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    7 Unbeatable Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Engineer

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Dec 5, 2016 9:13:00 AM

    With the holiday season right around the corner, finding the perfect gift for an engineer may not seem like an easy task. Luckily, we’ve gathered seven of this season’s must-have gadgets and tools that are perfect for the engineer in your life.

    1. 3Doodler Create Pen 

    With the 3Doodler Create Pen, CAD professionals and engineers can watch their own drawings and designs instantly come to life. Known as the world’s first 3D printing pen, the 3Doodler allows its users to draw physical 3D structures with the press of a button.

    The 3Doodler Create Pen heats plastic rods internally, melting them down to stick to paper and other surfaces. Once released from the pen, the plastic hardens into a shape and users can draw vertically or horizontally in the air. The pen can be used for any and all 3D design concepts, like art and decoration, maker projects, doodling product models and more.

    Price: $99.99 / €90.66 / £81.74

    Get it here: 3Doodler Create Pen

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D CAD

    3 Mental Habits All Engineers Need to Have

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Nov 22, 2016 11:15:00 AM

    Engineering is a notoriously demanding field when it comes to the amount of problem solving and concentration needed. Thankfully, there are a handful of mental habits engineers can incorporate into their thought processes to do better work. These mental habits are proven thinking strategies that are used by some of the world’s smartest people to solve tough challenges and produce superior results. Adding the right ones to your problem solving skills can help you produce better outcomes at work.

    Reverse thinking, managing redundant solutions and implementing a margin of safety are a few examples of mental strategies that help engineers enhance their creative thinking, protect them from overlooking potential problems and develop innovative solutions. 

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    Tags: Engineering, Creativity, Productivity

    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

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    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

    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

     

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    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

    CAD Links Worth Your Time: 3D-Printed Wheelchair, Subscription-Based CAD Software and More

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jun 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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    This 3D-Printed Motorcycle Only Weighs 35 Kg

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    Tags: Engineering, Architecture, Creativity, Productivity, Communication

    How to Train Your Brain to Generate New Ideas

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jun 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    How many times have you seen a new product design or solution to a design issue and thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Sometimes you may feel stuck in a rut when it comes to new ideas or solutions.

    Fortunately, idea generation is a skill that you can learn and practice. It’s not some inborn talent that only some people have. Opening your mind just requires looking at things in a new way. But, how do you do that? Read on for a process you can use to spur more ideas—and excitement—in your CAD work!

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    Tags: Creativity

    3 Powerful CAD Trends That Will Rock Your 2016

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Feb 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    New Year’s resolutions are always in vogue: Go to the gym. Eat better. Finally take that trip you’ve dreamed about. 

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    Tags: Engineering, Architecture, Creativity, Productivity

    5 Must-Have Products That Debuted At CES 2016

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Feb 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    Every January, Las Vegas host the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Thousands of attendees check out the latest technologies, innovations and prototypes. The show is often used to gauge major trends in technology.

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D product design

    5 Perfect CAD Gifts for Any Time of Year

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Feb 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    Another year, another pair of socks. It’s OK, we didn’t get everything we wanted for the holidays either. But don’t worry. While the holidays come and go, any time of year is perfect to treat that special 3D professional in your life with the latest CAD tech and toys.

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    Tags: 3D Mice, Creativity, Gaming

    3 Resolutions All CAD Designers Should Make in 2016 (And How To Keep Them)

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jan 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    Are you part of the 45% who usually make New Year’s resolutions? How about the 17% who make them sometimes?

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    Tags: Creativity, Productivity, Comfort & Ergonomics