Managing CAD files from diverse CAD systems remains one of the on-going pain points for engineering organizations, despite the myriad solutions that attempt to address the issue.
For years, the vendor community either overlooked or under solved the problem, hoping their customers would be content to live in a homogeneous CAD world. With global, oftentimes, cross-company engineering efforts now the norm today, CAD vendors have come to grips with the fact that multi-CAD is here to stay and the onus is on them to provide a harmonious environment if they want to keep customers satisfied and remain competitive in the market. Continue reading
For those firmly entrenched in the design engineering world, Dassault Systèmes has made a couple of head-scratching acquisitions in recent history: Last year’s purchase of Netvibes, a provider of customer sentiment analysis software was a good case in point.
But while engineering folks might wonder where business intelligence software fits within the product line of a company best known for CAD and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, Dassault’s acquisition this week of Apriso, which markets manufacturing execution software, is much less confusing and seems to be more clearly aligned with the company’s long-standing mission. Continue reading
If there were lingering doubts about whether Autodesk was fully committed or merely experimenting with the cloud, that ambiguity should be put to rest with its latest announcement: Autodesk Fusion 360, what the company claims is the first comprehensive 3D CAD program to support the emerging delivery paradigm. Continue reading
Autodesk’s bet on a cloud-based delivery model for PLM appears to be paying off, with the platform gaining traction among smaller manufacturers, which historically have been shut out from traditional PLM due to the associated expense and complexity around implementation and on-going IT support.
One year post debut, Autodesk is claiming a user base of 350+ companies using PLM 360 in production mode, encompassing 8,000 individual users, more than 40,000 active workspaces, and managing more than 2.2 million items. While its roster of customers is impressive, it hardly reads like a Who’s Who’s of typical Fortune 500 PLM adopters. Rather, for most of the early adopters, Autodesk PLM 360 is their first foray into the world of PLM technology. In fact, according to an Autodesk PLM 360 Customer Survey conducted in October and reflecting insights from 20 organizations across nine industries, 61% of respondents had been using Microsoft Office tools to handle their PLM needs with 28% having no PLM system at all in play prior to their use of PLM 360.
“It’s easier to move pixels than to move atoms around,” noted Michael Grieves, author of Virtually Perfect: Driving Innovative and Lean Products through Product Lifecycle Management. In other words, perfecting a product is easier done in the virtual world than the physical world.
“My ideal [design environment] is where I digitally design the product, digitally test it, digitally manufacture it, digitally figure out the support activities–and only when I get it right do I actually go out and bend some metal,” he said. Manufacturers didn’t have that option before because, he observed, “The ability to use computers to mirror the physical world and simulate physical things in the virtual world is a relatively new phenomena … 3D models became robust enough for simulation only in the last decade or so.” Continue reading