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Why switch to a new 3D CAD tool?

Thursday March 21, 2019 at 4:00pm None

With an integrated, multi-disciplinary CAD environment like SOLIDWORKS, your product development and manufacturing teams can easily master 3D CAD models for all their design tasks. The complete 3D CAD tool solution, SOLIDWORKS allows all stakeholders to work collaboratively with one another

Manufacturers have embraced automation because it provides many competitive advantages, and product developers increasingly face design, workflow, and data requirements that extend beyond the capabilities of traditional, single-point 3D modeling and 2D drawing solutions. Meeting these emerging automation and data-sharing demands means designers need to use an integrated 3D product development system. SOLIDWORKS design-to-manufacturing solutions can help organisations lead this automation transformation. Here’s a list of the 5 top reasons to switch to a 3D CAD tool such as SOLIDWORKS:

1.Boost productivity

Instead of working in a linear, sequential manner, product developers can leverage an integrated 3D product development ecosystem like SOLIDWORKS to implement a more efficient, concurrent, “hub-and-spoke” approach that enables all functions to access and work with the latest 3D product data. This universal or “master” data is updated automatically for all functions whenever design changes are made.  

A fully integrated 3D product development solution like SOLIDWORKS allows every function to directly work with the master 3D product data at the centre of the process.


2.Reduce costs

With an integrated 3D product development ecosystem like SOLIDWORKS, you can reduce costs by shortening design cycles and accelerating time to market, as well as by eliminating duplicative, unnecessary tasks and associated costs. This means designers can avoid more than multiple rounds of physical prototyping; and higher than necessary volumes of scrap/rework arising from data miscommunications or revision errors.  

Because all functions leverage the master product data prior to production, the fidelity or completeness of a design is much improved, lessening the number of engineering change orders (ECOs) required.  

Working with SOLIDWORKS mean a design change doesn’t result in the need to rework tooling, documentation, packaging, or marketing materials from scratch. Because these functions began working with the master 3D product model in a concurrent manner, their materials will update to reflect changes to the master model automatically.

3. Improve quality

With a central, master set of product data maintained by an integrated PDM system, the opportunities for human error related to data manipulation—instances requiring someone to import, export, translate, convert, rebuild, or repair data—simply disappear.  

Using an integrated 3D product development environment like SOLIDWORKS also minimizes the chances for errors related to having multiple personnel update data to reflect design changes.  

More prototyping can be done virtually with an integrated 3D product development solution like SOLIDWORKS because of the utility, speed, and accessibility of integrated simulation tools.  

With SOLIDWORKS you can also improve the effectiveness and efficiency of quality assurance inspection efforts by using CAD-integrated inspection tools.

4.Foster collaboration

An integrated 3D product development environment like SOLIDWORKS enhances collaboration internally, with external partners, and with the growing SOLIDWORKS user community.  

Instead of using incompatible design packages and then trying to bring it all together, mechanical, electronic, and electrical engineers can collaborate on the design in the same design environment using SOLIDWORKS mechanical, SOLIDWORKS PCB electronic, and SOLIDWORKS Electrical design software. All the solutions are there and you never leave the software – that’s unique to SOLIDWORKS.

5. Increase innovation

Innovation can disrupt existing markets, establish new ones, and lead to market dominance. Complacency is arguably the opposite of innovation. Concurrent design with an integrated platform pushes personnel out of their isolated silos into a more agile, flexible, and collaborative work environment.  

With less concern for the busywork that isolated approaches formerly created, product development and manufacturing professionals will be energised by the freedom to investigate innovative, outside-the-box approaches and concepts via improved visualisation, simulation, and rapid prototyping. Although many of these ideas may not pan out, the ones that do may make the difference between success and failure.

Download for FREE "The Top FiveReasons to Switch to SOLIDWORKS for Product Development" whitepaper to find out more about switching to integrated SOLIDWORKS solutions.

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