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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 Ahead: 2017 MCADCafe Editorial Lineup

November 24th, 2016 by Jeff Rowe

It’s almost the end of November, so with just over a month left of this year, it’s not too early to start thinking about what we’ll be covering in 2017. The calendar below reflects what we perceive as some of the most important topics today, 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 events throughout the year, reporting what we see and hear from vendors, partners, and attendees.

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 you have any thoughts of topics you would like to see covered in 2015, feel free to contact me at or 719.221.1867.

We look forward to an exciting 2017and providing you with the MCAD content you want most for improving your design, engineering, and manufacturing processes.

Keep your source for all things MCAD because 2017 is going to be a great year!

2017 MCADCafe Editorial Calendar of Monthly Topics

January 2017 – CAM Trends

February 2017 — Cloud Computing with MCAD Applications

Show Coverage — SolidWorks World 2017

March 2017 — Product Data Management (PDM) & Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for SMBs

April 2017 — 3D Scanning and Reverse Engineering

Show Coverage — COFES

May 2017 – 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

Show Coverage — SME RAPID

Show Coverage – PTC LiveWorx

June 2017 – The Internet of Everything

Show Coverage – HxGN Live

July 2017 – Metrology and Inspection

Show Coverage — CMSC

August 2017 — Industrial Design

Show Coverage — SIGGRAPH

September 2017 – CAM Trends PartII

Show Coverage – Westec

Show Coverage – EMO

October 2017 — Mechatronics — The Convergence of MCAD/ECAD/EDA In Product Design

Show Coverage – 3D CIC

November 2017 — Maker/DIY Movement

Show Coverage — Fabtech

Show Coverage — Autodesk University

December 2017 — 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
  • AR/VR systems
  • Desktop and mobile workstations, and tablets

We Have A Winner!

Last week at our exhibition booth at Autodesk University we solicited business cards from attendees for a chance at winning a random drawing for a Kindle Fire.

Our randomly chosen winner was Steve Peterie who has been using AutoCAD since 1993. Currently, he is the Design Manager for O’Reilly Auto Parts and has been with the company for over 20 years. He uses AutoCAD every day to design site layouts and floor plans for new store and Distribution Centers. He also oversees all the architects and engineers for all new store growth in 47 states.

Congratulations Steve!

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