Mechanical Design

PDM Capabilities: The Right Fit for Small Organizations

Technology can be a powerful thing. But is it always a good fit for every organization? The proposed advantages and benefits may sound appealing, but sometimes new tech can actually introduce more bureaucracy and disruption than it solves. In today’s post, I’ll look at what aspects of PLM and PDM systems make sense for smaller …

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3D CAD Model Rotor

Putting a Finer Point on Multi-CAD

Multi-CAD. Multi-CAD. Multi-CAD. It is all the rage today. You hear about it on webinars. You see it flashed at user conferences. It’s in many an eBook. But the more discussions I see on multi-CAD, the more I wonder if folks are really talking about the same thing. You see, there are many different facets to multi-CAD.

Simulations Conducted Within CAD Applications Are Faster

This finding compares the speed at which various simulation steps are executed in CAD embedded and CAD independent software.

What is MCAE?

Simulations Conducted Within CAD Systems Are Faster, Research Finds

I have always wondered if any advantage that CAD provides to the simulation process could be quantified. Naturally, one would assume that CAD does, in fact, offer some value to simulation efforts. But to my knowledge, that has never been verified. In an effort to solve this mystery, I included several questions on this topic …

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Average Time Spent on each Step in the Simulation Process

This finding shares the average amount of time spent on each step in the simulation process.

3D CAD Model Turbine Exploded

NGRAIN: Realizing 3D-Based Augmented Reality?

In this post, you’ll get an overview of capabilities provided by NGRAIN’s products, which focus on authoring and consuming 3D-based materials, as well as my commentary and analysis.

Top Challenges to Conducting Simulations in Detailed Design

This finding reveals the top challenges to conducting simulations during detailed design.

Top Challenges to Conducting Simulations in Concept Design

This finding shares two very different sets of challenges to conducting simulation during concept design: one for those that have adopted it and those that have not.

What is Product Data Management (PDM)?

CITRIX: Virtualizing the Engineering Desktop with XenDesktop

This post goes into the capabilities offered by XenDesktop, a virtualization solution that specializes in 3D intensive applications. I offer my perspective on the positives and negatives of such a solution.