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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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aPriori: Adding Costing to the Engineering Toolbox

If there’s one finding that seems to be show up again and again in our research studies, it’s that engineers are seriously time constrained. There’s simply too much to do in too little time. That’s made me more aware of tools that can aid engineers do things at a higher quality in a short amount …

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Update on SPLM Strategy for Engineering Solutions

It is that time again! Every year, in the fall, Siemens PLM holds an analyst event where they provide an update on their perspective on the industry, their overall strategy and updates for their products. This year, it was the week of September 7th. This post provides an update on Siemens PLM‘s strategy for engineering …

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Four Contemplative Takeaways from LiveWorx

Yes. Yes. I know. It has been a solid six weeks since PTC’s LiveWorx. The wave of posts and articles on the event has come and gone. So why publish my thoughts on it now? Well, I try not to leap onto the bandwagon for the latest technology trend unless it is truly warranted. So I …

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Close Up on MSC Software’s MaterialCenter

We all likely can agree that design specifications are vital and should be appropriately tracked and managed. And by now most everyone knows that design simulation and analysis—with its virtual prototyping capabilities–cuts product development costs considerably. So what about material specifications? Though they’re just as needed as their design counterparts, materials lifecycle management hasn’t been …

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SOLIDWORKS MBD 2015: A Big Deal?

Is the demise of the 2D manufacturing drawing just around the corner? I’m sure engineers hope so. Model based definition (MBD) may be helping to do away with drawings, but it’s still not used across the board. And many engineers using MBD to annotate models with  3D product manufacturing information still have to learn a …

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3DEXPERIENCE: The Transition Might Be Easier and Sooner Than You Think

Just a little over a month ago, Dassault Systèmes rounded up a a number of press and analyst folks to give us a some insight into the 2015 version of ENOVIA. It included an update on their business overall and new functionality. However, it also covered a healthy dose of the transition of Dassault Systèmes overall towards …

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Onshape: Is It Worth Checking Out?

For the past couple of years, there’s been some intrigue in the MCAD industry. Ever since Jon Hirschtick and John McEleney, veterans in this industry, pulled together a new startup to focus on the remaining challenges with MCAD, there has been plenty of speculation. Well, yesterday, the speculation is over. Onshape has officially launched. In this post, we’ll …

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Autodesk’s Vision: Generative Design

Just a few short weeks ago, Autodesk held their annual AU 2014 event in Las Vegas. Mainly comprised of training classes, this event is also an opportunity for Autodesk to unveil new products and offer insight into the vision driving their products. And on Tuesday, December 2nd, they did just that. In this post, we’ll …

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