Once relegated to the design or engineering team, CAD has become a tool for virtually every section of a company. These days, CAD can be used to:
- Generate schematics for service manuals
- Create visuals for advertising campaigns
- Populate parts databases
- Collaborate with component suppliers and customers
Once you start thinking of your CAD solution within a larger ecosystem of users, your requirements may start shifting. A traditional function like drawing generation might not be. You’ll have to think about what you can do with the data after: how it enables collaboration, if the 3D model can be for other purposes, whom you need to share the data with and how they will use it, and so on.
For example: a machine shop that makes high-value replacement parts for aerospace companies. A request comes in to reverse engineer a broken part without any digital information. Your design and engineering team also needs to work with your customer’s services team to understand the installation process. A CAD-only solution isn’t going to cut it.
In this situation, you’re better off using a CAD solution with broader capabilities.
PTC Creo’s suite of design software has an expansive list of offerings designed to fit your evolving needs. The software suite spans capabilities like:
- Freeform concept design
- 2D conceptual engineering
- Repurposing multi-CAD data
- Late stage design changes
- Simulation for designers
The machine shop could use PTC’s software suite to accomplish the following:
- Use Parametric and Direct Modeling to evaluate the broken part
- Use the reverse engineering capability to scan the part and start designing
- Share concepts with the customer using the mobile viewing capability
- Conduct an FEA analysis with the integrated simulation capabilities
And that’s just the CAD side of things. The machine shop could also take advantage of PTC’s supplemental family of products:
- Use the PLM solutions to track design changes, capture and store design intent, and manage approvals
- Use the compliance solutions to help ensure adherence to conflict minerals, REACH, RoHS, CPSIA, and other directives, and facilitate compliance reporting
- Use other solutions to support quality-driven change management and analyses to optimize design performance
Above all, using the PTC design suite ensures that your team can share data seamlessly, without needing to worry about file-software compatibility.
PTC Creo offers an outstanding CAD solution for modern companies looking to streamline their design, product management, and customer services processes.
Are we biased? Sure. We’re the number one reseller of PTC Creo on the West Coast. We know their product through and through – and think you should, too.
Interested in learning how to use PTC Creo Simulate and the rest of PTC’s software? NxRev offers a variety of seminars, tutorials, and customer service to help users get the most out of the PTC suite. Give us a call at 408-986-0200 to find out more.
For a complete view of PTC Creo’s design capabilities, watch the videos on the PTC Creo Interactive Experience page.
For more information about PTC Creo’s CAD installation roadmap, read Creating a Roadmap for Your CAD Installation.