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Top 10 Use Cases for CAD Interoperability


The product development process involves collaboration between multiple teams

and shared data from various software applications. Error-free interoperability is

critical. But when do you need interoperability?

 

Changing your design and manufacturing CAD software

Every engineering organization must decide on the best CAD software to satisfy their

design and manufacturing needs. It is a complex decision that involves engineering tools,

collaboration capabilities, and data management. Existing engineering teams often face

these choices when transitioning to new CAD software or standardizing on one platform

after an acquisition.


Learning to work with 2D and 3D CAD together

For over twenty years, companies have realized the benefits of migrating their

legacy 2D drawings to 3D models. The list of reasons why is long, including better

collaboration, virtual testing, and 3 to 5-axis machining capabilities to name a

few. Most companies have also realized the benefits of using both 2D and 3D CAD

software together. In those cases, it’s important that your data remains fully

associative between your applications.


Bringing your data together after an acquisition

Changing CAD software can be challenging, and it is often necessary to standardize

engineering teams on one platform. In the past this required CAD software to translate

the data from one application to another.


Changing your design and manufacturing CAD software

Every engineering organization must decide on the best CAD software to satisfy their

design and manufacturing needs. It is a complex decision that involves engineering tools,

collaboration capabilities, and data management. Existing engineering teams often face

these choices when transitioning to new CAD software or standardizing on one platform

after an acquisition.

Over the past few years, CAD companies have developed new technologies that

enable you to open files from other CAD applications without error-prone translation and the 3D model remains associative when changes are made.


Collaboration from start to finish

The product development process commonly involves collaboration between multiple teams

inside and outside your organization. This includes shared data between various software

applications. It is critical that 3D models and metadata maintain accuracy and are free of

errors as the product development process moves forward.


Using supplier data in your designs

It is ideal when you and your suppliers use the same CAD software, but what if you are

using something different? If you are using the latest version, then you are probably

able to open native file types from other CAD systems. Otherwise, you may find

yourself searching for the most accurate and error-free method of translating

3D models provided by the supplier.


Making custom products for your customer

All organizations need to protect their intellectual property. How can that be

done when it’s time to share your 3D models with your customers? You need

capabilities that enable you to develop a simplified version of your model that can

be created quickly, and the process needs to be repeatable so that work doesn’t

have to be done all over again when sending a new version of the design.


People who need your model to do their job

Many of the tools that are used for downstream applications are integrated

in the CAD system. However, there are times when collaboration involves highly

specialized tools that can only be accomplished in separate software.


Participating in BIM projects

Companies that are looking to get spec’d into building projects require tools

that help them to turn their designs into digital assets that architects need.

Architects are looking for mechanical engineering organizations to design and

manufacture custom structures for their building projects. The design requires all

the details for production as well as an efficient approach toward simplification

and export of a Revit family project.


Create quotes for customers

As customers send their data for new projects, it is important that you can read

it in without errors or missing information to generate an accurate quote.


Aggregate all 3D data into one file for internal and external collaboration

There are some projects that require a massive amount of data from multiple

teams from different disciplines. The aggregation of 3D mechanical designs,

the building, HVAC, and point cloud will save time and money as you avoid

costly interferences and schedule installation of equipment.


Take measurements virtually from the 3D model

Collaborating with others or simply walking to the shop floor to take measurements

can be a time-consuming task. Access to the data, whether it is in the form of a

3D model or point cloud enables you to measure everything from your desk or

even your mobile device.





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