This is a post by Emma Rudeck on the Concurrent Engineering Site.
Product design often happens in a multi-team setting. While there are many advantages of this, including being able to scale more quickly or access particular expertise, there are drawbacks.
Working with external partners, vendors and customers traditionally comes with a range of challenges. In particular, it can be difficult to work together when not everyone on the team is using the same CAD systems. Having to work in a multi-CAD environment can take more time and effort to achieve the same results, costing both time and money. But, this no longer has to be the case. Flexible modeling means that working with multi-CAD is easier than ever before.