Multi-CAD Management for MCAD
Manage globally distributed mechanical CAD design tools, data and processes across multiple product configurations and locations
Are your company’s mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) designs distributed across different tools and locations? Is it difficult to find, share and re-use engineering data, especially when it’s created in a variety of CAD systems?
You can bring together all your CAD data in a single product data management (PDM) environment with Teamcenter multi-CAD management. Leveraging CAD data management and the ISO standard, CAD-neutral 3D format JT, you can achieve true multi-CAD management across major CAD design tools including NX, Solid Edge, CATIA, SolidWorks, ProEngineer/CREO, AutoCAD and Inventor. Your designers can open parts and assemblies created in other CAD systems within their own CAD environments. They can perform in-context design activities, position and mate data from different systems, or make changes to the parts and assemblies, and then save it all back to Teamcenter.
Manage CAD Designs, Data and Processes
Teamcenter provides a single source of MCAD data management for engineering and manufacturing. Teamcenter CAD integrations are optimized for scalability across a wide area network so you can collaborate with design data, revisions and product configurations – even across geographically distributed design teams and extended supply chains. Version management and access controls ensure that the right people get the right information at the right time. With Teamcenter, you can automate your engineering change, validation and approval processes to speed cycle time and improve product quality.
Validate and Re-use Design Data with Digital Mock-up
Teamcenter multi-CAD management eliminates the time-consuming and error-prone process of translating CAD data from multiple tools to make it usable in your design environment. Regardless of which CAD design software you use, Teamcenter converts multi-CAD data into the CAD-neutral JT format automatically, so you can create, share and modify component designs in your preferred CAD systems and incorporate them into multi-CAD assemblies or product designs. The digital mock-up and validation capabilities in Teamcenter support continuous aggregation of design changes that you can see in real-time. You can validate design changes, not only in the current configuration, but against every configuration. Using these multi-CAD assemblies, you can visualize, probe, section, analyze and mark them up.
Establish the Right Design Context
With Teamcenter multi-CAD management, you can quickly search, navigate and establish the proper design context using multi-CAD design data stored anywhere across your global design environment. The Teamcenter spatial search capabilities help you find the exact design you’re looking for. You can locate all the components located in a specified area, or identify the parts that may be “at risk” based on their proximity to another part. With the Teamcenter Design-In-Context capability for NX, Solid Edge, CATIA and ProEngineer/CREO, you can navigate large amounts of product information and work with only the data relevant to the product, configuration or variant needed. You can author and save these design contexts for your own use or share them with other designers, to use while working on their own part of the design or when validating changes.