DE · Topics · Resources · Sponsored Content

Windows Explorer Wasn’t Made For Engineers

How much time do you waste managing your design data?

Engineers spend, on average, 15 percent of their time managing data—and some routinely waste the equivalent of one day a week or more.

Much of this waste is due to the simple fact that Windows® Explorer wasn’t made for engineers. And it certainly wasn’t made to manage CAD files. To illustrate, here are a few examples of data management challenges you and your engineers probably deal with daily:

  • When sifting through thousands of files, you wish you could search for more than just a file name.
  • You dread copying or renaming files. It’s tedious and you typically need to repair broken references.
  • When you work with other engineers on a project, you worry constantly that they will overwrite your files.
  • You manually maintain spreadsheets that document every instance where parts and subassemblies are used.

To overcome these challenges, you need a file manager that’s made just for engineers. It should understand the complexities of CAD file relationships, help you find the files you need when you need them, and, most important, make it easy for you to collaborate with your colleagues.

Product Data Management (PDM) exists just for this purpose. This guide outlines the different ways Windows Explorer can undermine engineers’ productivity, and illustrates how a solid PDM strategy can help your entire team spend more time doing what they do best.

For which of the industries do you perform design engineering or related functions? Select all that apply.
By downloading this content, I agree to receive the DE 24/7 Newswire, a twice weekly free email newsletter (you may choose to opt-out in the newsletter).

Latest News

RAPID+TCT 2019 Drives Additive Manufacturing to Next Level in Motor City
Thousands of attendees delve into 3D printing, the future of manufacturing, digital twins, data management and so much more.

Jabil Inks Additive Manufacturing Agreement to Supply Parts to Renault F1 Team
On-demand delivery of racecar parts for Renault F1 Team driven by expansion at certified Jabil 3D printing facilities worldwide.

ExOne Announces Kennametal as Inaugural Beta Customer for New X1 25PRO Production Machine
ExOne also announced a new material partnership program, as well as more collaboration with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing.

Behind the Scenes at Materialise in the Midwest
Factory tour at Michigan-based 3D printing production facility provides a peek at the company’s innovations in the medical sector.

All posts