Foundational | ~2 hr. 15 min.

Mechanical CAD Management with Upchain

Course | Outcomes and capabilities
The mechanical CAD plugin is the bridge between your CAD system and Upchain, enabling you to collaborate on designs in real time without leaving your CAD workspace.

The mechanical CAD plugin is the bridge between your CAD system and Upchain, enabling you to collaborate on designs in real time without leaving your CAD workspace.

After completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Register new CAD files and drawings into a project 
  • Upload CAD to Upchain and associate it with BOM items 
  • Push your changes to the rest of the team without risk of duplications 

Course modules

~25 min.
Introduction to MCAD Plugin for Upchain
Module

In this module, we introduce you to Upchain for mechanical CAD. You'll explore some key PLM concepts, install the mechanical CAD plugin, and navigate the plugin user interface.

~30 min.
Working with Items and CAD Files in Upchain
Module

In this module, we discuss the key concepts when working with the mechanical CAD plugin, explore how to download and work with CAD files from Upchain, commit changes back to Upchain, and modify item attributes.

~40 min.
Registering CAD and Drawings to Upchain
Module

In this module, we show you how you register new CAD files and drawings to Upchain. We’ll look at how to create new items from CAD, how drawings can be registered, and how you can associate a CAD file to an existing item in Upchain.

~40 min.
Searching for and Reusing CAD and Items in Upchain
Module

In this module, we take everything we’ve learned from the previous three modules and apply them to some common use cases, including finding and addressing your assignments, copying a design for reuse in another project, and searching for items to insert into your design.