PRODUCT Lifecycle Management has announced a new, simple four-step program for manufacturers, still using 2D design systems, to evolve to 3D design and its inherently higher levels of productivity and corporate profitability.
The "Evolve to 3D" program leverages new functionality built Solid Edge computer-aided design (CAD) system.
While many thousands of 2D designers have successfully made the move, industry analysts estimate there are still hundreds of thousands more 2D users who have not made the 3D productivity leap.
"Many 2D users want, in principle, to work in 3D, but fear that the cost and disruption of change would prevent them getting their job done," said Peter Thorne, director of consulting with Cambashi Limited, a global supplier of information on the application of Information Technology to industry, based in the United Kingdom.
"Previous offers from the CAD Industry have not convinced them that the benefits outweigh the risks they perceive in change."
Cambashi researched migration trends and has published a series of three white papers on the topic that address concerns of senior executives, product development management and design engineers. For more information on the white papers, see http://www.solidedge.com/solutions/evolve3d/
Solid Edge Version 14's new 2D layout capability, along with well-documented 2D-to-3D migration wizards and its powerful 2D drafting application, form a powerful hybrid 2D/3D system, which is now positioned to offer 2D users an alternate way to move to 3D.
"We have learned a lot from the thousands of Solid Edge users who successfully made the transition," said Dan Staples, director of the Solid Edge business unit at EDS.
“We now understand how to alleviate migration concerns by showing prospects how to use existing skills and learn as they go; evolving to 3D on their own time scale, with a completely new Hybrid 2D/3D approach to design."
Solid Edge's four easy steps to 3D:
Step 1 - Get the job done today, while moving to 3D at your own pace. Protect investment in 2D designs by converting them to Solid Edge with efficient translation wizards and use the exceptional Solid Edge 2D drafting capabilities.
Step 2 - Quickly turn simple 2D geometry into intelligent, real 3D parts by using the Solid Edge 2D to 3D migration wizard.
Step 3 - Apply the power of the new Solid Edge hybrid 2D/3D design workflow. Create assembly layouts (as well as parts) for new designs, using familiar 2D concepts, adding 3D as you progress. Harness Solid Edge's associative power, by driving 3D part configurations directly from 2D layouts. Solid Edge provides a true hybrid 2D/3D workflow that puts users firmly in control of the process that makes the most sense for their business.
Step 4 - Move to full 3D design when ready and make use of the workflows learned and the data created to move to the productive world of solid modeling.
"Our four-step approach allows companies to move gradually to 3D," said Staples.
"These new Solid Edge users can gain impressive benefits from 3D as they establish their own natural optimized 2D/3D hybrid workflows, without experiencing the disruption of radical design process realignment of design processes required by most 3D modeling systems."
Solid Edge (www.solidedge.com) from EDS is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight and to reduce time to market, improve quality and lower cost.