In Part 1 of this blog we ran a side-by-side comparison of what the design change process looks with and without DEX and covered the first two challenges – exploring multiple design concepts and duplicating data and clean-up. You can read Part 1 here to see how the side-by-side looked for each challenge. DEX definitely tackled both challenges with a more streamlined approach to design changes, giving CAD users more freedom to try out design alternatives with DEX checkpoints and save multiple design versions in one compressed CAD file. We focused on an important topic in the product development world: product innovation. And with product innovation usually comes a long road of multiple design concepts to create and compare before finding that winning innovative product.
The design change process for most product design teams is usually very manual and difficult when managing different concepts in multiple files and folders. There’s got to be an easier way, right? That’s when we made mention of PTC Creo DEX, one of the most highly regarded CAD tools made for product design changes. The Design Exploration Extension is available for PTC Creo 3.0 and boasts an impressive list of features for managing design changes in one CAD file.
Design teams are faced with a number of technical challenges that impact product design time and resources when it comes to making design changes. For those that have more complex and specialized products, that number becomes even greater. Previously, we took a look at the top four challenges with design changes, covering the first two in detail. This post will continue with the last two challenges and how DEX can help.
Top 4 Design Change Challenges with CAD
- Exploring multiple design concepts
- Duplicating data and clean-up
- Risky design environment
- Committing to that final ‘winning product’
Design Change Challenge #3: Risky design environmentWithout DEX: Managing multiple folders and backup CAD files can create a risky design environment. CAD users and design teams may lose integrity of original designs and committed changes.
With DEX: Think of it as making design changes with the ultimate safety net. Users can design with more confidence managing design concept changes with multiple levels of the design session, captured changes with DEX checkpoints, and the original design all stored in one CAD file.
Design Change Challenge #4: Committing to that final ‘winning product’
Without DEX: When we get to the home-stretch after all of the manual reviewing and comparison of designs, it's time to commit to one product concept. But what if there was a better concept that was overlooked, or never even made in the first place (bringing us back to the low exploration factor)? When it comes to the final decision for that winning product launch, every decision maker should have more convenient visibility and management of the different design concepts that are in the running for the product launch.
With DEX: Decisions are made with more insight and clearer data comparison when determining the best product design with DEX. The design review is also much more interactive with DEX, allowing decision makers to browse exploration checkpoints in a 'decision tree', easily toggle back and forth to checkpoints, and return to the starting point of the original design.
Simplifying Design Changes with DEX
Looking at a side-by-side, it's clear that DEX brings a huge amount of value and features that make design changes easier. It enables more flexibility and exploration, reduces the risk of losing design changes, and saves time and resources by working within one CAD file.
Whether your team is currently on Creo 3.0, Pro/E or Creo 2, or another CAD software, it is definitely an extension worth evaluating for your CAD environment – and it’s a great time with DEX currently available at 20% off.