PDM and the Truth About Multi-CAD Support

Jun 8, 2016 3:26:38 PM / by Synergis Software posted in CAD, multi-CAD, SOLIDWORKS, MicroStation, CAD software, PDM, Product data management, Autodesk, Technologies, Products

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It's no secret that engineers live in a multi-CAD world. As part of their daily routines, engineers routinely collaborate with customers, suppliers, and partners, each working with different CAD tools, yet all needing to be on the same page.

Most companies use, on average, 2.7 different CAD systems internally, according to CAD maker PTC, and that doesn't account for other tools put into play by external partners. Each tool has a distinct file format and different flair for handling 3D CAD data and models. The variances can quickly turn into a nightmare for engineers who are simply trying to collaborate and share designs to get their jobs done.

CAD vendors have tried to address the multi-CAD issue for years, but it remains a struggle for many companies--some trapped by manual processes that don't effectively do the job, others saddled with CAD management solutions that don't live up to their promise of dealing with disparate models and CAD file types.

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