CIMdata Publishes "CAD Selection Considerations: Design Changes"

Dealing with Rapid Changes to Design Models

Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 28, 2012—CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM management consulting and research firm announces a new paper advising CAD users on the importance of tools that allow rapid design model changes. Innovation in product development relies heavily on the fundamental engineering cycle of modify and improve, so most new products are built from changes made to existing products. The modeling tools most beneficial to product designers must align to that cycle and should contain a wealth of rapid and flexible editing methods. When selecting a modeling suite, prospective users must assess their past New Product Introduction experiences and compile a list of their most important and impactful needs.

This paper, the first in a series describing CAD selection considerations, identifies and discusses a number of functional capabilities for changing geometric models that have proven to be of critical use for leading edge product designers. Users of parametric modeling technologies especially need a set of easy-to-use geometry editing tools that allow them to make model changes with the same speed and flexibility associated with dedicated direct modeling approaches. Yet changes must be made without the concern of damaging built in design intent. This paper cites a number of functional capabilities and some of the significant reasons design engineers should look for flexibility in the design editing functions of their modeling tools. The paper also highlights a number of key technology considerations that potential buyers should require from the tools they select.


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About CIMdata


CIMdata, a leading independent worldwide firm, provides strategic management consulting to maximize an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since its founding in 1983, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM enabling technologies.

CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and suppliers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy. In addition to consulting, CIMdata conducts research, provides PLM-focused subscription services, and produces several commercial publications. The company also provides industry education through PLM certificate programs, seminars, and conferences worldwide. CIMdata serves clients around the world from offices in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at, follow us on Twitter:, or contact CIMdata at: 3909 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA. Tel: +1 (734) 668-9922. Fax: +1 (734) 668-1957; or at Oogststraat 20, 6004 CV Weert, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 (0) 495 533 666.




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