Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader – Part 8

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Strategy 8: Manage product design data efficiently Using CAD tools to design innovative, error-free products will get you only partway to your goal. An effective CAD leader realizes that creating solid models is only the beginning. How well you manage, leverage, and utilize product design data will determine the overall productivity of both your development process and manufacturing enterprise. In the past, product data management (PDM) was more product document management. Engineering organizations managed documents—paper drawings—within large cabinets using elaborate […]

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Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader – Part 4

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Strategy 4: Foster collaboration and innovation A rising challenge for many design and engineering managers is how to supervise interaction among the growing number of players in today’s product development environment. Because innovation has become an increasingly critical factor for manufacturing success in a global economy, more and more contributors, each bringing different areas of specialization, are now becoming involved in the process. While manufacturers once handled the bulk of product development—both design and manufacturing—in-house, many now work closely with […]

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