Define the product design completely, such that it meets requirements and is sufficiently documented for manufacturing.

Best Practices: Key Detailed Development Process Improvements Enabled by PTC Capabilities

Detailed Development: Best Practices:
  • Integrated cross-discipline BOM: Establish a single, synchronized source of product data to capture the correct hardware and software product configuration.
  • Document management: Manage and associate documents with relevant product data to improve product definition integrity and increase reuse.
  • MCAD data management: Efficiently manage concurrent development of mechanical CAD designs, ensuring stakeholders have access to the latest information.
  • PCB design data management: Efficiently manage concurrent development of printed circuit board CAD design and manufacturing data to ensure stakeholders have access to the latest information.
  • Efficient multi-CAD co-design: Efficiently collaborate with teams, suppliers and partners regardless of their CAD systems to avoid recreation of non-native geometry.
  • ECAD/MCAD collaboration: Utilize PLM to streamline the exchange of incremental design changes between electrical and mechanical domains in PCB design to improve cross-discipline communication and decrease design-cycle time while managing the history of changes.
  • Concurrent, closed-loop software development: Support for proactive planning of software structure, elaboration, and iterative and incremental development of software to minimize serialization of development activities.
  • Top-down design: Proactively plan and structure larger CAD assemblies to support team-based development without concurrency gridlock. Reuse and associate early product structures with CAD structures.
  • Disciplined agile software development: Support iterative and incremental approaches to software development that focus on delivery of working software, rather than work in progress.
  • Adaptable 3D modeling: Create 3D models of all mechanical parts and assemblies to ensure design accuracy while reducing or eliminating the need for expensive physical prototypes.
  • Associative routed systems: Concurrently develop logical schematic, 3D cabling and piping design, as well as harness and piping manufacturing instructions.
  • Associative drawings: Automate the generation of 2D production drawings from the 3D master model design data. Eliminate errors and enable concurrent design and drawing development.
  • Drawingless design: Document and deliver 3D designs for downstream consumption and eliminate or reduce the reliance on 2D drawings.
  • Distributed collaboration: Enable collaboration on work-in-process design data. Share product information throughout the enterprise in order to facilitate front-end ideation, concept development and design refinement.
  • Efficient design review: Provide easy and timely access to latest design data to facilitate asynchronous design collaboration regardless of the data size or type. Enable continuous feedback and manage formal design review preparation, execution and follow-up.
  • Large MCAD assembly management: Optimize system performance and workability of complex CAD assemblies.
  • 3D design automation: Automatic creation of the models, drawings and images derived from a set of requirements that feed directly into a set of intelligent, parameterized models.