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Creo View MCAD: Why It’s More Than Just a “Nice to Have”

Design reviews are a way to find and address problems early in the design process. For example, give a manufacturing engineer a “quick peek” at your 3D model, and you may get tips for cutting production costs —long before physical prototyping. Show your ideas to purchasing, and you may find a more readily available fastener to use.

On the other hand, design reviews can steal hours from engineering as you capture screen shots, importing data from outside suppliers, creating spreadsheets, sharing it all with stakeholders, and so on. The good news is, Creo View MCAD can ease these burdens:

Creo View MCAD: Why It’s More Than Just a “Nice to Have”

By Cat McClintock | Published: Aug 28, 2015

Design reviews are a way to find and address problems early in the design process. For example, give a manufacturing engineer a “quick peek” at your 3D model, and you may get tips for cutting production costs —long before physical prototyping. Show your ideas to purchasing, and you may find a more readily available fastener to use.

On the other hand, design reviews can steal hours from engineering as you capture screen shots, importing data from outside suppliers, creating spreadsheets, sharing it all with stakeholders, and so on. The good news is, Creo View MCAD can ease these burdens:

If you think a visualization tool like Creo View MCAD is just  “nice to have,” consider the data. Last year PTC surveyed more than 280 customers in 20 countries. Responses came from companies of all sizes and covered employees in roles ranging from creators to executives. The survey asked questions about the makeup of review teams, the tools used, and where companies felt most challenged in holding productive reviews. The results were compelling:

The ratio of CAD users to non-CAD users on the review team reaches up to 100:173. The CAD users clearly make up the minority. This highlights the need for design review tools that have a familiar, yet easy-to-use interface. Most reviewers aren’t CAD experts. They just want to inspect existing designs and add notes without learning to use 3D design.

 

Seven of ten companies manually capture design review results and action items in tools outside their design review environment. Whether it’s written on paper or in a third-party application, companies still take extra steps to use and capture design review results data. Yet when when most companies use in-house CAD software for design validation and reviews, doesn’t it just makes more sense to capture results and annotations in that same environment?
 

The most surprising statistics in the study are the sheer number of reviews in a month, which range from 17 to 57. That’s nearly a design review every day for small- to medium-sized businesses, while enterprises reach almost three per day. Not all reviews are lengthy meetings, but even the short ones add up. Think of the challenges listed in the article already and multiply by the number of reviews. It’s a compelling case for change.

 

Products like Creo View MCAD streamline your reviews by effortlessly integrating third party data while providing easy-to-use interfaces that keep everyone focused on the project at hand.

It has the added ability to capture your results and annotations in PTC environment, giving you instant access to your notes without needing extra tools or wasting time transcribing the data.

Wondering what else the study found? Head over to the 2014 Design Review and Validation study infographic and check out the results for yourself.  Then try it out by downloading your own free-for-life visualization software.