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If you’re like most designers, your ideas greatly outpace your actual designing. These SolidWorks tips will help to speed up your workflow, edit more quickly and improve your overall efficiency.
Autodesk has a number of products that are meant for specific purposes. This article compares AutoCAD and Inventor to point out which types of projects and users need which product.
The homepage for Autodesk Inventor 2015 underwhelmed many of its users, even to the point that they didn’t use it. The 2016 version improves many of the features to address their shortcomings. This article profiles many of these improvements.
CAD modeling and system modeling are two distinct disciplines. Efforts have been made to bridge the two to gain perspective from both sides without having to redraw the project from scratch in a different software program. That includes system modeling tools allowing data imports from CAD models. Read what efforts are being made and the benefits they bring.
This helpful article gives tips on the components to look for when outfitting your CAD workstation with new hardware. The basic rules offered are sure to help you justify the expense for your boss and explain why the expenditure is a good investment. For even more CAD configuration tips, also be sure to read this whitepaper on how 3D input devices can save your company serious money and provide significant ROI.
With Internet of Things (IoT) enabled products, embedded system design is becoming commonplace. An embedded system is defined in PCMag.com as any electronic system that uses a computer chip, but that is not a general-purpose workstation, desktop or laptop computer. Engineers will need to have an understanding of this type of software design. Further, the different engineering disciplines need to take a holistic view of product design and collaborate from the start of the design. This article is a great place to start.
Jason Allemann (@JasonAllemann) has created a printer out of Lego building blocks that can scan a 2D image and then print it using small Lego plates. Don’t miss this!
NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, know as America Makes, want your designs for sustainable housing solutions for space destinations, including Mars. They are searching for architectural concepts that take advantage of 3D printing technology. There are two phases of the contest and prizes equal $2.25 million. Who knows? Maybe your next design could literally be out of this world.