Category Archives: Reinventing Design

Aberdeen Research: How to Get More from Virtual Prototypes

Simulate early. Simulate often. That’s the message from Aberdeen Research in its report, “Unlocking Product Innovation with Virtual Prototypes.” The document sums up the experiences of more than 1000 product development professionals. Then, it looks at how the best performing product designers–the Best-in-Class–compare to their more average-performing counterparts. “In the real world, a variety of […]

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Product Lifecycle Stories Blog Reveals the Future of Engineering

If you’re reading this blog, you love engineering and technology. That’s why we also recommend regular visits to the Product Lifecycle Stories (PLS) blog—a site that posts a steady stream of fascinating articles about the future of manufacturing, engineering, product design and more. The blog explores cutting edge technology like the art of manufacturing; how […]

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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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A Closer Look at ThingWorx

PTC made big headlines this year when it acquired a small but well-known technology company called ThingWorx. To truly understand the value of ThingWorx to PTC, it’s helpful to first consider the power of the Internet of Things. When people talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), they’re talking about the connected products. For most, […]

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Aberdeen Research: Unlocking the Value of Virtual Prototypes

The top-performing product design companies simulate early and often, according to a report from analyst firm Aberdeen Research. Doing so helps them cut the costs associated with physical prototyping, and it also helps them deal with increasingly complex product designs. The report, “Unlocking Product Innovation with Virtual Prototypes,” sums up the experiences of more than […]

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Wrangling Your Simulation Processes and Data

You started using simulation tools to get a better handle on how your product will perform in real life. You also wanted to boost product durability while cutting manufacturing and operating costs. You may even be using design optimization techniques to quickly look at a range of options so that you can be sure the […]

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Aberdeen Reveals BOM Management Tips for SMBs

Aberdeen Research has conducted a study which shows that increasing complexity tends to complicate and delay product development processes. The top performing companies – or the Best-in-Class — were almost 40% more likely to be using a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system to enable BOM (Bill of Materials) business processes. The study, which is entitled […]

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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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Aberdeen Shares the Product Design Secrets of Top Performing Companies

One of the biggest obstacles to gaining an understanding of product behavior is increasing product complexity. This growing complexity combined with the need to get products to market more quickly is prompting organizations to take a closer look at CAD, according to analyst firm Aberdeen Research. The good news is that advanced capabilities within CAD […]

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The Internet of Things is Changing Everything

I can turn on my GE air conditioner, monitor its energy usage and tweak its settings from my cell phone. Belkin’s connected crockpot calculates cooking time and sends reminders to the chef. A Quirky egg carton in your refrigerator can determine if you need to add eggs to your grocery list. The connected home is […]

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