3 Professional Development Secrets for Engineers

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Oct 24, 2016 10:50:00 AM

    As often as the field of engineering changes, it’s equally important that engineers continue to evolve, too. Engaging in professional development practices can keep engineers competitive in the market, as well as improve their work and final product.

    So, how can engineers stay ahead in such a dynamic field? Keep reading to discover how to learn more information faster and better, market your ideas more effectively, and become more creative.

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    Tags: Engineering, CAD Tips and Tricks, Productivity

    CAD Links Worth Your Time: 3D-Printed Case Improves Pokémon Aim, CAD in Virtual Reality and More

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Oct 6, 2016 12:45:00 PM

    CAD News

    Nike’s 3D-Printed Shoe Improves Olympian’s Speed

    Nike’s new 3D-designed spike plates made their debut in the Rio Olympic games as Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran in the women’s 100- and 4 x 100-meter relay. The shoe’s spikes are printed using 3D technology and custom-made to fit the sole of the sprinter’s foot.

    Prior to the Rio Olympic games, researchers spent years testing how the firmness and build of the spikes affected the overall pace of the athlete, as different levels can affect how each step recoils from the track during a race. 3D printing allowed researchers to quickly test more than 20 prototypes of the plates, ultimately leading them to a new innovative design to cut down on sprinters’ times.

    Fraser-Pryce went on to win medals in two of this summer’s Olympic games. She received silver in the women’s 4 x 100 meter relay and bronze in the women’s 100 meter.

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    Tags: Design, 3D mouse, 3D CAD, 3D

    How to Get the Most Out of SketchUp

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Oct 4, 2016 11:03:00 AM

    SketchUp is a 3D modeling computer program commonly used by engineers to draw and design with ease. As it plays an essential role in the design process, there are an abundance of online resources to help educate engineers on SketchUp’s new features and functions. 

    Below, we’ve rounded up nine resources to help you get the most out of SketchUp.

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    Tags: Design, 3D design efficiency, 3D CAD

    8 (More) CAD Influencers You Need to Follow

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Sep 13, 2016 11:30:00 AM

    Paul Munford (@CadSetterOut)

    Paul Munford authors the blog cadsetterout.com and updates it with weekly CAD tips and tricks, particularly with AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor. Once you’ve followed him on Twitter, be sure to subscribe to his blog to get new tips every Friday.

    Jon Hirschtick (@jhirschtick)

    Software entrepreneur Jon Hirschtick offers tips to help your design process run smoother. As a founder of Onshape and SOLIDWORKS, he also provides updates on the latest developments in CAD software.

    Pat Sweet (@engileader)

    Pat Sweet is a blogger, entrepreneur and engineer for Engineering & Leadership, which aims to help engineers also take on the role of leaders and project managers in their workplace.

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

    6 (More) Design Sites You Need to Bookmark

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Sep 7, 2016 11:30:00 AM

    To stay up to date with the most recent advancements and technology impacting the world of CAD, we’ve gathered seven more important sites for you to add to your bookmarks. Each site includes many valuable resources for you to take advantage of, including industry news and events, webinars, CAD tips and more.

    Design Engineering

    If you’re looking to stay up to date with the latest advancements in CAD, 3D design and technology, and all things engineering, Design Engineering is the place to start. The site is updated daily with articles on the latest products in all fields of engineering, as well as the newest products hitting the market. Once you’ve checked out the site, be sure to subscribe to their weekly newsletter for regular updates straight to your inbox.


    3DPrint.com not only publishes their own news and features on the newest 3D technology, but also includes a weekly wrap-up of curated content to cover all things impacting the 3D printing industry. The site also includes regular content about 3D technology in the community and how it impacts different industries.

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    Tags: Design, 3D CAD, Productivity

    CAD Links Worth Your Time: 3D Printing in Aviation, Augmented Reality Taking Over CAD and More

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Sep 1, 2016 10:30:00 AM

    CAD News

    Students Design 3D-Printed Car for Shell

    As part of Shell’s Eco-marathon energy challenge, participants designed and created a car that could travel the farthest distance possible on one liter of gas. A team from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore designed and 3D-printed a pair of vehicles with lightweight carbon fiber material to conserve energy.

    The 3D printing technology allowed the team to produce a vehicle made up of 150 pieces. They also incorporated a honeycomb-like structure to maximize driver comfort and reach speeds of up to 37 miles per hour.

    Airshow Features 3D Printing Advancements

    Farnborough, England’s biennial airshow showcases the latest advancements in 3D technology within the aviation and aerospace industries, including Norsk Titanium’s developments with Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD)—a form of 3D printing patented by the company. 

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    Tags: 3D CAD

    CAD Links Worth Your Time: New Print as You Design Tool, FeatureScript Tutorials and more

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Aug 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    CAD News 


    Researchers Develop Tool to Print as You Design

    A common frustration for designers is reprinting each version of their prototype as they make changes to it. Now, printers can keep up. A group of Cornell researchers developed a tool in which designers can pause printing at any time to make changes, which will then be reflected in the printed design

    Their printing system uses a similar version of WirePrint, which was designed to make the prototype process faster. With extendable nozzles and a removable base, the system can detect when and where to make changes. Designers have the option to pause printing or continue designing while printing is in progress.

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    Tags: Engineering, Design, Creativity, Productivity

    What You Can Learn from the World’s Smartest Engineer

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Aug 3, 2016 11:00:00 AM

    You’ve likely heard the name “Tesla” in reference to the iconic electric car company started by Elon Musk. While Musk’s firm builds some incredible machines, engineer Nikola Tesla after whom the firm is named, puts the company to shame. 

    Tesla, born in 1856 had a storied career inventing incredible technologies and predicting future advancements. For instance, he theorized a device strikingly similar to the smartphone in 1901 and built a robot for the 1898 Electrical Exhibition in New York City. He also generated controversy by warring with Thomas Edison over the use of alternating current (AC) versus direct current (DC).

    Tesla, while known in his own era, was obscure for a time to modern audiences. Now, he’s receiving recognition long overdue. That’s good news, because this brilliant engineer has some powerful lessons to teach the designers and tinkerers of today.

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    Tags: Engineering

    CAD Links Worth Your Time: Redesigned Panama Canal, the Onshape Education Plan and Zero-Gravity 3D Printing

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jul 28, 2016 11:00:00 AM




    Expanding the Panama Canal

    When the Panama Canal first opened, it provided a shortcut for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But, almost half of today’s ships are too large to get through the canal. In 2009, engineering firm MWH Global began redesigning the canal. 

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    Tags: Engineering, Design, Architecture, Creativity, CAD Management

    How Engineers Benefit from Better Communication

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jul 14, 2016 10:30:00 AM

    According to a study conducted at Queens University of Charlotte, nearly 75% of employers rated teamwork and collaboration as being “very important”. However, only 61% of surveyed employees worldwide believed their organizations collaborated enough.

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    Tags: Engineering, Communication