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    4 Ways to Drive Innovation in Your CAD Teams

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Nov 13, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    New technology is constantly driving change within the engineering industry. However, it’s the engineers themselves who bring about the most change. 

    Companies rely on CAD teams to leverage new technology and innovate new products. That’s why it’s essential for engineering leaders to form effective teams and foster creativity in the workplace.

    Here are four ways to boost creativity and spark innovation in your CAD teams.

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D CAD

    3 Ways 3D Technology Is Changing the Manufacturing Industry

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Nov 6, 2017 11:15:00 AM

    The manufacturing industry is facing disruption thanks to CAD technology. So much so that industry analysts predict that 3D printing alone could represent a $400 billion manufacturing market by 2030.

    So, why manufacturing? As many engineers know, manufacturing can be expensive and tedious. 3D CAD and printing capabilities improve the production process by enhancing accuracy and streamlining prototyping, which leads to a great cost savings for firms.

    Read on for more details on how 3D CAD is changing the manufacturing industry.

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    Tags: Engineering, 3D CAD, manufacturing

    3 Common Communication Barriers Engineers Face (and How to Overcome Them)

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

    Even for engineers, communication is a crucial skill to have. In fact, the National Association of Colleges and Employers ranked verbal communication as the most important skill for prospective talent to have. You may already know this and your company or firm may already be emphasizing its importance, but that doesn’t mean challenges don’t arise from time to time.

    Read on to learn more about three common communication barriers CAD professionals encounter and how to overcome them. 

    Related Read: Why Communication Should Be an Area of Focus for Engineers

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Communication

    4 Tools That Make 3D Technology Accessible to Anyone

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Oct 26, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    CAD technology is constantly evolving and becoming more affordable and user-friendly by day. As 3D technology continues to capture market share from 2D design tools, the global market for 3D CAD is expected to reach $7.3 billion by 2022.

    With that said, today, almost anyone can access 3D design tools, no matter their background or skill level. Many individuals, businesses and organizations are quickly picking up on the benefits of 3D design and printing—like the lower costs, efficiency and sustainability.

    Here are four tools anyone can use to start designing in 3D.

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    Tags: Design, 3D CAD, Productivity

    When It Comes to 2D vs. 3D CAD, Which Is Better for You?

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Oct 18, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    Computer-aided design (CAD) has become a standard design tool for engineers and architects. Once used only for 2D drawing, developers have since created a way to add a third dimension to designs.

    While 2D and 3D CAD software are both still needed to bring new innovations to life, more engineers turn to 3D CAD for complex applications.

    Read on for a refresher on the key differences between 2D and 3D CAD and why engineers and architects most commonly prefer designing in 3D.

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

    3D Technology: What it Means for Medicine

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Oct 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    The average American fills nearly 12 drug prescriptions at their local pharmacy each year, according to a study done by the Kaiser Family Foundation. What many may not know is that this number could soon be significantly reduced with the help of 3D printing and design.

    3D printing and design has made its way into the healthcare industry, most notably for designing and printing prosthetics, medical equipment or organ replicas. While 3D printing allows for faster (and often more affordable) production, the technology also holds other benefits when it comes to drug prescriptions.

    Related Read: Breakthroughs in 3D Design: Healthcare

    So, what exactly is a 3D-printed pill?

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D CAD

    The Best Ways for Engineers to Stay Productive on Group Projects

    Posted by Danielle Adams on Oct 9, 2017 10:05:00 AM

    In the course of daily labors, engineers are often given tasks and projects that are incredibly complicated in nature. Being efficient and productive while working on these assignments is critical, but it often proves difficult, especially when multiple individuals are involved in the work. These days, though, there are various pieces of hardware and software that can help make life easier, both for engineers and for their product managers. 

    Stay On Task

    With big projects, you don’t just need to be productive individually, you need to coordinate efforts and keep everyone up-to-date. That’s where task or project management software comes in handy. Apps like TrelloAsana and Workfront help add visibility to projects, allowing everyone involved to see what’s completed, what’s in progress, and what has yet to be done. They also provide a way to share documents and files, attaching them to tasks so they’re easy to find.

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    Tags: 3D mouse, 3D CAD, Productivity

    How to Adjust to a Two-Handed Workflow in CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Oct 3, 2017 10:40:00 AM

    Engineers constantly seek new ways to optimize their workspaces with the latest tech, but what about their workflows? A two-handed workflow is the most sensible solution when working CAD and can be easily implemented by any designer.

    By using a two-handed workflow, CAD professionals can reduce muscle movement, improve comfort and expedite designing for maximum productivity without compromising the quality of his or her work. 

    Below, we outline how to seamlessly transition to a two-handed workflow in CAD with the SpaceMouse Enterprise Kit.

    The Benefits of Two-Handed Workflows

    Engineers are constantly challenged to produce the highest quality of work in the least amount of time. Approximately 97 percent of users claim to experience less pain when using a 3D mouse compared to a regular computer mouse, which has encouraged engineers to transition to two-handed design.

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    Tags: 3D mouse, 3D CAD, Productivity

    What’s Cooking: How 3D Design Is Changing the Food Industry

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 29, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    3D printing is popping up in most of the industries you might expect: automotive, aerospace and the medical fields. There is, however, another industry that is beginning to reap the benefits of CAD and 3D printing: The food industry.

    That’s right; sit back and get ready to digest the following: Researchers and chefs alike believe that 3D printing could help make food production faster, easier, more sustainable, and develop food catered to very specific diet needs and restrictions. Read on to learn more about how CAD and 3D printing are altering the food industry.

    The Difference Between 3D Food Printers and Regular 3D Printers

    To understand how 3D food printers work, we can first refer back to how regular 3D printers operate. Most regular 3D printers are able to release coatings and layers of 3D printing material to produce an object designed in CAD. Objects are created from the bottom up as each layer sticks together to form the shape and design. 

    3D food printers, on the other hand, are similar, but a bit more complex. 3D food printers may include the same robotic arms as normal 3D printers, as well as lasers, nozzles and other ingredient dispensers to produce intricate food designs.

    Turn off Your Stove and Turn on Your Printer

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    Tags: Design, Creativity, 3D CAD

    You Have Severe Wrist Pain from CAD. Now What?

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

    As a CAD user, you’re likely no stranger to wrist pain. You may even be a pro at preventing it with helpful stretches, ergonomic tools and more. But, despite their attempts to prevent it, most people will experience severe wrist pain. This is especially true for those who work on the computer regularly.

    In fact, each year more than 500,000 people in the United States alone must undergo surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a common painful wrist syndrome that impacts the median nerve.

    Prevention is important, but how can you relieve the wrist pain you already have without compromising on your work? Below we highlight a few remedies you can try to alleviate your wrist pain, as well as the importance of consulting with your doctor.

    Rotate Between Hot and Cold

    Both ice packs and heating pads can help relieve pain quickly, although both serve different purposes. Ice packs can help numb pain and cut down on swelling, while heating pads relax the muscles and allow blood to easily flow to any kind of injury.

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    Tags: Why I Use a 3D Mouse, 3D CAD, Comfort & Ergonomics