Solution Reviews

ZWSOFT: What Do They Offer, What Applications Do They Provide and What Do They Do?

ZWSOFT is a Chinese-owned company that offers five applications worldwide. In this post, we will go through them one by one. First is ZWCAD, which has 2D functionality for sketching, drawing, manipulating those things. It is a straightforward but capable solution meant to be an alternative or replacement for Autodesk’s AutoCAD offering. Second is ZW3D, …

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CONTACT Software: More Than Another PLM Solution

Do we need another PLM solution in the marketplace? It seems like a pretty crowded field. Why would another solution, like CONTACT Software, really be any different? Let’s table the discussion about whether we need another one and talk about the company first.  Organic Product Development First off, CONTACT Software is not a public company; …

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M-Files: How Does Master Data Management Apply to PLM and Product Development?

M-Files and Master Data Management  Why are they relevant to product development? Let’s start with master data management, and then discuss M-Files. Master data management is a set of solutions meant to address the burgeoning problem of different functional departments using various enterprise systems. For example, there is service life cycle management, product life cycle …

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How to Improve Designs by Compressing Simulation Analysis

Several developments have occurred during the last few years that have overhauled the traditional simulation analysis approach — changing it for the better. These advancements have replaced the discrete steps of traditional analysis with a near-real-time process in which the boundaries between steps are blurred.

Cadence Allegro: What type of analysis capabilities will you find?

Analysis Capabilities in Cadence Allegro For those not familiar with that product or Cadence software, it is a software suite that used to develop circuit boards and a wide variety of capabilities. There’s lots of functionality there. It’s been around a long time. About eight years ago, Cadence acquired a company called SEGRITY, which had …

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Design for Manufacturability: What does Cadence Allegro offer?

Design for Board Manufacturability Issues:  What’s the deal here? Why is it an issue? Well, you want to check for manufacturability before you start to make anything. Usually, it happens pretty late in the design development process. There’s a big emphasis on shifting the manufacturability check earlier in the design development process to fix issues …

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nTopology And Implicit Modeling: Why Is It Important?

New manufacturing frontiers such as additive manufacturing create new challenges for traditional 3D explicit modeling. In this video, Chad Jackson discusses some of the challenges and how nTopology’s implicit modeling tool solves them.

Altair 365: What Is It And Why Is It A Big Deal?

Although Altair’s transition towards cloud-based solutions is not all that unusual for the industry, there are some capabilities that have interesting implications. In this video, Chad Jackson provides a high level overview of some of the capabilities and implications.

Onscale: What is Simulation-as-a-Service?

What are the benefits of OnScale’s Simulation-as-a-Service solution? In this video, Chad Jackson discusses its capabilities and how its’ unique licensing/pricing model enables innovation.