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The ability to work in a virtual Digital Prototype is certainly an invaluable tool for assembly ideation and visualization. Analysis tools such as Inventor's ability to check for potential interferences and drive assembly locational constraints through a range of sizes and positions can help a designer ensure that valid form, fit and function considerations are honored. This virtual prototyping in turn reduces design cycle times, time to market, and ultimately, cost. I am confident using these techniques made me a better Product Designer.
However, performing this analysis on parts modeled to a nominal size is insufficient and error-prone. Designers will place allowable tolerances on parts based on manufacturing processes, material properties, and cost factors. How, then, do I capture and incorporate these factors into my design verification?