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Mechanical Engineering in the Internet of Things Era

Did you hear? The world is about to change. A new technological wave is coming that will forever change products. And along with that, organizations will need to change how they design and develop those products. Wait. What do did you say? No really. You sighed and groaned, “…again?” OK. You have a point. It […]

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Designing Products with Collaborative Insight

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Many external forces are converging to increase pressure on manufacturers today. For one, the rising tide of prosperity in emerging markets offer the promise of new markets for products but bring with it the peril of having to face new nimble, innovative global competitors. These newcomers lack the burden of legacy issues more established manufacturers […]

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11 Career Tips for Mechanical Engineers

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There’s more to being a successful mechanical engineer than being good at math and science. Whether you’re a recent engineering graduate or have been working as an mechanical engineering manager for many years, there are tips and strategies that can help you advance in your profession. Let’s take a look at some of these tips […]

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Crowdsourcing: Leveraging the Power of Open Innovation in Product Design

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Product design is quickly becoming a group activity, involving not those tasked with the creation of the physical design and its manufacture, but consumers, hobbyists and would-be inventors as well. This emerging trend, referred to as the democratization of design, has gained traction, thanks in part to the Internet and new social tools and networks […]

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Social Tools Help Companies Connect with Customers and Employees

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Social media’s impact on both our social and professional lives has significantly increased over the past few years. The power behind social media is generated by its ability to amplify word-of-mouth effects, which if used effectively can be used to expand product recognition, drive sales and profitability, garner loyalty and elicit valuable feedback from customers. […]

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Companies Must Consider the Lifecycle of Products in Sustainability Efforts

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Creating sustainable products does not simply involve designing products to be more sustainable by carefully choosing greener materials, but must address all the various stages of a product’s lifecycle. This wider view encompasses not just a product’s design, but its manufacture, transport, use and, ultimately, its disposal. Companies must weigh impacts of manufacturing processes, safe […]

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Value Engineering: Finding a Balance Between Reducing Costs, Maintaining Quality

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Product designers are under increasing pressure today to design products faster, while also reigning in design costs. Often these objectives are at odds with each other. Enter Value Engineering (VE) initiatives, efforts that enable engineers to find the optimal tradeoff among cost, specification and quality. While VE is often associated with architectural design, it holds […]

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Bringing Out the Best of the Partner Network with PTC Creo

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Some partner networks work better than others. Build up the right relationships with the right people, and you might effectively compete with companies 10, 100, or 1000 times your size. Introduce a weak link, poor communications, or a bottleneck, and you might effectively lose good customers. That’s why Frank Glogowski, CEO/Principal Designer at FSG Design, […]

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Disruptive Technologies that could be Game Changers For Manufacturers

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There is plenty of emerging technologies, but only a few fits the billing of true breakthroughs. There are, however, some truly game-changing technologies that are poised to disrupt the status quo, significantly altering the way people live and work and rearranging value pools. Businesses need to be aware of these emerging technologies and which ones […]

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Devising a Better Design Reuse Strategy

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The realities of product development today are daunting. Product development cycles continue to shrink and engineering resources are stretched thin, and yet companies often fail to put the right tools and processes in place to leverage work they have already done. After all, designing a new part, releasing it into production and validating it for […]

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