Mechanical Design

What are the implications for PTC’s acquisition of Onshape?

Today at Liveworx, PTC announced that Onshape’s cloud infrastructure, now dubbed Atlas, will be the platform for all of PTC’s products going forward. The CAD application Onshape and some Vuforia apps are immediately available and more are soon to follow. When PTC acquired Onshape, it certainly seemed like there was more to it than making …

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Three Trends Reshaping Mechanical Design

We’re on the verge of a state change in mechanical design. There are emerging technologies that are going to make a huge impact and open up a lot of new possibilities in terms of design.

The big lever that mechanical engineers have been pulling today to control their designs for components has been macro geometry. The primary mechanism for mechanical engineers to fulfill requirements, hit performance targets and fulfill costs have been geometric shape. That’s been limiting.

What is Shapr3D?

Let’s talk about Shapr3D. So first off, what is it? It is a 3D modeling tool for mechanical design. It’s actually a fair bit different from your traditional offerings. It is mobile first.  What does that mean? Today, it runs on an iPad Pro and you actually use an Apple pen with it and multi-touch …

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Mechanical Design and Electrical Design on Autodesk Fusion Platform

Autodesk acquired an ECAD solution that they’ve been integrating into their Fusion Platform. In this post, Chad Jackson discusses the implications and advantages of having both the electrical and mechanical design on a cloud-based platform.

Altair SimSolid: What is it, What Does it Do and Why is It Different?

What is Altair SimSolid? Altair SimSolid is a structural analysis tool meant to be used in the design phase.  It helps engineers get insight into the performance of their designs so they can make better decisions. Now, we hear that a lot about a lot of different tools. So why is SimSolid different? Let’s dive …

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What is 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS?

Let’s talk about 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS and what it means, how it’s organized, what people are going to be using, and get a little clarity on that. So first off, how is it organized and what is it? What Is 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS? 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS is a set of solutions for the SMB space. It’s meant to …

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ZWSOFT: What Do They Offer, What Applications Do They Provide and What Do They Do?

ZWSOFT is a Chinese-owned company that offers five applications worldwide. In this post, we will go through them one by one. First is ZWCAD, which has 2D functionality for sketching, drawing, manipulating those things. It is a straightforward but capable solution meant to be an alternative or replacement for Autodesk’s AutoCAD offering. Second is ZW3D, …

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CONTACT Software: More Than Another PLM Solution

Do we need another PLM solution in the marketplace? It seems like a pretty crowded field. Why would another solution, like CONTACT Software, really be any different? Let’s table the discussion about whether we need another one and talk about the company first.  Organic Product Development First off, CONTACT Software is not a public company; …

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M-Files: How Does Master Data Management Apply to PLM and Product Development?

M-Files and Master Data Management  Why are they relevant to product development? Let’s start with master data management, and then discuss M-Files. Master data management is a set of solutions meant to address the burgeoning problem of different functional departments using various enterprise systems. For example, there is service life cycle management, product life cycle …

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