Transitioning product development from a 2D design system to a 3D solid modelling design system can cause problems. Productivity downtime, data translation woes, high initial entry costs, loss of legacy data, increased hardware requirements, and the need to retrain staff are some of the disadvantages.
There is a case for some design work to remain in the realm of 2D – AEC, GIS and schematic design. However, 3D design tools can benefit manufacturers in developing designs.
The survival guide, available from Intercad , explains the concerns that manufacturing companies have when evaluating a conversion to a 3D design environment. The guide examines topics such as the evaluation of 3D software packages, implementation issues, both technical and cultural, the preservation of legacy data and the use of downstream or add-on software tools.
The survival guide also covers testimonies from engineers and engineering managers, who have navigated such a path, including what their obstacles were and how they were overcome in the real world. Customers will also read how migrating their designs to 3D solid modelling design system benefited the product development process.