Concept Design

Mechanical Engineering in the Internet of Things Era

Did you hear? The world is about to change. A new technological wave is coming that will forever change products. And along with that, organizations will need to change how they design and develop those products. Wait. What do did you say? No really. You sighed and groaned, “…again?” OK. You have a point. It …

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Going Mainstream: Transitioning from Concept to Detailed Design

Back in February 2011, I let loose. In a post titled Every Engineer’s Dirty Little Secret? The Stigma of 2D, I lambasted an overarching message in the industry that derided the use of 2D tools as an archaic and laggard practice. I argued that 2D tools offer a legitimate means of designing products. I’ll admit it… that post was cathartic.

Pre-CAD Simulation: Where True Engineering Occurs?

  This last week, I attended the Council on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES)in Phoenix AZ. It’s a great event that brings together many of the leaders of the industry from the ranks of software providers, journalists, industry analysts and manufacturers. We get together a debate a lot of edge topics relevant to the …

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Solidworks Mechanical Conceptual: App-ing the Process

Walking into the Monday morning general session at Solidworks World 2013 in Orlando FL, I admit that I was expecting something. After the openly discussing the move of Solidworks to the cloud years earlier, and the subsequent backtracking and sidestepping because of customer outrage, rumors had it that this was the year. This was the time when Solidworks would unveil something big. Ultimately, I think the announcement of Solidworks Mechanical Conceptual falls into that category. I think that it just wasn’t what people were expecting.

Closing the Loop on Engineering Notebooks

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been writing a series of posts on the engineering notebook. More specifically, I’ve been writing about how a variety of technologies used outside engineering could be used to build out a solution for the engineering notebook. Here’s the posts. The Forlorn Engineering Notebook Digital Notebooks for Engineering Digital …

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Calculations and the Engineering Notebook

Beginning back in January, I’ve been writing a series of posts about the engineering notebook. I started off pointed out how the engineering notebook has been forgotten in the advancement of technologies in so many other areas in a post titled The Forlorn Engineering Notebook. I then touched on note taking in engineering notebooks and …

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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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Digital Sketching and the Engineering Notebook

You didn’t think we were done talking about engineering notebooks, did you? In all seriousness, I have talked about this subject a couple times fairly recently. In a post titled The Forlorn Engineering Notebook, I wrote about the fact that technology had essentially left the engineering notebook behind. Then in a post titled Digital Notebooks …

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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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