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We live to write about the product development process, and we’ve been doing it for years now. But to do that well, we need feedback from you—the product design and development community. Our number one goal is to provide you with the stories you want to read about the most. So help us keep it […]

The Best 3D CAD Tools Combine Parametric and Direct Modeling

Editor’s Note: Do you agree that the best product design strategies combine both parametric and direct modeling? Why or why not? We want to know! Be sure to submit your comments in the text box at the bottom of this page. The most innovative manufacturing companies today use a combination of parametric and direct 3D […]

Parametric vs. Direct Modeling: Which Side Are You On?

Editor’s Note: What’s your take on the parametric vs. direct modeling debate? We want to know! Be sure to submit your comments in the text box at the bottom of this page. Engineers have long debated the virtues of parametric versus direct modeling. Some like the freedom and flexibility of direct modeling, while others prefer […]

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Design World: 3D Scanning and Printing Used to Retrofit Lotus 340R

“While some companies are promising an entire car made of 3D-printed parts, C.ideas, a rapid prototyping company, is using 3D scanning and printing technologies to create and manufacture replacement parts for rare vehicles. The company used scanning, software and printing products from 3D Systems to produce more than 40 replacement components for a Lotus 340R, […]

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New Life for the World’s Longest Fence with PTC Solutions

In this article, we’re going to talk about a British device manufacturer and how its R&D team uses PTC products to enhance innovation. But first let’s talk about the problem with dingoes. Dingoes are large, wild dogs introduced into Australia from Asia and India thousands of years ago. And while the predator keeps populations of […]

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Concept Design vs. Concept Engineering

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I’ve had a few conversations over the last several months about the conceptualization process. What those conversations revolve round is that while we’re all familiar with the term “concept,” it often means different things to different folks and never is there a more stark difference than between designers and engineers. In the world of product […]

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Product Lifecycle Stories: Girl Gets New Pink & Teal Hand with 3D Printing

“When his high school in Hudson, Massachusetts got a new MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D printer, engineering instructor Ryan Dailey could hardly wait to use it. He’d worked on small 3D printing projects with his students in the past and wanted to move on to something more ambitious. But what started out as simply a “cool project” turned […]

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