Recently, a group of COE members completed a project from start to finish using the 3DEXPERIENCE software. We talked with Phil Harrison, principal at LionHeart Solutions Inc., and Jim Strawn, lead IT specialist at Textron Aviation, about the work of the 3DEXPERIENCE Discovery panel. The following is an overview of the results and any roadblocks faced during the panel.
The 3DEXPERIENCE Discovery panel is different in at least five significant ways from the 2014 V6 Discovery panel. The panel used a cloud environment with new role-based licensing, new software delivery methods, new application interfaces and, of course, the new 3DEXPERIENCE environment. They also aimed to take advantage of more of the collaborative features offered.
The panel tested the software using a complete process (design through numerical control and manufacturing) and now has a better understanding of the end-to-end process of utilizing Product Lifecycle Tools in a real engineering organization. They noted that this is not just a CATIA process; it includes the rest of the engineering functions, from program schedule to the Engineering Bill of Materials and the Routing and Release of Engineering Documents. The scope of the Discovery Panel did not encompass customization.
The panel gained several takeaways, including:
- In the 3DEXPERIENCE, the licenses needed to perform your job are included in the Job Role. In prior releases of V6, these were assigned separately.
- In the 3DEXPERIENCE, you no longer have to log off of the system and log back in to change roles.
- Additional advantages include direct linkage between the Engineering Bill of Materials and the CATIA Product Structure, integration with Change Management Tools, and built-in Electronic Routing and Approval.
- There has been a big change from V6 in the licensing. V6 used a similar concept to V5, with licensing based around functions, but it differed from V5 in that Dassault Systèmes (DS) introduced named user licensing. The V6 Discovery panel simplified things by giving each person all-in-one marketing configurations. Now, with the 3DEXPERIENCE, DS has kept the named user licensing, but licenses are now role based, giving a person all the functions that would be needed to accomplish a role. So, for example, a role might be a Mechanical Designer, or Product Engineer. The panel hopes to see that this is simpler to manage than the old trigram configurations.
In terms of which industries will benefit most from the upgrade, the panel agrees it is difficult to say. The panel is operating in a public cloud environment. This could be advantageous for small organizations with no IT department or for companies with program cycles that are relatively short (a few months to a couple of years) and that don’t have significant issues with regulatory organizations (e.g., Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce). It is also ideal for organizations that have project data that stand alone. For larger organizations that have a large number of users, data that are highly reused program to program, a need to maintain data for long periods of time, and have significant restrictions of their data imposed on them, a more private, on-site solution would be preferable. As for migration from a non-V6 environment to the 3DEXPERIENCE, most industries should benefit. The integration of the CAD world with the engineering process world is invaluable. It becomes the single source of truth – no more integration of multiple data systems, no more searching through those systems and attempting to reconcile any differences. The business processes supported by these tools are wide and varied and truly encompass an end-to-end solution.