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    4 Common Challenges for Remote Teams—and How to Overcome Them

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 21, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    Remote work has grown in popularity across the world. In fact, more than 50 percent of the U.S. workforce has a job that allows them to at least partially telework, or remote work. The benefits of remote work are endless: increased productivity, convenient or flexible scheduling and more. But, even the best concepts have their faults.

    Remote teams are likely to encounter a handful of challenges. We’ve rounded up the top four for CAD and engineering professionals, and how to overcome them.

    1. Adjusting to Time Zones

    Like many engineering and CAD firms, some of your team members, clients or other partners may be states away, or overseas. Varying time zones can lead to challenges when trying to schedule calls or meetings, communication via email or simply getting in a rhythm when editing and delivering work. 

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity

    As a CAD Professional, Is Wireless Right for You?

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 18, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    Nowadays, nearly every business equips their employees with the technology for them to succeed not only in the office, but out of the office, too. CAD professionals and companies are no different.

    With work environments changing and more CAD professionals becoming mobile, there is an increasing need for wireless CAD technology. But, how do you know if wireless is right for you? Consider the following scenarios and read on for benefits of some of today’s top wireless CAD hardware.

    You May Be a Part of a Flexible Workplace

    By now, you’ve probably heard of or been a part of a flexible workplace, which allows employees to work from home, work part-time, work untraditional business hours, or other flexible arrangement. Flexible work options not only encourage work-life balance for many, but they also allow people to work when they are most productive.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity, CadMouse

    How to Get the Most Out of Your CAD Software

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

    Great engineers must stay on top of the latest trends in the industry, while continually expanding their knowledge in CAD. To help fine-tune your skills and get the most out of your CAD software, we’ve compiled a list of six resources to check out.

    1. CADTutor

    This website is a one-stop-shop that features daily engineering tips and offers tutorials specifically designed to get you accustomed to AutoCAD 2D and 3D designs. Join hundreds of engineers in one of several live forums for quick questions and solutions to make the most out of your CAD software.

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

    Flying Solo: 4 Best Practices for Freelance CAD Professionals

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Dec 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

    While it’s common for CAD professionals to begin their careers in a firm or company, many still opt to freelance in an effort to truly control the direction of their career. 

    Freelancing is quickly catching on as one of the more popular employment trends. In fact, nearly 34 percent of the United States population is made up of freelancers—including designers.

    Read on to learn more about how to establish yourself as a successful freelance CAD professional.

    1. Establish Your Rates

    When first starting out as a freelance CAD professional, one of the most important steps to maintaining a profit is to establish your rates. You will need to charge enough to remain competitive against other freelancers, but also to maintain your own needs in order to work. Consider the costs of the following: 

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity

    4 Tools That Make 3D Technology Accessible to Anyone

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Oct 26, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    CAD technology is constantly evolving and becoming more affordable and user-friendly by day. As 3D technology continues to capture market share from 2D design tools, the global market for 3D CAD is expected to reach $7.3 billion by 2022.

    With that said, today, almost anyone can access 3D design tools, no matter their background or skill level. Many individuals, businesses and organizations are quickly picking up on the benefits of 3D design and printing—like the lower costs, efficiency and sustainability.

    Here are four tools anyone can use to start designing in 3D.

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    Tags: Design, 3D CAD, Productivity

    The Best Ways for Engineers to Stay Productive on Group Projects

    Posted by Danielle Adams on Oct 9, 2017 10:05:00 AM

    In the course of daily labors, engineers are often given tasks and projects that are incredibly complicated in nature. Being efficient and productive while working on these assignments is critical, but it often proves difficult, especially when multiple individuals are involved in the work. These days, though, there are various pieces of hardware and software that can help make life easier, both for engineers and for their product managers. 

    Stay On Task

    With big projects, you don’t just need to be productive individually, you need to coordinate efforts and keep everyone up-to-date. That’s where task or project management software comes in handy. Apps like TrelloAsana and Workfront help add visibility to projects, allowing everyone involved to see what’s completed, what’s in progress, and what has yet to be done. They also provide a way to share documents and files, attaching them to tasks so they’re easy to find.

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    Tags: 3D mouse, 3D CAD, Productivity

    How to Adjust to a Two-Handed Workflow in CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Oct 3, 2017 10:40:00 AM

    Engineers constantly seek new ways to optimize their workspaces with the latest tech, but what about their workflows? A two-handed workflow is the most sensible solution when working CAD and can be easily implemented by any designer.

    By using a two-handed workflow, CAD professionals can reduce muscle movement, improve comfort and expedite designing for maximum productivity without compromising the quality of his or her work. 

    Below, we outline how to seamlessly transition to a two-handed workflow in CAD with the SpaceMouse Enterprise Kit.

    The Benefits of Two-Handed Workflows

    Engineers are constantly challenged to produce the highest quality of work in the least amount of time. Approximately 97 percent of users claim to experience less pain when using a 3D mouse compared to a regular computer mouse, which has encouraged engineers to transition to two-handed design.

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    Tags: 3D mouse, 3D CAD, Productivity

    How to Keep Your Focus While Working in CAD

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 22, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    Distractions can derail your entire day, if you let them. Research shows that it takes an average of 25 minutes to get back on track after being distracted. This can be especially detrimental for CAD professionals whose field requires long periods of concentration and accuracy.

    Some distractions simply can’t be easily removed; therefore CAD professionals must take the plunge to sharpening their ability to focus. Read on to learn some tips and tricks to maintain your focus and concentration while working in CAD. 

    Train Your Brain

    The ability to concentrate for long periods of time doesn’t come naturally. If you think back to your elementary years, humans have always been trained to focus for increasingly long periods of time. Still, this ability comes and goes, especially with a varying work schedule, work environment and other external factors.

    In order to train your brain to focus effectively on your work in CAD, you should train it the same way you would any other muscle. Start out slow, gradually increasing your length of uninterrupted work on your designs. For instance, if you’re used to concentrating for 45 minutes without interruptions, try increasing it by 5-10 minute intervals.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity

    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

    How to Keep Your Focus While Working in CAD

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

    Distractions can derail your entire day, if you let them. Research shows that it takes an average of 25 minutes to get back on track after being distracted. This can be especially detrimental for CAD professionals whose field requires long periods of concentration and accuracy.

    Some distractions simply can’t be easily removed; therefore CAD professionals must take the plunge to sharpening their ability to focus. Read on to learn some tips and tricks to maintain your focus and concentration while working in CAD.

    Train Your Brain

    The ability to concentrate for long periods of time doesn’t come naturally. If you think back to your elementary years, humans have always been trained to focus for increasingly long periods of time. Still, this ability comes and goes, especially with a varying work schedule, work environment and other external factors.

    In order to train your brain to focus effectively on your work in CAD, you should train it the same way you would any other muscle. Start out slow, gradually increasing your length of uninterrupted work on your designs. For instance, if you’re used to concentrating for 45 minutes without interruptions, try increasing it by 5-10 minute intervals.

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    Tags: 3D CAD, Productivity