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The Rise of the Product Innovation Platform

Posted by Jenny Ferello on May 24, 2019 11:54:10 AM

The age of the product innovation platform is upon us. What is a product innovation platform?
And can it really “revolutionize” the way we do business?

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Let’s start by defining the term “platform” in today’s engineering space. In the computer world, a
platform has long been defined as a complete programming and runtime environment. The term
has expanded beyond hardware to be a group of technologies that are used as the foundation
upon which other applications, processes or technologies are developed – a cloud service like
AWS or Azure, your smartphone or another device.

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Topics: 3D, Software Development, Engineering Software, Hardware

Custom Manufacturing Via the Cloud

Posted by Dave Opsahl on May 21, 2019 3:11:28 PM

How web-based CAD can be the “easy button” for industrial equipment design.

Designing and manufacturing a custom piece of tooling or industrial equipment has never been a particularly speedy process, often taking weeks or month from design to delivery.

But what if you could design a piece on a Monday, hit the order button on Tuesday, and have it arrive at your door on Wednesday—all the while knowing that your intellectual property is secure, and that you are guaranteed to be working from the correct version of the underlying components?

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Topics: 3D, Software Development, Engineering Software, Hardware

Visualizing Big Data in Manufacturing

Posted by Dave Opsahl on May 6, 2019 2:55:12 PM

It is critical for large and small manufacturers to be able to utilize data to make smart design decisions.

The world is awash is a sea of data. It's estimated that we're producing 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily. (For perspective, a quintillion is a 1 with 18 zeroes after it, which officially puts the big in big data).

With the amount of information now being generated, it is critical for manufacturing companies to come up with a strategy for how best to consume and act upon all this data. And while it'd be easy to think that data strategy is something for the Boeings and General Motors of the world, make no mistake: it is essential for big and small manufacturers alike.

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Topics: 3D, Software Development, Engineering Software, Hardware

Simulation in the Cloud Isn’t Just About Simulation

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Apr 15, 2019 3:08:32 PM

If the history of simulation has an arc, it’s one that bends towards democratization.

It used to be that simulation was a massively complex undertaking. Within an organization, you might have one particularly brainy Ph.D. sitting in front of a complicated piece of software that was running on a high-performance computing system that cost tens of thousands – and possibly even hundreds of thousands – of dollars.

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Topics: 3D, Software Development, Engineering Software, Hardware

3-Rings, 1-Circus

Posted by Ron Fritz on Feb 28, 2019 4:20:33 PM

Every couple of years we come up with a theme here at Tech Soft 3D. We do this to help us focus on something that is particularly important for us to pay special attention to at a point in time as we grow. We do this because it helps us to strengthen some ‘organizational muscles’ that we will be exercising extensively during this next growth phase.

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Topics: Our culture

Four Key Technology Trends and How Companies Can Capitalize on Them

Posted by Ron Fritz on Oct 25, 2018 10:40:51 AM

The technology landscape is always evolving, being driven forward and pulled in exciting new directions by underlying macro trends. Right now, the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), mobile, and generative design are some of those trends that are starting to shape the engineering software space.

Software vendors would do well to pay attention to all of these areas: The trends overlap and intersect with one another in interesting ways, and even if some of the trends don’t seem relevant to your business today, that doesn’t mean they won’t be in the very near future.

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Topics: 3D, IoT, Software Development, Engineering Software, Hardware

Why Engineering Graphics Matter More Than Ever

Posted by Martin Erhardt on Oct 18, 2018 3:23:26 PM

Engineering software has long catered to two primary markets, serving up a full spectrum of offerings to the Manufacturing and Building & Construction industries to help with everything from design and analysis to creation and validation, and beyond. 

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Topics: 3D, Software Development, Engineering Software, Hardware

Mastering the Hardware Renaissance

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Jul 25, 2018 8:36:53 PM

As software continues to eat the world, garnering a fair amount of attention along the way, it’s
easy to overlook the fact that there’s ahardware renaissance going on.

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Topics: 3D, Software Development, Engineering Software, Hardware

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.

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Topics: Component Technologies, Software Development, Engineering Software

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