Category Archives: Reinventing Design

Engineering in the Age of Software-Driven Products

If you consider the makeup of today’s products, the physical design aspects often seem to take a back seat to embedded software, which is fast becoming the dominant force in everything from the latest, state-of-the-art jumbo jet liner to a mid-grade consumer appliance. Take the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, for example, considered by many to be […]

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Cloud for Data Management – The Sweet Spot?

There’s a lot of talk about the cloud in engineering circles and these discussions often split into a couple of different categories. There’s the movement of our design tools into a more cloud-based environment. Whether that’s using a desktop client and synchronizing automatically to a remote server or whether it’s a browser-based geometry wrangling tool […]

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Tech-Clarity: New Technologies Change Multi-CAD Landscape

Engineering teams have struggled with incompatible CAD data for decades. That’s because vendors developed the earliest CAD solutions in silos: aerospace, automotive, etc. Often, they even created their technology just for one specific company. Nobody cared much whether files would work together. At least, not at first. That’s all changed as manufacturers buy and sell […]

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Too Small for Product Lifecycle Management? Look to the Cloud

When you’re a small company juggling customers, projects, and partners, it’s easy to put off driving operational improvement. With revisions and deadlines looming, there’s never a good day to step back, organize file folders, or even ask, “Are my naming conventions working?” and “Will I be able to find this version of this model if […]

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Navigating the New Frontier of Product Complexity

Complexity is the new normal for most engineers. From the sensors and embedded software now liberally baked into smarter products to the new materials and freeform shapes associated with light weighting efforts, engineers are faced with daily challenges that call for deeper, more thoughtful design exploration. It wasn’t long ago when cranking out a couple […]

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Engineering.com: PTC PLM Cloud: New PTC Windchill SaaS Offering for SMBs

“Recently, PTC announced release of New PTC Windchill SaaS offerings for small and midsized companies.  PTC has played in the cloud segment with its old On Demand offering though its partners that have deployed some of PTC’s customers’ Windchill product in the cloud, though all of it is in the private cloud. PTC will make its […]

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My Take on Permanent vs Subscription Licensing

There’s been a distinct shift in the last couple of years in the engineering and design production software technology industry. For many years, the technology vendors have relied on the steady, predictable nature of permanent licensing. When you adopt a tool set, the theory is that you acquire the number of licenses you need, then […]

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It’s High Time To Get Multidisciplinary Collaboration Right in 2015

The New Year is always a time of reflection with promises made to set the bar high and readily embrace change. If the start of 2015 is any indication, engineers should gear up for some pretty serious transformation as fast-moving trends like increasingly smarter products and the ubiquity of mobile devices shake up traditional design […]

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2015: Obligatory Predictions for the Year Ahead

It’s that time of year where journalists, writers, bloggers and pretty much everyone, puts together their obligatory list of what they see as being the trends, movements and predictions for the year ahead. Whether done by gazing into a crystal ball, reading the Tarot cards or looking at what’s filling their inbox on a daily […]

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Weighing the Value of Import vs. Open

Let’s consider the user interface for 3D modeling systems. Aside from the fact that we’re still using a floppy disk as the icon (a format that, I think we can safely say, is dead), there are a few curiosities associated with Opening, Saving and Importing data files. I think we’re all aware of what that […]

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