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Jeffrey Rowe has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of industrial design, mechanical engineering, and manufacturing. On the publishing side, he has written well over 1,000 articles for CAD, CAM, CAE, and other technical publications, as well as consulting in many capacities in the … More »

Happy Holidays From MCADCafe!

December 23rd, 2014 by Jeff Rowe

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year. We’d also like to thank all of our readers and supporters for continuing to make MCADCafe a vital part of the design, engineering, and manufacturing community.

With 2014 coming to a close, we’re unveiling what we’ll be covering in 2015. The calendar below reflects what we think are some of the most important topics for the MCAD community, based on our perceptions, as well as feedback from our readers and other supporters.

The main theme for each month will be covered in an extended article or series of articles so that the topic can be covered in a more comprehensive way. We’ll also be covering some of the major MCAD and related events throughout the year, reporting what we see and hear from vendors, partners, and attendees.

If you have any thoughts on topics you would like to see covered in 2015, feel free to contact me at or 719.221.1867. We encourage and welcome all input and feedback.

We look forward to an exciting 2015 and providing you with the MCAD content you want for improving your design, engineering, and manufacturing processes.

Keep your source for all things MCAD. It’s going to be a great year!

2015 MCADCafe Editorial Calendar of Monthly Topics

January – Education Opportunities For Designers and Engineers, and the importance of STEM

February — CAE Trends — analysis/simulation — FEA, CFD

Show Coverage — SolidWorks World

March — Product Data Management (PDM) & Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for SMBs

April — CAM Trends and CNC programming beyond G-code

Show Coverage — FIRST Robotics Competition (Nationwide)

Show Coverage — COFES

May — Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing

Show Coverage — SME RAPID

Show Coverage — Collaboration/Interoperability Congress

June — Cloud Computing with MCAD Applications

Show Coverage — PTC Pro/USER

July — Open Source CAD/CAM/CAE /PDM/PLMSoftware

August — Industrial Design — practice and trends; Photorealistic Rendering

Show Coverage — SIGGRAPH

September — 3D Scanning/Reverse Engineering/Inspection

Show Coverage — Spatial 3D Summit

October — Mechatronics — The merging and integration of MCAD/ECAD/EDA

November — Maker/DIY Movement

December — CAD/CAM/CAE Industry Trends/Year In Review

Show Coverage — Autodesk University

Throughout the year, and where possible, we will conduct and publish product reviews. Some possibilities include:

  • PTC Creo Apps
  • SolidWorks
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Fusion 360
  • Autodesk ReCap
  • Solid Edge
  • 3D Scanning software
  • HSMWorks
  • Luxion Keyshot
  • SpaceClaim
  • NI LabView
  • Solidthinking (Altair)
  • Alias Designer
  • ZW3D
  • GstarCAD
  • NanoCAD
  • BOXX Desktop and mobile workstations
  • HP Desktop and mobile workstations
  • Dell Desktop and mobile workstations
  • Lenovo Desktop and mobile workstations

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