For those of us in the ever-evolving product development world, we all know how paramount product innovation is for standing out in the market. We want our products to anticipate market demand, to wow our customers, and to be that ‘winning product’ that customers look forward to buying over others.
And let's face it - Making the final decision on a design for product launches can make or break your business' position in your industry. Especially in specialized industries with more complexity and components of products, the design change process with many CAD tools is most often very manual and challenging, draining product design time and resources. Is there an easier way to manage product design changes and release more innovative products before your competitors?
The answer is yes - and the days of loading and re-loading different CAD files to uncover that winning design can be a thing of the past with a CAD tool that is made for simplifying design changes. We are talking about PTC Creo DEX, the design exploration extension that gives your team more creative freedom and confidence nailing down the product design that will stand out from the rest. In this 2-part blog post we’ll review what the design change process looks like without DEX and with DEX.
What is Creo DEX?
As a CAD user or product development leader, you will definitely want to spend some time learning about Creo DEX, whether your team is using Pro/E, Creo 2, or a different CAD software. With its official introduction in mid 2014, DEX was featured as a powerful extension with the release of Creo 3.0 and has picked up buzz quickly for being a valuable tool for design teams. We found it necessary to highlight why this extension is so awesome for product innovation. PTC developed this extension to specifically solve the long list of technical challenges that impact product design time and resources.
That Long List of Design Change Challenges with CAD: Without DEX vs. With DEX
Ok, we'll shorten that long list for you, as you may already know these challenges all too well. Here's a breakdown of the top four design change challenges below.
- Exploring multiple design concepts
- Duplicating data and clean-up
- Risky design environment
- Committing to that final ‘winning product’
Let’s focus on the first two challenges in this Part 1 blog post and see what the design change process typically looks like without DEX and with DEX in your CAD environment…
Design Change Challenge #1: Exploring multiple design concepts
Without DEX: With most CAD tools, users are designing with one CAD file, saving backups, and then completely recreating multiple other CAD files to try out alternative models and designs. A one-by-one manual process is at hand and leaves the user with less time and file storage. This leaves little room to truly explore more design ideas and may cause design teams to miss out on that winning product concept.
With DEX: Trying out different design ideas with DEX is much more intuitive compared to other CAD tools. Users can work with that one CAD file and avoid having to recreate multiple other CAD files. DEX has a convenient checkpoints feature that allows users to capture incremental design changes, split an unlimited number of designs, and even snapshot the entire design session with instant backups of models all within one CAD file.
Design Change Challenge #2: Duplicating data and clean-up
Without DEX: With mention above of file storage, many CAD users have a slew of ad-hoc folders with countless backup concepts and duplicate data when comparing designs. When it's time to dig through the backups and review iterations manually, it becomes hard to effectively evaluate design ideas with repeated closing and cleaning sessions.
With DEX: Working with one compressed CAD file for multiple design ideas frees up storage and time for users, shortening the design change process by 10-fold (or 100-fold... depending on how many CAD files you're managing for that *one* product concept).
One CAD File for Multiple Designs
Isn’t that music to your ears? So far in this list we can see how much easier work life can be when designing with DEX and streamlining the changes into one CAD file. Again, this extension is available with PTC Creo 3.0 and can drastically shorten your design cycle time and bring more innovation to your products. Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of our DEX post where we’ll cover the latter two design change challenges (Risky design environment and Committing to that final ‘winning product’) and how DEX can bring your team to that ‘winning’ product faster than your competitors.
Whether your team is using Pro/E, Creo 2, or another CAD software, it is definitely a valuable tool worth evaluating – and it’s a great time with DEX currently available at 20% off. We can also customize an upgrade package with Creo 3.0 and DEX or other extensions that will fit your product development needs. Send us a request below and we’ll put you in touch with one of our PTC account specialists to talk to you about DEX on Creo 3.0.