Thursday July 31, 2014

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... 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... Read More

Why CAD Standards are Still Important

Cartoon courtesy of Roger Penwill.

Product developers often caught up in the latest wiz-bang technology on the horizon and often let the simplest and most fundamental things slip between the cracks. Are you busy pondering the infinite possibilities of cloud computing? Or perhaps you’re imaging what will be possible with 3D printing of prototypes? Or thinking over how your company or technology might play into... Read More

ANSYS Releases SCADE v15.2 for Systems Engineering

New functionality in the SCADE system from ANSYS will help systems and software engineering teams drive new levels of collaboration through innovative information exchange with each other and with third-party data repositories.

Efficiently designing complex systems and embedded software applications, which can include sensors, actuators and controllers that run complicated software applications, is a challenge for many companies due to a lack of efficient collaboration among engineering teams and databases. The newly released SCADE System 15.2 from ANSYS solves these challenges by providing new capabilities... Read More

In-House Prototyping: 3D Printer or CNC Machine?

The Mojo desktop printer from Stratasys prints finely resolved models in nine colors.

Physical prototyping of parts has traditionally caused major bottlenecks in the product development cycle. Though somewhat of a necessary evil to build physical prototypes for testing, the process by which they are created causes significant delays in development and drives up over design costs. Traditionally when design teams need a part prototyped, they outsource it to third-party... Read More

How Mass Customization is Changing the Manufacturing Industry

Nike and Puma websites enable users to create customized shoes using a variety of exotic materials and bold patterns.

Henry Ford, once rather famously said, “The customer can have it painted any color he wants, as long as it’s black.” Back in 1909 that type of business model worked. Customers clamored for the low prices offered by economies of scale, rather than a more expensive product that fit their unique needs. Ford was able to meet this demand for affordable cars with a... Read More

Growing Product Complexity Driving Demand for Simulation Software

FEA software, such as ANSYS, enable designers and engineers to assess the structural integrity of designs without having to build costly physical prototyping.

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is an advanced computer simulation technology used in engineering analysis. FEA is primarily a product design and testing technology, which is used to predict structural failures that occur in materials due to unidentified flaws such as stress. Based on finite element method (FEM)) technique, FEA simulations are conducted on parts and assemblies to... Read More

Tech Innovations Spurring Revival of U.S. Manufacturing

GE's Appliance Park in Louisville, KY, is being revamped, thanks to an $800 million investment in jobs, products, and manufacturing to build better, more efficient dishwashers.

A lot has been written in the press lately about the comeback of U.S. manufacturing. Several factors come into play here. Cost creep in China–due to rising inflation and wage expectations–means that as soon as 2015 the U.S. could be in cost parity with Chinese manufacturing. Fears regarding IP security have also forced manufacturers to rethink offshoring strategies... Read More

TransMagic Facilitates 3D CAD Comparison with MagicCheck R2

MagicCheck software quickly opens all major 3D CAD formats, including point data, to compare against the source CAD model and analyze accuracy.

Dealing with the challenges of multi-CAD design environments has become a reality for nearly all product engineers and designers today. It’s nearly impossible to find a company that uses only one CAD system. Even those that do standardize on one system, chances are that they work with suppliers and partners who use a different system, making the ability to work with multi-CAD... Read More

7 Career Advancement Tips for Engineers

To be successful and advance in their jobs, engineers must play an active part in feeding their company's innovation pipeline.

There’s more to being a successful engineer than being good at math and science. Regardless of whether you graduated in May or 20 years ago, there are tips and strategies you can employ to increase your chances of career advancement, some of which might be surprising. So let’s take a look at some of these tips that all engineers can use to assure themselves that their careers... Read More