If you ever visit Tainan City, Taiwan, look for the Taiwan Metal Creation Museum. This unique cultural center is dedicated to the history and importance of a seemingly ordinary commodity—sheet metal. Founded by Chih Kang Material Company Ltd., the museum illustrates how sheet metal is not only fabricated into a key component of many modern products, but is also a creative, even beautiful material.
Anping sword lion sculpture at the Taiwan Metal Creation Museum (Image: Taiwan Sheet Metal Museum)
Chih Kang Material Company is an OEM sheet metal fabricator started in 1995 by six friends. Its Taiwan Metal Creation Museum combines stories about the company’s history with the technology of sheet metal fabrication. It also features local culture, such as the endangered black-faced spoonbill that winters near Tainan City, and the Anping sword lion—an emblem that locals placed above the entrances to their homes to ward off intruders.
Chih Kang is just as dedicated to its business as it is to education and heritage. From its start 20 years ago, Chih Kang has grown into a global company focused on customer satisfaction and quality metal works. It produces everything from cases for audio equipment, computers, and communication equipment to enclosures, racks, chassis, cabinets, and stainless products used in clean rooms.
If you’d like a closer look, take the corporate tour:
Note in the video that the company focuses on high quality work and taking on challenging design problems. That’s why the Chih Kang team relies on the accuracy of PTC Creo Parametric, but also the efficiency of PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX).
PTC Creo Parametric is the standard in 3D CAD software. It provides the broadest range of powerful yet flexible 3D CAD capabilities to accelerate the design of parts and assemblies. So why did Chih Kang add PTC Creo FMX?
As customers work with the design team, they provide input along with their own design files. “We get a lot of IGES and STEP files from our customers,” says Daniel Wang, R&D Vice General Manager at Chih Kang. “With the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension, we can make design changes even faster.”
PTC Creo FMX saves time by allowing the team to select and change geometry with just a few clicks—there’s no need to redefine or reconstruct the model in any way. With this “direct modeling” approach, they just import and modify models from neutral file formats like STEP and IGES (it also works with other CAD systems like SolidWorks, Solid Edge, and Autodesk Inventor), without worrying about design constraints.
PTC’s flexible modeling approach is ideal for anyone who needs to quickly adjust to client feedback. Imagine the advantages, for example, when you’re working with a concept design that might undergo multiple changes. Or the benefits of a tool that helps you respond quickly to late-stage design changes. Direct modeling provides significant time savings in both those situations because it’s like pushing and pulling clay. Yet with PTC Creo FMX, you still retains a model’s original design intent, so it’s easy to switch back to working with PTC Creo Parametric as needed.
With additions like flexible modeling, Chih Kang is ensuring its continued success in the sheet metal industry for years to come as it becomes more efficient without compromising on its quality.