Antiquated design processes are failing designers

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All over the world, engineers are struggling every day with the simple process of communication between electrical and mechanical design teams. What plagues them is not the lack of power in the tools, but the inability to adapt to what is an entirely different product design workflow than what was required a decade ago.

Engineers are tasked with designing ever denser, smaller, and smarter products. Not only are these devices small, they are often also flexible – as in the case of wearable technology – and PCBs need to accommodate this with rigid-flex sections. To design something that small and powerful requires a design process that is tightly aligned across all engineering domains.

Despite the reality of the changing product experience, the same tired design practices that focus not on collaboration, but on treating everyone involved in the design process as an isolated specialist, are employed day in and day out. In many ways, companies are still clinging to the ideals of the industrial era of engineering, when what is needed is quite the opposite. Every week, countless hours are spent patching the holes in design workflows, fixing mistakes, working overtime and maybe even weekends because of them.

The pain is clear, the wasted time is ever-present, and the one thing we all want to know is: what are we going to do about it?

What is needed are intelligent design tools that allow for communication between one another. Intelligent tools that don’t require engineers to shove data into a box and pass it along. In this collaborative engineering process, data is being shared and transmitted instantly between design platforms, across a diverse range of engineering domains.

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