MCADCafe Weekly Review November 2nd, 2015

As modern 3D CAD applications allow for the creation of 3D dimensions and annotations (PMI/FTA/GD&T) along with multiple model views and layouts and other product information within the 3D CAD data set for both components and assemblies, the risk of error is greatly reduced. Now that all of the product definition information can be created using these 3D Model Based Definition (MBD) methods, an alternative and completely digital method replacing the traditional 2D drawing creation process is achievable.

Theorem’s Visualize 3D and Publish 3D suite of products, along with the latest versions of CADverter and Multi-CAD provide improved support for information supporting the Model Based Definition (MBD) process, helping to streamline manufacturing into a paper free process by publishing an information rich 3D CAD model that fully defines a product.

Should Feds Fund U.S. Manufacturing Innovation?
October 30, 2015  by Jeff Rowe

Late last year I started following a federal-level initiative that’s been around a while on establishing manufacturing hubs (known as institutes) around the country specializing in specific areas of expertise.

Some of these hubs include:

  • Chicago, IL – digital manufacturing and design innovation
  • Detroit, MI – lightweight materials
  • Raleigh, NC – semiconductor technology
  • Youngstown, OH – additive manufacturing
  • Knoxville, TN – advanced composite materials
  • San Jose, CA – flexible hybrid electronics

Together, this is known as the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). This network may expand to as many as 16 institutes (there are currently seven to nine, depending on who you talk to) by the end of 2016. The vision is for an eventual total of 45 institutes, although no target date has been set for that goal, but a decade sounds about right.

Theorem products get a rebrand
October 27, 2015  by Katharine Edmonds

Due to the nature of design in manufacturing companies, there is no one standard CAD, Visualization or Publishing system. Manufacturers and their supply chains often have different systems in place, sometimes within the same four walls of the company. Each of these has particular nuances and they store their design information in widely differing formats.

Theorem’s extensive product portfolio has undergone a complete rebrand with a view to differentiate products into new families that simplify and streamline the process for the user to select the correct solution for their needs, whether that’s CAD to CAD, CAD to STEP, CAD to Visualization or CAD to Publishing.

As technology has evolved and the performance capabilities of computers has dramatically improved, it has enabled a much wider set of use cases and applications to be commercially and technically viable. However, these different use cases and applications require different types of 3D data in order to work. Sometimes the differences in the 3D data are subtle, in other cases the differences are significant.

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