Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) Data Management

3DEXPERIENCE: The Transition Might Be Easier and Sooner Than You Think

Just a little over a month ago, Dassault Systèmes rounded up a a number of press and analyst folks to give us a some insight into the 2015 version of ENOVIA. It included an update on their business overall and new functionality. However, it also covered a healthy dose of the transition of Dassault Systèmes overall towards …

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Onshape: Is It Worth Checking Out?

For the past couple of years, there’s been some intrigue in the MCAD industry. Ever since Jon Hirschtick and John McEleney, veterans in this industry, pulled together a new startup to focus on the remaining challenges with MCAD, there has been plenty of speculation. Well, yesterday, the speculation is over. Onshape has officially launched. In this post, we’ll …

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Autodesk Adds Data Management to PLM360

In the landscape of PLM solutions, Autodesk’s PLM360 seemed like the rebel. Since its inception, PLM360 has focused on providing capabilities to enable and manage processes, not product data. But in mid September, Autodesk expanded the capabilities of the system to cover one of the most basic sets of PLM functionality: data management. However, they …

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

PTC’s Design Exploration Extension: Acknowledging Comparative Design

At practically every software user event, there’s an overwhelming number of activities. In the rush to catch user presentations, keynotes and product updates, its easy to miss a thing or two. At the PTC Live event in June this year, that was definitely the case. PTC was talking about the Internet of Things, Service Lifecycle …

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3D CAD Model Gears and Bushings

The Upstarts of the 2014 CAD Landscape

The landscape of CAD application providers, like many tech areas today, is prone to big changes. This is the third in a series of posts where I’ll be providing my perspective on the state of things with respect to CAD. Strap in and read on. So far, we’ve looked at the Stalwart and Interloper CAD …

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3D CAD Model Rotor and Housing

The Interlopers of the 2014 CAD Landscape

The landscape of CAD application providers, like many tech areas today, is prone to big changes. This is the second in a series of posts where I’ll be providing my perspective on the state of things with respect to CAD. Strap in and read on. We started this series last time by looking at the …

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3D CAD Model Small Engine

The Stalwarts of the 2014 CAD Landscape

The landscape of CAD application providers, like many tech areas today, is prone to big changes. This is the first in a series of posts where I’ll be providing my perspective on the state of things with respect to CAD. Strap in and read on. Where do we start this ride? The logical place is …

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PDM is a Personal Productivity Tool

Ready for a rousing debate on Product Data Management (PDM)? It may not be the most compelling topic, but reading up on it has its uses. In a pinch, it’s a surefire way to get to sleep on time. It’s a fine alternative to watching paint dry. And make no mistake, if you’re ever trying …

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Software Profile: CATIA

CATIA is a longstanding CAD application with traditional as well as progressive capabilities.

Delving into CATIA, you’ll find all of the capabilities one would expect from a traditional CAD application. You’ll find parametric feature-based modeling along with extensive drawing documentation functionality. You’ll also uncover NC machining, CMM and tool design tools. Routed system functionality is there with wiring, harness and piping. As opposed to Solidworks, most of the niche CAD areas has been filled with CATIA modules instead of 3rd party partners.

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