CAD – The Future of Collaborative Modeling

CAD – The Future of Collaborative Modeling

We have been talking about collaboration a lot these days. I was thinking about how collaboration can happen with designers. I thought about this from two perspectives: (1) CAD and PLM collaboration development and (2) Collaborative Document and Drawing capabilities. 

CAD and PLM collaboration development

 We have seen product offerings from companies such as Dassault Systemes 3DLive and Siemens PLM. Besides these giants, smaller ISVs also provide multiple 3D collaboration technologies. Dassault Systemes 3D Live and CATIA V6 provides, in my view, an interesting approach where Designers can work together on the same model and assembly. This is probably a good example of CAD/Design collaboration from PLM vendors. I’m sure you can come up with similar examples and will be interested in discussing these as well.

Dassault Systemes 3DLive product

 Collaborative Document and Drawing capabilities

 I found interesting blog article caught my attention:  5 Ways to Create Collaborative Drawings with Friends  – presenting ways to collaborate on creating pictures and other graphic objects. This is very interesting way to collaborate on graphic models online. 

 

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Online Design Tools

Nice addition to this collection is SolidWorks Labs product, Drawings Now. This is still not as sophisticated as the 3DLive/CATIA option, but is not simply a drawing game such as ScribLink. What is cool is that <SolidWorks Drawings Now> allows you to save 2D drawings on a cloud space. (think about Amazon Web Services or similar)

 

Conclusion:

I think we are moving towards a CAD system that will be able to store information on a cloud almost in the same manner as today’s CAD saves CAD models and Assemblies on your C: drive or corporate server. I don’t know how fast it will take for us to get there, but I see it happens more in the near future.

 What is your opinion on this?

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  • Hello Oleg-

    “where Designers can work together on the same model and assembly.” SolidWorks has this too.

    “I think we are moving towards a CAD system that will be able to store information on a cloud almost in the same manner as today’s CAD saves CAD models and Assemblies on your C: drive or corporate server. I don’t know how fast it will take for us to get there, but I see it happens more in the near future.”

    In my opinion, this is still a long way out. Why? for example, here in San Diego,CA. Wireless Internet access is limited because of the terrain. Internet speeds are still around 3MB/sec at best. Faster cable T1 lines cost about $450.00 – 750.00 USD per month, very expensive.

    I still feel more comfortable having my expensive/important IP data on a hard/tape drive where I can touch it.

    Devon T. Sowell
    http://www.3-ddesignsolutions.com
    http://www.pdmsolution.com

  • I think it’s really possible it will move to an online format. The sticking point is the old way of doing things – the need for paper and the need for certification process to use that paper to get anything done. If we move the process and get the people thinking more of getting product data online, it’s going to be a lot easier to get there… granted the web pipes are big enough for the data 😉

  • Josh, how do you see it practically may happen in your organization? And why “paper” and “certification” are show-stoppers. You still can print papers even if you are working online… Right? -Oleg

  • Devon, I got your point. Yes, There are paces (frankly saying I thought these places are out of USA, but looks like I was wrong) where web connection is somewhat problem. But, not in organizations. May be wireless internet is still problem, but behind firewall you have connection w/o problem. And, yes, I do believe it will be better within time. -Best, Oleg

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