MCADCafe Weekly Review February 2nd, 2015

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 your experience using CAD applications, have you ever thought about why you need to upgrade your workstation, and if there is a real timetable you should follow? If so, here are four things to consider:

January 30, 2015  by Tandy Banks

The gap in work force skills in the United States today is becoming alarming.  Our country and industries were built upon the hard work of our parents and grandparents. One of history’s largest generations is exiting the workplace in droves as the Baby-boomers retire.  Over the next 10 years, there will be a huge hole left in our manufacturing and engineering industries.  Many of the skills and knowledge that were taught to the baby boomers are no longer present in our education system – things have changed!

With what seems like forever, we have witnessed the ongoing and perpetual consolidation of the CAD industry as companies continue to get swallowed up by others. Some of the acquisitions have been successful and some, well, not so much. We’ve witnessed CAD companies acquiring CAD companies, simulation companies acquiring CAD companies, and other types of technical software and service companies acquiring CAD companies. With all the attention seemingly focused on the CAD side, it’s sometimes easy to forget that there also has been a significant consolidation through acquisition on the CAM side, as well the past several years. Let’s take a quick look at a few of these acquisitions as the CAM circle continues to get smaller.

Edgecam 2014 R1 Workflow

Spotlight On MCADCafe at SOLIDWORKS World 2015
January 28, 2015  by Jeff Rowe

We go to and participate in several engineering software conferences every year, and one of our favorites this year (as it has been for several years) is SOLIDWORKS World 2015. This year’s event takes place February 8-11, 2015 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ.

At SOLIDWORKS World 2015, we’ll be in Booth #405 covering the show from wire to wire. We’re also recording video interviews of Dassault Systemes personnel, as well as several exhibiting partners. If your company is exhibiting at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 and you would like to arrange a video interview, contact Sanjay Gangal at 408.850.9202 or

MBD and CAD Re-use Workshop at SolidWorks World
January 27, 2015  by Jennifer Herron

J.B. Herron Presenting at SolidWorks World 2015

Do you use 2D flat drawings to communicate your product designs? Does it make sense to hand over a 3D model to your manufacturer? Do you know how to take advantage of the SolidWorks software suite to enable your organization to leap into a model-centric product definition world?

Do you need more educational support on MBD and MBE and how it might affect your design world? This is a great place to ruminate on the topic, and ask specific questions from someone who has used the tools in her own designs, and also has a big picture strategic view of MBE.

On Wednesday February 11th, 2015 1:30-2:30 at the Phoenix Convention Center, Jennifer Herron will be sharing the vision on Model-Based Definition (MBD) and CAD Re-use within the SolidWorks and Enterprise PDM software suite.

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