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Solid Edge: Meeting Customers Where They Live

The News and Capabilities At the PLM World event in Orlando, Siemens PLM announced a new data management approach for users of Solid Edge. Here’s the breakdown. The solution is based on cloud sharing services including Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and Microsoft’s OneDrive. It is the mechanism that will synch files between different desktops upon …

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One-Quarter Still Use Paper to Execute Development Processes and Projects

Today, we’re living in a world highly enabled by digital technologies. They have become an integral part of our world, both professional and personal. That doesn’t mean, however, that we’ve completely let go of more antiquated methods of running product development. Understanding the extent of which more advanced technologies are used to enable development projects …

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What’s the Difference between MBSE, MBD, MBE and Model Based Development?

Now that is a whole lot of acronyms. Why talk about all of them together? Well, there seems to a lot of confusion about these kinds of initiatives. You see all of these acronyms have something in common, the phrase Model Based are used to start each of them. So people expect them to be closely …

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Managing Engineering Data: Few Dedicated to Enterprise Systems

This finding reveals the type and frequency of technologies used to manage design and development data.

Most Design Decision Makers Use Simulation Inconsistently and Infrequently

I have to admit, I’ve been curious about this for quite some time. Most of the marketing-speak in the industry talks about how common engineers could use simulation to drive design decisions. I’ve always harbored a few doubts, but it turns out I’m a bit more callous than reasonable. This finding, coming from our Hardware …

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Most Engineers Making Design Decisions Use CAD Applications

This finding from the Hardware Design Engineer study reveals that the majority of engineers making design decisions do, in fact, use CAD applications.

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Do We Need a Functional Definition for Mechanical Design?

Ever had a topic that has slowly matured in your head? You get some kind of impetus, a conversation, presentation or something else, and it bug you. You can’t quite put your finger on it. But there’s something wrong. Then you get another impetus. It might be completely unrelated. However, it is somehow connected. And …

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The Democratization of PLM

Today is a time of dramatic change for software solutions. Larger development organizations, including OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and suppliers, now have more flexibility than ever when it comes to these technologies. But it is also a time of unprecedented accessibility, with small organizations and startups now feasibly accessing the same technologies that were previously reserved for their larger peers. From top to bottom, it truly is a time of democratization.

PTC Unveils Cohesive and Grand IoT Vision

This last Thursday, up in Boston, PTC hosted an event where they shared their vision behind their multitude of acquisitions. Let’s jump in. The Vision PTC has always been good at delivering a clean message with powerful examples of their technology, sometimes to dramatic effect. They are very good at telling their story. But in …

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