3D Modeling

Direct or Parametric: Which is the Best for Winning New Business?

There you are, at the conference table across from the prospective customer. They’re sitting back. You’re leaning forward. Rapid fire questions fill the room. One of your tasks is to answer them with surety — to make them feel comfortable that your company can fulfill their needs completely.

3D CAD model of a brake clutch

Software Profile: Spaceclaim

SpaceClaim is a relatively newer CAD application, having launched in 2005, that is primarily focused on enabling design exploration by engineers, bid development by sales engineers, manufacturing preparation by machinists and simulation preparation by analysts.

3D CAD Model Software

Direct Modeling is Better at Capturing Design Intent

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past five years, it’s that debate gives you new perspectives. Such was the case coming out of a webinar I presented in that was titled The Pros and Cons of 3D Modeling Paradigms: Direct Modeling and History-based Modeling. Brian Thompson of PTC and Dan Staples of Siemens PLM discussed which modeling approaches best fit the concept design and detailed design phases. The whole webinar is good, but the Q&A session at the end is where the real discussion began. That got me thinking about this topic.

RTT: Automating Aesthetic Design

For companies where aesthetic design really matters, new tools are required. This post looks closely at the DeltaGen product from the software provider RTT.

Leveraging 3D CAD Data

Have you ever read Evan Yares’ stuff? If not, you’re missing out. He’s a really smart dude covering this space. Evan and I got to catch up at the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress, where I presented findings from the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Study. A couple weeks ago, Evan wrote up his own analysis of the findings in a post titled Leveraging 3D CAD Data. And he didn’t just regurgitate statistics. He provided some pretty deep analysis. And it’s good.

Infographic 3D Collaboration and Interoperabilty Study

Transition from 2D to 3D Design Hasn’t Been a Clean Break for Most, Study Finds

In todays product-development environments, 3D models play an important role in design as well as the overall development process — there’s little doubt about that. But how far have we really come in the adoption and use of 3D data for product development?

3D CAD Model Gears Wireframe

What’s Undermining Model-Based Efforts?

  How did the world end up being so technology focused? When it comes to enabling changes in how organizations work, we very frequently turn to technology first. When there’s a missing capability, we rant. When that capability is finally included in a new version of technology, we rave. But increasingly, I’m finding that enabling …

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3D CAD Model Rotor and Housing

Is Feature-Based Modeling Now Obsolete?

Gone off the rails have I? Well, even if you think I am crazy, I still think its a fair question to ponder. Even if only for a moment. Hear me out and you might even agree.Over the past three months here at ENGINEERING.com, I’ve hosted three separate webinars on design topics. Back on March 19th, we kicked things off with Clean Sheet Design where we looked at how CAD did or didn’t support new design efforts. On April 16th, we looked at how CAD supports Desig…

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

When Imported Geometry Problems Occur, Things Get Personal

Do you enjoy research? No, I’m not talking about the dry make-you-fall-asleep stuff that are published by professors from universities. I’m talking about research that’s relevant to your work life. Statistics and facts that describe what your peers are doing on a day-to-day basis. Well, I admit it. I do. I find that nothing cuts through the opinions, positions and debates like some hard facts. That one of the reasons that I’m currently running the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability study. I’ll use the findings to publish an infographic-based market report at the end of May. Most of the time, I enjoy uncovering some best practices and progress made in the industry. But every study carries some ugly realities with it. And, unfortunately, that’s the case with the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability study. Ready for a couple ugly early findings?