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    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

    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: 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

    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

     

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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

    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

    How Engineers Can Transform Their Presentation Skills With 3 Easy Tips

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jul 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    When it comes to presenting their work, engineers need to be equipped with strong presentation skills to sell themselves and their work. It’s important to know how to present ideas to both internal audiences, like managers or executive teams, as well as external audiences, which may include customers and vendors.

    Engineers who are able to communicate their ideas well stand out from their colleagues and the competition, which leads to better results within the organization. By being able to clearly explain their ideas, engineers may also establish a reputation as the go-to-person for future projects.

    Ready to start improving your presentation skills? Follow these simple tips.

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    Tags: Engineering, Productivity, Communication

    6 Skills That Engineers Need to Have a Future in CAD

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jul 7, 2016 11:00:00 AM

    CAD as an industry is undergoing perpetual change. With new technology and rapid global expansion, engineers are feeling increasing pressures to be profitable.

    With industry growth comes intense competition between CAD professionals who must now stay relevant and ahead of the curve. You must have knowledge in emerging technological innovations, a solid understanding of design processes, and the ability to communicate effectively in global markets.

    Here are six skills CAD professionals need to develop if they want a bright future in the industry.

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    Tags: Engineering

    3 Important Non-Engineering Skills Engineers Need to Thrive

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jun 30, 2016 11:00:00 AM

    44% of top executives believe soft skills account for the biggest part of the U.S. skills gap. In addition to technical skills, engineers must have the ability to work productively, communicate effectively and demonstrate outstanding creativity. Though not all of these skills come naturally, they can all be learned through one simple process: practice.

    Here are three critical non-engineering skills engineers need in order to thrive.

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    Tags: Engineering

    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