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Mechanical Engineering in the Internet of Things Era

Did you hear? The world is about to change. A new technological wave is coming that will forever change products. And along with that, organizations will need to change how they design and develop those products. Wait. What do did you say? No really. You sighed and groaned, “…again?” OK. You have a point. It …

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Going Mainstream: Transitioning from Concept to Detailed Design

Back in February 2011, I let loose. In a post titled Every Engineer’s Dirty Little Secret? The Stigma of 2D, I lambasted an overarching message in the industry that derided the use of 2D tools as an archaic and laggard practice. I argued that 2D tools offer a legitimate means of designing products. I’ll admit it… that post was cathartic.

Is the Long Term Archival Landscape Changing?

Some things never change. Attend a CAD or PLM related conference and you’re bound to come across some angst-ridden presentations. Sometimes, it’s about software quality. Other times, it’s about the most requested feature that just never makes it into the new release. Consternation builds, and many worry such issues will never be resolved. Read the …

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The Value of Simulation in Concept Design

The value from simulation in concept design is markedly different from that in detailed design, which is what I explain in this post.

Do Model-Based Initiatives Require Process Change?

In this case, I want to take a hard look at Model-Based Enterprise initiatives. I have an opinion, of course, like I always do. But I’d like some feedback on this one in particular. In this post, I propose that the adoption of Model-Based Enterprise initiatives do, in fact, require process change within an organization.

Concurrent Product Development: Problem Solved or Issue Ignored?

This post reviews the value proposition of Concurrent Product Development, originally powered by CAD, as well as revisits why it is no longer a central topic in the industry.

What’s the Biggest Challenge in Transitioning to PLM?

Yes, this is a pop quiz. Alright. Quick, now, think about your answer. Got it? OK, now, hold on to it. Remember it. Stick it in a safe place in your head.
Alright. Ready to hear mine? Let’s see if we agree. On the edge of your seat? OK, Here it is.

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What’s Undermining Model-Based Efforts?

  How did the world end up being so technology focused? When it comes to enabling changes in how organizations work, we very frequently turn to technology first. When there’s a missing capability, we rant. When that capability is finally included in a new version of technology, we rave. But increasingly, I’m finding that enabling …

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Pre-CAD Simulation: Where True Engineering Occurs?

  This last week, I attended the Council on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES)in Phoenix AZ. It’s a great event that brings together many of the leaders of the industry from the ranks of software providers, journalists, industry analysts and manufacturers. We get together a debate a lot of edge topics relevant to the …

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