Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD)

3D CAD Model Rotor

Putting a Finer Point on Multi-CAD

Multi-CAD. Multi-CAD. Multi-CAD. It is all the rage today. You hear about it on webinars. You see it flashed at user conferences. It’s in many an eBook. But the more discussions I see on multi-CAD, the more I wonder if folks are really talking about the same thing. You see, there are many different facets to multi-CAD.

What is MCAE?

Simulations Conducted Within CAD Systems Are Faster, Research Finds

I have always wondered if any advantage that CAD provides to the simulation process could be quantified. Naturally, one would assume that CAD does, in fact, offer some value to simulation efforts. But to my knowledge, that has never been verified. In an effort to solve this mystery, I included several questions on this topic …

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What is Product Data Management (PDM)?

CITRIX: Virtualizing the Engineering Desktop with XenDesktop

This post goes into the capabilities offered by XenDesktop, a virtualization solution that specializes in 3D intensive applications. I offer my perspective on the positives and negatives of such a solution.

Is the Long Term Archival Landscape Changing?

Some things never change. Attend a CAD or PLM related conference and you’re bound to come across some angst-ridden presentations. Sometimes, it’s about software quality. Other times, it’s about the most requested feature that just never makes it into the new release. Consternation builds, and many worry such issues will never be resolved. Read the …

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3D CAD Model Gears and Bushings

The Trend Towards CAD Consolidation, Not CAD Standardization

For years, CAD standardization and consolidation have meant the same thing. But with advances in CAD tools, the meaning of those phrases are diverging.

Concurrent Product Development: Problem Solved or Issue Ignored?

This post reviews the value proposition of Concurrent Product Development, originally powered by CAD, as well as revisits why it is no longer a central topic in the industry.

3D CAD Model Earth Mover Wireframe

ENOVIA Data Management: Less PDM-ish, More PLM-ish

This post provides details on ENOVIA data management capabilities as well as my perspective on how it can impact an engineering organization’s ability to collaborate.

2D Synchronous Technology in NX: Overlooked Tech of the Year?

Siemens PLM announced the addition of 2D Synchronous Technologies to NX at PLM Connections in Dallas. This post looks at the capabilities and advantages of this new technology.

TransMagic: A Secret to Enabling Direct Modeling?

CAD translation constantly eats into engineering productivity. This post looks at TransMagic’s tools to enable Direct Modeling modifications of imported geometry.