Musings about Bill of Materials: weekly update (CAD to BOM synchronization)

Musings about Bill of Materials: weekly update (CAD to BOM synchronization)

Welcome to another weekly update about my video blog – Musings about Bill of Materials.. I spent last discussing various aspects of synchronization of BOM and CAD data structures. It is one of these topics that usually complex. Different viewpoints – design, engineering, manufacturing, procurement around data are creating many scenarios in which data can be transferred from CAD to BOM and backwards.

Here are few topics I address in these videos:

1- How to create a first BOM

2- How to restructure BOM / EBOM

3- How to synchronize CAD and BOM changes

4- How to work with non-modeling parts

5- How to synchronize purchased assemblies

6- How / When you need to bring data from BOM back to CAD.

I hope you will find these video useful.


What is conclusion? CAD-BOM synchronization is a fundamental piece of BOM management practice in every company. It is usually complex and drives lot of questions. My videos are not setting you up with a particular CAD and BOM tools, but give you some idea about logical organization of design and BOM data. They are applicable for most of CAD/BOM tools. Let me know if I missed some of the use cases. Setting up some fundamental rules of data synchronization between design, engineering and manufacturing can save lot of time and prevent you from costly mistakes. Just my thoughts…

Best, Oleg

Disclaimer: I’m co-founder and CEO of OpenBOM developing cloud based bill of materials and inventory management tool for manufacturing companies, hardware startups and supply chain. My opinion can be unintentionally biased


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