Six reasons why you should manage your CAD data on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

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Products and processes are becoming increasingly more complex these days.

Juggling different disciplines, suppliers, stakeholders and manufacturers while trying to maintain your workflow and still produce innovative products is a challenging scenario.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform contains applications and solutions for every aspect of your company, so you can manage everything from one place.

You can collaborate, design, and manage your CAD data, evaluate advanced simulation, manage resources and supply chains, expand into Sub-D modelling, CAM manufacturing, and complete Engineering Change and Requirements management.

Here are 6 reasons you should manage your CAD data in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

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Cloud-based, Secure & Mobile

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform securely stores and manages all your data, with access available from any device at any time.

You can avoid hefty overheads from replacing hardware as you harness the resources of powerful PCs via a browser-based interface.

Automatic backups and infrastructure that is fully compliant to ISO data security standards protects your data from corruption and cyber attackers.

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Integrated and Intuitive

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is available as a browser-based or a connected desktop installation.

This means you’ll be working in familiar environments as it can be seamlessly integrated into many common CAD packages including SOLIDWORKS, as well as Microsoft Office and Windows Explorer.

You can manage revisions, lifecycles, change actions, tasks, and collaborate right from your SOLIDWORKS task pane.

With integration to Microsoft Office, you can store, manage, and preview office documents to extend into the management of your non-CAD data as well.

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The 3DEXPERIENCE platform streamlines collaboration and communication to provide you with the fastest and most robust way to share updates directly linked to relevant data.

Post designs or markups for review, share files with external suppliers and invite external parties to collaborate on projects.

Working with the platform saves time and helps teams to work efficiently without the need to chase communications across Teams, Slack and long email chains… The connected nature of the platform means everything is stored in one place.

Regardless of whether you communicate by text, voice, or video, the platform provides you with the tools to capture your ideas, meeting notes, change actions and tasks.

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Traceability Along the Digital Thread

Everything you capture is traceable along the Digital Thread, connecting files and people, and collating information in the same place.

The Digital Thread is the idea that seemingly disconnected, discrete pieces of data like CAD models, revisions, markups, issues, or change actions, are connected by the platform as you create them, so you can always trace your way along the thread in any direction.

With a Digital Thread that winds its way through every aspect of your projects, you can track approvals and enforce strict governance on your data to make sure the right people see the right data at the right time.

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Powerful search tools help you find your data quickly, just like any strong data management system.

You can search by names, descriptions, part numbers and 6W Tags, create common searches for later use, and search across the entire platform database at once.

Tags allow you to filter and visualize your data graphically.

This way you can analyse data more intuitively, and quickly see important statistics that you wouldn’t normally be able to measure or quantify when you’re working to a tight deadline.

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As a SOLIDWORKS user, managing your CAD data is the priority, but from a business standpoint, it’s just one piece of the puzzle.

Documentation and complex simulations can all be managed in the platform, alongside the ability to define product requirements and seamless integration into BOMs.

Whatever your business needs are, the platform can manage them with roles and applications.

These modular roles can be stacked up and distributed as required to create different skill profiles and customised to your benefit.

As you and your business grow, the platform evolves to provide support wherever you need it.