Jun 26, 2015 -- With all new futuristic CAD tools bombarded by software vendors to manufacturing units worldwide, the question of whether the new technology would improve the processes and make things better always remain.
Among many of the CAD adopters, there is no sense in utilizing new features the advanced version of the software provides. In fact, it only does the job of adding cost and complexities of training the resources, so that, CAD users become aware and used to the new technology that has replaced an old and a better system.
A wise decision in such cases is to avoid the replacement and keep working with the existing CAD technology. While sellers may claim that the new added features can help in reducing the design time, the same does not hold true for every organization. The best way in such situations is to figure out the potential of the existing systems and optimize it to improve the design process efficiency.
Compare the Benefits of Old Vs New
The first and foremost evaluation step is to compare the features of Old and the new system. There may be a possibility of the old system being more feature friendly than the new one. Not every CAD system is built to meet the requirements of every industrial domain; however there is always one system that is most suited for specific needs.
If your existing system is friendlier and possess all the features needed for the design process, it would be a false decision to migrate to a new system, simply because the sales guy boasted about the benefits. You may lose all the fine tunings you’ve been doing since many years and might have to start from a scratch with the new system.
With every new CAD technology launch, the software developer aims to reduce the design time and improve the quality of the process; but, whether it actually meets the expectations is purely based on the manufacturer’s requirements.
In many cases, the efficiency of the CAD design process can be leveraged simply by applying automation feature rather than completely switching to a whole new CAD platform. With automation, many design activities and repetitive calculations can be reduced, rather than using a newer system with more intelligent tools.
Consider Taking Feedback from the Actual Users
The actual benefit of transforming the CAD platform can be better comprehended by its actual users. It is equally important to take their feedback and realize the importance of existing systems and skill sets associated with it.
Replacing the software without their consent can result into dramatic outcomes. It may be possible that designers may have tuned the software optimally already where new software might cause them to learn and perform all the optimization from scratch. This can consume a fair amount of time in the design process and directly affect the production efficiency.
About the Author:
Nikunj Patel is a design engineer working with Hi-Tech CADD Services for the past 4 years. He loves designing specialized industrial equipments and can always be found in the lab discussing, brainstorming & tweaking designs. He has also worked on architectural projects taking interest in every aspect of design & analysis.