Tech Soft 3D Blog

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

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: Engineering Software, Software Development, 3D, 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: Engineering Software, Software Development, 3D, 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: 3D, Discreet Manufacturing, IoT, Database, SMB, Manufacturing, Cloud

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: 3D, Industry Insight

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

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

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

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