Thinking about switching CAD tools? What you need to know

By Michelle Boucher

As Chad Jackson mentions in his recent post, the last three years in the CAD industry have been really interesting. For a product many could have considered a commodity at the turn of the century, CAD vendors have proved there is still work to be done. It is an exciting time and we are seeing many innovations with direct modeling, greater interoperability, and cloud technologies, just to name a few. These advances may be leading you to ask yourself, “Is it time to switch my CAD tool?”

Before even thinking about an answer to that, first think about your design process. From a recent Aberdeen design study, engineers reported that their top design challenges are:

  • Frequent design changes (39%)
  • Changing design requirements (34%)
  • Projects are understaffed (29%)
  • Increased product complexity (25%)
  • Problems/errors are found too late (19%)

At the same time, time to market pressures are still fierce, with over half (56%) of the respondents reporting this to be their top pressure on the design process. This means when evaluating CAD tools, you need to make sure your selected tool has the flexibility to adapt to changes, yet can manage today’s ever increasing complex designs.

Read the full article.

[Ed:  Jim Brown, independent researcher, explores how manufacturers waste significant time recreating product data using disconnected tools in the design process, and how a suite of integrated design tools offering 2D, 3D parametric, 3D direct, simulation etc can offer significant advantage when Consolidating Design Software]

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