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Fusion 360: Autodesk Wins the Race to Put CAD in the Cloud

Surprise! When Carl Bass announced that Autodesk had launched a reinvented version of their Fusion CAD product for the cloud, it did certainly feel like a surprise. For all the angst, anger and concern over CAD in the cloud over the past couple of years, Autodesk dropped a bomb this last Tuesday. In this post, we’ll take a look at the background of the announcement, the capabilities of the Fusion 360 product and my own commentary and analysis. Strap in, because this is a big deal.

In the 3DEXPERIENCE Forum, Vision Takes Center Stage

Well, regardless of whatever else you have to say about Dassault Systèmes, you have to admit: they have vision. Last week, Dassault Systèmes invited their customers as well as many media and analyst folks down to Orlando for something called the 3DEXPERIENCE Forum. There are a few really well written summaries of the event and the message from DS, but in short, it was this: an experience is what occurs during the development of a product. And that experience needs to be supported across many different software systems and applications like ENOVIA, CATIA, SIMULIA and the like.

ENOVIA’s Nod to Federated Requirements Management

System engineering: it seems like recently that’s been the hot topic. Attend a user conference of one of the PLM software providers and you’ll see its been added to the buzzword bingo game. But every software provider offers the same capabilities to manage requirements, right? Well, actually, that’s not quite the case, as I found out when I talked to the folks at Dassault Systèmes. However, before we talk about the requirements management capabilities of ENOVIA, let’s look at what capabilities the industry needs.

Has PLM Been Misdirected All This Time Around?

Deploying PLM. I know few technical champions that face the prospect of starting a PLM deployment with earnest joy. Mostly, that’s because it can be a long, hard slog. According to posts like this one there are fundamental pieces of PLM that you really need to put in place before you get into more advanced capabilities of PLM. Concurrent Engineering, a PTC reseller and author of the blog post above, is by no means alone. You’ll find such posts on the basics, foundation or fundamentals of PLM all over the place. This view has been in place for years now.

The 360° View: Siemens PLM to Acquire LMS Worldwide

[See the story “The 360&deg View: Siemens PLM to get LMS Worldwide” on Storify]

The 360&deg View: Siemens PLM to get LMS Worldwide

My expectation is the fact that Imagine.Lab programs is going to be stand alone choices, while Virtual.Lab and SamTech programs will probably be folded into NX. I additionally expect the exam choices to continue being stand alone choices.

Storified by Chad Jackson &middot Thu, November 08 2012 10:33:26 The State Word Today, Siemens PLM introduced their in…

Do Engineers Use CAD? It’s Still a Major Debate

Do you browse LinkedIn? No seriously. I know that many years ago, LinkedIn was basically a place to post your online resume. But a couple years ago, they came out with professional groups where folks could discuss career and other work topics. Then they came out with a more newspaper-like view of your connections’ updates. Now it’s fairly easy to traverse and read good articles. Anyway, the other day I was looking through some articles in my connections’ and groups’ feeds when I came across one that resonated with me. Its title is… Engineers as Draftsman, my how times have changed… in the Mechanical Design Forum. Here’s a original post.

CAD at the Edge of Design Complexity

In certain industries, there are terribly complex components that span multiple systems. This eBook looks at technologies and techniques that can be used to develop such components more readily.

Engineering-less PLM?

Back in September, Yoann Maingon over at Minerva, an Aras reseller, wrote a blog post that got my attention:Stop Starting PLM from Engineering!!! The gist of the post boils down to this excerpt. Start your implementation’s phase 1 out(side) of engineering and you’ll get live much faster. These people need integrated systems and their processes are more stable then in engineering. As you can see, it’s another traditional perspective on… wait… what?

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The Success of Spaceclaim: An Tale of Granularity for CAD?

Remember when Direct Modeling was rare. Seriously, more than five years ago, the modeling approach was pretty much relegated to being delivered to market by much smaller software providers. I’ll never forget a conversation I had with a head of product management at one of the largest CAD software providers. “That war was fought, and feature-based modeling won a long time ago”, he had said to me.