Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD)

Low Spatial Intelligence as an Impediment to 3D CAD

If you’ve been following the engineering-matters blog for a while, you know I’ve written a good bit about CAD over the past year or so. And why not? It’s an industry that’s been re-energized by a number of big shifts in technology during that time. Several old and new software providers are trying harder than …

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The Pitfalls of Multi-Disciplinary Simulations: Divergent Model Abstractions

For the past few years, most of the simulation and analysis industry has been abuzz concerning multi-disciplinary (MD) simulations, and rightly so. MD analysis offers a far more realistic view of product performance than one-off simulations. But despite the increasing availability of MD simulation capabilities, it’s not all roses. In fact, there are some serious …

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CAD Standardization: Approaching An Obsolete Practice?

I remember back when I came into the industry, back in 1995, CAD standardizations ruled. OEMs at the top of design chains carried huge power in selecting a CAD application and then requiring their suppliers to deliver 3D models to them in that format. OEMs that switched their standard from one CAD application to another …

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Kubotek’s ECO Manager: A Usable Difference Report?

Kubotek does CAD stuff, right? Walking into the Kubotek offices out in Marlborough MA, that certainly was my impression. But some two hours later, I left with a different one. Don’t get me wrong. They’re not launching a PLM product or anything. But their ECO Manager is far more oriented towards processes and procedures than …

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Modeling with Creo: Diving into the Details

It seems like 2011 is bound to be the year of CAD. There are numerous updates by so many software providers in terms of introducing new capabilities to their CAD applications. And none may be more anticipated than PTC’s Creo due to their publicly stated goal to revolutionize the CAD industry. Well, a year later, …

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3D CAD Model Transmission

ST in NX: It’s not about Direct Modeling

For me, today started like just about any other day. To get up to speed, I check my stream of tweets, LinkedIn updates and Facebook updates from people I’m following as well as the RSS feed from the blogs I follow. That’s when I saw a blog post that caught my eye, titled summarizing PTC’s …

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3D CAD Model Wind Electricity Generator

Inventor Fusion: Direct Modeling the Autodesk Way

Direct Modeling. Seems like every other day there’s another announcement about it from a software provider. Some time ago, Autodesk joined the fray when they developed something called Fusion in the Autodesk labs. Curious about what exactly it would offer, I hopped on the phone with Rob Cohee, Evangelist for Autodesk Manufacturing (twitter @robcohee) and Garin Gardner, Product Manager for Inventor, to get a little bit better acquainted with it. Here’s what I found and my perspective on it.

Solidworks and Gräbert: The Promise of a New Engineering Tool?

Back in June 2010, Dassault Systèmes launched the beta version of DraftSight, which is actually developed by a german software provider called Gräbert. Then in February 2011, the beta ended and the general release of DraftSight was made available (press release). Of note is that this software is a free download. Also, Dassault Systèmes launched a social networking website based on their SwYm architecture to build up a community around DraftSight. And finally, Gräbert, the developers of DraftSight, announced in January 2011 the launch of a DraftSight app store (press release).

3D CAD Model Gears and Drawing

Mechatronics Management (Part 1): Mechanical Aspects

For the past three years, I’ve headed out to Phoenix AZ for the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software to talk with numerous providers and users of engineering software. The discussions are always pretty forward-looking, almost bleeding edge instead of leading edge. In the analyst briefing on System Modeling and Analysis, which was led by Allan Behren (who goes by the twitter handle @AllanBehrens), one of the engineering IT leader for For, Richard Riff, made a statement that made my ears perk up (the following is a paraphrase).