I am conducting some research in the area of CAD data
transfer. Specifically, I wonder how you send / receive CAD data
with suppliers / customers, etc.
Do you use FTP? Does it track when your data was sent, when and who
downloaded it? Does it notify you when your posted data was
downloaded? Does it notify you if a few days pass by and your
intended recipient still has not downloaded? Would some of these
features be of value to you?
Would it be of value to you if you, or one of your colleague's, had
the ability to resend your data to additional suppliers? Perhaps
giving your purchasing people the ability to resend your data
without having to bother you (the busy engineer)
if you put your cad data into a zip file, about how big to you
think it would be? how often would you send it? How long would you
expect it to stay on the server (one week, perhaps?)
if such a service was free, perhaps you would be exposed to
advertisements...is this OK? You may be limited to a certain amount
of disk space, and if you wanted more, you would need to pay a
nominal amount (perhaps a few dollars for a few GB of disk space
what about security? is SSL encryption and certificates enough?
keep in mind that "extreme" security could be expensive?
It would be wonderful if, once the files are submitted, a system
could translate them from one CAD system to another. We know that
this is unlikely to go smoothly in some cases...but what if the
system tried to generate IGES or STEP for you...would such a
feature be valuable to you?
perhaps there are already tools out there that do what I describe
thank you in advance for your opinions on the above...