Model reuse

The failed promise of parametric CAD, final chapter: A viable solution

Monday, November 18, 2013

What is the failed promise of parametric CAD? In short, model reuse. It’s a lot more difficult than it ought to be, for a variety of reasons. Several…

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Taming the upfront cost of CAD

Taming the Upfront Cost of CAD

Thursday, October 24, 2013

By Evan Yares, 3DCAD Editor About a year and a half ago, I wrote an article for 3D CAD World, asking the question “Should you buy your CAD…

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The Design World dynamic design challenge

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Win a free dynamic design analysis of your mechanism. Get to market faster. Be a hero to your customers. When NASA’s JPL landed the Curiosity Rover on Mars,…

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bamboo-garden

The failed promise of parametric CAD part 5: A resilient modeling strategy

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The model brittleness problem inherent with parametric feature-based modeling is a really big deal. And it’s something, honestly, that I don’t have a great answer for. I’ve even…

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Horizontal

The failed promise of parametric CAD part 4: Going horizontal

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In the early 90s, Ron Andrews, a senior product designer at Dephi’s Saginaw Steering Systems Division, became fed-up with the difficulties of editing parametric CAD models. So, he…

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Pull-Push

The failed promise of parametric CAD part 3: The direct solution

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Direct modeling—a syncretic melding of concepts pioneered by CoCreate, Trispectives, Kubotek (and many others)–has shown the most promise to cure the parametric curse. Direct modeling is today’s hot…

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Eraserm

The failed promise of parametric CAD part 2: The problem is editing

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In the previous post, I wrote about the failed promise of parametric CAD: problems such as parent-child dependencies and unwanted feature interactions, coupled with no easy way to…

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Rebuild Error

The failed promise of parametric CAD part 1: From the beginning

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The modern era of 3D CAD was born in September 1987, when Deere & Company bought the first two seats of Pro/Engineer, from the still new Parametric Technology…

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Wheel Stand

Maybe you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on CAD/CAM tools

Thursday, June 6, 2013

My friend Rachael Dalton-Taggart, Director of Marketing Communications at Geomagic Solutions (which is now part of 3D Systems), often has interesting perspectives on the engineering software market. Every once…

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3d-master

3D Master

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

3D MCAD is not “done.”  Not by any means. Well over 40 years after the introduction of commercial 3D MCAD products, and 25 years after the introduction of…

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