Any discussion of augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) could reasonably start with the question of “Why should I care about this?”
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.