Coping with late stage design changes is one of the most common challenges facing modern engineering and design departments. As you probably already know, many design changes occurlate in the process. Often, many months after the original design was created. Late stage design changes can be a real problem for companies. But there is hope, and tackling this challenge with Creo Parametric makes the process somuch easier, meaning your designs won’t underperform.
We have talked a lot in recent months about multi-CAD, looking at the benefits and possibilities that it offers. Now with the latest release of PTC Creo, companies are now able to take advantage of multi-CAD.
Concept design is crucial to the success of a product. But getting design concepts into a shareable electronic format has traditionally been a challenge.
Working from 3D models from another CAD system can derail your product design schedule. But the fact is that working in a multiple CAD environment is becoming increasingly important for companies. As a result, companies need to have a system or tool in place to help them cope with the challenges that are associated with multi-CAD.
There’s been a trend towards CAD diversification for many years. But, the capabilities in modern CAD tools are starting to reverse this trend.
For many organisations, there can be choke points in their product design process. These slow down the rate of development and mean it takes longer to get new products to market. One example of this is simplifying models for analysis, which is a challenge for many companies.
Let’s be clear, working in a multi-CAD environment is not uncommon. For a variety of reasons, manufacturers can end up with more than one CAD system in operation. This could be for many reasons, including supplier driven demands, as a result of an acquisition, or due to customer requirement.
Nothing works in isolation. This is especially true in our increasingly connected world. So, it’s no surprise that, in an engineering environment, one of the ways the effectiveness of a CAD tool is measured by the extent it is able to interact with other processes and systems. Think about it this way, when you use a sophisticated CAD tool, but find you cannot integrate this information to other parts of your product development process, this limits the effectiveness of the system. So what are the characteristics to look for, to ensure your CAD tool is as effective as possible?
Many manufacturers are currently in a position where they are using several CAD applications. This could be because of customer needs, external suppliers, or even internal departments using different CAD packages. While it is not always possible to reduce the number of CAD packages that you have to use, in instances where you can, there are clear advantages. Let's take a look at 4 key factors that make CAD consolidation a viable and profitable choice for many manufacturers.