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The Key to Championing Simulation

Quick poll: do you know the most requested presentation topic for NAFEMS events? Anyone. Think quick. I guess the title of this post might be giving it away, but when I talked with Michelle Ringrose about my presentation for NAFEMS North American Conference 2012, she was very clear: addressing the business side of simulation has …

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Do Engineers Use CAD? It’s Still a Major Debate

Do you browse LinkedIn? No seriously. I know that many years ago, LinkedIn was basically a place to post your online resume. But a couple years ago, they came out with professional groups where folks could discuss career and other work topics. Then they came out with a more newspaper-like view of your connections’ updates. Now it’s fairly easy to traverse and read good articles. Anyway, the other day I was looking through some articles in my connections’ and groups’ feeds when I came across one that resonated with me. Its title is… Engineers as Draftsman, my how times have changed… in the Mechanical Design Forum. Here’s a original post.

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NAFEMs 2012: Lessons Learned from Four SPDM Tales

I had talked with Michelle Ringrose of NAFEMs on what they needed, and the answer was measuring the value of simulation. That fit in pretty well with some research I had been planning on conducting on the ‘Value of Simulation.’

Measuring the Value of Simulation

Sometimes, life throws little surprises at you that end up helping you think hard about things. One such opportunity came upon me just a while ago. An associate of mine in the industry suggested to the folks at NAFEMs that I present during their North American conference in Washington DC. If you’re not familiar with NAFEMs, …

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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.

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…

Rebalancing Engineering’s Physical and Digital Work

Sometimes, it’s interesting to sit back and look at how much things have changed. Lots of commonly held perceptions about engineering has changed over time. I’ve written about the evolving view of prestige of engineering. I’ve also touched on creativity in engineering. But I’ve come across an interesting, at least to me, counter-trend in engineering. …

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How Many of Today’s Products Are Truly “Engineered?”

Curious question, right? For those that are in engineering and have been exposed to the development of various types of products, you might have pondered this question before. It’s hard not to see other design and engineering processes and wonder what is the same or different. But for me, it’s a little different. In the …

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Offline or Inline Technology Development: Which Do You Use?

Quite a few years ago, I remember taking a road trip in the summer. Not a family road trip to see the Grand Canyon or an all nighter drive to New Orleans. No, this one was for work. I visited a number of manufacturers at the time, taking tours of their facilities and conducting interviews …

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