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    3 Innovative CAD Designs and Products You Wish You Came Up With

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

    Engineers use CAD software and 3D technology to innovate and manufacture new products each day. As the technology continues to advance, engineering professionals are beginning to explore design applications in nearly every industry.

    Below, we outline three innovative CAD designs introduced by forward-thinking leaders in the aircraft, medical and food service industries.

    1. Your Dinner

    Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) has started experimenting with 3D-printed foods, such as pizza, pasta and chocolate. 3D printing may present the future of healthy eating, as printed foods can be tailored based on an individual’s genetic makeup, physiological state, or lifestyle. Looking forward, engineers hope to further develop this technology to address and solve issues, such as nutrition and world hunger.

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D CAD

    Tech Check: The Tools and Tips You Need to Enhance Your CAD Experience

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 5, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    You may not realize it, but your current technology may be holding you back from delivering top-notch CAD work.

    How? It’s simple.

    Today’s engineering industry is evolving rapidly and older methods of technology (think ordinary computer mice) are simply outdated. CAD professionals may find themselves struggling to complete and deliver quality projects in a timely fashion, simply because of the tools they’re using.

    Luckily, there are plenty of tools and technologies to replace some of your current solutions that just don’t work for you anymore. Read on for a tech check to learn which tools can help you achieve your best CAD performance, as well as helpful technology tips to enhance your workflow. 

    Simplify Your Workflow with Valuable Extras

    Depending on which CAD software you’re using, there’s likely a downloadable extension or plugin to simplify some of your tasks. CAD platforms like Onshape, SketchUp, AutoCAD and Autodesk, and more have their own libraries of helpful extensions to aid in your CAD work.

    Adding these extensions to your workflow can cut down on production time by automating or simplifying tedious, or complex tasks. For example, these seven SketchUp extensions all provide one similar benefit: they boost productivity, making CAD work easier, faster and more enjoyable.

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

    State of the Industry: The Future of Engineering Technology

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

    New technology is transforming the engineering landscape, creating new opportunities for innovation every day. Rapid advancements and the growing engineering workforce have the potential to disrupt industries and improve quality of life. 

    Below, we provide a rundown of the latest trends in CAD software and 3D design, as well as insights on the future of engineering and engineering technology.

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    Tags: Engineering, 3D CAD

    Why Communication Should Be an Area of Focus for Engineers

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Aug 23, 2017 11:02:00 AM

    With how busy your design teams are, it can be easy to put communication skills on the back burner. However, as your teams get busier and CAD continues to evolve, enhanced communication has never been more important.

    Why? Clear communication helps instill trust among colleagues, makes companies more profitable and boosts productivity. Keep reading to learn why communication skills are so critical and how to improve yours.

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    Tags: Productivity, Communication

    3 Tips to Bring Your New CAD Professional Up to Speed

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Aug 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    Onboarding a new designer can be costly and time-consuming. However, most engineers have little time to waste. For designers to contribute meaningful work, you must bring them up to speed as quickly as possible.           

    Successful onboarding programs provide new designers with the necessary knowledge and tools to jump into their new roles with ease. We’ve compiled four effective ways to bring your new designer up to speed in less time.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity

    How New Graduates Can Be Successful in the CAD Industry

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Aug 9, 2017 12:17:00 PM

    You’ve passed all the tests, received your diploma and are now ready to begin your first job in the CAD industry, right? On paper, yes.

    Unfortunately, most schools may not touch on the importance of soft skills, being proactive and what kind of technology is truly best for your job. We’ve taken a deep dive into these factors and how each can set you up for success in your first job.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity

    Breakthroughs in 3D Design: Healthcare

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Aug 2, 2017 12:12:00 PM

    Rapid advancements in 3D technology are sparking growth and transforming industries by the minute. Among the largest industries benefiting from the latest technology is healthcare.                                                 

    By 2020, the 3D printing healthcare market is expected to reach $2.3 billion globally. 3D technology is being used to improve the quality of healthcare while providing low-cost and more reliable alternatives to traditional medical treatments.

    3D technology has the potential to improve the quality of life in less time and at a fraction of the cost. Here are four ways it’s disrupting the industry. 

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D CAD, 3D product design

    How to Build and Maintain Your CAD Team’s Competitive Advantage

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Jul 26, 2017 10:56:00 AM

    A little competition is healthy for CAD professionals and companies—it keeps you on your toes, always looking for the next best thing. But, without a competitive advantage to differentiate yourself, competition can easily become detrimental to your business.

    A competitive advantage is crucial to setting you, your team and your company apart from competitors. It’s often the deciding factor that makes customers choose you over other options. So, how can you build and maintain your team’s advantage? We’ve highlighted how to identify a competitive advantage and some ways to keep it sustainable in your business. 

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    Tags: Creativity, Productivity

    Cutting Back on Clicks: Why You Should Do It and How to Get Started

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Jul 19, 2017 11:12:00 AM

    Cutting down on the number of mouse clicks may sound like just a minor adjustment. But, it can have a major impact on your overall experience when working in CAD. Reducing the number of mouse clicks can add a boost to your comfort, speed and precision when working in CAD—all of which lead to better designs.

    Luckily, there are a few tools that can help you cut down on clicks and make designing in CAD more enjoyable.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Comfort & Ergonomics, CadMouse

    Breakthroughs in CAD: Innovations in the Aviation & Automotive Industries

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

    3D printing technology is transforming many industries, especially as the technology becomes more widely available. In fact, the 3D printing industry is expected to exceed $21 billion by 2020. Some of the most avid users of the technology include automotive and aviation companies.

    Both industries require careful and accurate manufacturing. Similarly, both are constantly under pressure to reduce costs, as well as environmental impact. Luckily, 3D printing addresses both of these challenges. Here’s how.

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D CAD