Manufacturers everywhere need to deal with late-stage design changes. Customers request design changes late in development, unplanned engineering change orders (ECOs) arrive for a product that’s already released, or a customer quality report requires immediate changes in a shipping product. Even under the best circumstances, new regulations can force product design changes in selected geographies and industries late in the process and disrupt projects.
How bad is it? A recent PTC study found 2 of every 5 CAD users struggle with accommodating late-stage design changes.
And while change would be easy if it were pre-planned as part of the parametric model’s original intent, most just aren’t. That’s a problem, and working around a design’s original intent can be a significant time sink. In the end, many teams solve these challenges by simply starting over and recreating existing data from scratch, diverting valuable time and resources from more productive endeavors—like creating superior products, decreasing time-to-market, or streamlining product development costs.
A direct or flexible modeling approach can help. It combines the best of parametric and direct modeling in one CAD tool. Now, any design change can be made simply, while preserving the design intent of existing models. This approach even works with imported geometry from your existing CAD tool.
PTC Creo Parametric and the add-on PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX) give you more design flexibility and speed to complete late-stage design changes in one tool. You no longer need to rebuild a model that can’t be updated without breaking the original constraints. With PTC Creo and PTC Creo FMX, you easily complete late-stage design changes by selecting and editing a range of geometry and features including rounds and patterns in the model. The original design intelligence is fully retained. PTC Creo FMX saves time and reduces errors and frustration.
When dealing with complex models, late stage design changes can be painful and time-consuming – often requiring the model to be recreated. Creo allows you to make quick, easy modifications to the model geometry, without losing the design intent.
In this video, Brian, your 3D engineering wonderkid, talks about the challenges of late stage design changes – like when they keep you from your vacation.
PTC Creo Parametric is the standard in 3D CAD software. It provides the broadest range of powerful yet flexible 3D CAD capabilities to accelerate the design of parts and assemblies.