How DCV® Helps You

Users currently face two inadequate choices for CAD integration:

  1. Re-import and re-engineer for each design revision
  2. Attempt to ensure that all stakeholders are always using the same version of the same CAD platform

Both of these approaches impose cost, delay and risk. Manual re-engineering is labor intensive and error prone. Enforcing a uniform CAD environment often breaks down due upgrade cycles or changing stakeholders. Even when a uniform environment does work, it imposes a significant policy burden and limits flexibility.

Design Change Vectors is different! It lets users import a CAD model once and integrate to other software (CAM, analysis, cost…) based on the identifiers assigned by their native CAD software. For each subsequent design revision DCV automatically recognizes the changes and applies the change vector to your native file. This protects the identifiers that were assigned during the initial import and sustains the integration referencing those identifiers.

Sample Workflow:

  1. Your customer creates a design and sends it to you in STEP.
  2. You receive the design, translate it and build your CAM program based on it.
  3. The customer changes the design and sends you an updated STEP file.
  4. You receive the new file and translate it.
  5. DCV allows your CAM program to update based on associativity with the imported file instead of repeating your CAM setup or manually updating your original CAM file based on the ECO notes.
    • DCV also documents the changes in the actual geometry for comparison to the ECO documentation.