CAD Links Worth Your Time: New Print as You Design Tool, FeatureScript Tutorials and more

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Aug 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    CAD News 


    Researchers Develop Tool to Print as You Design

    A common frustration for designers is reprinting each version of their prototype as they make changes to it. Now, printers can keep up. A group of Cornell researchers developed a tool in which designers can pause printing at any time to make changes, which will then be reflected in the printed design

    Their printing system uses a similar version of WirePrint, which was designed to make the prototype process faster. With extendable nozzles and a removable base, the system can detect when and where to make changes. Designers have the option to pause printing or continue designing while printing is in progress.

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    Tags: Engineering, Design, Creativity, Productivity

    What You Can Learn from the World’s Smartest Engineer

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Aug 3, 2016 11:00:00 AM

    You’ve likely heard the name “Tesla” in reference to the iconic electric car company started by Elon Musk. While Musk’s firm builds some incredible machines, engineer Nikola Tesla after whom the firm is named, puts the company to shame. 

    Tesla, born in 1856 had a storied career inventing incredible technologies and predicting future advancements. For instance, he theorized a device strikingly similar to the smartphone in 1901 and built a robot for the 1898 Electrical Exhibition in New York City. He also generated controversy by warring with Thomas Edison over the use of alternating current (AC) versus direct current (DC).

    Tesla, while known in his own era, was obscure for a time to modern audiences. Now, he’s receiving recognition long overdue. That’s good news, because this brilliant engineer has some powerful lessons to teach the designers and tinkerers of today.

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    Tags: Engineering

    CAD Links Worth Your Time: Redesigned Panama Canal, the Onshape Education Plan and Zero-Gravity 3D Printing

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jul 28, 2016 11:00:00 AM




    Expanding the Panama Canal

    When the Panama Canal first opened, it provided a shortcut for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But, almost half of today’s ships are too large to get through the canal. In 2009, engineering firm MWH Global began redesigning the canal. 

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    Tags: Engineering, Design, Architecture, Creativity, CAD Management

    How Engineers Benefit from Better Communication

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jul 14, 2016 10:30:00 AM

    According to a study conducted at Queens University of Charlotte, nearly 75% of employers rated teamwork and collaboration as being “very important”. However, only 61% of surveyed employees worldwide believed their organizations collaborated enough.

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    Tags: Engineering, Communication

    How Engineers Can Transform Their Presentation Skills With 3 Easy Tips

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jul 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    When it comes to presenting their work, engineers need to be equipped with strong presentation skills to sell themselves and their work. It’s important to know how to present ideas to both internal audiences, like managers or executive teams, as well as external audiences, which may include customers and vendors.

    Engineers who are able to communicate their ideas well stand out from their colleagues and the competition, which leads to better results within the organization. By being able to clearly explain their ideas, engineers may also establish a reputation as the go-to-person for future projects.

    Ready to start improving your presentation skills? Follow these simple tips.

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    Tags: Engineering, Productivity, Communication

    6 Skills That Engineers Need to Have a Future in CAD

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jul 7, 2016 11:00:00 AM

    CAD as an industry is undergoing perpetual change. With new technology and rapid global expansion, engineers are feeling increasing pressures to be profitable.

    With industry growth comes intense competition between CAD professionals who must now stay relevant and ahead of the curve. You must have knowledge in emerging technological innovations, a solid understanding of design processes, and the ability to communicate effectively in global markets.

    Here are six skills CAD professionals need to develop if they want a bright future in the industry.

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    Tags: Engineering

    3 Important Non-Engineering Skills Engineers Need to Thrive

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jun 30, 2016 11:00:00 AM

    44% of top executives believe soft skills account for the biggest part of the U.S. skills gap. In addition to technical skills, engineers must have the ability to work productively, communicate effectively and demonstrate outstanding creativity. Though not all of these skills come naturally, they can all be learned through one simple process: practice.

    Here are three critical non-engineering skills engineers need in order to thrive.

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    Tags: Engineering

    CAD Links Worth Your Time: 3D-Printed Wheelchair, Subscription-Based CAD Software and More

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jun 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    CAD News

    This 3D-Printed Motorcycle Only Weighs 35 Kg

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    Tags: Engineering, Architecture, Creativity, Productivity, Communication

    5 Innovations From SXSW Skyrocketing Us Into the Future

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jun 15, 2016 10:30:00 AM

    Every year companies launch their best new innovations at South by Southwest (SXSW). 2016 was no exception. Virtual and augmented reality products were heavily represented. As were many products that address the question “why don’t we have those yet?”

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    Tags: Engineering

    7 Engineering Wonders That Show How Far We’ve Come Since The Ancient Pyramids

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Feb 16, 2016 10:26:16 AM

    Engineers have designed incredible structures throughout time. Some of these are still shrouded in mystery, such as the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge. We still don’t know exactly how the engineering plans were actually carried out in terms of getting huge, heavy bricks and rocks in place.

    Not knowing how they were made hasn’t stopped us from trying to build things even more impressive. Innovations and new technologies have allowed us to construct bigger and taller designs, and in places we could have only dreamed even 50 years ago. The following projects are perfect examples of how far we’ve come and continue to go.

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    Tags: Engineering, Design, Architecture