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3D CAD Modeling, PLM and PDM

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

3D CAD Modeling, PLM and PDM

Many times, when we get requests for 3D Modeling Services, the company making the request has digital files that have been acquired by scanning old Mylar of paper 2D drawings.  Often these are scans of parts, and/or assemblies that are used in long-life products, such as aircraft, naval ships, and heavy machinery.  What they don't have are 3D models. 

The reason they need 3D models is so that they can incorporate the parts into their current 3D CAD system, often using Solidworks or Catia.  Once the models are in their CAD system, they can retrofit, recreate, or machine replacement parts for their long-life products. 

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Topics: 3D CAD Modeling, PLM

PDM:  Managing Product Data

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 04:17 PM

PDM: Managing Product Data

If you're part of a design team, you know how important Product Data Management (PDM) can be. There are seven reasons why PDM is so important:

  • Better Control - Engineering data is time consuming to compile and can be unwieldy to manage (interrelationships, large data sets, etc.).  PDM helps design teams and engineers communicate and stay on the same page.
  • Increased Productivity  -  If you don't want to miss your production deadline, then you need to be able to find the right information fast.
  • Error Elimination -  Cost control requires reducing manufacturing waste by ensuring that you always work on the latest revision.
  • Enterprise Connectivity - Sharing information with other business systems (ERP/MRP).
  • Collaboration - Communicating information to suppliers/customers.
  • Certification - Assisting with standardizing processes (FDA/ISO/FAA/TQM).
  • Compliance - Helping ensure data security (ITAR, etc.).
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Topics: Migrate CAD to PLM, PLM

The Changing Focus of CAD

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Mar 02, 2017 @ 02:40 PM

The Changing Focus of CAD

3D Modelling, while still a core growth area in the CAD market is now categorized as a “slow growth” area.  After rapid growth in 2014-2015, the market stabilized in 2016, and is expected to continue as a steady slow-growth area in CAD.  According to “Business Advantage,” the “future predicted growth potential is limited” globally, with usage in these sectors as follows:

  • High current usage in manufacturing (81%)
  • Significantly lower in AEC (65%)

In the Americas, about 80% of firms use some form of 3D CAD, but there is no additional propensity to grow.  Large companies are more likely to be current users (85%), although 7 in 10 use in small (70%) and medium companies (73%). 

A look at our customer base shows us the following:

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Topics: PLM

Evolution of Design:  2D to 3D to PLM and PDM

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 04:43 PM

Evolution of Design:  2D to 3D to PLM and PDM

Design has come a long way since the days of paper and pencil drafting.  Even 2D CAD, a staple of design and engineering since the 1980s has mostly been replace by 3D design, PLM and PDM.  If you’re a CAD designer or engineer, the tool and processes you use are nearly as important as the design you create.  As specialists in 3D design, we know that fast-paced, product-driven businesses need effective product lifecycle management (PLM) and product data management (PDM), as well as intelligent 3D models.

According to Wikipedia, product lifecycle management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from inception, through engineering design and manufacture, to service and disposal of manufactured products, while product data management (PDM) is the business function, often within product lifecycle management (PLM), that is responsible for the management and publication of product data. In software engineering, this is known as version control.

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Topics: PLM

How to Make PLM Easy

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 @ 02:16 PM

How to Make PLM Easy

Ask nearly any design/manufacturing enterprise why PLM has become one of the most important ways for them to speed product development, reduce costs and generate higher revenues, and they’ll tell you it’s “because it works!”  Ask these same companies how easy it was to implement their PLM and the answers may not be as positive.

The reason for the gap between how well it works and how (un)easy it may be to implement is because PLM is less about the actual technology and more about business process transformation.  And, nearly any psychologist can tell you that “change is difficult.”

But, PLM is a change well-worth making!

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Topics: CAD CAM Outsource, CAD Conversion, 3d CAD, PLM

CAD to PLM MIgratrion -- What You Need to Know

Posted by Diane Mitol on Tue, Jun 09, 2015 @ 04:04 PM

CAD to PLM Migration—What You Need to Know

When you’re talking about technology, sooner or later it’s time for an update and CAD systems are no exception.  This means moving legacy CAD data, and often the BOM (Bill of Materials) data into the new system.  While moving the CAD data alone is difficult enough, moving the BOM data makes life a bit more complicated, since the BOM may exist in any number of forms, for instance:  Excel spreadsheets and/or as database entries, and/or even as a legacy PDM system.

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Topics: Migrate CAD to PLM, PLM

CAD and PLM

Posted by Diane Mitol on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 04:12 PM

CAD and PLM

PLM software is as much a part of manufacturing as CAD software.  In fact, in some ways the two go hand-in-hand, PLM being the data management tool of design and engineering.  PLM helps to drive the product lifecycle in an organization.  PLM systems aid in the planning and development of products on an enterprise level, from conception through design, manufacture, service and disposal.  PLM can be considered a major cornerstone of a manufacturing corporation's information technology structure, and is a logical extension of CAD that combines with the management of communications and information among customers, suppliers, and internal resources.

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Topics: PLM

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