๐Ÿ”Ž Deep CAD search

By Bala Kondur

In the realm of product design and manufacturing, where time-to-market pressures continue to escalate, the significance of efficiency and accuracy within the design and manufacturing cycle cannot be emphasized enough. A substantial amount of product and process information is generated throughout the stages of ideation, design, manufacturing engineering, production, quality assurance, and service.

The information placed in CAD models and drawings in the form of drawing notes, product and manufacturing information (PMI), and various text annotations are an important source of product and process information.

Search for all this rich data right from Teamcenter global search box!

๐Ÿ”Ž Find NX and Solid Edge content โ€‹

Search CAD files quickly and efficiently from Active Workspace without loading parts or assemblies in the CAD applicationโ€‹!

โœ… Find CAD content with matching keywords in:

  • Drawing notesโ€‹
  • Drawing tabular notesโ€‹
  • Drawing title blocksโ€‹
  • Drawing labelsโ€‹

๐Ÿ“ฆ NX and Solid Edge search supported out of boxโ€‹

๐Ÿ’ป Extensible to support other CAD applicationsโ€‹

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๐Ÿ”Ž Search NX part attributes, PMI text and labels 

  • Quickly find NX models from Active workspace by searching on NX part attributes, PMI text or labelsโ€‹
  • Filter search results on NX part attribute valuesโ€‹
  • Search through detailed engineering and manufacturing data in PMI notes and labels โ€‹
  • Save valuable engineering time by searching though large repositories of NX models in seconds to locate parts and models of interestโ€‹

๐Ÿš€ Efficiency and time savings

In the world of CAD design, time is money. Search applications allow you to quickly locate specific PMI and drawing notes within CAD files, saving you precious hours that would otherwise be spent manually scanning through drawings and documents. This newfound efficiency can have a significant impact on project timelines.

๐ŸŽฏ Accuracy: minimizing errors

PMI and drawing notes contain critical information about a designโ€”dimensions, tolerances, materials, and manufacturing instructions. With a search application, this information is easily accessible and reduces the risk of errors due to misinterpretation or oversight. Your designs will be more accurate from the get-go.

๐Ÿค Streamlined collaboration

Collaboration is at the heart of successful product development. When multiple team members are working on a project, having a search application ensures that everyone can quickly access the necessary information. No more waiting for someone else to provide it. This fosters better teamwork and more efficient communication.

๐Ÿ”„ Version control: keeping up with revisions

CAD files often undergo multiple revisions. A search application helps you track changes in PMI and drawing notes across different versions, ensuring that you’re always working with the most up-to-date information. Say goodbye to confusion caused by outdated details.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Cost reduction: saving resources

By reducing the time spent searching for information and minimizing errors, a search application can significantly contribute to cost savings in product development and manufacturing. It can also help avoid costly mistakes in production caused by misinterpreted or outdated information.

๐Ÿ“ Compliance and documentation

Many industries have strict regulations and standards that must be adhered to in product design and manufacturing. Using a search application can assist in ensuring that all relevant PMI and drawing notes comply with these standards and are properly documented. This can save you from regulatory headaches down the line.

๐Ÿง  Knowledge retention

PMI and drawing notes often contain valuable insights and knowledge about the design and manufacturing process. Having a searchable archive of this information helps preserve institutional knowledge, making it easier for organizations to maintain consistency in their products over time.

๐ŸŽ“ Training and onboarding

New employees can hit the ground running with the help of a search application. They can quickly access essential information about a project’s design and requirements, reducing the learning curve and facilitating faster onboarding.

โœ… Quality assurance

Easy access to PMI and drawing notes aids in quality control and quality assurance processes. It allows for quick verification that products are being manufactured according to the specified requirements, reducing defects and costly rework.

In conclusion, integrating a search application for PMI and drawing notes into your CAD workflow can significantly enhance efficiency, accuracy, collaboration, and overall productivity in the product design and manufacturing lifecycle. It’s a powerful tool to help you save time, reduce costs, and maintain the highest quality standards in your products. Embrace the power of Teamcenter Active Workspace Deep CAD Search and watch your product design and manufacturing processes soar to new heights.

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at