3 Ways to Improve the Development of Product Requirements

Long before the successful launch of any new product, a team is assembled to create a working document that captures all of the product’s requirements. This document encapsulates all the customer’s needs and wants into a definitive description of the new product’s capabilities. Once developed, this becomes the roadmap the design team will follow to […]

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Debating the Most Efficient Way to Go from Concept to Documentation

The conceptual phase of design is the only one within the product development window that must be inherently fluid, and in a sense, should be done in a leisurely manner. What, you ask? The word “leisure” is probably not used often when it comes to designing products, right? OK, let me explain. In order to […]

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3 Ways Engineers can Implement Sustainable Design

Good product designs provide for the needs and desires of its projected users. Increasingly those users want products that don’t just fit their needs, but are good for the environment as well. By adding the principles of sustainable design to the design and manufacturing processes, engineers can not only create products that are more sustainable, […]

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Autodesk Ships Integrated CAM Package For Inventor

There has been a real need in the manufacturing industry among users to have a tightly integrated CAM package that works hand in hand with users’ CAD systems. Users wanted CAM functionality but didn’t want to learn a whole new tool. Today, Autodesk announces that Inventor users now have such a package. Autodesk got to […]

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Product Design with Sustainability in Mind

I think Kermit said it best: “it ain’t easy being green.” This is certainly true of designing greener, or more sustainable, products as well. The good news is that there are many new tools that are making it easier for product designers to keep sustainability front of mind when embarking on the design of a […]

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Dassault Ships Mechanical Conceptual

Though it was announced back in January at SolidWorks World, Dassault Systemes today announces that Mechanical Conceptual is now available. The first SolidWorks application on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Mechanical Conceptual has already been hard at work in production environments at numerous customer sites. Touted to be more social and conceptual, the software is expected to […]

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5 Ways Manufacturers will Benefit from “Big Data”

A recent study released by Business Advantage Group, a B2B research and consultancy based in the U.K., identified some of the key CAD trends in 2014. The company surveyed 409 CAD users and decision makers with the goal of identifying key trends in the CAD sector, both now and over the next five years. Despite […]

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The Role of Associativity in Direct Modeling

When designers and engineers think about design associativity, they often think about history-based 3D modeling systems. CAD software that deploys a history-based approach to modeling requires engineers to anticipate and define feature constraints, relations and dependencies, which ensures that any design change will update all related downstream geometry. That’s design associativity. Though they require a […]

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Autodesk Releases 2015 Design Suites

This week Autodesk rolled out its new Autodesk 2015 Design Suites. What’s new? This release is said to be more tightly integrated with Autodesk cloud services, facilitating users’ ability to collaborate, simulate, analyze–all with just one click from within the suite. The company reports that the 2015 Design Suite includes the most advanced AutoCAD yet, […]

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Altium Partners with Octopart to Help Users Find Electronic Parts Fast

Electronic design teams today are challenged by shorter-then-ever, time-to-market requirements and rapidly fluctuating global markets. To deal with these challenges, engineers must understand and mitigate against supply chain risks during the design process. Around 70-80% of the lifecycle cost for a new product is a direct result of decisions made during the design phase. After […]

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Mentor Graphics Releases Lean NPI Solution for PCB Design

Nearly all products today—ranging from cars to toys to medical devices—contain some type of on-board electronics. The integration of electronic components in products complicates the design process because it requires the unification of what has traditionally been viewed as two diverse disciplines: electrical and mechanical engineering. Electronics are increasingly being incorporated into products as manufacturers […]

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Virtalis Introduces Visionary Render Immersive Design Software

Without officially dating myself, I can say that I’ve been researching and writing about virtual reality (VR) technology since its inception. We all wrote about the exciting predictions about how the technology would revolutionize the way product designers created new products. Imagine designing a product within that product’s environment? No interface between input device and […]

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SpaceClaim Adds Support for 3D Printing

It seems nearly hourly a story about 3D printing is hitting the newswires and showing up in blogs, on Twitter or in the mainstream media. The applications of 3D printing are widely varied, from 3D printed chocolates to cars to houses to perfectly fitted prosthetics. It seems that the possibilities for 3D printing are nearly […]

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Which 3D Modeling Tools are Best to Use For Concept Design?

In today’s highly competitive markets, the ability of a manufacturer to develop successful, innovative products often hinges on how well it fosters, fleshes out and evolves new ideas and concepts into new products. The problem with this conceptual design phase of development is that engineers and designers often struggle with what tools are best to […]

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Kubotek Ships KeyCreator 2014 v12.5 Direct CAD Software

We’ve talked a lot on 3D CAD World about the various 3D modeling paradigms, history-based and direct modeling. Last week, we took a closer look at SpaceClaim’s direct modeling software, SpaceClaim Engineer 2014. Another 3D CAD software that’s known for its direct approach to modeling is Kubotek’s KeyCreator software. Now a new release of the […]

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Siemens Releases Parasolid v26.1

Quietly working behind the scenes of every CAD/CAM/CAE software is a 3D geometric modeling kernel, basically the brains behind the software that enable it to perform the complex modeling commands needed by its users. As such, end users typically don’t focus on buying CAD software based on what kernel the software uses, but on the […]

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MecSoft releases VisualXPORT 2014 for SolidWorks

MecSoft Corporation, the developer of computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software solutions, has announced VisualXPORT 2014 for SolidWorks. VisualXPORT for SolidWorks is a direct plug-in for SolidWorks, letting users export their parts in VisualMILL formatted files (.vcp). The solution provides an enhanced workflow for companies that design in SolidWorks and use VisualMILL in their manufacturing process. […]

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Looking Under the Hood of SketchUp 2014

Engineers and designers have always struggled with which design tools are best to use to capture concepts during the early conceptual phase of product development. The concept design is one of the most important phases of the entire product development process. It is here when new product ideas are tossed around, flushed out, vetted, discussed, […]

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Preparing Models for Simulation: Which 3D Modeling Paradigm is Best?

Simulation technology has its origins in the labs of universities and specialists groups within the aeronautics and automotive industries. Today, however, simulation software has moved from research labs into mainstream product design and engineers and designers are increasingly using simulation tools to guide their design choices. How simulation tools are used today As designs progress […]

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Introducing solidThinking Evolve 2014

The Next Generation of Industrial Design Software is Here! solidThinking Evolve 2014 See it live in our FREE Webinar With the release of solidThinking Evolve 2014, we have introduced a new level of usability and efficiency. Model and render like never before with our class-leading new features. solidThinking Evolve builds on our prior releases by […]

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5 Surprising 2014 Worldwide CAD Trends

An interesting study has just been released by Business Advantage Group, a B2B research and consultancy based in the U.K. I thought some of the results of the survey were surprising and worth sharing. The company surveyed 409 CAD users and decision makers with the goal of identifying key trends in the CAD sector, both […]

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The Challenges of Model Editing in the Multi-CAD World

In today’s world, most engineers and designers are now accustomed to dealing with CAD data created in other CAD systems. With design collaboration with suppliers, partners, and customers being a key component of today’s product design, the use of multiple CAD systems has become the norm. As a result, companies must become proficient at working […]

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Taking a Closer Look at SpaceClaim Engineer 2014

Last week Design World hosted a very successful webinar entitled, “The Pros and Cons of 3D Modeling Paradigms,” during which industry experts discussed the benefits and downsides of each modeling paradigm–history-based and direct modeling–and areas of product development each are best suited. Though most of you already know the basics of each approach, here’s a […]

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Behavioral Changes Needed to Switch from History-based to Direct Modeling

Participants in yesterday’s “The Pros and Cons of History-based and Direct Modeling Paradigms” webinar heard from three leading experts on the strengths and weaknesses of both modeling approaches as well as where each modeling approach shines throughout the product development process. We learned that both tools are useful though some are better suited for particular […]

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Kenesto PLM Platform Re-launched

Yesterday I had to opportunity to be reintroduced to the relaunched Kenesto, the company headed up by Mike Payne, one of the more renowned and revered figures in the CAD world, having started PTC and SolidWorks (then SpaceClaim). Pretty much anything that Mike is involved in draws interest from the industry and Kenesto is no […]

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