Collaboration with customers, suppliers and partners has become an essential aspect of the global industry. It offers companies the advantages of cost control, deadlines, and availability of skills. However, this collaboration comes with several challenges that can have a significant impact on the performance of a company, including security, accountability, regulatory compliance, speed, resources, frequent updates, multi-CAD environments and business process integration. CAD data collaboration solutions is an effective solution that can help companies overcome these challenges and achieve their goals.

One of the biggest challenges companies face when working with partners around the world is ensuring the security of their CAD data. CAD data contains sensitive information about a company's products and processes, and if it falls into the wrong hands, it can lead to significant losses. Therefore, it is essential to have robust security measures in place to protect CAD data from unauthorized access. With CAD visualization solutions, companies can securely share CAD data with partners without the need for translation. These solutions include features such as measurement, comparison, and collision detection, which allow partners to analyze data and provide feedback without compromising their security.

Another challenge that companies face when working with partners around the world is to ensure the quality of the information transmitted and to document the changes made between two versions of the same model. This is where CAD comparison solutions come in handy. These solutions allow companies to document changes between revisions and control the collaboration process. They ensure that partners adhere to agreed standards and ensure a high level of quality throughout the collaboration process.

Sharing CAD models in formats compatible with the software used by the different partners in a project is also a crucial challenge during collaboration. Different software used for design, manufacturing or simulation have different technical requirements that must be taken into account. Therefore, it is essential to have CAD translation solutions that provide universal interoperability formats, such as neutral formats like STEP and JT, to ensure maximum compatibility.

In a multi-CAD environment, it is often difficult to ensure that CAD models can be easily reused in target applications. CAD repair solutions can help companies overcome this challenge by converting models, maintaining model quality with each conversion, and ensuring they can be easily reused in the target application. These solutions can help companies avoid the costs associated with re-creating models and allow them to leverage existing data, which can significantly reduce the time and resources required for collaboration.

Business process integration is also essential when working with partners around the world. With parameterized data exchange solutions, companies can provide models with product design intent during co-design projects, ensuring that partners can modify models using parameterized functions even if they use different CAD systems. This can significantly reduce the time and resources required for collaboration and ensure that partners provide high quality products and services.

Finally, frequent updates can pose a significant challenge when working with partners around the world. CAD translation automation solutions can help companies automate the CAD data exchange process and transmission format, ensuring partners receive the latest updates quickly and efficiently. This can significantly reduce the time and resources required for collaboration and ensure that partners are up to date with the latest product specifications and requirements with all ancillary information defined in the exchange protocols.

What solution for sharing and consulting CAD data while teleworking

Even though the current global pandemic has accelerated the trend, for many companies the process of implementing solutions for online collaboration and teleworking had started before the lock-down periods linked to the COVID-19 crisis. When it comes to sharing CAD data, some constraints appear like data security and download time when data often exceed several tens or even hundreds of Mb. And very quickly the situation is established: the exchange by E -mail, FTP or other cloud sharing solutions is not possible. To address this issue, VisShare and 3DViewStation WebViewer offer a rich set of features for a quick and secure access to your CAD data at all stages of the product life cycle.

Geometry Data exchange to Feature based exchange

Our solutions enable geometry to feature-based collaborative exchange, neutral to native CAD files to meet product delivery requirements. Our solutions integrate with all major PLM solutions, complete with automated batch exchange, business logic driven rules and audit and verification reports.

Data Exchange Automation

DEXcenter, allows global product data collaboration to be fast, efficient, and reliable while maintaining security and accountability.

Some aspects of this framework include: