3D Technology in Construction: The Next Big Breakthrough

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Jan 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM

    Engineers in the aerospace and automotive, and medical industries continuously seek new ways to incorporate 3D technology into their work. Now, those in the construction industry are following suit.

    3D technology is changing the way engineers in the construction industry plan, model, scale and construct structures. Today, engineers can take their ideas from paper to reality by using 3D printing to plan construction projects, develop prototypes and build physical structures.

    As the construction industry becomes increasingly automated and driven by 3D design, engineers will need to learn how to work alongside 3D technology to control costs, reduce waste and maintain an upper hand on the competition.

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    Tags: Creativity, 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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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