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When Imported Geometry Problems Occur, Things Get Personal

Do you enjoy research? No, I’m not talking about the dry make-you-fall-asleep stuff that are published by professors from universities. I’m talking about research that’s relevant to your work life. Statistics and facts that describe what your peers are doing on a day-to-day basis. Well, I admit it. I do. I find that nothing cuts through the opinions, positions and debates like some hard facts. That one of the reasons that I’m currently running the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability study. I’ll use the findings to publish an infographic-based market report at the end of May. Most of the time, I enjoy uncovering some best practices and progress made in the industry. But every study carries some ugly realities with it. And, unfortunately, that’s the case with the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability study. Ready for a couple ugly early findings?

Dealing with Geometry: The Machinist’s Cost of Doing Business?

Deal with it. Are there any other words that cause so much muttering disdain? There are times in product development when you just have to buckle down and find a way around the problem. Yes, your manager admits, it’s probably a waste of your talents. No, your manager says, we can’t return it back to sender.

The Promise of PMI

This eBook educates reader about Model Based Enterprise initiatives, specifying how it works and the value it provides.

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The Four ROIs of Simulation

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post titled The Key to Championing Simulation here on the NAFEMS blog that looked at the best way to move the simulation capabilities of an organization forward. The key, I said, was to befriend the bean counter. The idea is to get their help building out an ROI case that is credible and specific to your company and, as a result,make a more convincing case to executive leadership.

PLM Requires Business Transformation? Bollocks

Do you read Jos Voskuil’s blog? If you don’t, and you’re involved in PLM at your company, you should follow his posts. He has great ideas and insights into how this technology can be applied to engineering and product development at large. On April 2nd, he published a post titled PLM is a Journey. A few notable points caught my attention.

Clarifying the Confusing Terminology of Drawingless Initiatives

In this industry, terminology is a bear. There are special acronyms and terms with subtle differences that can actually have big implications. And unfortunately, there isn’t a good place to get definitions for them all. A few weeks ago, I launched survey that looks at design data interoperability, model-based enterprise initiatives and the use of 3D outside engineering. Statistics and findings from that survey will be used to publish The State of 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Market Report in May. You can take the survey here to get a complimentary copy of the report. But the exercise of carefully developing the survey made me tease apart the definitions of various terms related to drawingless efforts.

Small Engineering Teams, Big CAD Complexity

Small engineering teams face the same CAD data complexity as larger organizations. This eBook looks at a new wave of modern PDM systems right-sized for small engineering teams.

The Best Simulation Toolbox: Integrated Suite or Granular Apps?

Everyone likes a good debate, right? Well, as a co-host for the web show Tech4PD, I have to admit that I am a little biased. The idea behind the web show is that Jim Brown, another Industry Analyst, and I debate various topics about technology that enables product development. Viewer’s votes determine who wins. The loser has to fulfil a consequence. Last month, Jim did a 35 degree polar bear swim. Earlier, I had to shave my head. In the second episode, Jim had to brush his teeth with wasabi.

Investing in Training in Tough Economic Times

Training is one of the first things to get cut when budgets get tight. Yet, it can have a direct impact on performance. That topic is detailed in this eBook.