Reinventing Design

Interpreting 2D Drawings is Unnatural

Chad Jackson, Lifecycle InsightsHe 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

High Quality Products Cost Less with Simulation Driven Design

Given the uncertainty of today’s economy, companies need every advantage they can get to ensure profitability. Competitive pressures are fierce and companies are once again racing to get their products to market. Conducting simulation tests early and often can result in lower costs, faster time to market and increased profitability, according to a study from […]

IP Protection in a distributed, collaborative and visual world

An efficient, effective and trustworthy collaboration environment while maintaining the intellectual property is vital for today’s global business. In a collaborative design process, the multi-disciplinary stakeholders participate in the design decision-making and share product information across the enterprise boundaries. Thus, Intellectual Property protection is critical to a company when sharing data with its suppliers or […]

Aberdeen Sheds Light on Product Development Best Practices

Aberdeen ChartCompanies need to do their best to break down the silos between product development and operations because a more holistic approach help a company do a better job of tackling change and creating highly manufacturable products, according to a new report from Aberdeen Research. The report, which is entitled “Bridging the Gap Between Product Development […]

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 […]

The Most Embarrassing Collaboration Failure, Ever

Do you remember back in 1998, when NASA sent the Mars Climate Orbiter to study the atmosphere of the red planet? The Orbiter was also supposed to become a relay station for sending signals back to Earth from the Polar Lander, and hopes were high for a thorough examination of the planet. There was much hoopla at […]

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 […]

Resolving Fit Issues with PTC Creo View

How many emails have you ever exchanged with your colleagues to debate the cause of an interference issue and who is responsible for fixing it? If they had used PTC Creo View to check for interferences, these issues could have been identified early on in the process, thus helping to reduce the chances of rework […]
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