Bob Miner, Onshape R&D
"Agile" is the keyword at Onword these days. But "Traditional CAD and PDM work against agile design," says Mr Miner. That's due to downloads, updates, license codes, different versions of software and design files -- all working against being fast to market. One solution from a competitor, he says, doesn't work as well as having drawing control in the CAD program itself.
The Onshape idea is to do everything in the 3D CAD package:
- Simulation, CAM, rendering, apps
- Custom parametrics
Mr Miner says there are three requirements for agile CAD:
- Real-time deployment
- Real-time data management
- Real-time analytics and controls allow managers to review design projects, receive analytics, and control access.
Drawings is the 2D drawing component in Onshape that runs in a tab. It went into beta a year ago and was formally released last December. New code is released every 3-4 weeks, so 18 updates in the last year.