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3D viewers help manufacturers cut production costs

March 21, 2023

CAD viewer software replacing costly CAD licenses

While CAD licenses are an inevitable cost of business in design and production, 3D viewer software like 3DViewStation is maximizing the value from CAD data with more affordability and efficiency.

High energy prices and inflation are manufacturers to closely evaluated their workflows and control costs. One area of focus is CAD data management, from creation by CAD software users to CAD data visualization, analysis and review by departments downstream.

These latter software functions are being met with innovative 3D viewers that allow employees in in addition to suppliers to access product information via web browsers or within a product configurator, while protecting a company’s intellectual property and increasing its competitiveness.

KISTERS 3DViewStation, in particular, offers more than 180 functions, which can be tailored exactly to the needs of each employee and at a fraction of the cost of a CAD license. Companies in wide range of disciplines are recognizing the efficiency of this solution, especially as their staff and vendors are more geographically distributed than ever.

“The idea that CAD data use is limited to design only has long since changed,” observed Craig Impastato, Director of Sales & Client Engagement for 3DViewStation in the Americas, “3DViewStation launched more than 10 years ago and today it’s used extensively by manufacturers and OEM partners alike. Another evolution of the workflow is integration of data that does not even have to come from the same CAD system.”

“A 3D viewer helps with day-to-day internal processes. Marketing and sales as well as training materials developers use CAD files, in part or whole. Project estimators can use volume, weight, critical undercuts can calculate more accurate quotations and estimate raw material inventory,” he noted.

Above all, Impastato emphasized the intuitive user experience, “You don’t need to be an expert – anybody is able to access information needed and independently use it without training.”

As teams access and communicate about key product information, the time-savings and minimizing of errors adds up and improves customer satisfaction.

Known for its modern user-interface, high performance viewing, advanced analysis and integration capabilities into leading systems, 3DViewStation ships with current and mature importers for a broad range of 3D and 2D formats including Catia, NX, Creo, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Inventor, Revit, JT, 3D-PDF, STEP, DWG, DXF, DWF, MS Office and many more.

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