After years of maintaining multiple CAD applications to exchange design data with external organizations, new advances promise a feasible alternative. This eBook details those new advances in CAD enable engineering teams to import and modify 3D models in a wide variety of formats with a single software application.


No one plans to run multiple CAD applications, but it happens nonetheless. And regrettably, it’s often out of our control. Ironically, CAD diversification is often initiated completely outside of engineering through corporate acquisition. Multiple engineering departments, formerly from separate companies using different CAD applications, suddenly need to work seamlessly together. Each organization frequently brings thousands of models and drawings with them in a wide range of format. Soon enough, designers and engineers are trading files in neutral formats like IGES and STEP. That, inevitably, leads to many hours fixing geometry broken by translation. In fact, findings from the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability study show that 49% of engineers spend over 4 hours a week on this activity alone. From an engineering productivity perspective, the next step is logical: consolidate to a single CAD application. Such a change promises to at least stop the proliferation of files in such a range of formats. Making the change, however, is far from easy.