There are a ton of tools out there that make CAD teamwork easier and more efficient, resulting in fewer headaches, improved designs and increased profits.
Is your CAD team using these insanely good productivity tools? If not, you should try them out now.
Creation and Collaboration Tools
Perfect for distributed teams, GrabCAD lets you manage, share and view CAD files so everyone stays on the same page. Not only will your engineering department work better, but you’ll be able to seamlessly collaborate with other teams, gaining their valuable input (say, on design cost) even if they don’t have CAD software licenses.
GrabCAD at work via Siemens PLM Software
Need design inspiration? Sketchfab’s where you want to be. It’s an online repository where you can upload an unlimited number of files, share them with the world and discover the 3D work of others.
Communication and Coordination Tools
When you need to go mobile, TurboViewer X is here to help. The app is a 2D and 3D DWG file viewer for your smartphone or tablet. Using screen gestures, you’ll be able to rotate, zoom and navigate CAD models in the field or on the go.
TurboViewer X via the Apple App Store.
Basecamp provides enterprise-level project management functionality. You’ll be able to create projects and task lists under a common account shared with your co-workers. Everyone can message one another, attach files and cross to-dos off lists—without email.
Perfect for distributed teams—especially internationally distributed ones—Skype still reigns supreme as an easy, fast and affordable option to communicate, conduct conference calls and share your on-screen work with remote team members.
Mechanical Engineer is an iOS app that provides comprehensive, mobile catalogs of common formulas and sizing standards used by engineers. Your favorite formulas can also be saved for easy access.
Mechanical Engineer via the Apple App Store.
Another handy app to have is MetaCalculator, which calculates volume, weight and other properties for shapes—saving you valuable time during the design process.
Wonder if you’re being as productive as you can? How you spend your time day in and day out is a key metric you need to be tracking if you want to be as effective as possible. RescueTime is the tool to do it. It’ll analyze your online habits and produce productivity reports based on your internet usage. The result is a map of how you spend your time and what areas to improve.
Does your CAD team use any of these tools? Are there other tools you’d recommend for CAD professionals who want to be more productive?
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