Author Archive

What is NXSketch?

What exactly is NXSketch and why do we need more sketching tools or big sketching enhancements? The latest version of NX was announced in June. They have a whole bunch of enhancements to NX, but one particular point of emphasis is improving how you are able to create and modify sketches. They’re calling it NXSketch.

What Are ModelCenter’s Capabilities?

Can you integrate simulation automation and systems engineering? Let’s talk about that next with Phoenix Integration’s ModelCenter. All right. So let’s talk about the integration between systems engineering and simulation automation. Now, this review actually ties into a series that we’re running right now that looks at how do you realize value from simulation-driven design? …

What Are ModelCenter’s Capabilities? Read More »

What’s New in Creo 7.0?

What are the biggest things to look out for in Creo 7.0? What are the implications there? Creo 7.0 has a lot of enhancements. However, three stood out as being aligned with how mechanical design is changing.

What are the implications for PTC’s acquisition of Onshape?

Today at Liveworx, PTC announced that Onshape’s cloud infrastructure, now dubbed Atlas, will be the platform for all of PTC’s products going forward. The CAD application Onshape and some Vuforia apps are immediately available and more are soon to follow. When PTC acquired Onshape, it certainly seemed like there was more to it than making …

What are the implications for PTC’s acquisition of Onshape? Read More »

Simulation-Driven Design: Feasible or Fallacy?

Today’s engineers are in a tight spot. From smartphones to conveyor belts and coffee pots, today’s products are increasingly complex. They often meld mechanical and electrical functions with software code. To meet performance requirements, engineers must take many more factors into account during design than ever before. And, of course, do it fast while keeping costs low.

Virtual Commissioning: Making the Case

Virtual commissioning promises a lot of value. Engineers can explore various alternatives while developing production systems. This tech-led initiative can save engineers vast amounts of time. Yet, that doesn’t mean a company’s chief financial officer is going to approve the financial investment that virtual commissioning requires.
What does a good cost justification look like?

Three Trends Reshaping Mechanical Design

We’re on the verge of a state change in mechanical design. There are emerging technologies that are going to make a huge impact and open up a lot of new possibilities in terms of design.

The big lever that mechanical engineers have been pulling today to control their designs for components has been macro geometry. The primary mechanism for mechanical engineers to fulfill requirements, hit performance targets and fulfill costs have been geometric shape. That’s been limiting.

What is Shapr3D?

Let’s talk about Shapr3D. So first off, what is it? It is a 3D modeling tool for mechanical design. It’s actually a fair bit different from your traditional offerings. It is mobile first.  What does that mean? Today, it runs on an iPad Pro and you actually use an Apple pen with it and multi-touch …

What is Shapr3D? Read More »

How Do You Realize Value from Simulation-Driven Design?

Four strategies that your company can take to realize the value out of simulation-driven design. In this post, we cover the advantages and disadvantages of each strategy.