The product design world is changing fast, and many struggle to keep pace with rapidly growing demands for greater flexibility, tighter controls over the manufacturing process, and advanced graphical tools that refine the accuracy of detailed designs. At some point, we all outgrow our tools or the cutting edge gets moved, and must find something new to take our productivity to the next level. 3D CAD is no different in that regard.
Technology moves fast and sooner or later you will be looking to upgrade your current CAD solution. The trick is to recognize the signs early, giving yourself the time and space to plan a smooth, efficient upgrade process. If you see any of these scenarios on a recurring basis, the time to move may be closer than you think.
Compatibility & Concurrency
File headaches. If you are regularly finding that your existing CAD platform has trouble handling and opening recent formats or popular industry file formats, you clearly need to upgrade.
CAD file problems aren’t limited to format version issues. You may find that large CAD files will crash your system, the solution is to upgrade your platform.
Collaboration & Sharing Designs
Design changes are becoming difficult. Don’t let the challenge of integrating new engineering requirements into your product result in significant profit losses.
In the modern, hypercompetitive marketplace, late stage design changes are often now the norm. Your 3D CAD platform should support your business growth, not chain you to the way things have always been. If an inability to collaborate with stakeholders, share designs and efficiently make fast, accurate design changes is starting to severely impact your design workflow, it may be time to take a closer look to see if your CAD software is the problem – and how an upgrade may solve it.
There is a whole new generation of 3D CAD engineering tools now reaching the general marketplace. Companies ready and able to integrate new technology into their existing workflows will enjoy strong competitive advantages. Newer, more flexible 3D CAD platforms are designed not only to reinforce your existing strengths, but also to help you easily add new ones to your toolbox. If your current CAD software makes it difficult to adopt new technologies, then it stands in the way of your competitive progress.
It is time to take a fresh look at 3D CAD? Could updating your platform make a powerful contribution to your competitive abilities in a rapidly advancing marketplace? Not every solution is forever: as problems change, our approaches to them must change as well. By recognizing the signs early, your company can get a head start.