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Beyond 3D Podcast: Building Machines in the Cloud

Posted by Tyler Barnes on Jul 2, 2018 10:08:30 AM

If you’ve ever designed a custom piece of tooling or machining equipment, you know that traditionally it takes weeks and weeks from design to delivery.  But now there’s a platform that allows you to design on Monday, order on Tuesday and get the machine delivered on Wednesday. It sounds unbelievable, but it’s the future of machine building, and it’s made possible through the development of 3D CAD in the browser.  Tune in to learn more about Vention from CEO and Co-Founder, Etienne Lacroix.

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Topics: Cloud, Manufacturing, Discreet Manufacturing, 3D, IoT, Database, SMB

Why Partnering Is The Key To Innovative Engineering Software

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Jun 28, 2018 2:34:02 PM

In the past, almost every large manufacturing enterprise had an in-house computer-aided design (CAD) department to develop custom software that met their unique needs. Later, the independent software vendors (ISVs) appeared with specialized solutions, followed by enterprise software providers with high-end commercial offerings.

Whether developed internally or purchased off-the-shelf, engineering software needs to constantly innovate in order to meet the unique requirements of the enterprise. Increasingly, partnering is the best way to deliver this innovation.

By working with software component providers and expert software development teams, companies of all sizes can take advantage of the latest technologies, keep their applications current, and deliver the innovative engineering software solutions that end users require.

Software Components + Expert Software Development Consulting

Technology has advanced at a rapid pace in the last 15 years, and the engineering software world is no exception. For instance, it used to be that if you were writing a graphics application and you knew some OpenGL, you’d be all set. Today, there are literally dozens of different technologies to choose from — and companies are finding it next to impossible to keep up with the complexity.

Expertise in these areas is expensive and time-consuming to acquire. On top of that, the specific expertise is usually tangential to the main business and core competency of the company. That’s why partnering with a provider of software components makes so much sense.

Components provide basic building blocks of functionality that have been developed by domain experts with core expertise in that particular area. One of the main fears companies have with custom development is that the final product might be full of bugs. The component approach prevents a lot of bugs from happening in the first place because the components have been tried and tested a multitude of times in a multitude of applications. Simply put, the foundation that components provide is very solid.

While components provide the starting point, these building blocks need to be assembled, customized, and integrated into a production-ready application. That’s where a team of qualified developers that are familiar with the component technologies comes into play.

These external development teams have extensive industry expertise, they know the components inside and out, and they know how to combine the components into a final product for the customer. If components help remove much of the risk around adopting or incorporating a new technology, seasoned professionals with years of experience and specialized skills help remove much of the remaining risk.

Another point of concern for custom developed software is a post-production maintenance. Enterprise customers don’t want to get stuck with a solution that nobody can support. Not all development consultants are in the position to provide such support. When looking for a development partner, it is important to look for one that offers long-term support service in addition to development services.

Authors: Dave Opsahl, VP of Corporate Development at Tech Soft 3D and Boris Shoov, VP of Business Development at AMC Bridge

Originally published at on June 28, 2018.

This article is based on a podcast: Beyond 3D — Services and component technologies take the complexity out of dealing with today’s tech trends

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Topics: Component Technologies, Software Development, Engineering Software

Beyond 3D Podcast: Simulation and Collaboration in the Cloud

Posted by Tyler Barnes on May 22, 2018 10:19:16 AM

Simulation is something that anyone in manufacturing is familiar with, and in this episode of Beyond 3D we talk with David Heiny, co-founder and CEO of SimScale.  David talks about how simulation in the cloud has evolved, how the cloud has enabled more powerful and rapid simulation, and also where simulation is headed – that it is much more than just the power of the cloud, but how real-time collaboration simulation is now possible, even more accessible and that’s enabling more small and mid-size companies to take advantage of simulation early on in the design process.

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Topics: Cloud, Manufacturing, Simulation

Why Are You Not Using Component-Based Software Development?

Posted by Tech Soft 3D Staff on Feb 28, 2018 12:04:35 PM

Our partners at AMC Bridge published a great blog post about using component technology.  Below is a brief summary and a link to the full blog.  Take a look! 

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Topics: Component Technologies, Software Development

3D Printing File Formats Must Evolve with the Industry

Posted by Jonathan Girroir on Jan 25, 2018 12:21:31 PM

As rapid-fire advances enrich the 3D-printing landscape, file formats have to keep pace to support these changes, or there’s a risk of neutralizing further progress.

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Topics: Industry Insight, 3D

Geometry Toolkits Play Complementary Roles in Additive Manufacturing

Posted by Gavin Bridgeman on Aug 25, 2017 1:12:17 PM

Integrating data types in modeling and preparing the model for 3D printing are strengths of separate systems.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing

Why Data Reuse Still Isn’t Widespread — And How It Can Be

Posted by Eric Vinchon on Aug 16, 2017 10:49:53 AM

Data reuse seems like a topic that’s been covered for a long time. The idea of re-using a digital mockup across the product lifecycle has been around for over 20 years. And yet, today, effectively reusing CAD data across different applications throughout product development remains a challenge for many companies.

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Topics: B-rep, CAD, CAM, Manufacturing, 3D

A Strategic Approach to Today’s Engineering Software Challenges

Posted by Ron Fritz on Aug 11, 2017 12:43:48 PM

Developing an engineering application has never been more complicated than it is in today's environment. As developers aim to meet customer needs and bring compelling products to market, there are challenges emerging from all corners of the industry.

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Topics: HOOPS toolkit, CAD, Engineering, Manufacturing, 3D, Engineering Software

Unlocking Engineering Data for Downstream Consumption is Now a Must

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Aug 8, 2017 2:02:26 PM

Written by Dave Opsahl, VP of Corporate Development at Tech Soft 3D

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Topics: 3D PDF

Implementing MBD - Costs, Timeline, Process and Misconceptions

Posted by Tyler Barnes on Aug 4, 2017 2:52:06 PM

In this episode of Beyond 3D, Jennifer Heron, CEO of Action Engineering, goes deep into what MBD (model-based definition) really means, and the steps a company can and should take if they want to get started implementing MBD.  Jennifer highlights some real scenarios to illustrate cost, timeline and the process that a company can and should follow when looking to implement an MBD strategy.

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Topics: MBD

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