Author Archives: Chad Jackson

Change Processes Need the Right PLM Solutions

Does anyone really like being told what to do? Let’s admit it: Having someone looking over our shoulder is a touch uncomfortable. Managing a change process — which governs the decisions and steps related to a design modification after its release — is something that most people should want some help on. In this post, […]

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Interpreting 2D Drawings is Unnatural

Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights

He couldn’t see it. There I was, in a Drafting 101 class at the University of Kentucky engineering school. Looking to my left, I was watching a fellow student peer at the drawing on his desk. I was waiting for the look of understanding to cross his face. He scanned to the right-hand side view. […]

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The On-Demand Data Migration Strategy

If you’ve been reading my posts recently, you can probably tell I’m a little passionate about the recent changes happening with how organizations can work with multi-CAD data. Back at the beginning of June, I wrote about The Plummeting Costs of Switching CAD. In February, I focused on Putting a Finer Point on Multi-CAD, explaining […]

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Using 3D as a Design Medium

Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights

“By the time someone starts creating a 3D model, all the major design decisions have been made.” I distinctly remember when that statement was uttered. It occurred on a live webinar some two years ago in a debate between many different software providers. Interestingly enough, it was actually blurted out by a Vice President of […]

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Mechanical Engineering in the Internet of Things Era

Did you hear? The world is about to change. A new technological wave is coming that will forever change products. And along with that, organizations will need to change how they design and develop those products. Wait. What do did you say? No really. You sighed and groaned, “…again?” OK. You have a point. It […]

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Design Reuse: Getting Back on the Road

When it comes to design reuse, we’ve had such grand plans. There’s always been a need. It might vary by industry, but designers and engineers rarely start a new design from a clean sheet. Why would they? Most product improvements are incremental and evolutionary, not revolutionary. The best way to meet short deadlines is to […]

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Going Mainstream: Transitioning from Concept to Detailed Design

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My, how times have changed. Back in February 2011, I let loose. In a post titled Every Engineer’s Dirty Little Secret? The Stigma of 2D, I lambasted an overarching message in the industry that derided the use of 2D tools as an archaic and laggard practice. I argued that 2D tools offer a legitimate means […]

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The Plummeting Costs of Switching CAD Applications

Blueprint

Not long ago, the prospect of switching CAD applications elicited two extremes of emotion: excitement and loathing. Excitement often came with the opportunity to address longstanding issues with the organization’s existing CAD application. Many daily pains, which eventually translate into organizational problems, promise to be resolved. Loathing came from the likelihood of a long and […]

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Direct or Parametric: Which is the Best for Winning New Business?

There you are, at the conference table across from the prospective customer. They’re sitting back. You’re leaning forward. Rapid fire questions fill the room. One of your tasks is to answer them with surety — to make them feel comfortable that your company can fulfill their needs completely. This seems like a strange place for […]

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Simulation Needs Parametric and Direct Modeling

Simulation software

In recent years, much has been made about the relevance of direct modeling on simulation activities. Somewhere along the way, many have forgotten how parametric modeling is just as important. In this post, we’ll take a look at why simulation activities need to be enabled by both. Direct Modeling for Preparation and Iteration A troublesome […]

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