In 2020 we redefined the traditional workplace. Most of us have gotten used to working remotely and as a result, probably struggle with the VPN or Remote Desktop connection at the home offices. Perhaps you are wondering how your team can collaborate effectively with designing and producing products, without being physically present. Connect people, data, ideas and solutions with 3DEXPERIENCE – a SOLIDWORKS integrated collaborative product development environment on the cloud, that makes all these challenges a thing of the past.
How do we ensure that all the team data and files can be worked on and are available to everyone involved in your projects?
Most organizations find it difficult to manage data and projects in their product development when employees are scattered across different locations. All files and data must be synchronized so that the entire team is working with the latest version and stay updated on common projects. Furthermore, data security is quintessential, as your competitive edge depends on it. Therefore it is important that the information is stored in a secure environment, yet remains perfectly accessible to relevant stakeholders like your team or even external partners or customers.
You probably heard about 3DEXPERIENCE, but did you consider that these are some of the challenges the platform can help you solve?
Your 3D CAD solutions connect seamlessly with 3DEXPERIENCE, which then will be the central location for all your files – here we refer to more than just your CAD data. The platform’s interface and tools for easy communication are facilitated by powerful apps, which effectively interconnect your team and make collaboration more intuitive than ever. The 3DEXPERIENCE-platform stores your valuable data on cloud with the highest level of security. Furthermore, the platform provides access to product designs, simulation (virtual testing), planning and project management tools as well as tools for managing the entire product lifecycle.
Project management and communications
By taking advantage of the cloud-based tools, you can effectively de-silo your organization and set the stage for effective collaboration in your team or at your company. If you want to involve external stakeholders, 3DEXPERIENCE also got you covered with connected communication tools. You are now virtually wired in and can work from anywhere with an internet connection and manage all stages of your projects from any device. Collaborate and obtain feedback from all stakeholders, internal as well as external, using the powerful apps in 3DEXPERIENCE.
“We saw 3DEXPERIENCE as an opportunity to automate file management. Furthermore, when we collaborate with as many partners as we do, the ability to share 3D component files and lock files that are worked on is essential ” – Andreas Lyder, Technical Owner, Lifeline Robotics
Built-in data management
With 3DEXPERIENCE you can manage collaboration, allowing the entire design team to work concurrently. You and your colleagues have access to the latest updates and revisions made by team members – and you can freely add or remove people to/from your community (the forum where you collaborate on projects and/or designs). This makes it possible to organize your collaborative work on complex designs in real-time and introduce outstanding flexibility and efficiency to your product development.
The platform also allows you to execute digital mockups and share them with everyone on your team – Even stakeholders without CAD knowledge. This way, you can involve non-CAD users in the early stages of your product development.
All stakeholders are involved from day one wherever they are and whenever they want with all data and communication centralized. There is no risk of being unsynchronized with the latest versions, revisions or communication.
“I think we all are moving towards the cloud. Why should we handle our own servers, when we can have IT-experts handle our servers on cloud? The cost of managing local servers is much higher and experts do it much better than we can”- Andreas Lyder, Technical Owner, Lifeline Robotics.
Involvement of internal and external stakeholders
An advantage of involving internal and external stakeholders early on in your product development is that you can avoid difficult and ineffective downstream changes to your designs. When everyone in your team has access to the latest CAD data and project information, they are all completely updated with the status of your projects.
All internal and external stakeholders can view, rotate, mark and measure your models. 3DEXPERIENCE also enables you to assign user rights to different stakeholders to avoid unfortunate edits. In this way, you can control when edits can be made by whom and who approves them. The platform also affords complete traceability and version history. If you collaborate with project leaders and managers who frequently work on the go, 3DEXPERIENCE offers great functionality. Through the platform, they can access 3D models as well as mark and comment on your designs, through all devices.
Advantages with data management and collaboration on cloud
- Work on your 3D designs from anywhere – all you need is an internet connection
- Effectively manage files and revisions of all your data
- Secure your data in the cloud for easy stakeholder access
- Involve stakeholders early in your projects and avoid difficult and expensive downstream challenges
- Centralize project management with powerful communication tools
- Move models effectively through design stages – and share your finished designs with partners and manufacturing
3DEXPERIENCE gives you and your team an entirely new and different way to communicate and collaborate. All stakeholders can collaborate in one single connected environment, as all communication and data are centralized in 3DEXPERIENCE.
The traditional way of working has changed and will continue to do so in the future. That doesn’t have to stop your company! 3DEXPERIENCE allows you to go from concept to design to manufacturing and hit the store shelves with great impact, no matter where your team works from.
Check out our customer Lifeline Robotics’ success with 3DEXPERIENCE here.
Interested to find a setup that suits your needs? Learn more about the roles in 3DEXPERIENCE here or check out our 3DEXPERIENCE playlist on YouTube. You are also more than welcome to get in touch with me or one of my colleagues.