CAD (Computer Aided Design) software is used to bring most products from concept to reality. This includes everything from buildings, consumer products, industrial machines, and automobiles.
Inherent in any design process is the need for collaboration to reach the right design solution. For example, large industrial projects require different contractors to coordinate their designs to ensure that they fit together in the final assembly and architects need their customers to review and approve their designs before proceeding.
However, simply sharing the original CAD drawing file is typically not the best solution. This approach is fraught with problems, such as:
- There are many CAD software packages in use (AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks): reviewers may not have access to the software or even the expertise to use it.
- The size of CAD files makes it difficult or impossible to share them, especially via email.
- Trouble protecting intellectual property contained in the CAD file.
Converting CAD files to a lightweight and widely accessible format such as PDF solves many of these problems. If you have a large number of CAD files to be converted, or are using SharePoint as a repository for these files, the new CAD Module available in Adlib Express 4.7, and Express for SharePoint, can help you overcome the cost and challenges associated with working with CAD files.