CAD and the New Part Request process

One of our goals with the Agile Engineering Collaboration product is to support the process needs of CAD users as simply and unobtrusively as possible. The challenge is to also support the necessary flexibility to accommodate different company's processes without requiring extensive customization. So as Product Manager for EC I'm always on the lookout for the "range" of best practices in industry. One area I'm interesting in getting more feedback on is how the New Part Request process relates to the work done in CAD. Here are some specific questions you may want to respond to:

- Which comes first in the process, the CAD model of the part, or the Part object in PLM?
- At your company, are CAD users allowed to create new Part objects directly in PLM, or is there an associated request process?
- If you are familiar with Agile EC you know that we create a "CAD Model" (Document) object in PLM to hold the CAD file. This Document typically has a corresponding Part object in the BOM. At your company, is the Document object number based on the Part number? Based on the CAD filename? Something else?
- Agile EC supports what we call the "initial rename" use case, where the CAD file can be renamed based on a PLM autonumber (the Part or Document number). At your company is it considered best practice to rename CAD files once they represent office part numbers?

If you'd like to share specifics of your New Part Request process, I'd like to hear about it.

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