Mechanical Design

Today’s ‘Jacked-Up’ Metrics for Engineering Productivity

How does your management team track the progress of engineering projects? I’ve been asking that question a lot lately. And the more answers I get the more I become intrigued. You see I’ve been looking at how engineering projects are assessed alongside how executives are making the decisions to continue to fund them or not. …

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Vuuch 4.5: Growing Up Before Our Eyes

It seemed like it wasn’t that long ago when Vuuch, something hardly anyone understood, was launched. More than a year later, Vuuch is up to version 4.5 and has new capabilities to offer. Some good. Some questionable. But at this point, one thing is clear: it seems like Vuuch is here to stay. And overall, …

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Agile Development for Mechatronics Products?

“We don’t have enough engineers.” That’s was the takeaway headline, according to a Computerworld article, from Obama’s speech back in the middle of June. For anyone that’s been tracking the STEM shortfall issue, that might not come as a terrible surprise. Yet there was one other issue I came across in this summary that did …

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Modeling with Creo: Diving into the Details

It seems like 2011 is bound to be the year of CAD. There are numerous updates by so many software providers in terms of introducing new capabilities to their CAD applications. And none may be more anticipated than PTC’s Creo due to their publicly stated goal to revolutionize the CAD industry. Well, a year later, …

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Do ‘In-the-Trenches’ Engineering Managers Get More Respect?

Do you know of any engineering project that is overstaffed? Yes. That was a serious question. But I’ll take that as a no nonetheless. In that context, I’ve seen increasingly that engineering managers, even though they have taken on more responsibility in terms of managing a team, are still asked to work as an individual …

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

Actify Centro and Microsoft Sharepoint: The 3D Mashup

It’s no easy task being an engineer today. While designing a product you have to take into account a huge variety of information like costs, inventory, preferred suppliers and much more in addition to form, fit and function. We talked at length about it during the Enabling Engineering Decisions panel discussion at the Collaboration and …

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A Glimpse into Reshoring Engineering in the U.S.?

When it comes to sourcing in terms of engineering, it’s interesting to watch the pendulum swing. Over the past decade, a lot of engineering work moved offshore. Either it was outsourced to companies that operated overseas or manufacturers moved their technical and R&D centers offshore. The trend lagged a little behind the movement to offshore …

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Z Corporation: 3D Printing and the Engineering Office

This post reviews Z Corporation’s 3D printers and their applicability for use within the engineering office and design prototyping.

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ST in NX: It’s not about Direct Modeling

For me, today started like just about any other day. To get up to speed, I check my stream of tweets, LinkedIn updates and Facebook updates from people I’m following as well as the RSS feed from the blogs I follow. That’s when I saw a blog post that caught my eye, titled summarizing PTC’s …

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