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Challenges of Working with CAD Models from Multiple Sources
Product developers need to effectively work with CAD data from multiple teams, design tools, and formats to thrive in twenty-first century business. According to a recent PTC study, 3 of every 5 CAD users struggle with the same challenges: accommodating late stage design changes, working with design data from others in the supply chain, and easily evolving concept designs from existing models.
As a result, many teams manually recreate existing data, diverting valuable time and resources from more productive endeavors—like creating superior products, decreasing time-to-market, or streamlining product development costs.
Industry experts have been aware of these challenges for a long time. Explore the links below as the pros elaborate on these and other “opportunities for improvement” in product design.
Engineers weigh in on the top five challenges facing today’s CAD systems. Download this infographic, and see if any of these challenges sound familiar.
Our favorite animated character, Brian the Engineer, explains the key challenges when trying to complete late stage design changes.
Brian explains the key challenges when trying to create new concept designs from existing models.
In these independent eBooks, industry analyst Chad Jackson explores how recent CAD innovations improve the productivity of designers and engineers working with multi-CAD data and late stage design changes.
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The Solution: PTC Creo and PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension
PTC Creo Parametric and the add-on PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX) give you more design flexibility and speed to overcome common design challenges 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 FMX, you can easily select and edit a range of geometry and features including rounds and patterns. The original design intelligence is fully retained. This saves time and reduces errors and frustration.
The resources below introduce these solutions. Stop recreating designs, and do more to create effective products.
Paul Sagar, Director of Product Management at PTC, introduces the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX), including core capabilities, in this quick online video (2:16).
Learn more about PTC Creo Parametric, the award-winning product design solution. In this short video (2:35), you’ll see why PTC Creo Parametric is the natural upgrade for Pro/ENGINEER users.
When you work with complex models, late stage design changes can be painful and time-consuming -- often requiring the model to be recreated. With PTC Creo, you can make quick, easy modifications to the model geometry, without losing the original design intent or the ability to make future changes.
In many cases, concepts don't start from a blank page. Instead, they’re based on one or many existing models. With PTC Creo, engineers can easily incorporate and modify existing models, both direct and parametric, in a new concept design.
CAD tools are often incompatible with each other, and third party CAD files can be difficult to modify. See how you can add design intelligence in PTC Creo to an imported model. In this short 3 minute video, you’ll see how you and PTC Creo can incorporate and edit CAD data from other systems.
PTC Creo and FMX can help you flexibly make direct changes to any design, preserve original design intent to PTC Creo Parametric models, and import data from other CAD systems. See how in this in depth 60-minute webcast.
Visit the PTC Creo blog to learn more about PTC Creo and FMX. See use cases, customer testimonials, and more.
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Choosing the Right CAD Solution for Flexible Modeling
As you evaluate PTC Creo and the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX), think about the following:
- What measurable impact will these tools have on your design process?
- How does PTC Creo compare to Pro/ENGINEER?
- How much time can Flexible Modeling save?
- Is the return on investment (ROI) significant?
Use the resources below to answer these and any other questions about PTC Creo and the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension.
Globally recognized analyst firm CIMdata offers a series of guides you can use when considering how to best drive late stage design changes and effectively work in a multi-CAD environment.
How does PTC Creo and FMX compare to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire when you modify imported models? In this head-to-head comparison, we pit PTC Creo 2.0 versus Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.
How does PTC Creo and Pro/ENGINEER compare when last-minute changes arise? In this head-to-head comparison, we pit PTC Creo 2.0 versus Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0.
Try PTC Creo Parametric with the FMX, a parametric and direct approach to modeling. Create new designs; import CAD data formats such as IGES, DXF, and STEP; and use FMX to quickly and easily modify geometry.
Calculate how much time you can expect to save with PTC Creo and the FMX with our online calculator.