Graphics Programs Reference
Take advice from your CAD vendor about the system requirements necessary to success-
fully run 3D CAD within your business. Considerations include requirements for your
network, server, workstations, RAM and monitors. Also think about graphics cards and
peripherals. Take into account data storage, backup and security. Also identify who has
responsibility for what.
9. 3D CAD Implementation - Stage 2
• Training: Rapidly Embedding Core CAD Skills in Your Business
Consider sending some of your design engineers on an intensive course to soak up the
knowledge. Then get them to coach others. Supplement this with web-based training, tu-
torials and topics. Concentrate on speed and accuracy. Take advice from CAD vendors
about training, implementation and schedules. Alongside 3D modelling also identify the
best Product Data Management (PDM) set-up for your needs. Actively encourage your
design engineers to use the support service that typically comes with CAD purchases.
Get into the habit of documenting best practices for your business.
• Pilot Projects: Rapid Productivity Gains and Return on Investment (RoI)
Consider using pilot projects to spearhead the rapid take-up of 3D CAD. As the project
is new, there are no concerns about legacy data still in 2D. Pilot projects enable freshly
trained engineers to practice and embed their skills, becoming faster, more proficient
and increasingly productive. Pilot projects allow the tangible advantages of 3D CAD to
be demonstrated very quickly. They also facilitate a rapid return on investment, as the
speed, reduced defects and rapid time to market can all be calculated in hard currency.
• Rolling out 3D CAD more broadly throughout the business
Start with the rest of the design engineering team who haven't been involved and then
roll it out to other areas of the business. Other teams that can benefit include sales and
marketing, production, service and maintenance. Take advice from your CAD vendor.
Different departments may benefit from specific features within the software or add-on
modules. For example, photo-realistic rendering for Marketing and CAD/CAM for Pro-
duction. Carefully consider the timing of the rollout.
• Remember to Review your 3D CAD Implementation
Learn the lessons and continually improve.