Mechanical Design

Model Based Enterprise (MBE) Adoption: Lots of Experimentation, Little Commitment

This finding from the MBE study shows that many companies are exploring MBE, but few have fully adopted its practices.

Model Based Enterprise (MBE) Delivers Quantified Value

This finding from the MBE study shows that adoption rates of model based initiatives are low, but the value reaped by those that are pursuing them is high.

EXALEAD OnePart: More than Just Search

Ahh, part reuse, you’re an old problem. Aren’t you.

In the past two decades, many enterprise systems have sought to address part reuse. We’ve had supplier management systems. We’ve had part categorization systems. We’ve had shape-based search. Yet the problem seems to still persist. Engineers, pressed for time, create new CAD models and release them as part of new design projects. Part numbers proliferate. Opportunities for part number reduction sail by. Opportunities for larger volume discounts with suppliers slip away. The enterprise groans.

Siemens PLM Teamcenter: Separating Platforms and Apps

In the past five years, CAD applications have undergone a significant amount of change. We’ve seen the advent of Direct Modeling. The use of 2D for design has seen some serious advancements. Interoperability seems to be improving, even if incrementally. And after getting all the attention for many years, CAD seemed to have gain the …

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Granularity and Integration Aren’t Diametrically Opposed

Who doesn’t like a little debate? For some, I know, it’s uncomfortable. But honestly, it’s a good thing. It let’s you refine your logic, clarify your position and point out misinterpretations. Furthermore, it’s fun! Really, a little tête-à-tête keeps you sharp. With all that in mind, I owe a thanks to Oleg Shilovitsky, because yesterday, he …

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No More Excuses: It’s Time to Merge MCAD and ECAD

I have a confession. Something’s been bothering me. Amidst all of the talk about the Internet of Things, it doesn’t seem to get much airplay. I’ve asked providers of software for engineering about it several times, but it gets roundly put aside and ignored. Few seem to care. But for me, I just can’t reconcile …

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Using 3D as a Design Medium

“By the time someone starts creating a 3D model, all the major design decisions have been made.” I distinctly remember when that statement was uttered. It occurred on a live webinar some two years ago in a debate between many different software providers. Interestingly enough, it was actually blurted out by a Vice President of …

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3D CAD Model Gears and Bushings

The Upstarts of the 2014 CAD Landscape

The landscape of CAD application providers, like many tech areas today, is prone to big changes. This is the third in a series of posts where I’ll be providing my perspective on the state of things with respect to CAD. Strap in and read on. So far, we’ve looked at the Stalwart and Interloper CAD …

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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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