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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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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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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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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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

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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No more CAD workstations?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Imagine you worked in IT, in a large company, and had to put up with CAD users acting all special, because they needed big computers with lots of…

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MSC Software founders Robert Schwendler (left) and Richard MacNeal (right), 1963

MSC at 50: A CAE pioneer reinvents itself

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

MSC Software is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It was literally one of the first software companies, and though its been through some changes over the years, it’s still…

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Jon Hirschtick

Why Jon Hirschtick loves CAD

Friday, May 3, 2013

COFES, the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software, is “meet by the pool” kind of conference. It’s a place where you have the chance to chat with…

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Alibre becomes Geomagic Design

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Almost 2 years ago—in July, 2011—3D Systems acquired Alibre, a developer of budget 3D parametric MCAD software. It was just one of a large number of acquisitions that…

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Part PMI

Five presentations on Model-Based Development

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The term “Model-Based Development” (MBD) has been around for more than a few years. So far as most CAD users can tell, it means getting rid of 2D…

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Russian CAD

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

It’s robust and powerful, and someday, you may be using it. For engineers and designers in the United States, Russia doesn’t often come to mind when thinking about…

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Bertrand Sicot: Seriously, we’re not going to mess up SolidWorks.

Friday, April 5, 2013

A few days ago, SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot posted a blog, reiterating yet again that, no, they’re not going to mess with the SolidWorks program that so many…

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Jennifer Herron on managing mass properties in CAD assemblies

Friday, April 5, 2013

There are times when you really need to know the mass properties of a design, before you build it. In this Design World editorial Webinar, Jennifer Herron discusses…

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2D conceptual design, 50 years later

Friday, April 5, 2013

Many years ago, an MIT graduate student named Ivan created a 2D conceptual design program that allowed users to interactively sketch out their ideas, and by applying constraints…

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Sailing ship

How real people use CAD: Shane McKenna

Friday, March 29, 2013

In the CAD world, there are all kinds. Some people just use CAD as part of their job—in the same way as they use Word, Excel, or Outlook.  Others…

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Textured Glass

CAD in the pursuit of art: Shane McKenna

Thursday, March 28, 2013

As an engineer, I often think about CAD as a tool for the engineering and design of technological products. But, every once in a while, I’m reminded that…

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How would you design an electric motorcycle?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I often find myself looking at manufactured products, and wondering “how would you go about designing something like that?” For some things, the sheer scale of the problem…

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Rock and Roll industrial design

Monday, March 25, 2013

I’m always interested in how people use CAD software to do interesting projects. Nout Van Heumen is an industrial designer and engineer whose day job, so to speak,…

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NVIDIA Kepler GPUs are finally here

Friday, March 8, 2013

It’s taken awhile, but the new generation of NVIDIA GPU graphics cards are out. Why does it matter? Well, short of performance issues—and these cards are fast indeed—the…

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The new Autodesk

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I received an excited email from Autodesk last week, offering to share some news under embargo. What was the news? A new Autodesk logo.   I wondered, why does…

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Valve Simulation

Simulation for medical devices

Friday, February 15, 2013

It’s no surprise that simulation is becoming more mainstream. Advances in technology, plus better integration with CAD software make that a foregone conclusion. The United States Food and Drug…

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Cyber-Physical Systems

Cyber-Physical Systems: A call to action

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has just published a trio of reports on Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). “CPS go well beyond today’s ’embedded systems,’ which are…

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CATIA’s latest design win: The Iranian F-313 stealth fighter

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A few days ago, Iran announced a new indigenous stealth fighter: the Qahar 313. has covered the plane in quite a bit of depth. The prototype of…

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Bernard Charles, explaining where SolidWorks fits in.

SolidWorks 2014: No obvious surprises

Monday, January 28, 2013

There was a time, years back, when SolidWorks users complained because the annual updates of the software included so many major new capabilities that it was hard to…

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Steve Coons

The roots of CAD, part 2: The design process

Monday, January 28, 2013

In 1959, Douglas Ross, Steven Coons, and John Ward, along with their colleagues, started the MIT Computer-Aided Design Project, and planted the seeds that grew to define modern…

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