Tuesday September 2, 2014

3D CAD News

MSC Rolls Out New Releases of Marc 2014 and Adams 2014

The nonlinear beam implementation in Adams 2014 makes it easier for users to add nonlinear compliance and contact behaviors to the model, without affecting simulation speed.

The developers at MSC Software have been busy this summer. The Newport Beach, CA-based developer of multidiscipline simulation software has made two major product announcements this month, releasing new versions of Marc nonlinear FEA software and Adams multi-body dynamics simulation software. Let’s start with Marc 2014, which is used by product engineers for nonlinear and multiphysics simulations of engineering parts, ranging from automotive parts to rubber components to... Read More

Are Engineering Drawings Dead?

With all the advancements in 3D CAD, are engineering drawings going to eventually be obselete?

Mark Twain once famously said, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” If engineering drawings collectively had a voice, they might say the same thing. With product developers increasingly transitioning to 3D CAD systems, many have predicted that engineering drawings would go the way of landlines, printed maps and VCRs. Engineers–once better known as draftsmen–spent decades perfecting the precision needed to create 2D drawings that represented... Read More

3D PDFs Provide Easy Way to Share CAD Data

Easily create 3D PDFS to share 3D CAD data, such as part lists, with others, even non-technical people using the Lattice Technologies' solution.

Earlier this week in this blog, I discussed how users can maximize their investments in 3D CAD systems by sharing their CAD data with downstream data consumers, such as documentation, assembly, manufacturing, quality, sales and marketing personnel. Sharing technical data with these people can speed up all of the supporting activities that accompany product development and assist with getting products to market successfully. So the question arises, what is the best way to share... Read More

Leveraging the Value of 3D Design Data

Make it easier for non-technical users to create associative 2D and 3D product communication deliverable directly from your 3D CAD data using products, such as SolidWorks Composer shown here.

Software vendors spend a lot of time and money touting the value of 3D CAD software though most of the attention is paid to the actual design process. After all, this is where engineers and designers focus most of their efforts and where the innovative designs are conceived and realized through the use of 3D CAD software. Ideas are proposed, explored, vetted, and flushed out during the important conceptual design phase. Then engineers take those evolving concepts and convert... Read More

SolidThinking Introduces Inspire 2014

SolidThinking Inspire 2014 software enables design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily, leading to reductions in cost, development time, material consumption, and product weight.

Engineers and designers are under constant pressure to design innovative products. They are also under the gun to get these new products to market faster than ever. In order to empower them to accomplish these goals, design and simulation software tools are being increasingly used to optimize products early in the conceptual phase of development, when ideas can be vetted and changes can be made easily and at less cost than late-stage design changes. One such software tool is... Read More

Autodesk Ships Nastran 2015, Nastran In-CAD 2015

Autodesk Nastran is an industry-recognized FEA solver for analyzing linear and nonlinear stress, dynamics and heat transfer characteristics of structures and mechanical components.

There’s been a big push by simulation software vendors to get engineers and designers to start incorporating analysis tools into their product development processes. High-end simulation tools have traditionally been used by specialists or analysts who’s jobs are to run design geometry–created by engineers–through their paces using analysis tools to validate that designs will be structurally sound and will operate as intended once built. The motive is obvious.... Read More

New Technologies Ushering in the Maker Movement


by Barb Schmitz, Senior Editor Over the past several years, there’s been a confluence of new technologies that have given birth to a trend referred to as the “maker” movement, or the democratization of design. Members of this movement, the so-called “makers,” are people who can conceive, design and build products, with a healthy assist from advances in both software and hardware. The act of “making”—the next generation of inventing and do-it-yourself—is creeping... Read More

National Instruments Releases LabVIEW 2014

LabVIEW 2014 system design software helps scientists and engineers acquire, analyze and visualize data sets faster so they can make more informed decisions faster.

Amid great fanfare and a huge crowd of enthusiastic users, National Instruments released LabVIEW 2014 at its annual NI Week 2014 conference in Austin, Texas. The software has helped engineers and scientists acquire, analyze and visualize data sets since the software was originally released back in 1986. LabVIEW 2014 offers users a host of upgrades in functionality to enable them to make better informed decisions earlier. The new release standardizes the way users interact with... Read More

The Benefits of Intelligent Part Numbering

It's important for all companies to evaluate the pros and cons of part numbering schemes.

Companies–both large and small–must manage increasingly large amounts of data. Within engineering departments, this might include drawings, part files, and lots of other files that represent products. Keeping track of this data is difficult without some type of file management system in place, however, statistics show that the majority of companies continue to manage their data–often inefficiently–without any type of system in place. Reasons behind why... Read More

9 Steps to Better Brainstorming

There's a right way and wrong way to harness the selective insight of brainstorming groups.

Innovation is quickly become the differentiator between market success and absolute failure in product design. Consumers have a plethora of choices today and are increasingly looking for products that are tailored to their specific needs and tastes. In addition, traditional manufacturers are being challenged by a new breed of competitors, those being smaller, more nimble companies and startups empowered by crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platforms and inexpensive rapid manufacturing... Read More


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Siemens NX Helps University Design Better Soccer Players

Researchers at Graz University of Technology in Austria are using Siemens NX software to design robots to be superior soccer players.

With all the excitement at full tilt with the 2014 FIFA World Cup underway in Brazil, the whole world seems to have gone soccer-crazy, with many people hitting local fields to practice their own ball-handling skills. At Graz University of Technology in Austria, that includes robots. The university is designing and building robots to be […]



The failed promise of parametric CAD, final chapter: A viable solution

Model reuse

What is the failed promise of parametric CAD? In short, model reuse. It’s a lot more difficult than it ought to be, for a variety of reasons. Several months back, I wrote a series of articles discussing those reasons, as well as some of the solutions that have come up over the years.  What was missing […]



GrabCAD Announces Integration with PTC Creo and Workbench Summer 2014 Release

GrabCAD Workbench is a cloud-based file management platform that makes it easier for users to manage and share CAD files.

It appears the folks at GrabCAD have been quite busy. The Cambridge-based startup is making two significant announcements today: the integration of its Workbench cloud-based file management platform with PTC Creo CAD software and the release of Workbench Summer 2014. Since PTC Live Global was just held this week in Boston, we’ll start with that […]



Dassault Updates 3DEXPERIENCE Portfolio with Release 2014x

Connect instantly to collaborate with other SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual users through chat, screen capture, and on-screen annotation.

One of the CAD giants, Dassault Systemes, announces the latest release of its 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s on-premise and on-the-cloud portfolio of solutions. Release 2014x of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, available to all customers on February 24, includes an on-premise portfolio of 41 industry solutions and their 183 processes, plus a dedicated cloud portfolio of 14 industry solutions, […]