Design agility, the power to make late-stage design changes quickly and easily, is often an afterthought with CAD software. Providing capabilities for collective editing and importing models across different suites isn’t at the top of most companies’ priority list.

PTC conducted a survey to determine how design agility affects the 3D CAD modeling process. According to the study, 37.9% of engineers experienced dramatic or multiple last-minute changes working on a recent project. That means over one-third of engineers require extensive design agility as part of their modeling process.

The survey also revealed that:

  • 1/3 of engineers found their current software makes it difficult to quickly drive late stage changes to models built by others
  • 49% of engineers find it difficult to import models from other CAD tools using their current software
  • 59% of engineers found it difficult to modify models from other CAD tools using their current software
  • 40% of engineers found it difficult to modify models from others even if they were created in the same CAD system

Numbers like these mean design agility is more than just a nice feature. It’s a necessity.

Of course, PTC probably wouldn’t bring this problem up if they didn’t think they had a great solution. They do. And it’s one of the reasons we think PTC Creo is such a great tool.

Through the Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX), engineers can switch easily between direct and parametric design approaches.  This immense flexibility enables engineers to focus on creating innovative models instead of worrying about compatibility issues.

 With PTC Creo Parametric and Creo FMX, users can:

  • Quickly and easily make late stage design changes
  • Modify both native CAD and imported 3D models
  • Leverage faster, easier assembly design capabilities
  • Handle complex surfacing and geometry requirements

Want a CAD tool with more design agility? Discover the PTC advantage for yourself. Try Creo 2.0 today.

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For more information on design agility, read PTC: The Importance of Design Agility.