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End-to-End Solution for Engineering Project Management Updated

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The EPLAN Platform, which offers a uniform three-dimensional project-planning environment for electrical, fluid, and electrical instruction and control projects, has been upgraded to version 2.6. It brings together…

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Siemens PLM to name Hemmelgarn CEO, Grindstaff executive chairman

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research Siemens PLM Software will appoint Tony Hemmelgarn president and CEO effective October 1. Hemmelgarn is currently the company’s executive vice president for…

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The DraftSight 2D drafting and design program from SolidWorks will continue to be around for years to come, as many customers use 2D processes.

SolidWorks: 2D Isn’t Going Away

Friday, September 23, 2016

Two-dimensional design and drafting is still a big part of many companies engineering operations, said Suchit Jain, vice president of strategy and communications for SolidWorks. An engineer at…

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SolidWorks 2017 Set to Help IoT Development

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This week, Dassault Systèmes debuted the latest update to its SolidWorks computer-aided design system, which speeds model development as compared to past versions and acts as part of…

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Move from wind tunnel testing to simulation-driven design offers typical automakers more than 500% ROI

Thursday, September 15, 2016

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research Moving from wind tunnel testing of physical prototypes to simulation-driven design processes can offer typical automotive OEMs more than 500% ROI (return…

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PrintRite3D from Sigma system that combines inspection, feedback, data collection and analysis to manage advance manufacturing processes.

Inspection Applications Grow for 3D-Printed Parts

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Three-dimensional printing systems need inspection systems tied to the manufacturing process, just as other manufacturing systems do, and those systems are increasingly coming to the market. “The final…

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These industrial six-axis Fanuc robots are used for welding. North American manufacturers ordered more robots during the first half of this year than during similar time frames in years past. Twenty-one percent of those orders are for robots to perform spot welding.

North American Manufacturers’ Robotics Investments Grow

Friday, August 26, 2016

This year, manufacturers in North America have purchased more robots and other automation technologies than in years past, which promises to increase manufacturers’ production efficiency and their capability…

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Report: Augmented Reality Set to Take Off for Designers

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Business Advantage Group has ranked augmented and virtual reality as the eleventh most important of 15 CAD trends in its Worldwide CAD Trends 2016 Survey. But the technology’s…

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FeatureScript amps up power of Onshape

Monday, August 1, 2016

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research Full-cloud CAD pioneer Onshape amped up the power and utility of its software with FeatureScript, a new programming language that lets users…

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Multidisciplinary math software from solidThinking allows more than one type of engineer to work in tandem on mechatronic systems.

Embedded Control

Friday, July 29, 2016

Controllers play a big part in the coming age of the Internet of Things, in which sensors return more information than ever about systems operation. Mechatronic  design, the…

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Outsourcing CAD: The Good and the Bad

Monday, July 25, 2016

by Jean Thilmany, Contributing Editor Outsourcing CAD drafting and design can boost a company’s productivity, but firms looking to outsource should ask some questions and do their own…

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Drone Designed To Capture Crop Status

Friday, July 22, 2016

Cloud computing allows for design on your terms. Those are the words of Ian Henderson, chief executive officer at start-up Skybridge UAV, which is currently working on its…

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Osstem Implant makes a range of dental implants. It recently tied its regulatory compliance and design systems across one platform.

Medical Device Design: Balancing Compliance with Innovation

Monday, July 18, 2016

Medical device makers may put innovation on the back burner in light of the ever-increasing numbers of government regulations. Some device makers simply don’t have time to come…

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The ARDEC immersive engineering lab uses virtual reality technology to immerse engineers and other project stakeholders in design.

Six Sigma for the Engineer

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The words “Six Sigma” likely conjure thoughts of a manufacturing floor rather than an engineering simulation. Manufacturing, after all, is what the method for eliminating defects is most…

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Business Advantage Group found that in 2015 51 percent of those surveyed were aware of cloud-based CAD, but only 8 percent used it. The latter number is set to rise, this year's survey found.

Cloud-Based CAD Set to Skyrocket

Thursday, June 30, 2016

In the near future, many more firms will be embracing cloud-based CAD systems, with adoption of the CAD delivery method set to grow by 70 percent in the…

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Solid Edge and other CAD providers are dipping their toe into the sharing economy. The Rally Fighter shown here was a SolidWorks assembly imported in to Solid Edge Design1 for editing parts.

To Share Customizable Designs

Monday, June 27, 2016

Businesses that share and sell excess capacity and use technologies to link buyer to seller are growing rapidly, as part of what Tim Fisher dubbed the sharing economy….

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Predictive engineering analytics: Simcenter unifies, advances Siemens PLM’s simulation/test portfolio

Friday, June 24, 2016

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research Source: www.siemens.com/press One of Siemens PLM’s hallmarks is its track record of outstanding management of its acquisitions over many years. It consistently…

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ASCENT releases introduction to Parametric Modeling Title

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rand Worldwide, a global leader in providing technology solutions to organizations with engineering design and information technology requirements, today announced that its courseware division, ASCENT– Center for Technical…

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For the A350 XWB aircraft, Airbus already has produced a variety of plastic and metal brackets like this one, whose material and structural properties have been tested and validated, and are now incorporated on the company’s fleet of developmental aircraft.

Airbus, GE Commit to Additive Manufacturing

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The production of 3D printed parts in GE aircraft is a sign of the shift happening across a number of industries that are looking to use additive manufacturing…

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A young engineer suits up for the first day on the job. New-to-the-workfoce engineers often know the ins and outs of newer CAD systems.

The Case for Young Engineers, in Terms of CAD

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Old-guard engineers who bring their knowledge and experience to the job are vital to the company. Increasingly, though, engineering companies realize the importance the new guard, that is,…

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Sweet Freedom

Thursday, June 2, 2016

by Jean Thilmany, Contributing Editor Free, open-source 3D CAD systems are finding their place. Until fairly recently, designers looking for open-source CAD software had several good two-dimensional programs…

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Engineers at Alexander Dennis Ltd., which makes the Enviro200H and other buses and coaches, were able to get up to speed quickly on how to perform CAD model cleanup and meshing MSC Apex Modeler prior to FEA. The modeler included easy-to-understand video instructions.

Online CAD and Meshing Training Now Second Nature

Monday, May 23, 2016

Even in this age of virtual reality, online tutorials, and videos—whether they’re embedded in computer-aided design and analysis tools or purchased separately–have a significant role to play for…

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HP began taking orders this month for its Jet Fusion 3D printers, the first the company has made. Siemens software will aid the design-for-additive-manufacturing process.

HP, Siemens Partnership: 3D Printing in Multiple Materials, Colors

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Several relatively new techniques—including cloud computing and additive manufacturing–are challenging the way manufacturers and engineering organizations do business, said Chuck Grindstaff, Siemens PLM Software president and chief executive…

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Siemens engineering, manufacturing, and big-data software is now integrated to receive and update information capable of optimizing many processes and products, including optimizing wind farm operation, according to Siemens PLM Software president Chuck Grindstaff.

One System Vendor to Tie Them All

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Siemens PLM Software has tied its digital engineering, simulation, product lifecycle management, manufacturing, and factory layout systems to optimizing the product development process from design to manufacturing processing,…

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BP uses IIoT technology to monitor for leaks at its chemical production center in Geel, Belgium.

Internet of Things Information in Three Dimensions

Friday, April 29, 2016

Engineering software maker Autodesk is making its move into the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) with its recent release of a cloud-based platform for the technology. IIoT could…

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Maplesoft announces product partnership with SolidWorks

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Maplesoft today announced that it has now become a Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Certified Solutions Partner. This is a progression of the relationship between the two companies that has…

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Isight is an open system for integrating design and simulation models created with various CAD, analysis and other software applications, to automate the execution of hundreds or thousands of simulations.

Analysis Software for Everyday Engineers

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A panel of experts gathered at an engineering conference called for software that allows everyday engineers to quickly analyze how a range of phenomena would affect design performance….

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openBoM creates a bill of materials in the cloud that a small hardware startup can link to manufacturers and others.

Cloud BOMs

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Taking bill of materials management into the cloud allows small engineering companies—such as hardware startups–and contract manufacturers to track and share data and offers easy BOM data import…

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CAD-in-the-cloud moves closer to real-time sharing

Friday, April 8, 2016

by Jean Thilmany, Contributing Editor “The roughly $9 billion CAD market remains very fragmented and stuck in the old desktop paradigm,” said Jon Hirschtick, Onshape founder and chairman…

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Design space exploration: Adoption drivers, adoption constraints, potential adoption accelerators

Thursday, April 7, 2016

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research Design space exploration today is enjoying ever-increasing levels of recognition, adoption and successful application to help solve some the world’s most difficult…

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