Mass customization, platform design, and modular design are sometimes described as the new frontiers of manufacturing. By creating common, scalable, or interchangeable parts, companies can offer thousands of product possibilities to choosy customers. For example, an automobile might have 100 options leading to 10,000+ possible configurations.
These approaches to customization are an efficient way to create seemingly infinite products. But what’s not so efficient is the explosion of configurations in your PLM and CAD system. Here’s what ends up happening:
• Managing all the different configurations is too complex. For many manufacturers, this requires a manual process and is often impossible and unpractical in today’s CAD tools .
• Some configurations never get modeled. Configurations are left as simple BOM definitions with no associated 3D Model. That means issues may exist, simply because there is no easy way to inspect a 3D version of every configuration.
• Documentation doesn’t reflect configurations. Specifications, marketing materials, service and maintenance documentation all fall short of completely describing the product as built.
As a result, products are vulnerable. What if an interference arises when you bring together two never before combined options? What if the service manual doesn’t show your particular configuration?
Imagine, however, if you had a common PLM platform from which anybody in your organization could easily access BOM configurations. Imagine they could create models from those BOMs by simple dragging and dropping. Now imagine an environment that automatically generated all the 3D models possible without manual prompting.
That’s what Creo is all about. It puts a scalable suite of design apps on a common platform with a common PLM system. So teams and individuals get an app that’s just right for their needs. Plus the 3D model in any configuration is easily accessible, directly from the BOM, for visual inspection, design optimization, marketing, or documentation.
In short, Creo takes away the headaches of manually generating infinite numbers of 3D configurations from the BOM.
• With Creo AnyBOM Assembly, you can instantly create a 3D configuration for a product, ensuring all users can work with any configuration of a product.
Creo not only guarantees that every and any configuration can be represented in 3D instantly, but also that everyone in product development can leverage those models for any specific need, unlocking efficiency at levels never before realized with mass customization.