All About CAD Conversion

How to Make PLM Easy

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 @ 02:16 PM

How to Make PLM Easy

Ask nearly any design/manufacturing enterprise why PLM has become one of the most important ways for them to speed product development, reduce costs and generate higher revenues, and they’ll tell you it’s “because it works!”  Ask these same companies how easy it was to implement their PLM and the answers may not be as positive.

The reason for the gap between how well it works and how (un)easy it may be to implement is because PLM is less about the actual technology and more about business process transformation.  And, nearly any psychologist can tell you that “change is difficult.”

But, PLM is a change well-worth making!

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Tags: CAD CAM Outsource, CAD Conversion, 3d CAD, PLM

Product Engineering 3D Modeling Processes Promote Growth

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 05:52 PM

Product Engineering 3D Modeling Processes Promote Growth

What do you do when you’re a business that is dedicated to product innovation, impeccable customer service and the manufacture of quality products -- and you get more orders than you can handle?  You have three options:

  1. You can turn down the business;
  2. you can hire more staff; or,
  3. you can outsource the extra work.

When you’re a company that boasts a world class team of experts who operate with integrity, honesty, and strong core values and leadership, turning down business is not something you’re likely to do.

When new hires must fit into a team of experts that is committed to the research and development efforts needed to advance engineering capabilities and product improvements, the hiring process can’t be rushed.

That leaves outsourcing.

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Tags: 3D Modeling

The CAD/CAM Guide to Assembly Drawings

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 04:56 PM

The CAD/CAM Guide to Assembly Drawings

If you’re an inventor, a designer, an engineer or a manufacturer, then it’s likely that you need assembly drawings.

An assembly drawing is necessary for any product, design or invention that has more than one part:  From computers to aircraft, lawnmowers to heavy machinery, skate boards to baby carriages – they all need assembly drawings.

Some assembly drawings are simple (think about the last piece of IKEA furniture you purchased and assembled).  Some assembly drawings are complex (like the motor for your automobile.)  Assembly drawings all have these things in common:

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Tags: CAD CAm, 3d CAD

Interview with a CAD/CAM Services Technician

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 05:33 PM

Interview with a CAD/CAM Services Technician

I don't usually get to spend a lot of time talking to our engineers and technicians who actually work with our customers. But, I recently made time to sit down with one of our best technicians to get his take on how well we're doing meeting our clients needs.  Here are the questions I asked, and his unfiltered, unedited answers:

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Tags: CAD CAm

How Smart Engineering Firms Use CAD Outsourcing

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Nov 03, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

How Smart Engineering Firms Use CAD Outsourcing

There are numerous benefits tooutsourcing engineering work, and outsourcing doesn’t have to result in job cuts or projects lost to foreign competitors.  You just have to outsource SMART!

Skills -- An outsource team typically has more skills and resources than an “in-house” jack of all trades. Multiple -- Muliple engineers – both in-house and out, get jobs done faster.

Ad Hoc -- When you need a one-off skill set, use outsource ad hoc teams of specialists.

Resources – When you need additional staff to balance peaks and valleys of work-load

Time – More business means more work; Outsourcing give you more time for more jobs

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Tags: CAD Services Outsource, CAD Conversion

Is There Still a Need for Scan to CAD?

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 03:14 PM

Is There Still a Need for Scan to CAD?

According to an AIIM post from Neale Stidolph, Head of Information Management, Lockheed Martin UK, at least one industry – oil and gas – still manages a great deal of paper in their engineering departments. 

According to Mr. Stidoplph’s post “Most oil companies do not achieve data-centric engineering and do not practice engineering lifecycle management, though they may believe their engineering contractor does this for them. Records, drawings, specifications, datasheets and other documents are variously controlled, uncontrolled, lost, out of date, duplicated, rendered and generally not in an acceptable condition or one that can be used to advantage.”

Certainly, we find this to be true.

Our customer base contains several oil & gas companies who routinely come to us to have segments of their paper engineering drawings converted to digital, through the process of “Scan to CAD.”

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Tags: Scan to CAD

Change the Status Quo with CAD-CAM-FEA Simulation Outsourcing

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 05:42 PM

Change the Status Quo with CAD-CAM-FEA Simulation Outsourcing

Historically, manufacturers have made products that have been designed with familiar materials, and physically tested to ensure that the product worked properly.  But, as new manufacturing materials are developed, the problem of design and test becomes more complex.  The entire status quo of design and manufacturing is being upended.  Options are endless and testing more complex.  Unfortunately, not all design/manufacture firms are up to the task. 

That’s where Simulation Outsourcing can be a boon.

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Tags: Engineering Simulation

Why You Need Surface Modeling (and Why We Provide It)

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 04:38 PM

Why You Need Surface Modeling (and Why We Provide It)

According to PC Magazine Encyclopedia, Surface Modeling is “A mathematical technique for representing solid-appearing objects. Surface modeling is a more complex method for representing objects than wireframe modeling, but not as sophisticated as solid modelingSurface modeling is widely used in CAD (computer-aided design) for illustrations and architectural renderings.”

Surface modeling gets tricky, because the process often requires conversions between different 3D modeling types.  Let’s start with the basics:

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Tags: 3D Modeling, 3D Design, 3d CAD

CAD Services Matter -- The Role of PLM, PDM and 3D Design

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 02:24 PM

CAD Services Matter – The Role of PLM, PDM and 3D Design

When you’re pushing a design deadline, you know that the tools, processes and services you use matter.

Many product-driven businesses rely heavily on PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) and PDM (Product Data Management), but they also rely heavily on CAD services partners to help them meet their deadlines.  The question, then, is how to ensure that your CAD services partner adheres to your PLM and PDM goals.

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Tags: CAD Services Outsource, CAD Service, 3D CAD Services, 3d CAD

How to Build a Bridge Using Structural Analysis

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 05:57 PM

How to Build a Bridge Using Computational Engineering and Structural Analysis

What do you do when you need to cross a divide, or cross a river?  You build a bridge, of course!

Bridge building, especially when the bridge must span massive distances and withstand tons of traffic, the possibility of earthquakes, high winds and other tests of strength and design, requires both art and science.

The art and science of designing and building bridges has changed for the better as a result of increased understanding of engineering principles, as well as advances in technology.  New materials and methodologies add to the changes in bridge building. 

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Tags: Engineering Simulation