Shortening the product development process is what every manufacturer eyes for in today’s competitive landscape. In order to bring products faster in the market, manufacturers employ number of strategies that help in accelerating the development process.
However, focusing on improving the design phase can significantly help in reducing the product development time. This directly points to the CAD technology a manufacturing firm utilizes.
Since organizations are increasingly digitizing their product design and development process, there are few important factors to consider that ensures a faster product development process.
Choose the Right Software Package
With number of CAD vendors offering different software capabilities, it is important to choose the right one. Unnecessarily spending on additional features can only add to the development costs. Your engineering team might be using a cutting-edge 3D CAD software but the shop floor requirements might be in 2D.
Factors such as product release documentation, inter-departmental design communication and available manufacturing technologies are to be considered before going for high-end software purchase. If your organization is in a transformation phase, you might want to choose feature packed CAD tools to sync with future requirements. Identifying the right software based on your requirements can save a lot of time and money.
Maintain Neutral File Formats
Most organizations have to deal with multi-CAD environment right from conceptualization to prototype building. The inter-departmental requirements are often different, which often requires different CAD file formats, making interoperability difficult.
For such instances, it is important to have clear understanding about the CAD standards and the entire workflow process to avoid problems in late stages of the design. Migrating CAD data from one platform to the other often causes losses in the design information, which can be avoided by using neutral file formats such as STEP or IGES.
Get the Right Engineering Team On-Board
Software itself cannot escalate your productivity; it is also important to choose the right workforce for the development process. Hiring right CAD professionals can significantly help in bringing down the development time. With a right blend of software capability and skill set, the development process runs smoother and reduces the number of revisions in the design required.
Look for Outsourcing Options
Almost 2/3rd of organizations outsource some part of their CAD activity to offshore partners to enjoy the benefits of cost-effective services and faster product development process.
Outsourcing option can help organizations in focusing on their core activities such as R&D and manufacturing processes, while ensuring that the CAD requirements are fulfilled within the specified deadline. The expenditure on hiring skilled staff and infrastructure reduces significantly, which subsequently helps in reducing the cost of the end product.
About the Author: Prahlad Parmar is an Engineering Specialist working at Mechanical 3D Modelling for the past 4 years. He caters critical engineering challenges with ease and performs exhaustive procedures to develop robust, well-engineered and high performance designs.