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    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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    6 Engineering SketchUp Extensions to Download Right Now

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Apr 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    SketchUp offers many extensions to streamline CAD work. But, if you’re an engineer, you know there are plenty of tasks in CAD that are unique to your industry. To accommodate, SketchUp’s Extension Warehouse[1] includes hundreds of extensions to aid engineers of all disciplines. We’ve rounded up six of some of the most helpful extensions to engineers.

    1. The Engineering ToolBox

    The Engineering ToolBox[2] is a SketchUp extension that allows users to add and edit custom parametric objects within their design. These can include lumber, piping, flange beams, stairs and ladders, and more. The extension is ideal for architectural engineers, as it develops realistic models and accounts for each architectural component before construction.

    Compatibility: SketchUp 6, 7, 8 and 2013-2017

    2. 2DXY SiteSurvey Tools

    With the 2DXY SiteSurvey Tools[3] extension, construction, architectural and civil engineers can draw and define boundaries of plots of land. This helps produce accurate survey data to determine the physical and legal obstacles before design and constructions begin.

    2DXY SiteSurvey Tools also allows its users to design parcels in a subdivision, draw surveys in meters and feet, and convert an imported CAD file into an annotated survey drawing for SketchUp Pro users. 

    Compatibility: SketchUp 2016, 2017

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    Tags: Engineering, Productivity, SketchUp

    6 Fields of Engineering with the Most Promising Outlook

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Mar 24, 2017 11:15:00 AM

    It’s both an opportunity and a challenge to work in a field like engineering, which has so many different sectors to pursue. If you’re in search of an engineering sector that’s a fit for your skills and your own interests, you’re in luck. Engineering is a fast-growing field, and we have the numbers to prove it.

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, engineering and architecture jobs are expected to grow 3%[1] by 2024, which would add nearly 67,200 new jobs in the U.S. alone. Although engineering as a whole is expected to grow, there are a few sectors in particular that present the most compelling opportunities.

    We’ve highlighted six of the fastest growing engineering fields to help you find your niche. 

    1. Mechanical Engineering

    Mechanical engineering is among the most popular fields, and rightfully so. Mechanical engineers spend the majority of their time using CAD to develop prototypes of different products, which may include thermal devices, engines, machine tools and more. 

    Estimated Job Growth: 8.8%[2]

    Median Annual Wage: $83,590[3] 

    2. Architectural Engineering

    Architectural engineers focus on how the design and construction of a structure come together. Engineers may focus on a variety of aspects like HVAC systems, fire protection and the overall stability of the design. By using their mathematical and technical knowledge, architectural engineers work with architects to make sure the structure’s support systems are up to par.

    The need for repairs and renovations to existing infrastructure has triggered a demand for architectural engineers. Similarly, seasonal construction waves have also caused a high demand for architectural engineers as businesses relocate or expand.

    Estimated Job Growth: 2%[4]

    Median Annual Wage: $132,800[5]

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    Tags: Engineering, 3D CAD

    Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Take Your Engineering Career to the Next Level

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Feb 2, 2017 11:45:00 AM

    There’s no time like the present to advance your engineering career. According to HR and staffing firm Randstad, as reported by Forbes, engineering is one of the fields with the highest demand[1]. Within engineering, the most in-demand jobs were manufacturing engineers, mechanical engineers and electrical engineers.

    CAD-related fields as a whole are also doing well. Employment in architecture and engineering is expected to grow 3 percent by 2024, which would add more than 67,000 jobs to the workforce in the U.S. alone.[2] 

    The numbers are clear: now is the time to get serious about your career. For new entrants to the field, opportunities abound. For veterans, it could be the perfect time to differentiate and improve your earning potential.

    There are a number of tools and resources to help you do just that. And you don’t have to go far to find them: keep reading.

    Introducing the Online Classroom 

    In today’s CAD market, there are an abundance of technologies and resources that allow engineers to continue their education online: 

    • Cloud-based CAD: Designing in CAD online cuts down on revision time and creates a flexible virtual work environment for design teams. With cloud-based software, engineers can save and share their designs with coworkers without having to take up space on their computer. Top providers include Onshape[3] and AutoCAD5
    • Expert Training: A number of online training resources are available through CAD vendors and established CAD professionals. SOLIDWORKS[4] and Autodesk[5] offer free resources like forums and blogs. They also offer paid tutorials, certifications and more.
    • Learner’s TV: If you don’t have time to commit to a formal course, you can now watch hundreds of CAD and engineering tutorials and webinars at your discretion with Learner’s TV[6]. The site includes video lectures, online tests and more on a variety of engineering fields and other industries, making it the perfect resource for your niche.
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    Tags: Engineering, 3D CAD