Engineering collaboration should be more than sending markups

Join the engineering teams are transforming the way they work

But what is “engineering collaboration” and what’s with wrong how teams collaborate today?

Engineering collaboration as most people understand it, is the act of sending marked up design documents to your counterparts and waiting to hear what they have to say about them.

The problem with that is that you aren’t really building on each other’s ideas nor are you having rapid, iterative discussion about the design. You’re essentially “throwing designs over the wall” and waiting to see what comes back. Then unraveling a web of missed comments and misinterpretations.

What’s worse? Getting your designs in front of downstream partners like manufacturing or suppliers in the earliest stages of the design process is too time consuming. So you miss out on insights that could improve the overall product design.

What should engineering collaboration actually look like? 

Engineering collaboration should encompass two core qualities:

  1. Fast and easy access to design data – without needing to hold special licenses or understand how to use complicated tools 
  2. The ability to engage any combination of people in the decision making process during the earliest stages of product design – with CAD data at the center of the discussion.

What happens when you redefine how your team collaborates on design? 

When people have easy access to design data and to each other you inevitably root out more design issues and inject more expertise into the design process, resulting in a higher quality product that gets to market months or years ahead of schedule. Need proof, here are just a few results from teams who use CoLab to simplify engineering collaboration: 

What do these results have in common? They all began as initiatives to improve engineering collaboration, and they chose CoLab as their partner.

CoLab: A Design Engagement System for real engineering collaboration

CoLab facilitates real engineering collaboration by giving you the ability to upload any CAD data, request a review from your internal and external partners, and have iterative design conversations – right on the CAD data itself.

CAD & PLM Integrations

CoLab supports more than 30 file types, including native CAD like Creo, NX, SolidWorks, CATIA and Autodesk Inventor. You can also review neutral formats like STP, and complete drawing reviews on PDFs.

As for PLM, CoLab integrates directly with Windchill PLM, Solidworks PDM, Teamcenter PLM, and 3DEXPERIENCE (coming soon). Using CoLab's PLM integrations, when you share a file for review, CoLab also maintains critical associations between data objects in PLM/PDM.

Aside from engineering system integrations, CoLab also integrates with Jira and supports security protocols, like SSO, user permissions and more.

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What’s next?

If you’re ready to see how CoLab can transform the way your engineering team works, here’s how the process works.

  1. Every CoLab conversation starts with a discovery call. During this call, a technical expert will understand your team’s challenges with design review today
  2. Then, we’ll tailor a demo to address those challenges. This demo includes you, of course, but also some key members from your team who can speak to your challenges in greater detail and vet CoLab as the solution.
  3. Finally, we do a workshop with more members of your team. This is the fun part! During this workshop, your team will each have temporary CoLab licenses and participate in a sample design review. You and your team will be guided through key features and use cases right inside the CoLab platform.


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