*****BEWARE - This is a long drawn out request for help***********
I recently started a new job where they use IDEAS as the CAD tool of
choice. Although they have this powerful tool, they do not use the 3D
modeling aspect of it. They claim that it was not needed. So what they
have is a lot of drawings with no model behind it. Some of the
engineers are just starting to get into the modeling portion but there
is no real library of part or assemblies that have been completed. I do
not think the engineers really have a good sense of how to model with
the tool since they have been repeatedly told to not use their AutoCAD
Because many of our customers (95%) use Catia, we have a few licenses
on hand to read in their files into IDEAS and create DXF files. They
really do not have a good handle on 3D IGES, STEP or Parasolid files.
So, I have been told that since I am new and "bring fresh new ideas" I
can make some suggestions as to how to go forward. My first suggestion
is to go start looking for a mid-range modeler since the designs can
easily be done in that type of tool. I am going to suggest SolidWorks
for several reasons:
A) I'm biased to this tool
B) Ramp up time
C) Opportunity to package it with PDMworks, since they have no PDM
system at this time
D) Price vs. Catia or IDEAS - To that point, does anyone know what a
seat of IDEAS costs? This would be a bare bones version, with modeling
and drafting capabilities and maybe some FEA. I know the first thing
going to be asked is $$$$$?????
E) Most of customers have Catia and from what I have read in some other
threads Dassault has a translator ImpactXoft (sp?) that works well
between these two packages.
F) Many of the vendors we have already use SolidWorks and working with
them would be much easier.
G) Finding experienced IDEAS CAD users in this area is not easy. They
seem to gather around the Michigan (automotive) and Washington State
(airplane) design centers. The company I am working for is a supplier
to the airplane industry.
H) It reads directly into another tool that we use extensively called
Lectra. This would help out tremendously.
I really do not want to debate the pros and cons of SolidWorks vs.
other tools. What I would like to have is some help in putting together
some type of presentation to show the head of engineering to convince
him to even look at making a change.
Any ideas where to start on this?
Anybody have the opportunity to make a presentation to change culture
at there place of employment?
Any help would be appreciated
- posted 16 years ago