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Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2014


Every year Gartner lays out what its analysts think are the top strategic technologies and trends that will have the biggest impact on organizations in the coming year.  The company defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise over the next three years. Factors that denote “significant impact” […]

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7 New Year’s Resolutions for CAD Managers


As we quickly approach the end of the year, many of you will make some New Year’s resolutions for 2014. Drop a few pounds? Spend less, save more? Quit an unhealthy habit or two? Take on a new healthy habit or two? Well how about adding some resolutions to be more productive in your job […]

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Today’s Multi-CAD World Demands Flexibility in Modeling Tools

Eight drinking straws in rainbow colors

Engineering by definition is a rather straightforward pursuit. Using scientific and mathematical principles to solve problems sounds pretty rigid, right? The reality of problem solving, however, is that it is inherently a fluid process, one that continues to flow and evolve until an optimal solution is found. In product design, this means exploring, iterating, changing, […]

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Designing Products with Collaborative Insight

Businesspeople Shaking Hands

Many external forces are converging to increase pressure on manufacturers today. For one, the rising tide of prosperity in emerging markets offer the promise of new markets for products but bring with it the peril of having to face new nimble, innovative global competitors. These newcomers lack the burden of legacy issues more established manufacturers […]

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11 Career Tips for Mechanical Engineers


There’s more to being a successful mechanical engineer than being good at math and science. Whether you’re a recent engineering graduate or have been working as an mechanical engineering manager for many years, there are tips and strategies that can help you advance in your profession. Let’s take a look at some of these tips […]

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Consolidation of CAD Tools Can Facilitate Design Changes and Collaboration


If there is one thing that engineers and designers know for sure about proposed new product designs is that they will change. After all, engineering is all about exploring multiple options, trying new things and making mistakes, learning from those errors and moving forward until an optimum solution, or in this case, a truly optimized […]

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Engineers Demand Increased Flexibility in Modeling Tools


Today’s demanding and dynamic design environments require product developers to be extremely nimble; turning on a dime in order to respond to quickly evolving customer requirements and market shifts. In order to be agile, designers and engineers need flexibility when it comes to their design tools. They need tools that facilitate making quick design changes […]

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9 Tips for Justifying the Cost of Bringing Rapid Prototyping In-House

Engineers and designers are quick to recognize the benefits of bringing rapid prototyping in-house. No longer would they have to send out design files to third-party machine shops and wait days, sometimes weeks, for parts to come back. Within hours they could be holding real parts, testing them, getting feedback from customers and other design […]

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Designing for Emerging Markets Requires Re-vamping Traditional Processes


There is a number of burgeoning emerging markets in which global organizations would love to gain market share. There are unique challenges, however, for designing, developing and manufacturing products for swiftly evolving emerging markets—environments in which customers are both extremely price conscious and demanding. To meet the needs of these new markets, organizations have to […]

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Crowdsourcing: Leveraging the Power of Open Innovation in Product Design


Product design is quickly becoming a group activity, involving not those tasked with the creation of the physical design and its manufacture, but consumers, hobbyists and would-be inventors as well. This emerging trend, referred to as the democratization of design, has gained traction, thanks in part to the Internet and new social tools and networks […]

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