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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 »

Looking At The Remainder: 2016 MCADCafe Editorial Calendar of Topics

February 11th, 2016 by Jeff Rowe

It’s already mid February, and with two months well on their way to being history this year, it’s not too late to tell our readers about what we’ll be covering for the remainder of 2016. The MCADCafe editorial calendar below reflects what we perceive as some of the most important topics today, as well as feedback from our readers and other supporters with what they feel is important and relevant.

The main theme for each month will be covered in an extended article or series of articles so that the topic can be covered more comprehensively.

We’ll also be covering some of the major MCAD events throughout the year, reporting what we see and hear from vendors, partners, and attendees. All of the events we attend will include daily written coverage and Tweets throughout event days, as well as video and audio interviews.

If there is anything we missed or if you have any thoughts of topics or events you would like to see covered in 2016, feel free to contact me directly at or 719.221.1867. I’m always open to suggestions and new ideas!

We look forward to an exciting 2016 and providing you with the MCAD content you want most for improving your design, engineering, and manufacturing processes and top and bottom lines.

Keep your source for all things MCAD because 2016 promises to be a great year!

2016 MCADCafe Editorial Calendar of Monthly Topics

February — Cloud Computing with MCAD Applications

Show Coverage — SolidWorks World 2016

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

April — 3D Scanning/Reverse Engineering/Inspection

Show Coverage — FIRST Robotics Competition (Nationwide)

Show Coverage — COFES

May — Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing

Show Coverage — SME RAPID

Show Coverage — OSCON

June – The Internet of Everything

Show Coverage — PTC LiveWorx

Show Coverage – HxGN Live

July — Open Source CAD/CAM/CAE /PDM/PLM Software

Show Coverage — CMSC

August — Industrial Design — practice and trends

Show Coverage — SIGGRAPH

Show Coverage — IDSA International Conference

September – CAM Trends

Show Coverage – IMTS 2016

October — Mechatronics — The integration of MCAD/ECAD/EDA in product design

November — Maker/DIY Movement

Show Coverage – Maker events throughout the year

Show Coverage — Autodesk University

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

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

  • Multi-platform apps
  • CAD software
  • CAM software
  • CAE software
  • Cloud-based software
  • Online educational opportunities for engineers
  • 3D scanning and point cloud processing software
  • Rendering software
  • VR systems
  • Desktop and mobile workstations, and tablets

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