Mechanical Design

3D Systems’ Figure 4 Platform: Taking 3D Printing to Production

3D System’s Figure 4 Platform is the first production 3D printing solution. This post reviews its capabilities and implications for engineers.

Mentor’s Capital: Enterprise Electrical Design

Mentor’s Capital Platform is a software suite for electrical systems and harness design. This post details its capabilities and associated benefits.

Migrating to Fully Annotated Models

Migrating to Fully Annotated Models

Some organizations blindly pursue a Model-Based Definition initiative by trying to take everything traditionally included on a fully annotated drawing and transitioning that to a fully annotated model. That, unfortunately, results in unexpected, and unwanted, results.

Migrating to Minimally Annotated Models

Instead of replicating fully annotated drawings as fully annotated models, some organizations are only minimally annotated their models. Such practices yield a number of benefits.

Migrating to Minimally Annotated Drawings

Migrating to Minimally Annotated Drawings

Migrating to Model-Based Definitions isn’t the only documentation oriented initiative in engineering. Some organizations are looking to save time by only including the absolutely required information to define the part to be manufactured. Such efforts are paying off.

You Might Not Know It, But You’re Designing Systems

Does your company need system engineering? That’s a basic question that an increasing amount of companies are starting to ask themselves. No organization can afford to really ponder these kinds of questions without some motivation. No, there’s a reason they are becoming introspective in this way: there are some serious implications of failed system-level prototypes. …

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Designing in Virtual Reality: Making Ironman’s Jarvis Real

Ever daydream about designing in virtual reality with Ironman’s Jarvis? Analyzing new technologies, this post suggests it may become reality soon.

Simulation Results

ANSYS’ Discovery Live: Promising Instant Analysis

Discovery Live is a new software application from ANSYS promising real-time simulation. This post reviews its capabilities and their ability to produce. If there is one commonality in most software product announcements today, it’s hyperbole. Trend X will completely change the industry! Manufacturers that don’t adapt will be out of business in five years! It …

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Terminology Trap: The Model Based Enterprise

Terminology. Terminology. Terminology. One of the base challenges that this industry faces is terminology. This space, software supporting engineering and development, is literally overrun with existing technology and concepts of how to use them. So when a software provider comes up with something new, something they don’t want the industry to see as merely an enhancement but …

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