PTC recently hired blogger Chad Jackson to write a couple of new eBooks on how to better handle imported models and respond to late-stage design changes. The author more appropriately refers to the short works (4 to 5 pages) as “eTopics,” but they’re loaded with performance-enhancing information and I encourage you to check them out.
CAD and the Need for Design Agility is the first of the pair, and it does a good job explaining why feature interdependencies limit design agility in a major way. It’s kind of a double-edged sword, according to Jackson: On the one hand, design relationships “drive incredibly powerful and intelligent change,” but model maturity can result in “a failure-prone mess.” Read full article »
A recent global PTC study on design agility found organizations that can make the often inevitable late-stage design changes quickly and easily—without sacrificing existing design intent— are naturally going to perform better than those that can’t respond with agility. The same has been found true for organizations that can rapidly recognize features and patterns in imported models to enable seamless modifications.
The ability to make direct edits, preserve the intelligence of existing models and apply intelligence to dumb models can yield huge time and cost savings, while helping organizations bring products to market faster.
PTC has created this infographic to showcase the results of the survey. Here are the five challenges that are driving the need for greater flexibility in design.
Let us know how design changes, lost teammates, and having to deal with models made by someone else have impacted your performance on specific projects. Whoever sends in the most harrowing horror story will receive an honorable mention on the blog!