Model-Based Definition (MBD) and Model-Based Enterprise (MBE)

3D CAD model of a brake clutch

Facing Your 3D CAD Demons

Most organizations have not achieved their desired level of Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) maturity. What to do? Step 1: face your demons. That is, identify the barriers preventing your organization from becoming the MBE “of your dreams.” It’s easier to move forward once you understand what’s holding you back. CULTURE and TECHNOLOGY are the two common …

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Move to MBD: Can We See Results?

Last week, Chad talked on the blog about findings from The Model Based Enterprise Study. It found that, while 57% of the 575 respondent companies released 3D annotated models for at least some projects, only 2% exclusively used 3D MBD. We thought we’d take a look at some of those companies from the 2% to …

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3D CAD Model Gears and Drawing

SOLIDWORKS MBD 2015: A Big Deal?

Is the demise of the 2D manufacturing drawing just around the corner? I’m sure engineers hope so. Model based definition (MBD) may be helping to do away with drawings, but it’s still not used across the board. And many engineers using MBD to annotate models with  3D product manufacturing information still have to learn a …

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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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3D CAD Model Turbine Exploded

NGRAIN: Realizing 3D-Based Augmented Reality?

In this post, you’ll get an overview of capabilities provided by NGRAIN’s products, which focus on authoring and consuming 3D-based materials, as well as my commentary and analysis.

Do Model-Based Initiatives Require Process Change?

In this case, I want to take a hard look at Model-Based Enterprise initiatives. I have an opinion, of course, like I always do. But I’d like some feedback on this one in particular. In this post, I propose that the adoption of Model-Based Enterprise initiatives do, in fact, require process change within an organization.

3D CAD Model Housing

Geometric’s MBEWeb: An Automation Enabler for Model-Based Initiatives

In this post, you’ll see an overview of MBEWeb, a package of software and services offered by Geometric Ltd., which helps organization to make the pursue MBE initiatives.