Posts in category: ‘CAD File Management’

Throwing more gasoline on the part number debate

There's always a little room to throw a bit more gasoline into the fiery part number debate, the ongoing saga between usable human interfaces and computational perfection (coming to a theater near you this summer). After all, delightful never-ending arguments over part number intelligence don't have to be limited to just part numbers. Turns out we can argue and/or rage about part descriptions too. Are part descriptions a critical delineation amongst a sea of look-alike parts? Or are descriptions otherwise considered to be interesting, but irrelevant, acting only as a hopelessly outdated substitute for classification metadata? Let's explore.

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New eBook: Making Your Case For Product Data Management

You love the idea of Product Data Management (PDM) at your company. To say that you loathe unmanaged CAD files is a woeful understatement and only insults your passion for a single source of truth. Every night for the last two weeks you’ve stayed awake late into the night researching feature lists, supported systems, pricing, and word of mouth reports. You even built a buying framework complete with matching scorecard.
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It’s Time to Get Over IGES

About five seconds into your average conversation about CAD translation, someone will invariably mention one of the venerable and long-held neutral formats: STEP or IGES. Neutral CAD formats are the great equalizers of CAD interchange; the old stand-bys of an increasingly multi-CAD world. They provide the bridge to migrate geometry from one proprietary CAD system to another. While direct translation or newer direct modeling techniques now often preempt the use of neutral formats, chances are high you'll need to rely on them at one time or another. But a word of caution: while STEP and IGES are often grouped together in the same breath, they are certainly not equivalent. In fact, if formats were horses, it's probably time to send the IGES pony to the glue factory.

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New report: The Buyer’s Guide for Product Data Management

Let’s say you’ve seen the light and made the decision to implement a formal Product Data Management (PDM) system. Great! Welcome aboard. But just like any other significant purchase you make, you’re apt to do a bit research before you break out your credit card. You’ll consult with your peers, poke around a few forums, maybe even subject yourself to a few vendor sites (PS – thanks for stopping by).

All of these things are part of a normal buying process and we encourage you to partake. But you know what might really help you out? A PDM Buyer’s Guide. Preferably one written by a recognized authority on technologies that enable engineering, including CAD, simulation, PDM and PLM.

We’re proud to present The Buyer’s Guide For Product Data Management, authored by Lifecycle Insights Principal Analyst, Chad Jackson. Get the full report for free with registration.
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Take Control of Your ECO Process

Product design changes are inevitable. In fact, they are an essential part of the product lifecycle. Changes to a product design are triggered and implemented mostly (but certainly not only) during design, prototyping and test iterations in response to a new market requirement, a cost take-out campaign, changes in cost or availability of a critical component, issues discovered in manufacturing or even in field repair, and myriad other reasons.
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