Unite Technology Gives you Multi-CAD Powers

(Ed. We’re exploring the seven ways using Creo can help you design quicker and develop more – and better – products. Even if you’re under tight deadlines, here are ways you can use the software to both delight customers and make your life easier.)

Things in life that are painful: throbbing toothache, stepping on a nail, twisting your ankle, hitting your thumb with a hammer, receiving a model created on a different CAD system than the one you’re using.

As a product developer, there’s nothing worse than getting a non-native file of a CAD model for a rush project (because they’re always rush projects) that you desperately need, trying to open it, and getting an unknown file type error.

These outsider files might come from customers, suppliers, partners, or even someone inside your own organization. It’s important to collaborate with all of them for the success of your product. But when a rogue CAD file is involved, that collaboration collapses.

Sure, there are workarounds like buying expensive translators to adapt one format to the other, hoping that the file was saved in a neutral file format, recreating the model from scratch, or owning every CAD program on the planet. Not going to happen. The score so far? Incompatibility: 1 Productivity: 0

Extremity of pain: a man delivered of a mortal blow who is infuriated like beast.  Also known as “I can’t open this %#$%@ CAD file.” (Source: Wikimedia)

Before you melt down in a panic or heave your computer across the room (not recommended) there’s a way to save the day.

Meet Unite technology

Released with the latest version of Creo, Unite technology lets you use data from common CAD systems directly in your Creo software suite—all without the original authoring CAD system.

[Watch how Unite technology improves productivity in multi-CAD environments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH_Dimrwh5c]

Unite technology’s further give you the ability to work on the non-native data. Now you can incorporate CATIA, Siemens NX, and SolidWorks data directly into your designs as though they were native.

With Creo Collaboration Extensions your job gets even easier. With these extensions you can integrate new revisions of the non-native data into designs. Plus, they help you share  Creo data with partners in NX, CATIA, and SolidWorks formats.


Saving time – and your sanity

Using data from other CAD systems in Creo data without the need for the original authoring CAD system has been a huge time saver for product developers.

One example is SRI International. The organization has been innovating since the 1920s, back when they developed technology that helped pave the way for CD-ROMs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs.

More recently, the organization created a handheld biometric system that records facial and iris images in the field—in places like concerts, football games, and military checkpoints. To ensure the technology and design came together smoothly, the SRI team turned to Creo and Unite technology.

With Unite technology, SRI has dramatically cut down on their design time (and on the aspirin needed for needless headaches).

“Creo’s Unite Technology allowed us to seamlessly incorporate CAD files from numerous sources, which made it possible for us to accept changes from suppliers or re-purpose the data ourselves,” says John Margicin, Design Engineer. They also shaved 15% off product development time.

Your job is hard enough with quick turnarounds, looming deadlines, and a rush to get that new version of your design and out the door for manufacturing. Unite technology won’t solve all of your problems but it will streamline your work and free up time for more innovating and less time pulling your hair out when that inevitable rogue CAD file falls in to your lap.

[Ed. Taking the drudgery out of a multi-CAD world is just one of the reasons you should be designing with Creo. Find out more by downloading the free ebook, “Top 7 Reasons to Design with Creo.”]