CADchat is a cloud-based digital workspace that aims to enhance the way product teams collaborate and communicate. The platform integrates a wide range of tools that aim to create a collaborative environment between teams.

Product development doesn’t end when the meeting does, and neither should the tools we use,” said Graham Bredemeyer, CEO of CADchat. “With CADchat, we are thrilled to offer a platform that not only supports real-time collaboration but also enriches the continuity of teamwork. Our digital workspaces ensure that everything from 3D models to critical feedback remains accessible and interactive long after the calls have ended.”

The idea is a bit similar to Authentise Threads developed by software company Authentise. In this specific case, the main features include:

  • Immersive Meetings: Host audio and video meetings with enhanced tools like 3D avatars and precision cursors.
  • Persistent Design Reviews: Conduct real-time or asynchronous design reviews, allowing teams to collaborate seamlessly.
  • Interactive Feedback: Utilize pinning comments on designs and 3D models, ensuring clarity and continuity.
  • Centralized Project Management: Keep all project communications, documents, and data in one secure, easily accessible place.
  • Robust Security: Protect sensitive data with AES-256 encryption, SOC 2 compliance, and regular security assessments.

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, product development teams require more than the fragmented capabilities of platforms like Teams, Slack, or Dropbox. While these tools have their merits in communication and file sharing, CADchat uniquely consolidates all aspects of product development into one seamless digital workspace.

Unlike Teams or Zoom, where the dialogue and data dissipate post-call, CADchat’s environment retains every interaction, turning ephemeral discussions into tangible progress. In comparison to Slack, communication within CADchat is deeply integrated with the actual work, ensuring that conversations drive development forward without the need for disjointed app-switching. Unlike Dropbox, which serves as a mere repository, CADchat’s centralized hub goes beyond storage to offer interactive collaboration on documents and designs.

Traditional CAD tools like Fusion and SOLIDWORKS are indispensable for design, but CADchat enhances their value by embedding them within a broader context of team collaboration, allowing not just for the creation but also for the collective refinement of 3D models. CADchat is poised to set a new standard for integrated, comprehensive, and sustained teamwork in the area of product development.

In the case of one customer, CADchat enabled GE Vernova to reduce part and tooling development cycle times from two to three months to as little as one to two weeks, a remarkable improvement of over 90% in efficiency achieved without any system or hardware changes.

CADchat’s launch comes at a time when industries worldwide are seeking more efficient and secure ways to manage complex projects involving numerous stakeholders. “Our goal is to redefine collaboration by maintaining the integrity and continuity of every meeting.” added Bredemeyer. “Think of it as a permanent, virtual conference room, where all of your project-related discussions, decisions, and documents are just a click away.”

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