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    How to Keep Your Focus While Working in CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 22, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    Distractions can derail your entire day, if you let them. Research shows that it takes an average of 25 minutes to get back on track after being distracted. This can be especially detrimental for CAD professionals whose field requires long periods of concentration and accuracy.

    Some distractions simply can’t be easily removed; therefore CAD professionals must take the plunge to sharpening their ability to focus. Read on to learn some tips and tricks to maintain your focus and concentration while working in CAD. 

    Train Your Brain

    The ability to concentrate for long periods of time doesn’t come naturally. If you think back to your elementary years, humans have always been trained to focus for increasingly long periods of time. Still, this ability comes and goes, especially with a varying work schedule, work environment and other external factors.

    In order to train your brain to focus effectively on your work in CAD, you should train it the same way you would any other muscle. Start out slow, gradually increasing your length of uninterrupted work on your designs. For instance, if you’re used to concentrating for 45 minutes without interruptions, try increasing it by 5-10 minute intervals.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity

    6 More Informative Videos to Keep CAD Professionals in the Know

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

    New developments in CAD software continue to expand design capabilities and shape the way engineers work and innovate.

    Luckily, CAD users have instant access to thousands of online videos, which provide visual tutorials, useful tips and the latest updates on industry technology.

    These six easily digestible CAD videos offer the latest tips, tricks, tutorials and trends for engineers and CAD professionals at all stages of their careers. 

    1. AutoCAD 2018 New Features

    Each year, AutoCAD introduces new software features to expand design capabilities for engineers. Learn about the latest performance enhancements, which enable users to zoom, pan and orbit with ease when working with complex 3D models. After watching this video you’ll have a basic understanding of how to use the newest features in AutoCAD 2018, such as PDF import, AutoCAD 360 and AutoCAD for the cloud.

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

    3 Common Engineering Obstacles and How to Overcome Them

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 15, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    Engineering professionals must tackle today’s most pressing issues by bringing new, more sustainable solutions to market while working with tight deadlines. 

    Successful engineers must have the right technical ability. But, a creative mind and strong pulse on the latest industry trends is also important to effectively develop solutions. However, keeping pace with an ever-changing environment is no small task.

    Below we outline three of the most common obstacles and challenges engineers face and provide actionable tips to help you overcome them.

    1. Keeping Up With Industry Trends

    As an engineer, you can’t afford to be complacent. As trends, such as green engineering, cloud-based CAD, 3D printing and internet of things (IoT) continue to disrupt the industry, it’s crucial to stay on top of the latest news and developments to avoid falling behind.

    Set aside time each week to read up on current advancements and tools impacting engineering today. Online resources, such as 3D CAD World, ScienceDaily and Engineering.com publish daily news, articles and tips for engineers, keeping you in the know. A solid knowledge on current trends puts you a step ahead of the competition and helps you to innovate for the future using the latest technology.

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    Tags: Engineering, 3D CAD, Productivity

    How to Keep Your Focus While Working in CAD

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

    Distractions can derail your entire day, if you let them. Research shows that it takes an average of 25 minutes to get back on track after being distracted. This can be especially detrimental for CAD professionals whose field requires long periods of concentration and accuracy.

    Some distractions simply can’t be easily removed; therefore CAD professionals must take the plunge to sharpening their ability to focus. Read on to learn some tips and tricks to maintain your focus and concentration while working in CAD.

    Train Your Brain

    The ability to concentrate for long periods of time doesn’t come naturally. If you think back to your elementary years, humans have always been trained to focus for increasingly long periods of time. Still, this ability comes and goes, especially with a varying work schedule, work environment and other external factors.

    In order to train your brain to focus effectively on your work in CAD, you should train it the same way you would any other muscle. Start out slow, gradually increasing your length of uninterrupted work on your designs. For instance, if you’re used to concentrating for 45 minutes without interruptions, try increasing it by 5-10 minute intervals.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity

    3 Innovative CAD Designs and Products You Wish You Came Up With

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

    Engineers use CAD software and 3D technology to innovate and manufacture new products each day. As the technology continues to advance, engineering professionals are beginning to explore design applications in nearly every industry.

    Below, we outline three innovative CAD designs introduced by forward-thinking leaders in the aircraft, medical and food service industries.

    1. Your Dinner

    Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) has started experimenting with 3D-printed foods, such as pizza, pasta and chocolate. 3D printing may present the future of healthy eating, as printed foods can be tailored based on an individual’s genetic makeup, physiological state, or lifestyle. Looking forward, engineers hope to further develop this technology to address and solve issues, such as nutrition and world hunger.

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D CAD

    Tech Check: The Tools and Tips You Need to Enhance Your CAD Experience

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 5, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    You may not realize it, but your current technology may be holding you back from delivering top-notch CAD work.

    How? It’s simple.

    Today’s engineering industry is evolving rapidly and older methods of technology (think ordinary computer mice) are simply outdated. CAD professionals may find themselves struggling to complete and deliver quality projects in a timely fashion, simply because of the tools they’re using.

    Luckily, there are plenty of tools and technologies to replace some of your current solutions that just don’t work for you anymore. Read on for a tech check to learn which tools can help you achieve your best CAD performance, as well as helpful technology tips to enhance your workflow. 

    Simplify Your Workflow with Valuable Extras

    Depending on which CAD software you’re using, there’s likely a downloadable extension or plugin to simplify some of your tasks. CAD platforms like Onshape, SketchUp, AutoCAD and Autodesk, and more have their own libraries of helpful extensions to aid in your CAD work.

    Adding these extensions to your workflow can cut down on production time by automating or simplifying tedious, or complex tasks. For example, these seven SketchUp extensions all provide one similar benefit: they boost productivity, making CAD work easier, faster and more enjoyable.

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

    State of the Industry: The Future of Engineering Technology

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

    New technology is transforming the engineering landscape, creating new opportunities for innovation every day. Rapid advancements and the growing engineering workforce have the potential to disrupt industries and improve quality of life. 

    Below, we provide a rundown of the latest trends in CAD software and 3D design, as well as insights on the future of engineering and engineering technology.

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    Tags: Engineering, 3D CAD

    Why Communication Should Be an Area of Focus for Engineers

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Aug 23, 2017 11:02:00 AM

    With how busy your design teams are, it can be easy to put communication skills on the back burner. However, as your teams get busier and CAD continues to evolve, enhanced communication has never been more important.

    Why? Clear communication helps instill trust among colleagues, makes companies more profitable and boosts productivity. Keep reading to learn why communication skills are so critical and how to improve yours.

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    Tags: Productivity, Communication

    3 Tips to Bring Your New CAD Professional Up to Speed

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Aug 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    Onboarding a new designer can be costly and time-consuming. However, most engineers have little time to waste. For designers to contribute meaningful work, you must bring them up to speed as quickly as possible.           

    Successful onboarding programs provide new designers with the necessary knowledge and tools to jump into their new roles with ease. We’ve compiled four effective ways to bring your new designer up to speed in less time.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity

    How New Graduates Can Be Successful in the CAD Industry

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Aug 9, 2017 12:17:00 PM

    You’ve passed all the tests, received your diploma and are now ready to begin your first job in the CAD industry, right? On paper, yes.

    Unfortunately, most schools may not touch on the importance of soft skills, being proactive and what kind of technology is truly best for your job. We’ve taken a deep dive into these factors and how each can set you up for success in your first job.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity