Empower the people… free your CAD files

CAD and CAD Data has generated a cult like fetish. 
Everyday you hear people talking about viewer wars or how the CAD companies should unlock their data.  I'm amazed by the energy and focus people put into these conversations when it is clear why this data will stay locked in proprietary databases. 
The CAD user is in an exclusive club…
  • A complex catechism for skilled experts only
  • Expensive systems, expensive people
  • Total worship of making better products faster

Don't get me wrong, CAD applications and the skilled CAD user has created a massive corporate value.  I would even go as far as to say this value in many cases has gone un-noticed by many in the organization, as they have just taken the gains as something to be expected.

The problem is the exclusion of other value…

  • No access for the unwashed…
  • They wouldn’t understand it anyway…
  • We can’t risk having files corrupted…
  • What do you need this for anyway…

I’m sure these things have been said in many organizations.  Well now that 3D CAD is a mainstay commodity it is time to look for additional value opportunities that this data affords. 

CAD Viewing is NOT a value opportunity. 

Changing the technical illustration process and creating deliverables such as assembly instructions and service procedures are the next opportunity for value.  

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