Engineers know that product design has unwritten rules. Often posing as best practices or onboarding guidance for new employees, many companies have rules in place to get the most out of their CAD and PDM technology stack.
Ask yourself: Are these rules just manifestations of technology limitations? Do these rules still help today, and do they apply to me?
Here’s an example:
Rule: Work Locally
To improve file open times for large assemblies, it takes longer to open and save files over a network. Even if you maintain data on a centralized server, it is more efficient to copy the files locally, make your changes, and copy the files back.
The traditional rules of file-based CAD (like “Work Locally”) have been disrupted by the emergence of cloud-native CAD – a revolutionary new approach to designing and managing data. This revolution has broken down the technical wall that has kept CAD teams reliant on outdated, on-premise software, and is providing seamless collaboration without costly license fees or excessive IT overhead.
Cloud-native CAD offers engineers, designers, and manufacturers a more agile way to create products through enhanced functionality, such as built-in product data management (PDM), real-time collaboration tools, and hands-off IT administration. All of these benefits have broken down the traditional barriers of CAD design and collaboration, granting users the freedom to explore more alternative ideas and take creative risks.