Andrew Lindsay is a PhD research student, working under the supervision of Dr Ian Graham and Dr Abby Paterson. His research work examines the efficiency of parametric CAD models currently being used within industry, with the goal of automatically identifying these parts and quantifying the implications they have to the design development process.
Andrew obtained his BEng in Automotive Engineering Design at Coventry University, before joining Triumph Motorcycles as a Chassis Design Engineer. An expert in complex CAD modelling he has subsequently worked as a freelancer for some of the country’s leading product design consultancies, on a diverse range of products in automotive, medical, consumer, telecommunication and energy sectors.
PhD Thesis Title: Identifying and quantifying inefficiencies within industrial parametric CAD models
3D digital CAD parts are used as the foundation for so many processes within product development that they are pivotal to the efficiency of a design project. Model Quality Tools (MQTs) assist with identifying some obvious errors within files, but there is still no way to quantify the impact of these problems.
This research intends to work in collaboration with motorcycle OEM partners to examine and audit their industrial, parametric CAD models. By examining inefficient models and quantifying their impact, it is intended to develop an optimised method of identification. This will have the effect of improving design process times for anyone that uses these file, whilst also providing targeted training for users involved in their creation.