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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

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

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

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

It’s a Hardware Renaissance

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Apr 3, 2017 4:38:43 PM

In this episode of Beyond 3D we talk to one of the pioneers of 3D CAD, Jon Stevenson, who helped turn GrabCAD into the largest online collaboration community in the 3D CAD world, and is now VP of Global Software at Stratasys. 

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Topics: Hardware

Do you Zip files? You should 3D PDF them instead for better, structured communication. Listen to the new Beyond 3D Podcast!

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Jan 31, 2017 3:17:30 PM

There are millions of 3D PDFs used in different manufacturing workflows every day, across the globe.  So why are there still so many misconceptions about how 3D PDFs can be used? How versatile they are, how much better they are than Zipping a ton files together and hoping the recipient can figure out how to view them all. The 3D PDF Consortium was founded for exactly this purpose – to provide education and awareness to the market about 3D PDFs.  We talk with Jerry McFeeters, the Executive Director, and Phil Spreier, Technical Director to dispel some of the bigger myths when it comes to 3D PDF creation and use.

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Topics: 3D PDF

Igniting the 3D documentation revolution – 3D PDF for the model based enterprise

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Jan 7, 2016 10:58:00 AM

This blog originally appeared on the GrabCAD blog: http://blog.grabcad.com/blog/2015/12/22/igniting-the-3d-documentation-revolution-3d-pdf-for-the-model-based-enterprise/

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Topics: MBE, MBD, 3D PDF

MBE Blog 2: Visualization ≠ Communication

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Oct 6, 2014 10:26:00 AM

I began this blog series in my previous post by talking about what model-based enterprise (MBE) means. In this post, I’d like to dispel a perception that is quite common in manufacturing enterprises, and replace it with a different way of looking at collaboration.

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Topics: MBE, MBD, 3D PDF

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