Meccanica H7 Srl Shortens Development Cycle With CoCreate Software

Machinery specialist approaches error-free designs with history-free 3D CAD

Sindelfingen, Germany – 30 January 2007 – CoCreate Software GmbH, a leading provider of 3rd generation PLM software applications for high-tech electronics and machinery, today announced that Meccanica H7 Srl has adopted OneSpace Modeling, CoCreate’s history-free 3D CAD software.

Based in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, Meccanica H7 designs and manufactures complete plants and special machinery for industry lines. With 75 employees, the company sells belts, electrical appliances, food industry lines and packaging machinery throughout the world.

In the past, Meccanica used parametric 3D CAD software to meet special customer requests. But when engineers decided to find a standard modeling software for their own use, they looked beyond history-based systems.

“We liked CoCreate’s 2D CAD tool, OneSpace Drafting, so we tested its 3D solution, OneSpace Modeling for a few months,” says Vincenzo Latini, manager of product development. “We saw quickly that we could design faster, cut design errors, and speed development by over 40% with OneSpace Modeling.”

CoCreate’s product uses a technology called Dynamic Modeling, instead of parametric design. Meccanica noted the following advantages of the CoCreate approach:

Intuitive and flexible design. Meccanica engineers prefer to begin projects with preliminary sketches that they can show customers to help visualize concepts. They make those sketches in 3D CAD for the most realistic presentation. “But with parametric software, it was nearly impossible to build on those sketches,” says Latini. “We’d encounter errors and couldn’t easily change the design.” However, using CoCreate’s system, without the constraints of history-based modeling, “we move freely and quickly from sketch to manufacturable model,” he says.

Error-free import. Originally, Meccanica tried to use its parametric software to work with whatever format its customers used. But import proved error-prone. As a result, designers often reworked designs after importing. With OneSpace Modeling, neither import nor export of non-native CAD data poses a problem and Meccanica works with imported data as if it came from OneSpace Modeling in the first place.

Easy co-design even across extended design teams. Meccanica divides itself into different but interdependent departments for optimal product development and production. OneSpace Modeling fits the company’s model well, since designers don’t need to be intimate with a design’s history to modify or extend it. “With parametric software, it would take too much time to explain how a design has been built to pass it from one designer or department to another,” says Latini.

OneSpace Modeling also supports rich master models, important for companies practicing co-design. With rich master models, Meccanica H7 can now attach any information directly to a model to further assist anyone who uses the design after its initial creation.

Meccanica H7 engineers say they look forward to an ultimately leaner product development environment starting with OneSpace Modeling. The company next plans to integrate their CAD software into its PLM system.


About CoCreate®
CoCreate Software is for leaders in high-tech electronics and machinery, and other innovative companies facing intense time to market pressure. Many of the world’s best known product development companies depend on CoCreate in order to achieve unprecedented speed and flexibility.

CoCreate’s 3rd generation approach to product lifecycle management (3G PLM) streamlines the process of planning, developing and manufacturing products. As the world’s #1 provider of Dynamic Modeling based software, CoCreate is the ideal platform for lean product development.

You can find CoCreate’s award winning software, resellers, and services in more than 30 countries and on the Web at www.cocreate.com.

CoCreate and OneSpace are trademarks of CoCreate Software GmbH.


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