Mechanical Design

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.

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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