The philosophers have long told us that with diversity comes strength, beauty, and innovation. Try to remember that the next time you’re fighting with a CAD file that won’t open up or accept your changes, okay?
Despite all the advantages that come with the heterogeneous and wired workplace, we still find ourselves more or less stuck when someone sends over a design with an unfamiliar file extension. It’s simply the cost of diversity. In fact, in a recent survey, we found that about half of you have lost time trying to work with files from a CAD app (and version) that you don’t already own.
You could ask the sender to re-export the file to a compatible format. But that might not be possible, and it might not make the file any more editable. Worse yet, it looks bad if that sender is a customer or OEM.
Most product developers simply accept difficult files as part of doing business, and often just recreate it from scratch rather than try to make the existing file work.
But Chad Jackson has some good news. In his eBook, Multi-CAD Data, Unified Design, he identifies 3 technologies that are reshaping how organizations in multi-CAD environments work. Jackson, industry analyst for Lifecycle Insights and publisher of the blog engineering-matters.com, says that these new technologies may mark the end of frustrating file incompatibilities–and the time losses that come with them.
Jackson’s short book is a great way to update your understanding of where the CAD industry is going and what the future holds for anyone who has ever struggled with a badly behaved CAD file. His vision is especially useful if you’re considering ways to trim your design cycle, but expect to keep taking advantage of a diverse supply chain and the myriad file formats that come with it.
I, also, have good news. PTC has made Jackson’s eBook free here.
Enjoy. Diversity can be a great thing. We wish you strength, beauty, and innovation in all your product development endeavors!
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