Chad Jackson

CADASIO: DO WE NEED A NEW SOLUTION FOR TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION?

January 20, 2021

Technical documentation is a space where you’re creating instructions, such as assembly instructions, service instructions, or web experiences, which is an area it has expanded into now.

Do we really need a new solution for technical documentation? Let’s take a look at Cadasio.

CADASIO: DO WE NEED A NEW SOLUTION FOR TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION?

Do we really need a new solution for technical documentation? Let’s take a look at Cadasio. Technical documentation is a space where you’re creating instructions, such as assembly instructions, service instructions, or web experiences, which is an area it has expanded into now. It has been based on 3D models. So if you have mechanical hardware as a big piece of your product, you really want to take your CAD designs or 3D models and reuse them when you start to create instructions and those types of things.

There was a lot of activity in this space five to 10 years ago. There were a lot of neat integrations to leverage stuff forward. For example, you have associativity. You change the model and get updates to the technical documentation. There has not been a lot of activity in this space in a while. It’s a shame because there’s a lot of new capabilities, especially with the cloud, that have come out more recently. I think this is where Cadasio has really taken advantage.

WHAT IS CADASIO

Cadasio is a cloud-based technical documentation tool. Although, it’s a little bit more than that. It’s also a web experience tool and we’ll talk through that here in a second. It’s very easy to use and a user can quickly get up to speed. You can publish out all the assets that you need in lots of different formats.

The process with Cadasio really starts with a 3D model that you upload to this cloud application. The 3D model can come from almost any CAD application today. Cadasio is expanding that over time to have a lot of good breadth. Once you get that into the cloud, a user can build out the assembly instructions one through six. What are the steps? What comes first? What comes next and then so on and so on.

You should look at a demo of this tool and judge for yourself, but it’s very easy to use and to get up to speed. It’s one of the big advantages that you have with it.

BENEFITS OF TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION ON THE CLOUD

Now that you’ve built out what the instructions or the web experiences are, you can leverage that in a lot of different and interesting ways. One way is to make it available on the web.

You might want to embed this experience to show users how to disassemble this thing and see what it looks like. You can embed that on your website and make it a part of your pre-sales product pitch. You can also support all sorts of other items, such as assembly instructions, service instructions, and owner’s manuals. Not only does it show what the steps are, but you can also animate it. You can interact with it,  spin it, and interrogate it. You can deliver these instructions or experiences over the web. You can give someone a URL and they can access it that way.

Not only can you embed it on your website, but you can also give it to the service and maintenance people in the field. They can access it remotely, and you can update that at any time, right? So that they’re always looking at this source of the truth, that associativity, that ability to update this experience, this set of instructions can be done very, very easily because it’s a cloud-native application. You’re serving fresh instructions, and fresh content from wherever you’re at.

Now, of course, not everybody wants to do that. There’s a lot of people out there that still want images. They want to be able to incorporate that into what will become a PDF and distribute that. And of course, this tool will support that as well. You can export a number of 2D images. You can include those in a document and then publish that and distribute them.

KEY TAKEAWAYS ABOUT CADASIO

So what’s the takeaway here? I think it’s pretty fascinating that this represents the evolution of the older school associative technical documentation tools that will connect and reuse your 3D models, but it’s based on a cloud platform.

It is accessible anywhere for people to create instructions and experiences and you can serve it anywhere. You can send it out. You can embed it on a website. You can make it accessible at any time through a browser to field and service folks, manufacturing folks, and owners with the owner’s manuals. I think this could make a big difference in terms of upgrading that experience around instructions and experiences. It’s a really interesting solution and if it’s applicable, check it out.

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