The traditional workplace took a huge hit this year.
Displaced office workers found themselves working from home, struggling with VPN or Remote Desktop connections and wondering how they could work effectively as a team to design and produce products while not in the same physical location as their co-workers.
Collaborating remotely as a team has its own set of challenges—and what about all that design data? Secure access is paramount, yet data needs to be conveniently accessed by entire teams, which may include vendors and customers. The overall design universe is now complicated by a largely remote computing model.
The Challenge of Data Sharing
Most companies agree that keeping everyone on the same page, especially in product development, is a struggle. Sharing data across departments while keeping it in sync can be difficult and expensive.
3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS® connects your 3D CAD solutions to the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, which serves as the sole location for all your design data and communications with practical, browser-based apps that make collaboration natural.
By leveraging the cloud-based tools, you can eliminate communication silos and facilitate work with people inside and outside your company. Virtual communication among team members becomes second nature. Best of all, you can work at the office, from home, or on the road with just an internet connection.
Built-in Data Management
Users can manage the product structure as data with 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS so designers can work in parallel. Designers have instant access to updates made by other contributors. This enables real-time concurrent design, enhanced decision making, and faster design maturity.
Because assemblies are managed in the secure cloud-based database and not in files, an accurate design context is established quickly. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables access not only to product design, but also to multi-physics simulation, manufacturing process planning, and product life cycle management technologies.
You can make informed decisions faster by leveraging real-time data in the cloud. With all the data in the same place, everyone is up to date with access to a single source of truth. And, because you are accessing “live” data, there is no risk of being out of sync on model revisions or assembly configurations.
Get Feedback Easily from All Stakeholders
By leveraging the apps that work with 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS you can conduct real-time digital mockups accessible to everyone on the team—even members without CAD knowledge, so non-CAD users can participate in the product development cycle.
You can invite marketing, sales, or executive personnel to early-stage reviews and get real-time design for manufacturing (DFM) advice from the shop floor or manufacturing vendors to avoid expensive downstream issues.
When everyone on a team has access to 3D, the team shares a common language; everyone can fully understand the project status without having to interpret 2D drawings. Because any team member can view, rotate, mark up, and measure your model, manager or executive signoffs are quicker. Also, all communication is captured on the platform, so traceability is built right into the process.
Plus, managers who are always on the go can review posted 3D models and even mark up a model and make comments—from any device, even a smartphone.
Flexible and Powerful Design and Collaboration Tools
The cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS takes a different approach, allowing communications from all stakeholders all in a single location in the cloud. Because everyone on the team communicates via the same platform, everything is automatically traceable.
The traditional definition of the workplace is changing, but that doesn’t need to slow progress. All of the powerful 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS tools make it easy to go from concept to design to manufacturing and beyond, no matter how dispersed your team.
Contact your local reseller to learn more about 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS.