SolidWorks Visualize renders models into photo-quality images.

SolidWorks to Include Design Guidance; New Visualization Product

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CAD maker SolidWorks teased an online design product now in the development pipeline, introduced its newly available visualization product, and revealed a new licensing structure at SolidWorks World…

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New generation of simulation

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research A new generation of simulation software is bringing novel, powerful approaches to simplifying the setup of analysis problems – the bottleneck where…

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If you draw it, can you print it?

Monday, February 8, 2016

by Jean Thilmany, Contributing Editor 3D printing enables you to reduce part weight, raw material used and cut total energy used in production. But to truly take advantage…

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Dell opened its first Virtual Workstation Center of Excellence in Round Rock, Texas, in March 2014 and opened its first European center, seen here, in Limerick, Ireland, four months later.

Work from Home for Engineers: One Option is Virtual

Thursday, February 4, 2016

SolidWorks is on board with virtualized CAD systems, recognizing the return-on-investment the method of funneling graphics and computer-power from a remote server to onsite desktops can mean for…

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ESPRIT launches new website

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ESPRIT CAD/CAM SOFTWARE enters a new era with the launch of its new brand identity and corporate website, The website showcases an elegant new 3D-style logo that…

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Eyewear maker ClearVision Optical uses SolidWorks Make, which allows customers to design personal eyewear online.

Be Your Own Designer

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SolidWorks Make, released at SolidWorks World 2016, held this week in Dallas, lets consumers personalize their online products and the have those products delivered to their door, said…

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Theorem Solutions is one of the vendors that makes automated CAD migration software for companies that have a great number of CAD files to move to a legacy system.

Maintain Those Legacy CAD Files

Friday, January 22, 2016

CAD and product development knowledge may be walking off the job again and again. That’s what happens when an employee leaves your company, whether to retirement or a…

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Cloud-native CAD will disrupt the PLM platform paradigm

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research An illuminating blog post by Onshape engineering team member Ilya Baran reveals some fundamentals of how the new cloud-native CAD system works:…

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With the uMake app, from the company of the same name, designers can hand-sketch drawings that are automatically converted into geometries.

Freed from Your Desk?

Friday, January 8, 2016

Mobile apps aren’t ideal for everything engineers do, but the engineering user base is definitely growing, as a host of engineering apps attest to. Is the desktop computer…

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Tactile books include 3D images on pages that can be printed at home to help visually impaired children get a feel for popular children's books.

Beyond Trinkets: 3D Printing Pioneers

Monday, December 28, 2015

It’s become customary to say that 3D printing is moving beyond “the printing of trinkets,” meaning the process is now used for much more than the customizable key…

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MSC Software announces SimManager 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

MSC Software Corporation has announced the new release of SimManager 2015. SimManager 2015 brings process enhancements and improved ease of use to MSC Software’s Simulation Process and Data…

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A PLM system can house the designs needed to create a complex system, like an automobile. But managing technical documentation usually happens within another tool, a technical document management system.

PLM Creates Technical Documents, Managing Them is Another Story

Monday, December 21, 2015

Engineered products generate a slew of technical documentation vital to the product itself and those documents must accompany other product information as it passes through the design, production,…

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Mentor Graphics New FloEFD Mesh Visual

Mentor Graphics announces release of FloEFD computational fluid dynamics product

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the latest release of its leading general purpose, front-loading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) FloEFD solution offering greater accuracy and user productivity….

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How simulation helps accelerate the design process

Thursday, December 17, 2015

by Diane Sofranec, Contributing Editor The capability to design, test and validate in the digital world helps get products to market faster for less money. Testing is a…

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COMSOL Expands in Shanghai

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

COMSOL, a provider of multiphysics modeling, simulation, and application design software, announced the expansion of its office in Shanghai, China. A larger facility enables continued expansion and recruitment…

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Autodesk employees work on the first steps of the Hive at Autodesk University in early December. The tensegrity structure was created by robot-human collaboration.

Collaborative Robots and Humans Building Together

Friday, December 11, 2015

Recently, Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO), which performs machining, assembly, and finishing jobs, brought in a small robot to help with those jobs, said Joel Neidig, ITAMCO…

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Autodesk's logo for Autodesk University 2015, held in Las Vegas this week.

Autodesk Previews Cloud Offerings for Developers, Internet of Things

Friday, December 4, 2015

At Autodesk University this week, the design software manufacturer reaffirmed its commitment to provide in 2016nearly all of its products via a cloud-based, subscription service model. Company executives…

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ANSYS Releases New Versions of SpaceClaim and FENSAP-ICE

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Engineers can accelerate product development time and more accurately predict in-flight icing to improve aircraft safety thanks to advancements ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) has delivered with two new product…

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The designers at Bandito Brothers drove a prototype car fitted with thousands of sensors. The numbers the sensors returned led to the design of this unorthodox chassis, perfect for the racecar'.

Coming Soon: Touchy Feely Design Software

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

In the near future, the Internet of Things (IoT), which equips products and systems with sensors that continually monitor, analyze, and send back information about how the product…

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Siemens PLM uses its JT Open 3D file exchange format across all its internal systems. The open standard is increasingly being adopted by Siemens PLM users, including aerospace manufacturers. Still, no one CAD translation standard has emerged.

No Clear CAD Translator

Monday, November 30, 2015

December marks JT data format’s three-year anniversary as an officially published International Organization for Standardization (IOS) specification. So how is it faring in terms of adoption? Pretty well,…

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Comsol Multiphysics Sees Update to Version 5.2

Monday, November 16, 2015

Following its October user conference, Comsol has updated its Comsol Multiphysics package to 5.2 that, as in the previous version, includes an application builder that allows engineers to…

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Theorem Solutions provides tools for large scale automated data migration projects to companies with large volumes of legacy CAD data that needs to be updated and maintained.

Legacy CAD and Engineering Data: Keep it Updated

Monday, November 9, 2015

Legacy information and original drawings are being lost as enterprise software is updated beyond the package used to create the original drawings and as the engineers who made…

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Philip Norman, chief executive officer and technical lead at Ross Robotics showed off a few of his robotic component creations. (Image, Siemens)

With CAD, an Artist Turns to Robots

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Philip Norman came to his job as technical lead at Ross Robotics Ltd., which makes reconfigurable robots, via a most nontechnical avenue: the arts, he told the Solid…

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Sketching with Geometric Accuracy

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The two-dimensional freehand sketching app that corrects for geometry will soon see its beta release, Ken Hosch, director of strategy at Siemens PLM, told the Solid Edge 2015…

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iDraw is now Autodesk Graphic. With the app, you can draw, design, and illustrate engineering, manufacturing, or artistic illustrations.

Drawing Apps for Engineers and Artists

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Though vector drawing apps are usually targeted to designers of all stripes, they can be particularly useful to manufacturing and engineering designers. And they can be fun for…

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CAD and the Internet of Things

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Internet of Things is certainly being hyped, but is it overhyped? We’ll see when the technology becomes mainstream—as business analysts say it will– within a few years’…

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Autodesk Fusion 360 uses the cloud to facilitate collaboration, add upgrades

Thursday, October 15, 2015

by Diane Sofranec, Contributing Editor Your photos, music and movies are stored on the cloud, so why not your CAD designs, too? Autodesk’s Fusion 360 is a cloud-based…

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Tech Applications 2015 Cambashi

Report: AEC Highest Spender on Technical Software

Friday, October 9, 2015

The market for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) technical applications is set for steady growth in the second quarter of 2015, according to a report from the global…

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3D-Printed Extraterrestrials

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

By Mitch Bossart Back in 2009, scientists detected an odd-shaped rock by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity’s panorama camera. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) team spotted the rock,…

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The Evolution of CAD

Monday, June 15, 2015

by Darren Chilton, Program Manager, Product Strategy and Development, solidThinking Designers seeking a solution for creating products for additive manufacturing, look no further than hybrid modelers. Without the…

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