|[June 11, 2014]
Industry Viewpoint: 6 Solvable Problems With CAD Software for Product and Manufacturing Design Companies
GUANGZHOU, China --(Business Wire)--
a leading supplier of CAD solutions for the global MCAD and AEC
industries, has announced the results of an in-depth industry research
study with 4 major product design and manufacturing company customers,
based on issues and problems that they have experienced while using CAD
software. Six main issues were introduced by these companies, all of
which were addressed with a switch to ZWCAD+.
Compatibility was the first problem mentioned by all 4 firms, which
included metal manufacturers and lighting and switchboard manufacturers
from China, Thailand and Korea. With the vast amount of CAD and other
specialist software available, as well as the high level of
collaboration that is involved with product design and manufacturing,
the firms wanted strong compatibility to allow users to open and edit
drawings from a variety of origins, in one design environment. ZWCAD+
offers compatibility with all mainstream CAD software, meaning users can
open files from clients and collaborators without the risk of changes or
time consuming conversions.
Cost effectiveness was another major issue with the interviewees. With
the growing prices of AutoCAD, the market leader, and the high price
sensitivity of the market, firms are looking for alternative CAD
software that may offer a more competitive pricing structure. t around
20% of the price of an AutoCAD license and a cost efficient and
customizable upgrade policy, ZWCAD+ can offer huge savings for any firm.
Lack of features has always been an issue in CAD software, but the
respondents suggested that customizable features were also important.
Users wanted to make the UI more suited to their particular work, and
ensure that their most used features are the most easily accessible,
thereby becoming more efficient and saving money and time. The
innovative features that are offered by ZWCAD+, such as Associative
Dimensions and Dynamic Block reduces the need for re-working, while the
brand new SmartSeries allows for highly customizable commands and
Efficient User Interface
The layout of the UI was raised. With most CAD users learning on
AutoCAD, a significantly different layout would cause confusion and
result in significant re-learning costs when moving to a cheaper or more
efficient alternative. This idea has been raised by firms as a major
worry when considering switching CAD software. Having switched to
ZWCAD+, however, the respondents found that there were no relearning
costs due to similarities with the AutoCAD layout, while the
customizable features allowed them to make their most used commands
easily available to improve efficiency.
Stable and Fast Design Environment
The stability and speed of the design environment was indicated as an
important factor by one of the firms that were interviewed. They felt
that their design complexity had grown, as had their file sizes, causing
hardware problems and slowing down their computers. Since replacing
their hardware was too expensive to entertain, they wanted software with
improved memory management in order to work on larger designs with a
reduced impact on computer performance. ZWCAD+'s new Memory Management
technology allows users to open large drawings over 100MB with 50% less
memory usage, meaning faster speeds and no need to update hardware.
The final point raised by the respondents was data recovery features.
The complex nature of many product design and manufacturing processes
can often lead to mistakes which are hard and time-consuming to repair.
The firms believed that the ability to efficiently manage changes made
to their design would save time and money when these inevitable mistakes
occur. ZWCAD+ offers the Data Recovery Manager which allows users to
return so specific times in their design process, making it easier to
identify and repair problems.
It is an undeniable fact that designing and manufacturing products
requires a lot of work; however, some CAD software presents unnecessary
additional challenges. With ZWCAD+, these challenges have already been
addressed through innovative features and a focus on the end user.
ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd., is an international CAD software provider
through its network of over 150 partners in 80+ countries and regions.
The flagship products of ZWSOFT include ZWCAD+, the CAD solution
developed by its wholly owned subsidiary company, ZWCAD DESIGN, and ZW3D
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