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The 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Study

This study researched the state of 3D CAD interoperability, model-based enterprise initiatives and use of 3D in the enterprise.

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The PDM Revolution is Upon Us, Brought to you by CAD in the Cloud

I think we can all recognize that one of the most recent wave of disruptions to the CAD industry started with when a number of modeling approaches converged. Direct and Feature-based approaches merged. 3D modeling and 2D sketching got mashed up as well. Today, we have single apps or suites of integrated apps that do it all. And in my opinion, I think there have been significant benefits associated with those changes.

The Risks of Status Quo in Product Development

Data Management technologies can positively impact organizational performance. This eBook looks at the range of centralized data management capabilities and their influence.

Solidworks Mechanical Conceptual: App-ing the Process

Walking into the Monday morning general session at Solidworks World 2013 in Orlando FL, I admit that I was expecting something. After the openly discussing the move of Solidworks to the cloud years earlier, and the subsequent backtracking and sidestepping because of customer outrage, rumors had it that this was the year. This was the time when Solidworks would unveil something big. Ultimately, I think the announcement of Solidworks Mechanical Conceptual falls into that category. I think that it just wasn’t what people were expecting.

Is Mathcad Right for Engineers?

Do you use an engineering notebook? If I asked that question to engineers 15 years ago, the answer would be an unequivocal YES. Today, however, I don’t think it would be an easy question for engineers to answer. As I wrote in a series of posts (link to first post) on the modern equivalent to the engineering notebook, there are lots of tools out there that each do some aspect of it. But there’s no single tool that does it all anymore.

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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.