By Jon Hirschtick, CEO and Co-Founder, Onshape
Why are some of the best engineers asking where the latest version of their work is? Because usually CAD data is edited by multiple people in multiple places.
When designing products in traditional CAD systems, you need to manage tons of files – especially with large assemblies. You save a version, make some changes and rename the file. Copies are emailed to colleagues and get copied everywhere. There’s never really a way to know if you truly have the latest version.
If you’re using traditional file-based CAD, your world likely looks like the left-hand side of the picture above. At best, this chaos and confusion can lead to lots of wasted time and rework. At worst, the wrong parts get manufactured.
With Onshape’s web-based product development platform, it’s easy to find the latest version because there’s only one place to look for it.
Onshape has no files. Because your CAD data is stored in one central database in the cloud, it updates in real time as your team members edit. With Onshape’s real-time data management, when anyone makes a change to your 3D model, everyone instantly sees it. And a comprehensive edit history records who did what and when, allowing you to instantly revert back to any stage of your design.
Maintaining tight version control over iterations of your designs is tough enough when your engineering and manufacturing teams are working in the same building – a situation that happens much less frequently today. With extended teams more often than not spanning the country or even the globe, the stakes are now much higher.
Let’s take a look at some forward-thinking companies around the world who rely on Onshape’s real-time data management to speed up product development:
Onshape’s real-time data management also eliminates the need for expensive Product Data Management (PDM) system servers, installs, licenses or backups – freeing up a company’s IT department for more critical tasks and letting engineers be engineers instead of software administrators.
At last, the “Where’s the Latest Version?” problem is no longer a problem for product development teams.
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