Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD)

A 3D CAD model of a car with its door open

What is Siemens PLM’s HD-PLM?

HD-PLM is Siemens PLM’s product strategy to access PLM information through 3D models. This posts provides some detail into how it works and the value it provides.

3DEXPERIENCE: I Finally Get It

Since Dassault Systèmes released their announcement 3DEXPERIENCE, many have assumed it was merely a grand vision. It turns out it is something far more tangible.

3D CAD Model Organic Shape

The Implications of solidThinking Inspire

This post covers the new topology optimization capabilities of solidThinking Inspire, including the implications for engineering organizations.

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?

Is CAD in the Cloud Truly Terrifying?

For the past three years, the CAD industry has been a really wild and fun ride. The ball started rolling with broad acceptance of Direct Modeling. It’s grown into a full blown peer of feature-based / parametric / history-based modeling. I think that technology has more maturing to complete, but its interesting that just about every CAD application out there now has some form of this capability.
The ball continued right along with 2D tools. We’ve finally seen this industry accept that, in some …

3D CAD Model Transaxle

Validation Grows in Credibility at 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress

  “Users who participate in standards committee deliberations must be patient,” Jackson added. “Solution providers have to incorporate capabilities into future releases of their software to support these new standards. Users sometimes wait for years to see a definition they helped create implemented in the software applications, if it is implemented at all.” Real progress, …

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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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Creo to Open Native CAD Files: A Promise Finally Fulfilled

October 28th, 2011 started with such promise. There I was, sitting in this cavernous castle in the middle of Boston at the super secretive event that PTC was hosting. I sat through a skit that was… well… I guess the word interesting is most appropriate. But there was Jim Heppelman up on stage talking about serious industry problems that included: