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3D Printing Has Payback for Companies of ALL Sizes

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, Northrop Grumman—there is a good chance you recognize all of these names as aerospace and defense powerhouses.

If there is one common trend amongst all of these companies, it is their embracement of 3D printing (3DP) as a legitimate manufacturing tool. Alongside the automotive industry, aerospace and defense industries have been the driving forces behind 3DP’s revolutionary growth.

Aerospace & defense companies are using additive manufacturing increasingly for tooling and end-use parts.

As it turns out the benefits of 3DP are quite universal so what works for large, multi-national corporations can also work for much smaller widget-makers and everyone in-between.

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Playground For Big Kids

Monday, October 27th, 2014

treehouseIn our younger, more impressionable years there seemed to be a mystique surrounding the neighborhood tree house.  Whether it was in your backyard or that of your buddy’s, kids just seem to flock to that box.  Some were just a collection of repurposed refuse while others were well-planned construction masterpieces.  But they all seemed to be consistent in a couple of features; elevation and imagination.

Elevation:   I am not sure if that aspect was overcompensation for the height-challenged youth or just because it was super cool to keep something off of the ground.  Plus it gave us a reason to create stairs, rope pulls and the ever-coveted fire pole!  The elevation also gave us a great way to increase our view of the world.

Imagination:  Many kids have spent countless hours dreaming of different worlds.  Some were playing knights defending castles of medieval times.  Others piloted space ships who were exploring distant planets.  Fire trucks, stage coaches and battlegrounds were all envisioned by its occupants.  It’s amazing how those small boxes could invoke such an imaginative environment.

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SHeLvEd: Behind the Scenes

Monday, October 27th, 2014

This post contains spoilers so be sure to have watched our new 3D printed stop-motion short, SHeLvEd, before reading: SHeLvEd: GoEngineer YouTube

When I was first approached about creating a stop-motion film using 3D printed characters I immediately accepted. “It would be fun,” I thought “…and it will be easy.”
Well the very first thing I learned about filmmaking is that it is not easy. Before I even made it to the technically difficult parts, I was confronted with the surprisingly tough artistic challenges:

  • What is the storyline?
  • Who are the characters and what do they look like?
  • How many explosions should we add?
  • Is the ending happy, sad, confusing, a cliffhanger or all of the above?

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Beyond The Concept

Friday, September 19th, 2014

3DEXPERIENCEUsing SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual for the first time is like the first time you used an iPhone after having that state of the art flip phone. Stepping into the Single Modeling Environment (SME) is like seeing your favorite games, email, calendar, and music on the same screen for the first time. The SME allows you to switch from a multi body part to an assembly with the click of a single button without the interface really changing at all. As a long time CAD user with all of the preconceived notions of what a file or assembly structure should look like, I am not sure that I really grasp the intricacies of what this change in thought process can actually provide. I have tried to force myself to expand my thought process into how this would change my daily workflow, but feel as though I am just barley scratching the surface. It plays very well into the intuitive pillar; you don’t have to think about file structure as part of the design process. When you have spent so much time concerning yourself with sub assembly structure this is a concept that may take some time to fully understand.

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Inglorious Administrators

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Glory comes in one form with data management – Automation.

In a huge corporate demonstration with executives looking on and a hundred thousand on the line, the only “oohs” and “aahs” you’ll hear are the ones connected to productivity gain. Everyone at that level loves to see labor intensive tasks that today, take several steps and possibly a dedicated human resource, reduced to a right click menu option.

For example, let’s take an EPDM admin that supports an engineering group. He may get a small pat on the back for building in the ever essential revision control… But, watch their eyes light up when automated emails and electronic signatures are brought online.

From the top of the organization to the end CAD user, automation is king. We’ve seen some really slick automation over the years and then we’ve seen some downright brilliance. Whether from our own implementation specialists or from customer administrators, the following examples are sure to please.
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Shape Up The Way You Search With EXALEAD OnePart

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

3DExperience-272x300Many of our GoEngineer customers already know me; I’ve been helping you with your Data Management issues for years. There is much more to Data Management than Revision Control, Change Processes, and Collaboration, it is also about organizing and finding your data.

One of the biggest challenges with the massive amounts of data generated by companies and individuals these days, is that it can be very tough to organize, and even tougher to search. You inevitably end up making multiple copies of your files (compounding the size of your dataset) and probably have them saved in various locations – perhaps one copy in your PDM system, another copy on a network drive for the shop floor, and a 3rd PDF that’s stored and managed in your PLM system.

It’s great that you’re already using tools like PDM and PLM, but there hasn’t been a way to search all 3 sources simultaneously, in the same interface, without building a homegrown/custom search tool to do so.

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Developing Better Products is a “Piece of Cake”

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

I’m not much of a baker, but I can follow instructions reasonably well. If I wanted to bake aPLM1 cake, I could find a recipe, buy the specified ingredients, mix them together and bake for the recommended period of time. By following a recipe, I would increase the chances that the end result actually looks and tastes like cake! Just as a recipe provides the detailed instructions to make a quality cake, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems provide the information and instructions to design quality products. Whether your company makes medical devices, industrial equipment, laptops, cell phones or other consumer products – PLM provides a secure, centralized database to manage the entire product record into a “Single Record of the Truth”. This ensures you can design and manufacture high quality products and get them to market fast and efficiently.

Agile PLM allows companies to aggregate all the components, documentation, software, engineering drawings and Bill of Material (BOM) into one system. The BOM can be thought of as the product recipe for your finished product. It may include off-the-shelf and custom parts, software and firmware, documentation, and both mechanical and electrical CAD drawings so that every aspect of the product configuration is controlled. Within the BOM view of Agile, users gain immediate insight into whether there are attached documents, pending change orders or quality issues against any level of an assembly. Users may quickly traverse the BOM to view any of the associated records or attachments. User-defined security roles and privileges ensure adherence with corporate security policies, configuration management practices and regulatory compliance initiatives. Internal and external collaboration is enabled to allow individuals, departments and partners the appropriate level of access to product information.

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On-Demand Communication For Design Teams

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Social, connected, conceptual, and instinctive are the four pillars of the 3DEXPERIENCE—the next step for the design community!

We should all know what these words mean on their own, but how does that definition change in the context of the design environment?

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How Small Businesses Invest in Technology Part 3: Business-centric Companies

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The Pioneer Spirit Prevails!

For hundreds of years, ordinary people have forged new paths, pioneering ahead of the masses to find new ways—explorers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Every field of study has those special individuals who show us better & brighter ideas. Some of my revered pioneers are a little eclectic: Leonardo da Vinci, Eli Whitney, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Erle Halliburton, Ray Kroc, Ed Malzahn, among many others.

I am proud to say that I’ve had the opportunity to work for companies founded by two of these greats. (more…)

Design without worrying about the process

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

3DExperienceDare to dream: collaborative design with socially connected projects that facilitate design iteration. Wouldn’t that be nice? I know that I could have personally benefited from this concept numerous times. Today we will answer some of the questions that I know a lot of you will have, because I had them myself.

 

Let’s start with the basics. What is the 3DEXPERIENCE? I have heard several people refer to it as the Facebook for SOLIDWORKS users. There is something to that, but not in the way that you might think. Facebook has forever changed the way that we interact with our social groups.   In a similar way, the 3DEXPERIENCE is going to change the way that we interact and work as design teams. You probably won’t see videos of cats jumping into walls in the 3DEXPERIENCE unless, of course, your company designs cat retention systems.

 

3DEXPERIENCE is a platform that allows users to interact with task specific apps, update colleagues, and capture other ideas as they happen.


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