1. Bid modeling is the process of using 3D to better understand customer requirements and to provide useful 3D concept models before bidding on contracts. The sales engineer starts with the customer’s surrounding CAD data, along with an envelope the customer provided for the concept.
2. This will be a custom design, but the engineer starts the process by reusing the closest product from their CAD database.
3. Next, the engineer edits the design to fit into the envelope, starting with the chassis.
4. With the chassis sized correctly, the engineer repackages internal components as needed to try to get everything to fit. If custom brackets are required, she can factor that into the total cost.
5. The new arrangement will be subject to thermal loads, so the engineer extracts a simplified air volume for CFD analysis. Understanding the engineering will prevent cost increases after the contract is won.
6. In addition to a useful concept model for the customers CAD assembly, the engineer can use Keyshot to create photo-realistic renderings to help sell her ideas.