Posts in category: ‘CAD File Management’

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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Check-in, Check-out, Check-in…Why Bother? I Know Where My CAD Files Are! (Part III)

In the previous blog post, I discussed the rationale and benefits engineering organizations realize by employing a formal product data management strategy and PDM software. In the final installment of Check-in, Check-out, Check-in…Why bother?, I will explain why the absence of a formal data management strategy imposes greater risk on small organizations.

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Check-in, Check-out, Check-in…Why Bother? I Know Where My CAD Files Are! (Part II)

In my previous blog post, I discussed why small engineering organizations feel quite strongly they don’t need a centralized CAD file management systems. In this post I’ll explain why, in fact, no engineering organization, no matter how small, can afford NOT to have a robust product data management strategy supported by PDM software.

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