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This blog post extends, but doesn’t replace, earlier detailed discussions we’ve previously published on this blog and site. For convenience links to those are collected below:
This post is an update on new developments in CAD model formats.
This month Autodesk and Siemens announced a new strategic interoperability agreement.
It is “aimed at helping manufacturers decrease the costs associated with incompatibility among product development software applications and avoid potential data integrity problems.” The software companies recognize that many manufacturers “operate in environments consisting of various solutions from different CAD software vendors … internally between departments or externally with partners and supply chains.” Both companies will share file format toolkit technology and exchange end-user software applications to enable their CAD and PLM solutions to share data files.
Here’s our take for industrial suppliers, in 3 points:
1. It is good and pertinent news for CAD users that interoperability with native CAD files is continuing to improve across CAD systems.
Obviously this agreement will significantly improve the interoperability between Autodesk and Siemens CAD and PLM products (e.g. NX, SolidEdge, Teamcenter). This agreement follows similar arrangements between Autodesk and other big CAD companies; Autodesk-PTC interoperability agreement in 2007, Autodesk-Bentley interoperability announcement in 2008. We’ve written about the PTC interoperability with other CAD vendors before. Interestingly we note that this leaves just Dassault Systemes as the only main CAD company holdout – even their own Catia and Solidworks software don’t exchange native data yet!
2. For industrial suppliers (manufacturers and distributors) who offer downloadable CAD models of their products online there are two less obvious benefits.
There are two sides to the CAD format question. Firstly the format in which your models are built and maintained and secondly the format or formats in which they are available to CAD users for download.
3. The answer to the question, “Do CAD download file formats matter” remains YES and NO!
Let us know what you think by commenting below, calling or clicking either button below – especially if you want to include product CAD model viewing and/or downloads in your 2016 website and content marketing.