Mechanical Design

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A Look at Kubotek’s KeyCreator Analysis and SEFEA Technology

It’s always nice to get a little love. For a long time, it seems as if experts at using software like simulation analysts and CAD designers were getting all the attention. But in the last few years, software providers are increasingly paying attention to the casual user. There are new concept design tools for engineers, …

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The Many Faces of Product Data Management

As I’ve said before and I’m sure I’ll say again, terminology in this industry can be a source of confusion. And even though it’s been around for quite some time, PDM can actually fall into that same category. If nothing to add a little more clarity to how PDM is defined in the posts on …

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Altair’s OptiStruct: Functionally Driven Concept Design

Do you remember when the first simulation based optimization tools hit the industry? From what you might have read, it might have seemed as if nirvana had been found. All you have to do is define a simulation, define the design variables that should change and identify your objective and poof, the perfect design would …

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Tetra4D: Leveraging the Adobe Ecosystem

What are your first thoughts when you hear the words “pdf” and “product development?” When I first heard them together, I have to admit that I wasn’t buzzing with excitement. Sure, there are lots of documents involved in product development, but I there’s nothing specific about that for engineering. My general expectation is that pdf …

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The Second Incarnation of MSC Software’s SimManager

A few weeks ago, I published a post titled The Misnomer of Simulation Lifecycle Management to kick off a longer and deeper look at the current state of these types of systems. As a next step, I started looking at specific SLM systems to understand the differences between them. Two weeks ago, I published the …

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The Long and Winding Road of 3D Visualization

I will never forget my first exposure to 3D visualization. It was back in 1996 or so. I was assisting on the development of a Crew Return Vehicle (CRV) program at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. There was an executive presentation on the progress of the program and how their new parametric feature-based CAD …

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Is CAD Still Disruption Ready?

Over the past year, CAD has seen some major changes. We went from incremental improvements spread across suites of CAD applications to new ways of modeling, opening up the application to potentially larger number of users. It’s definitely been interesting to see the industry reinvigorated with many new discussions and lots of passion. As I …

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Rebalancing Engineering’s Physical and Digital Work

Sometimes, it’s interesting to sit back and look at how much things have changed. Lots of commonly held perceptions about engineering has changed over time. I’ve written about the evolving view of prestige of engineering. I’ve also touched on creativity in engineering. But I’ve come across an interesting, at least to me, counter-trend in engineering. …

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Nuage: The First Social PLM System?

Well, looks like we’ve got PLM systems coming out of the woodwork nowadays. We had Autodesk launch PLM360. We also had Kenesto preparing theirs for for release. And yet, now we have another one: Nuage. But this one feels a little bit different from the other ones. In this post, I’ll provide a little background for …

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