When it comes to design reuse, we’ve had such grand plans.
There’s always been a need. It might vary by industry, but designers and engineers rarely start a new design from a clean sheet. Why would they? Most product improvements are incremental and evolutionary, not revolutionary. The best way to meet short deadlines is to minimally change designs to satisfy new requirements. But somewhere along the way to reuse nirvana, we veered off the road. We got lost. Really. Lost.
There is a solution, however. Like a GPS enabled map apps on a smartphone, advances in CAD technology are helping us find our way back.
You can read the entire post, Design Reuse: Getting Back on the Road, on the PTC Creo blog.