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    How to Find the Best 3D Mouse for You

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

    Whether you work remotely or at a desktop, prefer lighter, wireless tech or a fully equipped CAD kit, there is a 3D mouse for every work style and design scenario. 

    This is ideal for designers and engineers. When users have the perfect tool to fit their individual work styles, they’re more likely to achieve better results.

    That’s why it’s critical to select the right 3D mouse for the job. Don’t know how to pick the right tool for your needs? Read on to see which 3D mouse is best for each work style.

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    Tags: 3D mouse, 3D CAD

    5 Secrets to Success to Become a Top Engineer

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Jun 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    You already know engineering is a demanding, yet rewarding career. You also know it’s intensely competitive. The number of jobs in the mechanical engineering field is expected to grow five percent by 2024 in the U.S. alone.

    So, how can you make sure your abilities stand out from the competition? There are a handful of secrets that aren’t taught in the classroom—and they’re especially effective at boosting performance.

    Read on to learn more about how you can use these five success secrets to quickly become one of the top engineers in your company.

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    Tags: Engineering, Productivity

    VR: How the Latest High-Tech Phenomenon Will Impact CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Jun 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

    Recently, Sketchfab released a survey on the current state of virtual reality (VR) and what we can expect in the coming months. It may seem easy to brush VR off as another high-tech trend, but VR has real implications for CAD and 3D design. In fact, more than 43 percent of survey participants believe VR is the future, and more than half believe it has potential in CAD.

    Sketchfab’s survey—made up of the responses of 1,000 users in the Sketchfab community—highlights the interest in VR, as well as some of the current obstacles to mass adoption.

    Reading the report provides insights into how CAD pros can use VR to improve their work, which is why we’ve got you covered with the main highlights.

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D CAD

    3 Ways Onshape is Disrupting CAD for the Better

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Jun 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    It’s no secret that Onshape changed the game for many engineers and designers when it came out with the first-ever cloud-based CAD system. Cloud-based CAD was once a groundbreaking idea for many, but with Onshape, it’s now one of the most popular systems due to its convenience and unique features.

    Onshape continues to update its program with competitive features that make CAD work easier, faster and more enjoyable. However, there are three in particular that continue to disrupt the industry for the better, including true collaboration capabilities, a unique pricing model and customization features (including the ability to write your own features).

    Below, we’ve covered just three benefits of using Onshape and how they can transform your design workflow.

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    Tags: Productivity, onshape

    7 SketchUp Extensions That Will Accelerate Your Productivity

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Jun 7, 2017 11:05:00 AM

    While designing in CAD takes time, there are plenty of ways to get ahead and do more faster.

    SketchUp offers an expansive Extension Warehouse with downloadable add-ons to do just that.

    But with so many to choose from, how do you know which extensions make a real difference? Don’t fear: below, we’ve highlighted seven extensions that are battle-tested productivity boosters.

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    Tags: Productivity, SketchUp

    4 Ways New Engineers Can Compete with Experienced Professionals

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on May 31, 2017 10:55:00 AM

    Your schooling may have taught you the ins and outs of all the basic skills needed for a successful career in engineering—math, analytics, design and more. But, many new graduates enter the workforce unable to keep up with the expertise of many seasoned professionals.

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    Tags: Engineering, Productivity

    3 of the Coolest Products Made with 3D Printing and CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on May 24, 2017 11:10:00 AM

    3D design and 3D printing are transforming a number of industries.

    That’s because they provide many benefits to companies. Users can create prototypes with 3D printing and CAD faster, easier and in smaller batches, which makes product innovation more agile. This makes continuous editing and prototyping at a fraction of the cost possible, ultimately leading to better products.

    That opens up a dazzling array of product possibilities across different industries. Take a look at three of the most impressive.

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

    7 Resources to Help You Commit to Being a Self-Learner

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on May 17, 2017 10:45:00 AM

    As the workforce continues to develop, the demands grow greater for fast-learning, knowledgeable engineers who are able to keep up with the advancements in their field. Today’s engineers and CAD designers must work quickly and efficiently; however, this can leave little time for professional development.

    Research shows that occupations in the science and engineering fields have consistently been on the rise since the 1960s.[1] Because the field is growing, it is also becoming more competitive. To stay competitive, engineers must make it a priority to continue their education, which can be difficult as many online courses have a strict schedule. We’ve included seven helpful resources that you can start using on your own time.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity

    3 CAD Trends That Will Drive Your Industry This Year

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on May 10, 2017 11:07:00 AM

    According to new research, the global CAD market is expected to grow by just over 10 percent from 2017 to 2021. There are a number of advancements that are sure to affect CAD-related industries, but which ones should engineers focus on this year?

    We’ve highlighted the top three trends that we’re seeing, which include cloud-based CAD, 3D printing integration and the demand for engineers to be more focused than ever before.

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    Tags: Creativity, 3D CAD

    3 Quick-Fix Design Productivity Hacks That Will Get Results

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on May 3, 2017 11:14:00 AM

    Now, more than ever, businesses must learn to reinforce productivity across design teams to ensure a high-quality product is delivered on time. Read on to find three quick fixes to implement into your office that will deliver results.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity