This is a post by Emma Rudeck on the Concurrent Engineering Site.
Having to work with non-native CAD files can be a frustrating process. The problem is clear; you have CAD data that you need to work with, but it was created in a different CAD tool to the one that you use. Having a tool that enables you to work with non-native CAD data, without having to recreate it can be invaluable, saving you time and money
With Creo you are able to open design data from a range of Cad programmes. This is a powerful benefits; it means that engineers and designers are able to work on multi-CAD projects with all of the latest design information. This means you can avoid errors, which are both costly and time consuming.
HOW DOES MULTI-CAD DATA INTEGRATE WITH CREO?
Non-native files, from systems such as Solidworks and Catia, can be easily assembled and referenced to other geometry. It can also be put into the context of the entire assembly. You can then begin to establish the intelligence in the imported geometry. This includes pattern recognition. By simply selecting a piece of the pattern, Creo can find and establish this design intent. And, once this pattern has been recognised, you can use it to assemble imported or native components multiple times. This process can then be completed quickly and easily for parts such as bolts and screws.