to add color, texture and lighting features, multiple associated models and seascapes or landscapes for use in presentations and displays.