Tech-Clarity: New Technologies Change Multi-CAD Landscape

Engineering teams have struggled with incompatible CAD data for decades. That’s because vendors developed the earliest CAD solutions in silos: aerospace, automotive, etc. Often, they even created their technology just for one specific company. Nobody cared much whether files would work together. At least, not at first.

That’s all changed as manufacturers buy and sell components globally—a power supply from Taiwan, a display from South Korea, sensors from the US. And with mergers and acquisitions, even internal engineering teams might be designing on different CAD systems.

How does anyone work with all this mismatched data?

Some companies embrace a multi-CAD environment, using translators and investing extra time to leverage and repair important data from outside systems. Some share everything in a neutral format or just recreate the models from scratch in their own CAD software. Others take a policy approach, working only with teams that can produce data that works in a select format.

According to Tech-Clarity analyst Michelle Boucher, these solutions waste precious resources. In her new report, The Best of Both Worlds for CAD: Taking the Pain Out of Multi-CAD Data within a Consolidated CAD Platform, she looks at the pros and cons of consolidation strategies (that is, going to all one CAD system), what to consider when working with legacy data, and how new technologies are changing the multi-CAD landscape.

If you work with data from multiple CAD formats, we encourage you to download Boucher’s report. You’ll learn about why old models don’t always need to be translated, how “converted” files lead to resource-consuming duplicates, and why newer solutions can improve collaboration with suppliers, partners, and team members.

The report is free, and requires no registration. Download now: The Best of Both Worlds for CAD: Taking the Pain Out of Multi- CAD Data within a Consolidated CAD Platform.

Ed- PTC Creo 3.0 includes Unite Technology, now you can directly open CAD models from other systems, without requiring import or conversion.