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The Rise of the Simulation and Test Executive

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Aren’t inter-departmental politics fun? They occur in any organization when resources are few. And since the economic downturn and executive’s turn towards cost control strategies, budgets have been rare resources indeed. In this post, we’ll look at how the often conflicted relationship between simulation and test is taking a friendlier turn, especially under a rising […]

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The Splintering Needs of Engineering Simulation

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A couple weeks ago, I found myself in an interesting conversation. I was talking with a software executive who was considering starting up a new software company in the simulation space. His most basic question was “where is the greatest need in simulation today?” I’ll be frank; I struggled to answer. Not because all of […]

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New video offers solutions to CAD interoperability problems

CAD technology analyst Chad Jackson, a frequent contributor to this blog, has launched a new video series entitled “Perspectives from Lifecycle Insights.” The debut issue delves deeply into the problems that engineers face as a result of dealing with too many CAD systems. It also discusses recent technology advances that can help engineers overcome those […]

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Direct Modeling is Better at Capturing Design Intent

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past five years, it’s that debate gives you new perspectives. Such was the case coming out of a webinar I presented in that was titled The Pros and Cons of 3D Modeling Paradigms: Direct Modeling and History-based Modeling. Brian Thompson of PTC and Dan Staples of Siemens […]

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The Value of Simulation in Concept Design

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Figuring out a reality-based return on investment for technology is never easy. But, unlike other tools that assist product development, the ROI for simulation is pretty solid. As I’ve written before in a post over at the NAFEMS blog, in general, there are Four ROIs of Simulation. However, for the most part, it is about avoiding […]

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Do Model-Based Initiatives Require Process Change?

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Not all that long ago, I started a blogfight with Jos Voskuil. Jos had written an excellent post titled PLM is Journey. In it, Jos suggested that PLM is not an IT solution, but a journey that an organization takes involving the improvement of product development. I wrote a response titled PLM Requires Business Transformation? […]

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Getting Answers: Who Enables Simulation Driven Design?

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This blog post has been licensed for hosting by PTC. The concepts, ideas and positions of this post have been developed independently by Industry Analyst Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights. 2013-2014 © LC Insights LLC What an enigma? By now, I’m sure most of you know the story. Some 15 years ago, the idea of using […]

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CAD Interoperability Stories: Exchange Volume Matters

This blog post has been licensed for hosting by PTC. The concepts, ideas and positions of this post have been developed independently by Industry Analyst Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights. 2013-2014 © LC Insights LLC There’s always a story behind the data. Sometimes, it smacks you in the face its so obvious. Other times, it hides, […]

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The Trend Towards CAD Consolidation, Not CAD Standardization

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This blog post has been licensed for hosting by PTC. The concepts, ideas and positions of this post have been developed independently by Industry Analyst Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights. © LC Insights LLC CAD standardization. CAD consolidation. They’re practically the same thing, right? Well, not exactly. Now, up until about five years ago, I […]

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Engineering.com: Thinking about switching CAD tools? What you need to know

By Michelle Boucher As Chad Jackson mentions in his recent post, the last three years in the CAD industry have been really interesting. For a product many could have considered a commodity at the turn of the century, CAD vendors have proved there is still work to be done. It is an exciting time and we are seeing […]

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