In every product lifecycle process design data and product information need to be shared. Almost every department within an organisation (with the exceptions of HR and Accounting) will need to discuss the product with someone at some point along the process, whether it’s with another department or external suppliers.
It used to be that engineers who designed products in CAD systems would struggle to share the CAD data with those in other departments, as specialist training and software systems would often be needed, which could be expensive, but the ability to share 3D product data with non CAD users both internally and externally is important because it reduces ambiguity and therefore aids communication.
Most of us are familiar with receiving documents in a PDF format, such as phone bills, tickets and brochures, and then viewing them in Adobe Reader, which is installed on pretty much every device as standard. So why not find a way to send the CAD data in a similar format that is as easily accessible?