CIMdata Publishes “CAD Selection Considerations: Multi-CAD Management”

Paper identifies and reviews functional capabilities for dealing with third-party CAD data.


Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 19, 2012— CIMdata, the leading global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) consulting and research firm announces a new paper advising CAD users on the importance of tools that allow them to design in a multi-CAD environment.

The competitive landscape demands that product developers focus on productivity. No longer can they afford to recreate product models that were created in a different CAD solution than their own chosen design suite. Given dispersed work groups, acquisitions, and interaction with the supply chain, multi-CAD environments are common and expected. When selecting a modeling solution, prospective users must assess their needs for importing alternative CAD data formats in a manner that provides for a smooth transition and the ability to manipulate and edit imported model geometry.

When dealing with multi-CAD situations, many companies fall back on a strategy of purchasing licenses for all the necessary CAD solutions with which they have to share design data, then performing data translation between the different solutions. However, the cost burden of this approach becomes excessive. This paper, the second in a series, identifies and reviews a number of functional capabilities for dealing with third-party design data within CAD solutions that have proven to be critical for leading-edge users. The first paper in the series dealt with geometric model change editing.

The “CAD Selection Considerations: Multi-CAD Management” paper is available to be freely downloaded from CIMdata’s web site at:


About CIMdata

CIMdata, a leading independent worldwide firm, provides strategic management consulting to maximize an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since its founding in 1983, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM-enabling technologies.

CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and suppliers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy. In addition to consulting, CIMdata conducts research, provides PLM-focused subscription services, and produces several commercial publications. The company also provides industry education through PLM certificate programs, seminars, and conferences worldwide. CIMdata serves clients around the world from offices in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at, follow us on Twitter:, or contact CIMdata at: 3909 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA. Tel: +1 (734) 668-9922. Fax: +1 (734) 668-1957; or at Oogststraat 20, 6004 CV Weert, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 (0) 495 533 666.



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