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The Success of Spaceclaim: An Tale of Granularity for CAD?

Remember when Direct Modeling was rare. Seriously, more than five years ago, the modeling approach was pretty much relegated to being delivered to market by much smaller software providers. I’ll never forget a conversation I had with a head of product management at one of the largest CAD software providers. “That war was fought, and feature-based modeling won a long time ago”, he had said to me.

What is Product Data Management (PDM)?

Can Siemens PLM’s Insight XT Succeed where PTC’s ProductPoint Failed?

Back in June, I attended PLM Connections, the user event for Siemens PLM, in Las Vegas. Of course, there were a lot of product updates and announcements over the course of the conference. But there was one that caught my eye. The mainstream engineering folks at Siemens PLM (formerly Velocity Series) made some announcements about Insight XT, a PDM-like system that sits on top of SharePoint. They talked about numerous new enhancements to the product.

Autodesk + Inforbix = What?

Was anyone surprised that Autodesk acquired Inforbix? Well, actually, I was. Not that I didn’t think that Inforbix would be acquired. They seemed to be gaining traction in the market. And frankly, with Oleg as a loud and prominent evangelist, the concept and message behind Inforbix was getting out.

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Ghost in the Machine: A Look at Dassault Systemes’ ATOM Technology

Earlier this year, I wrote about Altair Engineering’s OptiStruct and how it can assist in functionally driven design. It is not, however, the only tool that performs topology and shape optimization. Another CAE software application that falls into the same category is the Abaqus Topology Optimization Module from Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA brand. I know, it’s a mouthful. Luckily, people just refer to it as ATOM.

My Thoughts on System Engineering Capabilities at PlanetPTC 2012

Back in June, I went to PlanetPTC 2012 and got caught up on their new releases and products. One of the major things that captured my attention was their focus on system engineering, which has been getting quite a bit of attention of late in the industry. Here are my thoughts, which was recorded by …

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Arena Solutions PartsList and PDXViewer

Ask some folks in the industry what comes to their mind when you mention concept design, and most would probably start talking about the new 2D sketching and 3D direct modeling capabilities that are making its way into CAD applications. But if you have ever actually done design work as an engineering, you know there …

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Oracle’s Fourth Evolution of PLM?

A few weeks ago, I came across a tweet that caught my eye. I thought that looked pretty interesting. I hadn’t heard from the Oracle folks in a while. So I then headed over to look at their blog post. I started reading and, apparently, they’ve been talking about this ‘Product Value Chain’ concept, which …

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Inforbix: Access to Enterprise Information for the Engineer?

It seems like in the last couple of years, we’ve seen a resurgence in startups in the engineering software space. Maybe it’s been necessity due to the economic recession. Maybe we’ve just had budding entrepreneurs waiting to do their thing. But with all these new startups, we’ve seen some new technologies and perspectives on engineering …

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A Look at Kubotek’s KeyCreator Analysis and SEFEA Technology

It’s always nice to get a little love. For a long time, it seems as if experts at using software like simulation analysts and CAD designers were getting all the attention. But in the last few years, software providers are increasingly paying attention to the casual user. There are new concept design tools for engineers, …

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