Mechanical Design

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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Simulation FEA Bracket

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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MySolidWorks: A Expanding Community Service

A couple weeks ago, a number of folks in the analyst community were invited up to Waltham MA to get a look at the next version of SolidWorks. Now, of course, there were lots of new capabilities, enhancements and other doodads. However, I was struck by another topic of discussion altogether: My.SolidWorks.com. As you’ll see, …

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Problems with Engineering Documentation

This finding identifies the most frequently identified issues that organizations encounter with engineering documentation.

A 3D wireframe CAD model of a car with an engine and suspension

PTC’s Design Exploration Extension: Acknowledging Comparative Design

At practically every software user event, there’s an overwhelming number of activities. In the rush to catch user presentations, keynotes and product updates, its easy to miss a thing or two. At the PTC Live event in June this year, that was definitely the case. PTC was talking about the Internet of Things, Service Lifecycle …

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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.