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 Jeff's MCAD Blogging  by Jeff Rowe
Jeff Rowe
Wohlers Report 2015 and the State of the 3D Printing Industry
An independent consulting firm and industry source that we know quite well, Wohlers Associates, Inc., recently released the Wohlers Report 2015, the company’s annual detailed analysis of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing worldwide. …

 Shape Your World  by Jessica Skorut
Jessica Skorut
3D Printed Girl Scout Cookie
Our Santa Ana, CA office was buzzing with fun and giggles last week. We welcomed an Irvine Girl Scout Troop to get an insider’s look at custom design and 3D printers in action. 11 troop members, aged only 8-9yrs old, were all but shy when it came …

 Re-Use Your CAD  by Jennifer Herron
Jennifer Herron
SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Focus on MBD
Now at home in sunny Denver, CO after attending SOLIDWORKS World in sunny Phoenix, AZ held February 8-12, 2015, I reflect on the week. There were cookies, coffee, countless training and educational sessions, cute 2-wheeled jumping robots to …

 MCADCafe Guest Blog  by Tom Salomone
Tom Salomone
Workstation Upgrades – Why Do I Need to Upgrade, and When is the Optimal Time to Do So?
Just like your recurring six-month dental check-up is critical to ensuring your oral health or your 6,000-mile oil change is key to keeping your engine running smoothly, upgrading your workstation is crucial to the health of your business. Yet in …

 MCADCafe Lens  by Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Mindset: Tools to Anticipate, Plan for, and Create the Future
Article source: Autodesk University This is a presentation from the 2014 Autodesk University. Read the rest of this entry »

 CAD/CAM Tips & Tricks  by Jared Conway
Jared Conway
XP Apocalypse – What It Means for SOLIDWORKS Users
Windows XP: Tested, tried, and true. It’s so trusted that when Windows Vista became available in 2007, Microsoft extended XP’s planned lifecycle by almost double the normal length to continue supporting the large number of companies who remained …

 DesignShowcase  by Pavak Mehta
Pavak Mehta
Design optimization helps reduce engineering time and increase fatigue life of refrigerant lines on a new generation of scroll chillers
Preventing fatigue failure of copper refrigerant lines that connect compressors to condenser coils is a critical aspect of designing a new scroll compressor chiller configuration. Traditionally, R&D teams use a combination of physical testing …

 MCADCafe Book Reviews  by Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
“The Finite Element Method for Solid and Structural Mechanics” By Olek Zienkiewicz , Robert Taylor, and David Fox
Article source: Amazon The Finite Element Methodfor Solid and Structural Mechanics is the key text and reference for engineers, researchers and senior students dealing with the analysis and modeling of structures, from large civil …

 Industry Commentary  by Dr. Russ Henke
Dr. Russ Henke
The EDA and MCAD/MCAE Almanac – Nominal Q3 2012 Part B: MCAD/MCAE Industry
Dear faithful blog reader: Please take a few minutes of your valuable time to read the January 31, 2013 article, “The EDA and MCAD/MCAE Almanac - Nominal Q3 2012 Part B: MCAD/MCAE Industry” You may reach the new January 31 Commentary by …

 Scott's MCAD Meringue  by Scott Wertel
Scott Wertel
Gamification in CAD
When most people think of gamification in CAD, they think of slick new GUIs or maybe human interface devices beyond the mouse and keyboard.  Or, they think of using building blocks for design similar to how a Minecraft player may create the …

 The PLM Insider  by Jyotirmoy Dutta
Jyotirmoy Dutta
Poka-Yoke Your PLM Application
A couple of months back I was in a meeting with a group of client business process leaders when the topic of idiot proofing their new PLM system came up. Pretty interesting discussion ensued for some time which led me to think, read and eventually …

 A Mexican MCAD enthusiast  by Javier Hidalgo
Javier Hidalgo
One step further for Humankind
  When I was about to finish my college years, I didn´t really knew what career to study and it took me about a year to decide about Electromechanics Engineering. Now, I’m pretty sure I’ve ever knew. I have to mention that my first Top …

 Emerging Technologies in Design Engineering  by Natarajan Ramamoorthy, Managing Director EGS Computers India Private Limited.
Natarajan Ramamoorthy, Managing Director EGS Computers India Private Limited.
Six Steps in Product Design for Success
Six Steps is all it takes to ensure product success. Statement of Requirement for Fit, Form & Function Design Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (DFMEA) Design Validation for Performance, Value & Reliability Design for Assembly, …

 The Interoperability Advisor  by Jamie Flerlage
Jamie Flerlage
Processes & Metrics – Missing Pieces of the ESI Puzzle (Part 2 of 5)
"The Case for Automated Remastering” is a 5 part series exploring a changing paradigm within Engineering Systems Interoperability (ESI). This latest post explores how processes and metrics can be applied to ESI. Part 2: Processes & …

 PLM & CAD/CAM Survival through Value-Add Dialogue  by Bill Abramson
Bill Abramson
What can happen if you decide to revolutionize the way you work?
Jeffery Katzenberg, American film producer and CEO of DreamWorks Animation was in a recent meeting with Intel executives and suggested a need to “revolutionize the way we work” in order realize the benefits of the technology we have access to …

 Rishi's PLM World  by rishimad
rishimad
Culture change and PLM
There are a multitude of definitions floating around, which define PLM/PDM. I came across one of them as defined by CIMdata, which goes as - "PLM is a strategic business approach that applies a consistent set of business solutions in support of the …


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