Now, companies see the opposite dynamic: Relatively inexpensive software, PCs, and laptops are surrounded by pricey (and sought-after) engineers. With product development companies now typically investing $100,000 for every experienced engineer, downtime and productivity bottlenecks – due to version control problems, CAD crashes, software incompatibility, miscommunication, and blocked collaboration – are much more costly today. Every minute of wasted engineering time takes you further away from your objectives.
That lost time can potentially be recovered.
49 Hours a Month
According to The State of Product Development & Hardware Design 2022-2023, an independent industry survey of more than 800 engineering and manufacturing professionals worldwide, engineers reported they lost an average of 12.3 total hours each week to non-design-related tasks.
That’s 49 hours a month lost to the shortcomings of file-based product development software.
In the industry study, engineers reported that more than a quarter of their product design time was “stolen” by:
Status meetings and team meetings that could have been a chat or an email.
Needing to find, access, and communicate the most up-to-date CAD information.
Having to deal with CAD software stability, reliability, versioning, or performance problems.
Required administrative tasks for CAD software, integrations, hardware, and licensing.
Needless to say, most hardware engineers choose their careers because they want to create and improve innovative products – not spin their wheels making sure that their design software works as it should.
Reclaim Time By Reacquainting Yourself With Cloud-Native CAD
Cloud-native isn’t new (Salesforce was founded in 1999), but applications like Salesforce which were built to be cloud-native (no downloads; no installations) have been moving quickly. Take a minute to consider the benefits of cloud-native.
How about customer-centricity and the speed of releases?
Every few weeks, for example, cloud-native Onshape has a new release. This requires nothing from users, who simply turn on their machines, open a browser window, log in, and start designing as usual. The more curious can click a “what’s new” tab while others can choose to discover the newest capabilities during the course of their work. Onshape has had more than 150 releases.
Compare that to the lumbering annual file-based CAD update, an event in which engineers and IT professionals can find themselves caught up for days while other work languishes.
Cloud-Native CAD Frees Up Time
Cloud-native Onshape can unclog or avoid design bottlenecks altogether, thus freeing up time for the engineer. Here are the four biggest time-wasters, as identified in the State of Product Development & Hardware Design report, that Onshape can help remediate:
1. Unnecessary Meetings: No need to lose hours in meetings to progress the design. The architecture of cloud-native Onshape means that users can work jointly click-by-click on the same data or leave comments within the design itself for dispersed coworkers in other time zones to react to.