Tech Soft 3D Blog

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

A 21-Year-Old Start-Up?

Posted by Ron Fritz on Jul 7, 2017 11:11:56 AM

Tech Soft 3D has been around now for 21 years and yet, just last week, someone I was talking to on the phone referred to us as a “start-up”! This has been happening on a pretty regular basis over the last 21 years. At one point it was certainly a true description of the company. But now? With 20 years of profitability and growth, offices around the world, and over 100 employees, we’re far beyond the start-up phase. So what is the threshold? Is it when you go public, or get acquired, or reach a certain annual revenue? It’s puzzling.

But it got me thinking.

Here in the U.S., hitting the age of 21 matters. (Barbarically) it’s when we can finally legally drink alcohol, and while quite a few rights come our way at 18, 21 is more often considered the real threshold into adulthood. A young adult, yes, but an adult nonetheless.

But if it takes a person 21 years to be grown-up, by the time a company is 21 years old, it’s considered quite seasoned. Yet in both cases – for individuals as well as organizations – there is still plenty to be learned by combining the benefits of experience with the qualities of youth.

That’s what we try to do here at Tech Soft 3D and perhaps that’s why, even after 21 years in business, people can still refer to us as a start-up. I like to think it’s because we’ve done a pretty good job of retaining the best parts of youth, including:

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Topics: Our culture, Industry Insight, Corporate Culture, Culture

Strategic Technology Partnerships

Posted by Ron Fritz on Jun 12, 2017 11:49:13 AM

The concept of “Strategic Technology Partnerships” has described our approach to business relationships from the very beginning. While it sounds natural to us, like with lots of “tribal language” it may be less clear to those outside our organization who are not yet partners of ours. Here’s exactly what we mean, one word at a time.

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Topics: Partners, Culture

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

MBD is a Process, not a Product

Posted by Tyler Barnes on Feb 27, 2017 2:45:47 PM

In this episode we talk with Chad Jackson of Lifecyle Insights to clear up some misconceptions around model based definition (MBD) and model based enterprise (MBE).  The biggest thing to remember is that MBD and MBE isn’t a “thing” or a “product” – you can’t just say “let’s do MBD” or ask a services company “can you do MBD?”  It’s a process, and when done properly, companies can see tremendous benefits to productivity and the bottom line. 

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Topics: MBE, MBD

Is “Web or Native” the Wrong Question for Engineering Applications?

Posted by Gavin Bridgeman on Feb 13, 2017 3:47:57 PM

What platform should I build my next-generation engineering application (app) on–web (HTML & JavaScript) or native (C++)? This is a question I hear over and over from development managers looking to their next-generation applications.

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Topics: Web Applications, Native Applications, Engineering Software

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

Beyond 3D Podcast with AMC Bridge - Services and component technologies take the complexity out of dealing with today's tech trends

Posted by Tyler Barnes on Dec 16, 2016 4:14:59 PM

In this episode of Beyond 3D we talk about services for the first time.  And who better to talk about services for the engineering world other than AMC Bridge, one of the largest engineering service providers in the world.

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Topics: Cloud, mobile, CAD, ISV, Manufacturing, IoT, Engineering Services, PLM, Product Lifecycle Management, Component Technologies, Services, Service Providers, Software Development

Beyond 3D Podcast with Chris Jones of Actify – Having a digital strategy for big data is critical, and both small and large manufacturers can do it.

Posted by Tyler Barnes on Dec 5, 2016 5:13:39 PM

In our third episode of Beyond 3D, we talk with Chris Jones, CEO of Actify, about why it is critical for manufacturers of all sizes to have a digital strategy to consume, visualize and act on the quintillions of bytes being generated every day. It’s not a question of “should I do this” but rather “when and how will I do this?” Relational databases just don’t cut it anymore – the massive amounts of data being generated need to be able to be mined for specific things, visualized and acted upon quickly and easily. The technology is getting there, and is more accessible to manufacturers of all sizes – yes, even the small guys.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Discreet Manufacturing, Big Data, 3D, IoT, Connected Devices, Database, SMB

Happy 20th Birthday, Tech Soft 3D

Posted by Ron Fritz on Nov 15, 2016 2:15:17 PM

4 Dudes-1.pngIn 1996, it would have been impossible to imagine that 20 years later I would be sitting here writing this particular blog.  At the time, when Gavin, Yanick, Rob and I spun the HOOPS Visualize technology out of Autodesk, we could hardly have been a more scrappy, scruffy start-up. We had no funding, were squatting in Autodesk offices, had no clear idea of how to run a company and certainly no clear idea of how we would grow over the long-term.  We did know that there were customers relying on the HOOPS technology and we were determined to take care of them as job #1. Beyond that, I suppose like any start-up, we were hoping to survive long enough to not only support those partners, but also to eventually fuel innovation for many more development teams.

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Topics: Culture

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