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    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

    How to Keep Your Focus While Working in CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 22, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    Distractions can derail your entire day, if you let them. Research shows that it takes an average of 25 minutes to get back on track after being distracted. This can be especially detrimental for CAD professionals whose field requires long periods of concentration and accuracy.

    Some distractions simply can’t be easily removed; therefore CAD professionals must take the plunge to sharpening their ability to focus. Read on to learn some tips and tricks to maintain your focus and concentration while working in CAD. 

    Train Your Brain

    The ability to concentrate for long periods of time doesn’t come naturally. If you think back to your elementary years, humans have always been trained to focus for increasingly long periods of time. Still, this ability comes and goes, especially with a varying work schedule, work environment and other external factors.

    In order to train your brain to focus effectively on your work in CAD, you should train it the same way you would any other muscle. Start out slow, gradually increasing your length of uninterrupted work on your designs. For instance, if you’re used to concentrating for 45 minutes without interruptions, try increasing it by 5-10 minute intervals.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity

    6 More Informative Videos to Keep CAD Professionals in the Know

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

    New developments in CAD software continue to expand design capabilities and shape the way engineers work and innovate.

    Luckily, CAD users have instant access to thousands of online videos, which provide visual tutorials, useful tips and the latest updates on industry technology.

    These six easily digestible CAD videos offer the latest tips, tricks, tutorials and trends for engineers and CAD professionals at all stages of their careers. 

    1. AutoCAD 2018 New Features

    Each year, AutoCAD introduces new software features to expand design capabilities for engineers. Learn about the latest performance enhancements, which enable users to zoom, pan and orbit with ease when working with complex 3D models. After watching this video you’ll have a basic understanding of how to use the newest features in AutoCAD 2018, such as PDF import, AutoCAD 360 and AutoCAD for the cloud.

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

    3 Common Engineering Obstacles and How to Overcome Them

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

    Engineering professionals must tackle today’s most pressing issues by bringing new, more sustainable solutions to market while working with tight deadlines. 

    Successful engineers must have the right technical ability. But, a creative mind and strong pulse on the latest industry trends is also important to effectively develop solutions. However, keeping pace with an ever-changing environment is no small task.

    Below we outline three of the most common obstacles and challenges engineers face and provide actionable tips to help you overcome them.

    1. Keeping Up With Industry Trends

    As an engineer, you can’t afford to be complacent. As trends, such as green engineering, cloud-based CAD, 3D printing and internet of things (IoT) continue to disrupt the industry, it’s crucial to stay on top of the latest news and developments to avoid falling behind.

    Set aside time each week to read up on current advancements and tools impacting engineering today. Online resources, such as 3D CAD World, ScienceDaily and Engineering.com publish daily news, articles and tips for engineers, keeping you in the know. A solid knowledge on current trends puts you a step ahead of the competition and helps you to innovate for the future using the latest technology.

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    Tags: Engineering, 3D CAD, Productivity

    How to Keep Your Focus While Working in CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    Distractions can derail your entire day, if you let them. Research shows that it takes an average of 25 minutes to get back on track after being distracted. This can be especially detrimental for CAD professionals whose field requires long periods of concentration and accuracy.

    Some distractions simply can’t be easily removed; therefore CAD professionals must take the plunge to sharpening their ability to focus. Read on to learn some tips and tricks to maintain your focus and concentration while working in CAD.

    Train Your Brain

    The ability to concentrate for long periods of time doesn’t come naturally. If you think back to your elementary years, humans have always been trained to focus for increasingly long periods of time. Still, this ability comes and goes, especially with a varying work schedule, work environment and other external factors.

    In order to train your brain to focus effectively on your work in CAD, you should train it the same way you would any other muscle. Start out slow, gradually increasing your length of uninterrupted work on your designs. For instance, if you’re used to concentrating for 45 minutes without interruptions, try increasing it by 5-10 minute intervals.

    Read More

    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity