How Creo View MCAD Streamlines Design Reviews & Validation

During product development, many stakeholders–e.g., managers, manufacturing, purchasing–don’t have access to 3D CAD software to check/access 3D data. To review 2D drawings; the form, fit, and function of a design; check interferences; view product configurations; or determine status, they rely on someone else to retrieve the data they need.

That means, more often than not, a CAD engineer or designer must prepare the data for design reviews–from importing data from other sources, to exporting spreadsheets of information, to printing drawings for the team to redline.

Multiply that by the number of design reviews that take place every month (between 17 and 57, depending on the company), and the review and validation cycle can act as an enormous drain on a company’s talent.

The good news is that there is an alternative. Creo View MCAD is a product viewing app that anyone on the project team can use to view, measure, section, markup, and share design information. It’s CAD agnostic, so you can load models, drawings, and documents from multiple sources and formats. You can even compare versions, check interferences and clearances, and mark up the geometry.

Use it to share models with internal teams, partners, suppliers, and even customers. Watermarks can ensure your intellectual property is identified as yours. Or for greater protection, use Creo View MCAD in conjunction with Windchill, supporting PDM and PLM processes.

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Imagine design review and validation cycles (did we mention it supports detailed annotations, i.e., model-based design?) in which everyone can access the latest product data.

  • Do away with error-prone paper-based processes—without having to buy everyone a seat of CAD software.
  • Give review and validation teams the independence to view data earlier and more often, while freeing up design engineers from preparing those reviews.
  • Get more perspectives on your product designs and find and fix problems earlier in the design cycle.

Many companies already use this approach to faster, more streamlined design reviews. At tool manufacturer Larsen and Toubro, assembly and manufacturing teams use Creo View MCAD to view and extract information from 3D data. Creo View MCAD simplifies the understanding of complicated concepts and helps easily convey complex interrelationships which are difficult to communicate any other way. (If you’re not already familiar with Larsen and Toubro, check out the very cool corporate video.)

Creo View MCAD is also used by BAE Systems to visualize numerous vehicle variants for a troop transport, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), hospital, and tow and recovery vehicles.  BAE and its customers used the tool to assess issues and potential problems before the first piece of metal was cut.

But don’t let the size of these companies fool you. It’s perfect for small companies too, especially if you work closely with partners and suppliers. To see Creo View MCAD in action, see the overview video below.

You can download a free version of Creo View MCAD (Creo View Express) or visit PTC University Learning Exchange for a step-by-step tutorial.