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    How to Get the Most Out of Your CAD Software

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

    Great engineers must stay on top of the latest trends in the industry, while continually expanding their knowledge in CAD. To help fine-tune your skills and get the most out of your CAD software, we’ve compiled a list of six resources to check out.

    1. CADTutor

    This website is a one-stop-shop that features daily engineering tips and offers tutorials specifically designed to get you accustomed to AutoCAD 2D and 3D designs. Join hundreds of engineers in one of several live forums for quick questions and solutions to make the most out of your CAD software.

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

    Quality and Quantity: 4 Ways to Design Faster and Better in CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 8, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    In the race reduce time-to-market, engineers must seek new ways to improve efficiencies at every step of the design process. However, the challenge is two-fold. While cutting production time, engineers are also challenged to maintain the quality of their designs.

    Below, we provide four ways you can design faster and better in CAD.

    1. No Pain, Lots of Gain

    Facing pressures to hit deadlines while developing complex designs, CAD professionals may find themselves working for long periods of time. However, hours of repetitive motions may lead to pain or discomfort in your hands or wrists.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks

    4 Skills and Qualities CAD Professionals Will Need to Succeed in the New Year

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 5, 2017 11:30:00 AM

    New cutting-edge CAD technology is introduced to the engineering field every day. As experts in one of the most in-demand professions, engineers cannot afford to fall behind. As a result, CAD professionals must be forward-thinking and sharpen their skills to keep up with the field.

    CAD professionals who develop strong technical and soft skills will gain a competitive edge over their colleagues. Below, we provide four qualities and skills CAD professionals will need to be most successful in 2018.

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

    Flying Solo: 4 Best Practices for Freelance CAD Professionals

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

    While it’s common for CAD professionals to begin their careers in a firm or company, many still opt to freelance in an effort to truly control the direction of their career. 

    Freelancing is quickly catching on as one of the more popular employment trends. In fact, nearly 34 percent of the United States population is made up of freelancers—including designers.

    Read on to learn more about how to establish yourself as a successful freelance CAD professional.

    1. Establish Your Rates

    When first starting out as a freelance CAD professional, one of the most important steps to maintaining a profit is to establish your rates. You will need to charge enough to remain competitive against other freelancers, but also to maintain your own needs in order to work. Consider the costs of the following: 

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity

    What Today’s Top Engineers Are Doing Right

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Nov 27, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    Engineering is a complex, but exciting industry to be in. While new tools, trends and technology arise each day, the outlook for engineers is more competitive than ever. To be on par with some of the best and brightest engineers, professionals must commit to learning, asking the right questions and instilling valuable creativity in the work they produce.

    Read on to learn what today’s top engineers are doing right and what you can learn from them to stay competitive.

    They Learn Past 5 p.m. 

    In any given office or engineering firm, your work day will likely end at 5 p.m. But, the best engineers know that learning and professional development shouldn’t stop there.

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    Tags: Engineering, 3D CAD

    Holiday Handbook: The Perfect Gifts for Engineers this Season

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Nov 20, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    ‘Tis the season to scour stores and sites to find the perfect gifts that will leave your engineering friend wondering, “How did you know?” Luckily, we’ve rounded up some of the best gifts for any engineer or CAD pro, from mini drones to an entire kit dedicated to giving them a top-of-the-line CAD experience.

    Read on to find the perfect gift for the engineer in your life this holiday season.

    Mechanical 3D Safe Puzzle

    As you may know, there are few things engineers enjoy more than solving problems. Rather than buying an ordinary safe to store their valuables in, give them a useful gift with the fun of a puzzle all in one. The Safe Mechanical 3D Puzzle includes a working combination lock, wheel packs, drive spindles, and more. Once unlocked, engineers can use the safe to store valuables and develop a new puzzle all over again.

    Buy here.

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D CAD

    4 Ways to Drive Innovation in Your CAD Teams

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Nov 13, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    New technology is constantly driving change within the engineering industry. However, it’s the engineers themselves who bring about the most change. 

    Companies rely on CAD teams to leverage new technology and innovate new products. That’s why it’s essential for engineering leaders to form effective teams and foster creativity in the workplace.

    Here are four ways to boost creativity and spark innovation in your CAD teams.

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D CAD

    3 Ways 3D Technology Is Changing the Manufacturing Industry

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Nov 6, 2017 11:15:00 AM

    The manufacturing industry is facing disruption thanks to CAD technology. So much so that industry analysts predict that 3D printing alone could represent a $400 billion manufacturing market by 2030.

    So, why manufacturing? As many engineers know, manufacturing can be expensive and tedious. 3D CAD and printing capabilities improve the production process by enhancing accuracy and streamlining prototyping, which leads to a great cost savings for firms.

    Read on for more details on how 3D CAD is changing the manufacturing industry.

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    Tags: Engineering, 3D CAD, manufacturing

    3 Common Communication Barriers Engineers Face (and How to Overcome Them)

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Nov 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

    Even for engineers, communication is a crucial skill to have. In fact, the National Association of Colleges and Employers ranked verbal communication as the most important skill for prospective talent to have. You may already know this and your company or firm may already be emphasizing its importance, but that doesn’t mean challenges don’t arise from time to time.

    Read on to learn more about three common communication barriers CAD professionals encounter and how to overcome them. 

    Related Read: Why Communication Should Be an Area of Focus for Engineers

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Communication

    4 Tools That Make 3D Technology Accessible to Anyone

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Oct 26, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    CAD technology is constantly evolving and becoming more affordable and user-friendly by day. As 3D technology continues to capture market share from 2D design tools, the global market for 3D CAD is expected to reach $7.3 billion by 2022.

    With that said, today, almost anyone can access 3D design tools, no matter their background or skill level. Many individuals, businesses and organizations are quickly picking up on the benefits of 3D design and printing—like the lower costs, efficiency and sustainability.

    Here are four tools anyone can use to start designing in 3D.

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    Tags: Design, 3D CAD, Productivity