The Disconnect between Traditional CAD and Design

In the past three years, we’ve seen more dramatic change to the CAD industry that we’ve seen in the prior ten. Direct modeling has taken hold in many mainstream CAD applications. There has been an admission that 2D is a valid form of design and not just some laggard characteristic. There’s been a literal explosion of capabilities all related to design and engineering. All of these changes hint that there was a prior problem with how traditional CAD served users.

The Barrier to Social Technology Adoption in Product Development

Over the past couple of years, the application of social technologies in the context of product development has been discussed quite a bit. I’ve written about many software provider’s efforts to include social technologies in their offerings, including Vuuch not just once but twice, PTC and Nuage. There are also offerings out there from Dassault Systemes, Autodesk, OneDesk and TeamPlatform. I am sure there are others.

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Ghost in the Machine: A Look at Dassault Systemes’ ATOM Technology

Earlier this year, I wrote about Altair Engineering’s OptiStruct and how it can assist in functionally driven design. It is not, however, the only tool that performs topology and shape optimization. Another CAE software application that falls into the same category is the Abaqus Topology Optimization Module from Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA brand. I know, it’s a mouthful. Luckily, people just refer to it as ATOM.

Technologies are Pulling the Engineering Specification Apart

Not too long ago, two main deliverables fully described the design of a part: the drawing and the specification. The drawing provided a geometric representation of the part both nominally and from a manufactured tolerance perspective. The specification was a document that acted almost as a catch-all for everything else.

Previously couple of decades, the technologies accustomed to create, as well as allow it to be obsolete, has transformed significantly. Drafting turned into 2D and three dimensional modeling and also the drawing almost bec…

The CAD Upgrade Handbook

To upgrade or not? It’s not simple to answer. This eBook offers a framework which can be used to make such a decision, walking you through the process step-by-step.

Granularity vs. Integration: Requirements Management

As of late, there seems to be a lot of discussion about granular solutions compared to integrated solutions. I wrote about it a few months ago in a post titled Point Solutions, Integrated Solutions and the Granularity Value Proposition. And while discussing it at the highest level does lend a little clarity, it is still …

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The Engineering Manager’s Survival Guide

Today’s engineering managers face a wide variety of challenges. This eBooks provides details on the trends changing engineering, the initiatives engineering managers can take as well as critical enabling technologies.

Keeping Assembly Performance an Afterthought

Poor assembly performance has been a shortcoming of CAD applications for years. This eBook highlights some emerging technologies that directly address this problem.

My Thoughts on System Engineering Capabilities at PlanetPTC 2012

Back in June, I went to PlanetPTC 2012 and got caught up on their new releases and products. One of the major things that captured my attention was their focus on system engineering, which has been getting quite a bit of attention of late in the industry. Here are my thoughts, which was recorded by …

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