Few manufacturers have the luxury of a homogenous CAD environment anymore. Even within their own firewalls, companies use an average of 2.7 CAD systems. But beyond your own firewall, you have customers to impress, supply chain dynamics to comply with, and legacy systems that hold old designs. Here’s the big problem: everyone’s using a different CAD system. And with different systems come inefficiencies and redundancies. Data needs to be recreated, translation problems arise, and design intent is easily lost.
It may seem like working with multiple systems is unavoidable. Chances are that at least some members of your product design supply chain create files in a format different than your preferred system. What does that mean to product developers? Lost time and more errors as they exchange, then fix or recreate, models among supply chain partners and vendors.