Mechanical Design

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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3D CAD Model Organic Shape

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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Altair Engineering’s New Release of Hyperworks

In the last month or so, we’ve had a a lot of activity in terms of new products and releases in the simulation world, including some that have been fairly revolutionary. So when the folks at Altair Engineering announced their upcoming release of Hyperworks, I was interested to see what they’d do. From my perspective, …

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Top Challenges to Adopting Model Based Initiatives

This finding outlines the top challenges to adopting Model Based Initiatives, some of which are surprising.

Average Time Spent Authoring, Clarifying and Amending Documentation

This finding reveals the average amount of time that engineers and machinists spent creating, clarifying and amending documentation.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Autodesk Adds Data Management to PLM360

In the landscape of PLM solutions, Autodesk’s PLM360 seemed like the rebel. Since its inception, PLM360 has focused on providing capabilities to enable and manage processes, not product data. But in mid September, Autodesk expanded the capabilities of the system to cover one of the most basic sets of PLM functionality: data management. However, they …

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Will MSC’s Apex Revolutionize Simulation?

"@MSCSoftware’s Apex is an effort to rethink entire simulation process” per CEO Dominic Gallello | #simulation (2/15) — Chad Jackson (@ChadKJackson) September 30, 2014 That quote is what kicked off my briefing with MSC Software CEO Dominic Gallello. If you’ve never heard of a BHAG, a Big Hairy Audacious Goal, then let me tell you: …

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solidThinking Inspire 2014: Refining Simulation Driven Design

Just barely over a year ago, I wrote a post titled The Implications of solidThinking Inspire, introducing the idea of marrying topology optimization with Direct Modeling functionality. A few weeks ago, they released a new version of the product with numerous enhancements. This post looks closer at that release and what it means for engineering …

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