Each organization has its own set of guidelines for using CAD and PDM software that are meant to keep data organized. 

However, in practice, teams still see check-in/check-out delays, perplexing file status icons, and data duplication when using legacy file-based PDM software.

In the webinar, “Breaking All The Rules of CAD & PDM,” hosts discuss how cloud-native technology has transformed the way product development teams work by comparing PDM then and now, and the best ways to work together in the cloud.

Read on to take a look at the must-see highlights from the webinar. 

Outside the PDM Vault: Collaboration & File Sharing

Onshape’s Michael LaFleche explains how easy it is to get data files tangled in a web of PDM (Product Data Management) checking-in and checking-out, CAD work, and other software systems, like PLM (Product Lifecycle Management). He notes that even in a traditional PDM system, there’s a temptation to not save files as recommended because of the time waste that goes into that process. 

However, in Onshape, sharing files and collaborating with colleagues is streamlined: There’s a single source of truth in the cloud.

The Three-Tier PDM/PLM System vs. the Cloud System

Onshape’s Gideon Paull describes the typical three-tier system to work with PDM and PLM systems. Traditionally, there’s a complex tech stack to keep everything connected with one another. In contrast, the cloud streamlines these connections, he says, with a more flexible architecture that is scalable and resilient.

Onshape’s Architecture & Integration with Other Systems

Paull shows the audience how Onshape Enterprise is able to connect data management, 3D design, collaboration, user management, and analytic functions easily to existing systems at the organization.

Creating a Task for an ECN for a Drill

In this demonstration, LaFleche shows the audience how to create a task for an engineering change notice (ECN) in a CAD model. In Onshape, teams are able to create a task, assign it to a colleague, and share with the entire team of designers what needs to be done to build a better model. 

Overview of Onshape's Default Workflow

LaFleche also shows the audience how to use Onshape’s Release Management tools and navigate a Release Candidate. 

He notes that Onshape Enterprise has a default workflow, but it can be changed to fit the needs of any organization. 

Using Onshape Publications to Build a Quote

In this demonstration, LaFleche dives deeper into the tools Onshape offers to share the information manufacturers and other teams need to build an accurate product. Onshape Publications is one way to get the right information in front of people. Users are able to filter and curate exactly what information they want to share by using Onshape Publications

How to Set Up Custom Properties In Onshape

Custom properties can pull metadata from a part to produce the information needed in the product development workflow. Users are able to define the properties they want to pull. This can help provide a better understanding of what needs to be built and how.

Onshape's Methodologies & APIs for System Integration

Paull describes how Onshape can fit into any organization’s tech stack with supporting methodologies to integrate existing systems and how to get out of the PDM vault.

If you’d like to see how Onshape can improve your enterprise’s workflows, sign up for a trial and discover the full potential of cloud-native product development.

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