Tuesday September 16, 2014

Autodesk Aims to Tackle Collaboration Challenges with A360

The A360 dashboard gives users a view of recent activity streams for all active projects.

Despite advances in nearly every area of product development technology, effective collaboration still seems to be a struggle for manufacturers. The tools that enable safe and efficient collaboration–both internally and externally–between design teams and their partners, suppliers and internal design participants have been sorely lacking. As a result, engineers and designers... Read More

Looking Under the Hood of SolidWorks 2015


A large group of editors, bloggers, users and analysts from across the country converged in Boston last week to hear all the details of the highly anticipated release of SolidWorks 2015. With SolidWorks 2015, the company focused on providing its users with a wider range of choices for improving everyday productivity, optimizing work processes, reducing operating costs, and solving... Read More

3D printed #cast for the social media age


FATHOM, an advanced technology driven company with an expertise in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, released #CAST. Pronounced Hash Cast, it’s the new way to customize your broken arm cast with personal messages aggregated from your family and friends through social media. Using the latest in advanced manufacturing technologies and 3D CAD software, an arm can be 3D... Read More

MSC Rolls Out New Releases of Marc 2014 and Adams 2014

The nonlinear beam implementation in Adams 2014 makes it easier for users to add nonlinear compliance and contact behaviors to the model, without affecting simulation speed.

The developers at MSC Software have been busy this summer. The Newport Beach, CA-based developer of multidiscipline simulation software has made two major product announcements this month, releasing new versions of Marc nonlinear FEA software and Adams multi-body dynamics simulation software. Let’s start with Marc 2014, which is used by product engineers for nonlinear and... Read More

Are Engineering Drawings Dead?

With all the advancements in 3D CAD, are engineering drawings going to eventually be obselete?

Mark Twain once famously said, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” If engineering drawings collectively had a voice, they might say the same thing. With product developers increasingly transitioning to 3D CAD systems, many have predicted that engineering drawings would go the way of landlines, printed maps and VCRs. Engineers–once better known... Read More

3D PDFs Provide Easy Way to Share CAD Data

Easily create 3D PDFS to share 3D CAD data, such as part lists, with others, even non-technical people using the Lattice Technologies' solution.

Earlier this week in this blog, I discussed how users can maximize their investments in 3D CAD systems by sharing their CAD data with downstream data consumers, such as documentation, assembly, manufacturing, quality, sales and marketing personnel. Sharing technical data with these people can speed up all of the supporting activities that accompany product development and assist... Read More

Leveraging the Value of 3D Design Data

Make it easier for non-technical users to create associative 2D and 3D product communication deliverable directly from your 3D CAD data using products, such as SolidWorks Composer shown here.

Software vendors spend a lot of time and money touting the value of 3D CAD software though most of the attention is paid to the actual design process. After all, this is where engineers and designers focus most of their efforts and where the innovative designs are conceived and realized through the use of 3D CAD software. Ideas are proposed, explored, vetted, and flushed out during... Read More

SolidThinking Introduces Inspire 2014

SolidThinking Inspire 2014 software enables design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily, leading to reductions in cost, development time, material consumption, and product weight.

Engineers and designers are under constant pressure to design innovative products. They are also under the gun to get these new products to market faster than ever. In order to empower them to accomplish these goals, design and simulation software tools are being increasingly used to optimize products early in the conceptual phase of development, when ideas can be vetted and changes... Read More

Autodesk Ships Nastran 2015, Nastran In-CAD 2015

Autodesk Nastran is an industry-recognized FEA solver for analyzing linear and nonlinear stress, dynamics and heat transfer characteristics of structures and mechanical components.

There’s been a big push by simulation software vendors to get engineers and designers to start incorporating analysis tools into their product development processes. High-end simulation tools have traditionally been used by specialists or analysts who’s jobs are to run design geometry–created by engineers–through their paces using analysis tools to validate... Read More

New Technologies Ushering in the Maker Movement


by Barb Schmitz, Senior Editor Over the past several years, there’s been a confluence of new technologies that have given birth to a trend referred to as the “maker” movement, or the democratization of design. Members of this movement, the so-called “makers,” are people who can conceive, design and build products, with a healthy assist from advances in both software and... Read More