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    How to Upgrade Your CAD Hardware for a Better Design Experience

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Jan 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

    Upgrading your CAD hardware and tools can be a significant investment, but a necessary one for professionals hoping to up their game. Investing in newer, high-performance tools and software comes with a price tag, but it also comes with plenty of benefits, including:

    • Enhanced comfort
    • Improved accuracy and precision
    • Improved credibility in the eyes of clients and stakeholders
    • Higher-quality designs and final products 

    Keep reading to learn how you can upgrade your CAD hardware for a better design experience.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Comfort & Ergonomics

    3D Technology in Construction: The Next Big Breakthrough

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Jan 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM

    Engineers in the aerospace and automotive, and medical industries continuously seek new ways to incorporate 3D technology into their work. Now, those in the construction industry are following suit.

    3D technology is changing the way engineers in the construction industry plan, model, scale and construct structures. Today, engineers can take their ideas from paper to reality by using 3D printing to plan construction projects, develop prototypes and build physical structures.

    As the construction industry becomes increasingly automated and driven by 3D design, engineers will need to learn how to work alongside 3D technology to control costs, reduce waste and maintain an upper hand on the competition.

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D CAD

    4 Easy Exercises for Pain-Free CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    Facing tight deadlines and pressures to innovate, engineers often spend long hours working in CAD. However, repetitive typing and clicking can put strain on your hands and wrists. If you do not take proper precautions to prevent pain, excessive straining can lead to stiffness, long-term injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome, which could ultimately jeopardize your career.

    Below, we provide four exercises to reduce discomfort and prevent long-term injury while working in CAD.

    1. Spider Stretch

    Stretching can help prevent cramping and keep your wrists loose and relaxed while working in CAD. The spider stretch exercises the median nerve, which becomes irritated in individuals who have carpal tunnel syndrome.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Comfort & Ergonomics

    4 Common Challenges for Remote Teams—and How to Overcome Them

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 21, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    Remote work has grown in popularity across the world. In fact, more than 50 percent of the U.S. workforce has a job that allows them to at least partially telework, or remote work. The benefits of remote work are endless: increased productivity, convenient or flexible scheduling and more. But, even the best concepts have their faults.

    Remote teams are likely to encounter a handful of challenges. We’ve rounded up the top four for CAD and engineering professionals, and how to overcome them.

    1. Adjusting to Time Zones

    Like many engineering and CAD firms, some of your team members, clients or other partners may be states away, or overseas. Varying time zones can lead to challenges when trying to schedule calls or meetings, communication via email or simply getting in a rhythm when editing and delivering work. 

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity

    As a CAD Professional, Is Wireless Right for You?

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 18, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    Nowadays, nearly every business equips their employees with the technology for them to succeed not only in the office, but out of the office, too. CAD professionals and companies are no different.

    With work environments changing and more CAD professionals becoming mobile, there is an increasing need for wireless CAD technology. But, how do you know if wireless is right for you? Consider the following scenarios and read on for benefits of some of today’s top wireless CAD hardware.

    You May Be a Part of a Flexible Workplace

    By now, you’ve probably heard of or been a part of a flexible workplace, which allows employees to work from home, work part-time, work untraditional business hours, or other flexible arrangement. Flexible work options not only encourage work-life balance for many, but they also allow people to work when they are most productive.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity, CadMouse

    How to Get the Most Out of Your CAD Software

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    Great engineers must stay on top of the latest trends in the industry, while continually expanding their knowledge in CAD. To help fine-tune your skills and get the most out of your CAD software, we’ve compiled a list of six resources to check out.

    1. CADTutor

    This website is a one-stop-shop that features daily engineering tips and offers tutorials specifically designed to get you accustomed to AutoCAD 2D and 3D designs. Join hundreds of engineers in one of several live forums for quick questions and solutions to make the most out of your CAD software.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks, Productivity

    Quality and Quantity: 4 Ways to Design Faster and Better in CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 8, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    In the race reduce time-to-market, engineers must seek new ways to improve efficiencies at every step of the design process. However, the challenge is two-fold. While cutting production time, engineers are also challenged to maintain the quality of their designs.

    Below, we provide four ways you can design faster and better in CAD.

    1. No Pain, Lots of Gain

    Facing pressures to hit deadlines while developing complex designs, CAD professionals may find themselves working for long periods of time. However, hours of repetitive motions may lead to pain or discomfort in your hands or wrists.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks

    4 Skills and Qualities CAD Professionals Will Need to Succeed in the New Year

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 5, 2017 11:30:00 AM

    New cutting-edge CAD technology is introduced to the engineering field every day. As experts in one of the most in-demand professions, engineers cannot afford to fall behind. As a result, CAD professionals must be forward-thinking and sharpen their skills to keep up with the field.

    CAD professionals who develop strong technical and soft skills will gain a competitive edge over their colleagues. Below, we provide four qualities and skills CAD professionals will need to be most successful in 2018.

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    Tags: Engineering, 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks

    Flying Solo: 4 Best Practices for Freelance CAD Professionals

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

    While it’s common for CAD professionals to begin their careers in a firm or company, many still opt to freelance in an effort to truly control the direction of their career. 

    Freelancing is quickly catching on as one of the more popular employment trends. In fact, nearly 34 percent of the United States population is made up of freelancers—including designers.

    Read on to learn more about how to establish yourself as a successful freelance CAD professional.

    1. Establish Your Rates

    When first starting out as a freelance CAD professional, one of the most important steps to maintaining a profit is to establish your rates. You will need to charge enough to remain competitive against other freelancers, but also to maintain your own needs in order to work. Consider the costs of the following: 

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity

    What Today’s Top Engineers Are Doing Right

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Nov 27, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    Engineering is a complex, but exciting industry to be in. While new tools, trends and technology arise each day, the outlook for engineers is more competitive than ever. To be on par with some of the best and brightest engineers, professionals must commit to learning, asking the right questions and instilling valuable creativity in the work they produce.

    Read on to learn what today’s top engineers are doing right and what you can learn from them to stay competitive.

    They Learn Past 5 p.m. 

    In any given office or engineering firm, your work day will likely end at 5 p.m. But, the best engineers know that learning and professional development shouldn’t stop there.

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    Tags: Engineering, 3D CAD