OpenBOM Seamless Engineering Integration With Any CAD Systems

Oleg Shilovitsky
Oleg Shilovitsky
4 April, 2020 | 3 min for reading
OpenBOM Seamless Engineering Integration With Any CAD Systems

Bill of Materials is the lifeblood of product development and manufacturing process. Modern products are complex and combined with mechanical, electronics and software which creates a big challenge for handling unified multi-disciplinary product structures. Each CAD system can have its own way to produce part lists and export it in a variety of ways to Excel, but when you need to share data with production shopfloor, procurement, and contractors, the idea of sending Excels using emails is fast losing its popularity. 

You tried Excel or Google Spreadsheet and it didn’t work…

You’re an engineer in a manufacturing company that is working on design, engineering and production tasks individually or as part of the team. While you’re enjoying building an innovative products and finding unique engineering solution, you’re struggling with the need to manage Excel files with bill of materials, accounting for parts, quantities, rollup cost, mass and many other management tasks, You continuously failing to communicate efficiently with other team members and the department responsible for production and purchasing. You’re stressed by the need to manually export data from CAD system counting parts, making updates. 

You have tried different Excel and spreadsheet templates. You tried Google spreadsheet. They are simple to start with, but they are getting complex within time. Also, spreadsheets are absolutely not fit if you need to manage nested structures, rollup quantities and having a single data storage for parts – data is easy becoming redundant and everything is messed up. Also, sharing data with somebody else and updating it at the same time, is insanely complex. Data is often lost or not updated data is shared with the people that need to make purchases. 

But you can escape Excel…

Here is the truth: You can easily escape messy Excels and stop doing manual Bill of Materials calculations. However, here is the thing – most software products out there are not equipped with a unique set of functions and capabilities as OpenBOM. 

OpenBOM gives you a unique way to change what you do with the Bill of Materials and other related tasks in less than fifteen minutes. It is because of unique technologies and CAD integrations we developed at OpenBOM.

OpenBOM gives you integration with any CAD system, providing a flexible and robust way to keep data in sync and share with using OpenBOM cloud service online. 

Below, there are examples of various CAD systems and OpenBOM integrations demonstrating how you can start using OpenBOM just under 5 minutes to get Bill of Materials, do rollup, share it with the team and if needed to export to Excel, CSV or PDF formats. 

Here are a few videos to demonstrate how OpenBOM Integrations with CAD systems. More videos will come. You can see a full list of available integrations here. Read what OpenBOM customers are saying about CAD integrations here

Autodesk Fusion360

Autodesk Inventor

Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS

Siemens Solid Edge



OpenBOM supports a variety of CAD integrations with MCAD, ECAD and other design tools. You can check the list here. You can install OpenBOM in a matter of minutes and make data available for calculation, online sharing, production planning, and procurement. 

Check what OpenBOM can do today subscribing to OpenBOM here or request a trial version. 

Best, Oleg @ openbom dot com.

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