Category Archives: Reinventing Design

Why Make the Switch to Analysis-Led Design?

Transforming concepts into fully-featured, detailed 3D models is right in your wheelhouse and you’re fluent enough to handle the job using any number of CAD packages. Validating designs with CAE is totally different story, however. Simulation work falls outside of your comfort zone and your preference is to hand over responsibility to a trained CAE […]

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Getting Started with PTC’s Visualization Services and Products

PTC recently published a fantastic document called PTC Windchill and PTC Creo View Visualization Getting Started Guide. Think of this document as the ever expanding, annotated book of bookmarks for anything you ever wanted to know about PTC Windchill Visualization Services, or WVS. It starts off with a simple publishing example of PTC Creo data and […]

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Hardware Guide for the 3D CAD User

It’s that time of year where the media is filled with Festive Gift Guides, so I figured I’d give it a whirl and come up with some goodies that designers and engineers using 3D CAD might want to stick on their wish list and pop off to the big man with the white beard in […]

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Six Technologies Mechanical Engineers Need to Watch Now

It’s not so far-fetched to say product engineering has become an extreme sport. To stay on top of the game, engineers need the requisite understanding of mechanical principles and the know-how to navigate design tools like CAD, but they also need to master other domains, many outside of their comfort zone. The push isn’t just […]

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Lessons that the Design Pro can learn from the Maker Revolution

Everyone likes a revolution. There was all that tea business in Boston. There’s the spawning of a million t-shirts featuring Che Guevara in a beret. Then there’s Luke, Han and Leia and their struggle against the evil empire. If you’ve been watching the media, you might have heard about the Maker Revolution. According to some, […]

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Concept Design vs. Concept Engineering


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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Aberdeen Research Roundup: What Top Performers Know


No matter what field or industry you work in, you can’t help but wonder how everybody else is faring. What challenges do they face? How do they solve their problems? Do they have “secret weapons,” and do those weapons work? Luckily, we have industry analysts like Aberdeen Research to find answers for us all. They […]

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3D Printing: Hype, Hyperbole and Reality

Unless you’ve been in a cave for the last two years, you’ll have seen the explosion of hype surrounding 3D printing. Depending on who you believe, it’s sparking the next industrial revolution, or it’s just another technology bubble. We’re all used to seeing this in periods of extended warfare (hello Radar, GPS), but now it […]

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Comparing Drawings, Models and PCBs with PTC Creo View


As the design of your product evolves, it gets more and more difficult to understand what has changed from one iteration to the next—especially when other team members may have modified the data. With PTC Creo View, you can easily determine the differences between two versions of an MCAD or ECAD design. You can see […]

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