Reinventing Design

Upgrades? It’s About Learning and Earning

Let’s talk about upgrades. Not the “just got a fancy seat and a free gin and tonic on a transatlantic aeroplane” type, but rather those times where you look at your current tool-set and wonder what else is available to assist with your day to day process. I think it’s perfectly natural to stick with […]

Multi-CAD: Still An Albatross To Effective Design?

Whether a company is a cog in the automotive supply chain or a behemoth manufacturer of industrial equipment, dealing with multiple CAD packages and, specifically, diverse 3D model types is just the reality of the modern workplace.

Concurrent Engineering -The State of the Art

Remember a few years back, probably 15 or so now, when the design technology world got interested in the term concurrent or simultaneous engineering? As we moved from the drawing board to the workstation, the idea that you could have two or more folks working on the same data, at the same time, suddenly seemed […]

Are You a Social Engineer?

You do the occasional check in with Facebook to keep tabs on old college buddies and you sporadically monitor Twitter to stay abreast of breaking news events. But when it comes to your day job in engineering, there’s not a chance you’ll leverage these—or any social networking site—to get your work done. If that sounds […]

A Crystal Ball for Design & the Predictive Nature of Simulation

Ever since we started to move away from the drawing board and the vellum, ink, razor blade combo (remember those days? Just me? No? I’ll crack on then), we, as a collective of designers, engineers and manufacturers, have been talking about the ability to do more with our digital design tools.

Four Skills You’ll Need to Add in the Internet of Things Age

Despite their transformative potential, IoT offerings are still just products, at least from a design standpoint. However, the age of smart, connected products ushers in a number of new competencies that engineers will have to master in order to actively engage in this next wave of development.

Taking 3D Design and Engineering on the Road

If there’s a stereotype of the typical CAD user; it probably goes something like this. White shirt, a tie, a mechanical pencil in the top pocket and sat in front of enough large display devices to embarrass a mission controller at NASA. Think Milton from Office Space - with a technical drawing, rather than a stapler.

Not Your Father’s Simulation Strategy

Alternative materials and all sorts of streamlined parts have become common practice in car designs as manufacturers push to add lighter weight, more fuel-efficient vehicles to their fleets. Electronic device makers are packing gobs more technology into ever-tighter spaces, and aerospace engineers are constantly raising the bar on engine design and integrated control systems to […]

Calculations vs. 3D CAD: A Historical Curiosity

When you consider the level of intelligence, automation, and frankly, jaw dropping amazingness of most of today’s 3D design and engineering tools, it’s perhaps a curious thing to note that most systems don’t provide much in the way of support for one of the most fundamental parts of the design and engineering process – mathematics […]

Time to Flip the Switch on Cloud

For most major enterprise applications—think ERP, CRM, or even Business Intelligence—the question isn’t whether or not to go to the cloud, it usually boils down to a matter of when. That same clarity of cloud vision has been lacking for engineering design tools, especially when it comes to CAD and PLM. While there’s a great […]
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