• This episode of Tech-Clarity TV explores how food and beverage industry can avoid industry disruption from a new class of competitors, including the likes of Amazon, Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and others. It shares how digitalization can help R&D innovate faster, readily customize products to customer needs, and respond to the market with both agility and quality.This video is part of a series of videos showing how digitalization can help food and beverage companies compete with these innovative, digital industry competitors that are disrupting the status quo.The video series is sponsored by … [ read more ]

    Raising the Bar in R&D with Digitalization and the Digital Enterprise (video)
  • On Tuesday November 21, 2017  please join Christopher Rösner, General Requirements Manager at e.GO mobile AG, Tech-Clarity's Michelle Boucher, and Che Curnew, Senior Technical Sales Specialist at PTC for a discussion on the benefits of a better approach to requirements management. This session will be an interactive interview to share different perspectives and experiences on requirements management. The discussion will include topics such as:How a Requirements Management solution can help your business How to identify specific requirements needs How to select the right solution for your … [ read more ]

    Selecting the Right Requirements Management Solution (webcast)
  • How do leading companies manage and operate their labs and what impact does that have on their business? Please share your thoughts in our short Chemical Lab Digitalization Survey.Tech-Clarity invites you to join a research study on best practices in lab management. If you've already completed the survey  –> please share with a colleague or you social media friends using the “Share/Save” buttons above. If you haven’t taken the survey  –> please: Take the survey nowComplete the survey and receive a free copy of the final report.In addition,  25 eligible* respondents will … [ read more ]

    Chemical Lab Digitalization (survey invitation)
  • Close the Engineering Skills Gap:Prepare New Graduates to Be Real-World Ready shares new research on the gap between the skills graduating engineers have and skills companies would like to see. The research examines the evolving needs of the engineering department. The results reveal that engineering departments expect to grow so we will need more engineers. On top of that, the required skills will also expand. Complicating the situation, as the most experienced engineers approach retirement age, companies must figure out how to replace that knowledge. This makes the skills of new engineers especially … [ read more ]

    Close the Engineering Skills Gap (survey findings)
  • This infographic shares our research on how Top Performing companies achieve better NPDI performance than their competitors, excelling at revenue growth, margin expansion, and delivering innovative products. The infographic starts by providing a graphical view of the unfortunate truth about new product development, companies miss their quality, cost, requirements, regulatory compliance, project budget, and time to market targets far too often. The graphic shares perspectives from our research.The piece is an Autodesk infographic leveraging data from our 7 Ways to Outperform Your Competitors in … [ read more ]

    How to Beat Your Competition in Product Development (infographic)

Best Practices for Going from 2D to 3D CAD (eBook, survey findings)


2D to 3DThe How-to Guide to Transitioning from 2D CAD to 3D CAD  shares best practices for moving from 2D to 3D. The guide shares the reasons you should consider going from 2D to 3D, common challenges to avoid, and benefits enjoyed by other companies who gone to 3D. The guide then shares advice to make your switch from 2D to 3D CAD a success. The recommendations were developed by analyzing the responses of Top Performing companies and comparing them to Average Performing companies.

This eBook is one in a series of three:

Please enjoy the summary below.

For the full eBook, please visit our sponsor SOLIDWORKS  (free of charge, registration required).

Why Change from 2D to 3D?

While 2D offers a lot of simplicity, going to 3D CAD can offer multiple benefits:

  • Find problems earlier during design by checking for interferences.
  • Identify quality problems and improve performance by conducting virtual tests.
  • Evaluate more design iterations to arrive at a more innovative solution.

Benefits like these will help you bring better products to market and do an even better job of meeting customer needs. Plus, by catching problems earlier, you can minimize time spent fixing products late in the development lifecycle. This not only saves costs, but will help you get to market sooner.

Since interpreting 2D drawings requires specialized skills, an added benefit of a 3D model is that it makes visualizing the product simpler. So even nontechnical staff, suppliers, and customers can provide feedback more easily.

2D to 3D

The graph shows what’s driving engineering investments at companies who have gone from 2D to 3D. What’s interesting is that these drivers are all benefits that can be realized by going to 3D CAD.

Benefits of Transitioning to 3D

The most exciting part of the results is the number of benefits companies enjoy by transitioning to 3D CAD. Regardless of performance, companies report many benefits, but Top Performers experience even more. Both groups report fewer errors and easier changes.

However, Top Performers seem to use their CAD tool more strategically. In addition to using it as a design tool, they also view it as a helpful collaboration tool. Consequently, they get more feedback on the design, and can take advantage of the collective expertise of the product team. This creates more opportunities to catch problems and improve quality and performance.

2D to 3D

Innovation is another area where they see more value. Top Performers use their 3D tool to evaluate multiple iterations to ultimately arrive at a more innovative design. Again, the result will be better quality and performance, which in turn means happier customers and more revenue opportunity.

The takeaway is that Top Performers are more successful at meeting the goals that drove their investment in the first place.

*This summary is an abbreviated version of the report and does not contain the full content. A link to download the full report is available above. If you have difficulty obtaining a copy of the report, please contact us using the “Contact” link below.

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