10 Ways to Improve Efficiency
- Lower your training costs with history-free modeling. There is simply less to learn when there is no history tree to create and manage. Intuitively interact with the geometry, directly.
- Get the right people engaged at the right time. Eliminate CAD knowledge from the criteria for assignments and resource management.
- Hire the best designers and engineers, not just CAD jockeys. Eliminate CAD knowledge from the criteria for hiring/staffing.
- Enhance the concept design process with flexible 3D modeling. Concept design and history-based modeling are like “oil & water”; they don’t go together very well.
- Improve productivity for each individual by focusing on design, rather than model creation methods, technique and process. Reduce costs by focusing all effort on product design rather than 3D modeling.
- Repurpose existing data easily with no need to understand model history. Optimize parts once and reuse to the max.
- Greatly improve teamwork, team design and interaction with downstream and upstream partners to improve quality, innovation and reduce costs. By eliminating the history tree, team members can immediately interact with the CAD data. No need to study the model history.
- Get the maximum value from your rich CAD data by making it available, and understandable, to the extended team.
- Minimize IT infrastructure load. Utilizing explicit history-free modeling technology can reduce average file size by 60% to 80%. Can minimize RAM requirements, storage space requirements and network traffic. This is made possible by eliminating data space requirements that are typical of the history tree.
- Improved general performance and load/store times for each CAD user by taking advantage of the lightweight footprint of explicit history-free modeling.
- Eliminate the waste of history tree management and structuring. Focus on the task of design. And don’t make the incorrect assumption that you cannot capture design intent without a history tree.
- Eliminate the need to rebuild models, something that is too common with history-based tools. (especially if you do concept design with them)
- Eliminate the need to create and manage standards and best practices for creating and managing history trees / history-based models.
- Add intelligence (features, parameters, …) to models and assemblies only when needed. History-based systems may force the addition of this intelligence whether it will be used or not. They will force relationships (parent/child), again whether this added information is actually useful or not.
- Upward compatibility can be a big issue with history-based modeling and can result in rework and duplication of effort. There is no compatibility issue when working with geometry; i.e. explicit history-free modeling.
- Greatly reduce the effort of data exchange with suppliers and vendors. History trees are proprietary.
- Eliminate the need for other team members to study the history tree of other team member models just to make use of them.
- Designers will spend an estimated 25% of their “CAD time” managing and manipulating the history tree and related attributes and data. Your designers can be 25% more productive by eliminating this activity.
- Greatly reduce the need to recreate CAD data just to get it into an editable format
- Reduce the time consumed in the change cycle, but eliminating the need to study the model creation history. Focus on the process of change.
Again, your processes/products may require some of what is suggested above as something to eliminate or reduce. If that is the case, history-free modeling may not be for you. But I challenge you to take a close look at your CAD requirements based on processes and product characteristics, rather than personal habits and preferences.