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2014

Technology of the Year: The Internet of Things - IoT denotes advanced connectivity of devices, systems, services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications, can enable companies to establish secure connectivity, remotely monitor, manage wide range of machines, sensors, devices, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Dec 18, 2014

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Engineers - OWI robotic arm, parrot rolling spider, math formulas tie, cams & cranks, remote controlled machines, Hanz inventor's kit, mug, Coolest cooler, Jawbone Up24, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Dec 16, 2014

The Internet of Things Could Take the Guesswork Out of Design - access to real-time data from actual performance, use of smart, connected products can provide valuable feedback to improve quality, profitability of next-generation products, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2014

A Platform to Reduce Product Complexity - platform-based design enables engineers to package, specify, document designs; challenges: Variants are invariably vexing, reuse, time, effort it takes to properly capture it, David Geer, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2014

PTC Live Stuttgart: Are You Adapting to the Internet of Things? - PTC to group IoT technologies, products under ThingWorx brand, economic impact of IoT is estimated to be 10 times greater than 3D printing, Tom Lansford, CADplace, Dec 2014

What Makes a Great Technical Drawing: 4 Best Practices - proof drawing for dimension accuracy, spelling, detail inclusion, minimize redundancy, be selective with information, stick to standard, 3DxBlog, Oct 22, 2014

Vero's Radan Adds in 180 Enhancements to Latest Version of the Sheet Metal Software - has strengthened 3D translation procedure, new editor in unfolding dialog tool supports bend parameters, new machine automation functions, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 13, 2014

Training Entrepreneurs for the Internet of Things - PTC will donate software, training materials, ThingWorx apps to Lassonde Studio at the University of Utah to help students understand new technology, design smarter, better products, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Sep 29, 2014

The Internet of Things is Changing Everything - evolving technology can help designers improve products, using real data to build predictive simulations, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Aug 25, 2014

The Internet of Things: What It Means for Designers - network of physical objects that contain embedded processors, sensors, software, digital UI that are connected to internet and to each other, DEVELOP 3D, Aug 14, 2014

Hexagon's Q2 a Mixed Bag of Good/Bad, Up/Down - total revenue in Q2 was up 6% in constant currencies, revenue up 7% in cc in Europe, revenue from Asia was up 5% on organic basis, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Aug 14, 2014

Ease of Use Drives 3D Scanner Adoption in Engineering - scanner selection criteria: consider application requirements, set-up time, versatility, user requirements, accuracy, resolution, scanner size and range, Brian Albright, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2014

4 Skills for the Internet of Things - 4 IoT competencies for design engineers: embedded software, communication capabilities, instrumentation, data and security, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2014

Hexagon Acquires Vero: Metrology Meets Manufacturing - acquisition will strengthen Hexagon's software offerings, extending reach of newly developed metrology planning software to include CAM, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, July 22, 2014

Is Hexagon's Strategy Starting to Pay Off? - total revenue in Q2 was up 1%, core continuing business, Measurement Technologies, reported revenue up 2%, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, May 13, 2014

Updated Hypertherm ProNest CAD/CAM Software - scribe-text function to add varied information to parts, tab enhancements for laser cutting, custom remnant module to enter dimensions of irregular plate or remnant, nest geometry of other parts on that plate, Elisabeth Eitel, Machine Design, Apr 30, 2014

COFES 2014: Focuses on the Year 2020 and 20/20 Vision - 'Maker Faire for minds', attending COFES is educational experience, encourages active exchanges on various topics, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, May 7, 2014

What I Saw at COFES (and What I Didn't) - Fujitsu offering its iCAD software for $13,000, IntelliCAD 8 beta from ITC, 'Geometric Modeling' book from Nikolai Golovanov of ASCON Group announced, talk abot online MCAD from Lagoa, upFront.eZine, May 6, 2014

What I Learned at COFES 2014 - clash between techno-optimists and techno-pessimists, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Apr 29, 2014

COFES Day 2 in the Afternoon - discussion on politics and engineering software, session on geometric modeling kernels discussed cloud issues, data translation problems, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 26, 2014

COFES Day 3 - roundtable discussion by Jon Peddie on future hardware, its implication, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 26, 2014

Model-Based System Engineering - Beyond Spreadsheets - software features include: diagram creation, allocation/model/data libraries and tables, customizable design rules checker, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 20, 2014

Women in Engineering: Six Women Share Their Stories - talk about selecting engineering field, reasons for success, working in predominately male industry, tips for women in engineering starting out, Kim Douglas, The SolidWorks Blog, Feb 6, 2014

Keep New Product Development Initiatives on Target - apply effective cost management strategies in earliest stages of product design process, get cross-functional view of product cost, integrate with enterprise systems, Julie Driscoll, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2014

Improve Engineering Data Interoperability - Global Product Data Interoperability Summit aims to drive standards adoption in aerospace, automotive, other industries Randy Frank, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2014

2013

Hexagon's Q3, Shell & Rentals - net income down 9%, Shell is standardizing on Intergraph PP&M software, views on license model transition, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Nov 6, 2013

Gesture-Based Design Engineering - gesture input can significantly improve modeling paradigm, can be adopted for design inspection, use for geometry construction may require efforts, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2013

Negotiating IP Security in the Age of Contractors - freelance experts use GrabCAD Workbench, Altair OptiSruct to handle intellectual properties, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2013

Glassified: New Ruler from MIT Media Lab Automagically Measures Angles, Volume, and Shape Properties - modified ruler with transparent display that supplements physical strokes made on paper with virtual graphics, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, Aug 14, 2013

Women in Engineering - initiatives, schemes are helping to encourage women into engineering, examples of female role models are motivating, Tanya Weaver, DEVELOP 3D, July 24, 2013

DFMPro Puts Manufacturing Experience in a Box - DFMPro can spot several problems before a part is made, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 20, 2013

Am I the Only One That Thinks This Way? Concept Engineering Example - create, manage basic geometry from requirements, consider essential components of system model, Matthew Loew, Engineering.com, June 7, 2013

The Future of Electrical Design - database driven EPLAN P8 has automatic error checking features, reference tools to compare incoming designs, high level of integration functions, Ken Christie of EPLAN, CAD User, Mar/Apr 2013

How to Choose a Testing Service - reasons for hiring outside test sources, pricing is based on time, quantity, type of equipment used, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2013

All Part of the EPLAN - EPLAN Electric P8 for electrical designing, keeps all information about project in one single file, has intelligent PDF capabilities, helps users standardize partial circuits, CAD User, Jan/Feb 2013

10 More Must Have Engineering Apps - Autodesk 360 Mobile, PDF Max Pro, OnLive Desktop, Turbo Viewer, GoodNotes, Team Viewer, ThermoFluids, CAD Clues, Feb 12, 2013

2012

Designing Point of Purchase (POP) Displays for Consumer Packaged Goods with Rulestream - Q&A with Rick Smith of Siemens about enhancing Rulestream for consumer packaged goods industry, integration with Teamcenter, complementing IT structures, justifying ROI, Chris McAndrew, CADdigest.com, Dec 10, 2012

What's Up With Model-Based Engineering? - technical, non-technical issues involved, manage variation in model-based enterprises, Leslie Gordon, Machine Design, Nov 12, 2012

Rulestream Engineer-To-Order - meant for custom product manufacturers, helps in automating engineering processes by integrating with CAD, PLM, ERP systems, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Oct 22, 2012

Striving for Excel-lence - creating waveforms, signals in Excel, free software Command Expert to build instrument control scripts with no programming required, Neil Forcier, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2012

Hexagon on Track to Hit 3.5B  Euro by 2015 - Q2 revenue up 12%, Metrology, Intergraph PP&M are primary engines for growth, Geosystems, Intergraph SG&I are recovering, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, Aug 2, 2012

Technology is Pulling the Engineering Specification Apart - listing out different components of specification, implications of specification federation, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, July 31, 2012

Are Wikis the New Engineering Knowledge Management? - good at keeping engineering knowledge, providing collaboration mechanisms, but need capabilities to capture equations, graphics, tables, figures, sketches, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, July 18, 2012

Does Model-Based Engineering Make Sense? - engineering-design models integrated with model-based engineering workspace help diagnose design issues quickly, Leslie Gordon, Machine Design, June 14, 2012

Working with Dimensional Tolerances - understanding basics, benefits, important considerations, Stefan Menin, Machine Design, May 10, 2012

Q&A: Siemens Rulestream Engineer-to-Order - being part of Siemens PLM, pricing cost, reasons to select Rulestream, training required, partly/entirely Web based, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Apr 27, 2012

Digital Sketching and the Engineering Notebook - modern tools for sketching: Google SketchUp, Creo Sketch, Autodesk SketchBook app, Penultimate, trends for and against CAD in product conceptualization, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Mar 29, 2012

Predicting Engineering Software Market Trends in 2012 (Need Your Help) - top 4 strategic priorities in 2011 were to grow in existing, new markets, develop more partnerships, add new products, Jim Brown, Tech Clarity, Feb 27, 2012

Systems Check - CAD vendors like Dassault Systemes, PTC, Siemens PLM Software are trying to create ‘order from chaos' through systems engineering, Allan Behrens, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 22, 2012

Engineering Lessons from Dirty Jobs - most expensive tool is not always best tool, processes of production can be enemy of authenticity, Randall Newton reports from SolidWorks, Graphic Speak, Feb 14, 2012

2011

Planning Your First Engineering Project - factors like interactions with other departments, help of decision makers, using 'control-volume' approach can be beneficial, James Finkel, Machine Design, Nov 3, 2011

GM's Bob Lutz Tells All - shares experiences of reforming system, product development approach at General Motors, Alex Taylor, CNNMoney, June 22, 2011

Engineering Trends: Robust Design, Engineering Amplification and Systems-Level Thinking - systems engineering simulates system as whole, beyond localized designing, Tom Smithyman, ANSYS, Sep 23, 2011

Computing for the Mobile Engineer - it is feasible to carry entire computing environment including servers, workstations, network infrastructure as per engineering-on-the-go concept, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2011

The World's 5 Most Expensive Engineering Projects - Big Dig in Boston, Three Gorges Dam in China, Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, US aircraft carriers, Online, Engineering Degree, Aug 2011

Avoid 100,000 Errors - WebCAD Publishing Technology helps design engineers find, download exact parts, minimizing errors, speedy delivery to market, Jim Romeo, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011

5 Must Have Free Engineering Apps - AutoCAD WS, Dropbox, Evernote, CardMunch, HeyTell, Gil Cordle, CAD Clues, Apr 12, 2011

Free Engineering Apps for the iPhone - Digi-Key, PocketCAS graphic symbolic calculator, Evernote, Kgm2 - Weiss Inertia Calculator, iMachinist, netfabb Mobile, AutoCAD WS, Leslie Gordon, Machine Design, Feb 3, 2011

ECO Management: What Matters? - engineering change orders management apps: Arena Change Management, Aras Workflow Management, Kubotek ECO Manager, Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Think Tank, Mar 30, 2011

2010

Evolutionary Biology and Software Engineering - evolution a model for software engineering, penguin in Sahara analogous to heavy application on mobile device, John Sloan, Developer 2 Developer, Nov 23, 2010

Preparing for the Intelligence Era -  variety of emerging technologies may change computer interface, including floor display that reacts to feet, multi touch, touchless interfaces, lab projects from Microsoft, MIT, more, Ahmed Noor, Mechanical Engineering, Nov 2010

Get Your Head in the Cloud - though engineering applications are not yet abundant, cloud technology is coming, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2010

Disable AutoCAD InfoCenter - AcadInfoCenterOff.msi file comes with custom action that disables InfoCenter during installation, Owen Wengerd, Outside the Box, Nov 1, 2010

Supporting Business Strategies with Engineering Data - PLM? PDM? CPDM? EDM? - helping manufacturers realize their business strategies, gaining control of product data, automating/streamlining product-related processes, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Oct 26, 2010

Five Beliefs That Inhibit Good Design - quality important, launching on time, Deepa Prahalad, Harvard Business Review, Oct 28, 2010

SATIN Project Merges Haptic and 3D modeling - 3D digital modeling, touch-sensitive haptic systems, special materials transmit information, touch sensitive, view creations through 3D glasses, The Engineer, Apr 7, 2010

SATIN Project Merges Haptic and 3D modeling - 3D digital modeling, touch-sensitive haptic systems, special materials transmit information, touch sensitive, view creations through 3D glasses, The Engineer, Apr 7, 2010

Best-Paying Degrees in 2010 - petroleum engineering tops among highest-earning, most in-demand bachelor's degrees, Charles Purdy, Yahoo! HotJobs, Mar 2010

Engineering Workshop #1: Units and Conversions - advantage of metric system of units, converting one set of units to any other consistent set, Bob Johnson, Develop 3D, Feb 10, 2010

Delivering on the Potential of Multiple Cores for HPC - easy-to-learn Mitrion-C language helps developers write applications that can use multiple processor cores effectively, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Jan 3, 2010

 

2009

Does Virtualization Make Sense for Engineers? - desktop virtualization might make sense within office environment, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Dec 8, 2009

Engineering Workstations Change Dramatically - Intel Nehalem-powered HP systems deliver HPC at low cost, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Aug 30, 2009

New Engineering Software Market Report Comes with the Opportunity for a Personalized Deep Dive - follow-up report from Cyon Research gives priceless information through interactive worksheets, CADCAMNet, Aug 27, 2009  pdf

Korrigo for AutoCAD LT - entry level solution for engineering document management keeps process simple, transparent, uses checksum file authentication tool, David Chadwick, CAD User.com, Jun/Jul 2009

Numberspace Now Open - online portal is public library of engineering numbers tagged with metadata, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Aug 19, 2009

Question Everything - question functions like planning project prior to design, executing, communicating design, Dennis Jeffrey, AUGI, Jul 2009 (may require free registration)

Engineering the Future of SaaS - as compared to conventional approach, SaaS is instantly available, cost efficient, integrates design-simulate-evaluate processes, Peter Collins of dezineforce, MCAD Online, Apr 21, 2009

Have You Lost Any Valuable Information Today? - utilizing simulation assets to fullest for quality, consistency, better product development, Paul Lalor of for SIMULIA, Desktop Engineering, Mar 29, 2009

 

2008

The Expert's View: Finding the Balance Between Automation, Simulation, and Inspiration in Engineering Software - divide-and-conquer strategy for working on engineer's instincts, Peter Thorne of Cambashi Ltd., CADdigest.com, Apr 1, 2008

Public Speaking For Engineers - know your topic, be confident and mentally prepared, interact with audience, and practice for better public speaking, Matt Writes, Mar 26, 2008

HPC Powering Widespread Simulation Studies - mid-size companies adopting high performance computing for complex simulation, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Feb 25, 2008

Engineering Advances the Common Good - engineers innovate great designs and products to solve healthcare and environmental problems, Jeff Ray of SolidWorks, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2008

2007

Model-Based Design for Mechatronics Systems - CAE concept that helps simulate and test mechatronic systems depending on system-level model, Tony Lennon of The MathWorks Inc., Machine Design, Nov 20, 2007

Model-Based Design - concept involving multi-domain modeling is adding to capabilities of CAE, Tony Lennon of The MathWorks Inc., Design News, Dec 10, 2007

MSC.Software Posts a Mind-Numbing, Excuse Filled Third Quarter - revenue earned are $57.2 million, down 2% due to lower sales of engineering products, Randall Newton, CADdigest.com, Nov 19, 2007

Engineering in India - a top engineering graduate can command a salary to $6,000, but many more will take half of that, Rajabahadur Arcot, Machine Design, Nov 5, 2007

Today's Criteria for Choosing Design and Analysis Software - consider customer service, training, responsiveness of vendor, value for money invested, Bob Williams of ALGOR, Inc., Desktop Engineering, Nov 2, 2007

Seeing Mechanical - role of sketching is growing in engineering, David McCormick, Mechanical Engineering, Sep 2007

Simulations are Doomed to Succeed - simulation helps students learn engineering applications faster, Leland Teschler, Machine Design, Sep 13, 2007

Interview with Tony Lockwood - former Desktop Engineering editor talks about changes at DE, blogs, editing as profession, future plans, more, Roopinder Tara, CAddigest.com, Sep 17, 2007

KLG Systel Looking for Acquisition in Aerospace: Kumud Goel - Atlantis Lab acquisition can make CAD strong in Indian automobile market, Moneycontrol.com, Sep 17, 2007

When Serial Apps aren't Enough - increasing technical computing market is fostering the development of more distributed and parallel applications, Loren Dean, Desktop Engineering, July 31, 2007

The Eyes' Mind - Linux supercomputers can offer the power to visualize extremely large data sets, Mike Long & Randall Frank, Desktop Engineering, July 2007

Engineering Video Achieves Stardom - 9/11 WTC video created using LS-DYNA models airplane behavior, wreckage and debris, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 26, 2007

Beyond Labels to User Experience - integrated CAD and CAE software can be an advantage but only when some conditions are met, Bob Cramblitt, Desktop Engineering, May 2007

Four Steps to Parallelization - four steps to eliminate the coding complexities, Ilya Mirman, Desktop Engineering, May 2007

Technical Computing Drives New Applications - trends in technical computing that affect distributed and parallel computing applications, Loren Dean, Desktop Engineering, May 2007

Designing for Profitability - designers should include manufacturing engineers, users and suppliers in design development process, Mitch Free of MFG.com, Desktop Engineering, April 2007

Mass Customization and the Future of Engineering Software - as number of 3D-literate users increases, MCAD companies can provide them technologies to manipulate products, Dan Stanwick, CADdigest.com, April 2, 2007

Commonization and Reuse in CAE - 4 key areas can help companies reuse product data fully, Paul Brown of UGS, Desktop Engineering, March 2007

2006

3D CAD a Plus for STEM Education - better visualization and animations provided by 3D CAD tools can keep students interested in engineering studies, Marie Planchard of SolidWorks Corp., Desktop Engineering, December 2006

A Fast Track - engineering students learn programming by playing video game, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, November 2006

We Must Inspire Tomorrow's Engineers - Stratasys challenges technical skills of the students through its "Extreme Redesign" contest, Jonathan Cobb of Stratasys, Desktop Engineering, October 2006

Origami and Engineering Working Together to Save Lives - origami helps in problem solving like finding creases for an airbag, Rita Stange, Pro/E Community, September 6, 2006 (requires free registration)

New Engineering Magazine - Pt 2 - John Gyorki will be handling editorial for the upcoming Design World magazine, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, August 18, 2006

Heavens! A New Engineering Magazine - Design World promises coverage of 3D CAD starting in October, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, August 17, 2006

A Proposal for CATIA V6 - engineering design language provides open access to design data in an easy-to-read programming language, Walter W. Wilson of Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Systems, COE NewsNet, June 2006

Designing Pipe Inspectors - magnetic flux leakage technology can simulate and check for the integrity of pipelines, Grant Coleman of BJ Pipeline Inspection Services, Desktop Engineering, May 2006

Engineering Product Redevelopment - redesigning an old product has advantages over creating a new product, Sam Burd & Pete Tormey, Mechanical Engineering, May 5, 2006

One Step Back, One Giant Leap Forward - NASA engineers choose dual-rendezvous mission architecture to explore resources on moon and Mars, John F. Connolly of NASA, Mechanical Engineering, May 2006

Thermal and EMC Simulation - mechanical engineers use integrated thermal-electromagnetic capability simulation to create perfect prototypes and shorten product cycle, Sherman Ikemoto, Desktop Engineering, April 2006

Tomorrow's Engineers Take Center Stage - student competitions like the FIRST Robotics Competition and Dimension 3D Printing Group's Extreme Redesign spark interest in the engineering profession, Sara Ferris, Cadalyst Management, April 18, 2006

HPC for the Road Ahead - engineers at Ford Motor Company are setting HPC environment with the help of SGI servers to improve CAE simulation, Srinivas Kodiyalam and Stan Posey, Desktop Engineering, March 2006

Designers Go Digital - aircraft engineers are using multi-level simulation software and advance design capabilities to develop aerospace products, Terry Costlow, COE NewsNet, February 2006

2005

Design with Depth - 3-D displays are adding a new dimension to visualization of complex product designs, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, December 2005

Manipulating Space - input device like spatial controller is going to be an engineer's standard tool to run 3D MCAD applications, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, November 2005

Knowledge-Based Engineering - Automating for Profitability - KBE helps to automate product design, John Day, Design News, October 24, 2005

The Computer Assist - emergence of computers in the past 40 years and its influence on engineering, John Varrasi, Mechanical Engineering, October 2005

Knowledge-Based Engineering - Automating for Profitability in Product Design - increasing use of software and techniques brings rhythm to product design and manufacturing, John Day, Design News, September 26, 2005

New Ideas for Modeling Systems - system simulation program 'KollabNet' provides designers a common interface to connect every aspect of a design, Joel N. Orr of KollabNet Inc., Machine Design, September 1, 2005

Life, Meet Engineering - life sciences and engineering are merging into a hybrid bioengineering as CAD and other engineering technologies are creeping into medical world, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, July 2005

Aerospace Engineers Play Computer Games and Improve Design Skills - games give real physics behind the equations, engineers are trying out their designs within an integrated design-simulation environment before building them, Charles J. Murray, Design News, June 14, 2005

Where the Engineers Are - once thought to be useful for low level work such as drawing to CAD conversion, India is becoming a source for design engineering, Alan S. Brown, Mechanical Engineering, June 2005

The Real Engineering Process - think about the issues of your organization and create solutions that take everyone's view into account in order to achieve wholesome productivity, Joel Orr, Machine Design, June 2005

Two Young Designers are on their Way - industrial design students at Purdue win international bike design contest with bike two rear wheels which come together as rider gains momentum, Wes Bolton, Design-engine.com, May 2005

Thinking Big, An Aerospace Engineer Takes on Hollywood - Aero Telemetry promised to design aircraft models for Hollywood that "won't crash," Charles J. Murray, Design News, April 4, 2005

Fashion Now As Important as Function In Product Design - from laptops to cell phones, geek and chic merge as product design is submerged in an all time high level of fashion consciousness, Dean Takahashi, Design Engine, January 14, 2005

Experiment ...Early and Often - innovation and experimentation is the way to quick success, Jean Thilmany, Engineering Management, March 29, 2005

End the Paper Pushing - some engineers are much too involved with order processing, Gary Kuba, Design News, February 7, 2005

Claude Gagnon: The All-Terrain Engineer - Canadian company uses CAD to improve the design of all-terrain vehicles, IEEE Spectrum Online, February 2005

Renault Interview with Designer Densham - the chief designer of the Renault F1 R25 says that CAD is the most important thing to happen in his industry in the last 25 years, motorsport.com, February 4, 2005

Constructing a Galaxy: Greg Hajdu - on the new Star Wars movie, "Episode III: Revenge of the Siths," CAD drafters and programmers worked with the carpenters to transform seven soundstages into fantastical locales on planets in a galaxy far away, StarWars.com, January 27, 2005

Add Value with Methodology Part III - further discussion of how new methodologies can offer benefits over technology-based innovations, Diane Landers, Brad Muscott, Kevin Marseilles, Pravin Khurana and Christopher Charlebois, Desktop Engineering, January 2005

2004

Break Your Own Rules - if the engineering soul is based on innovation and risk taking, why is innovation accepted everywhere but in our own offices?, Suchit Jain, Design News, November 22, 2004

Stop Burning Money: Build Models You Can Reliably Reuse - a key part of avoiding hidden costs in the design process is installing a "best practices" regimen, Paul E. Teague, Design News, November 22, 2004

Only Connect - thoughts on improving the product design process, Joel Orr, Machine Design, November 4, 2004

Knowledge Management Tool for High-Tech Engineering - the Web-enabled Information Service for Engineers (WISE) is a flexible knowledge portal that brings many benefits to the design process, IST Results, November 12, 2004

Add Value with Methodology - explores how development of new methodologies offers advantages over technology-based innovation, Michael Richardson and David Prawel, Desktop Engineering, October 2004

Is Your Productivity A-BOM-Inable? - how to save money by eliminating the re-typing of item and BOM information, Matt Lane, Hagerman Technology Bulletin, September 2004

Inspection Should Be Next Design Consideration - the level of inspection can be improved if it’s considered early in the development cycle, Terry Costlow, Design News, September 15, 2004

Websites Get Richer - Enidine recently redesigned its website to reduce the number of clicks needed to download CAD drawings and PDFs of catalog pages, Paul E. Teague, Design News, August 16, 2004

Chrysler Builds a Tomahawk Motorcycle - a new bike designed with Alias AutoStudio features a Dodge Viper V-10 engine, two extra wheels and a bold design, DigitalCAD, August 2, 2004

Redesigning the Design Department - advice on how to rethink design workflows to increase productivity, Andrew Anagnost, Machine Design, July 8, 2004

IT Team Finds Right Formula to Drive Renault's Success - CAD/CAM and analysis applications have become crucial tools in the creation of successful race cars, James Watson, vnunet.com, July 14, 2004

High Society - designers of the soon-to-be world's tallest building eschewed the latest high-tech predictive software tools for old-fashioned engineering know-how and extensive wind tunnel testing, Christopher Sell, e4engineering, July 9, 2004

Seventy-five Years Old and Still Counting - Henry Dreyfuss Associates Still Make an Impact On American Life - this industrial design firm has long influenced the way Americans look at consumer products, eMediaWire, July 12, 2004

Let the Computer Do More of It! - there are a plethora of new tools to enhance the professional life of the engineer, Joel Orr, Machine Design, June 3, 2004

Fresh Mesh: A New Route to Smaller 3-D Files - a USC computer scientist has created a powerful algorithm to compress large graphics files, usc.edu, June 23, 2004

Is Your Software Up to Date? - engineering websites are offering more online customer-service tools to manage accounts, deliver resources to help users get started quickly with new programs and provide interactive tools for personalized support and training, Robert Williams, Machine Design, June 3, 2004

Structural Software for the Masses - engineer Tim Garrison markets his own easy-to-use software for stick-frame buildings, Tom Gibson, Progressive Engineer, May 2004

Scratch the Patch - don't write your own patches for off-the-shelf codes, get your software vendor to do it, Paul E. Teague, Design News, April 5, 2004

Solid Engineering & Design - a small mechanical engineering consulting firm in North Carolina invested in 3D technology and watched its business bloom, Andrea Dace, Progressive Engineer, April 2004

2004 Engineering Salary Survey: It's Good to Be an Engineer - salaries are up, but engineers are feeling insecure about the threat of job outsourcing, Victoria Reitz, Machine Design, March 18, 2004

Toyota Unveils New Concept Car - CAD tools enabled Toyota Australia to design the new Sportivo Coupe, a concept car that demonstrates new styling, interior dynamics and a high-tech approach to road safety, iafrica.com, February 27, 2004

My, What Big Teeth You Have! - a team of design engineers has created a CAD program called Vertebrate Analyzer to create, mechanically articulate and animate skeletal models of ancient beasts - from sabertooth cats to dinosaurs - to try to answer some of the questions about how they lived, SciScoop, January 22, 2004

Exclusive 2003 Plant Engineering Salary Survey - despite a recent dismal industrial economy, salaries for plant engineers have rebounded, Richard L. Dunn, Plant Engineering, January 1, 2004

Catch the Wind - in 2004 GM will focus on digitizing the drawing-board stage, when car concepts are developed before being handed off to engineering, Yahoo! News, January 5, 2004

2003

Cleaning Up Efficiently - 3D modeling speeds up design and installation work at a nuclear waste site, Bruce Nielsen and Richard Christensen, Desktop Engineering, December 2003

48 To Fly - beginning at 7 p.m. this evening and for the following 48 hours, six industrial designers will inhabit a room full of techie toys, including PTC's latest software and some 19" Wacom tablets, to see who can create the best and most interesting designs  (you can watch live on the Web), Design-engine.com, November 13, 2003

Ultimate Engineer Challenge - test your engineering prowess in this short quiz, Design News, November 7, 2003

Google Searches the Web And Does Math Homework - Google now offers a built-in calculator function for basic arithmetic, complicated math, units of measure, conversions and physical constants as well as other numbering systems, including hexadecimal and binary, Leslie Walker, BizReport, August 18, 2003

Design Engineers - Getting Started - the evolution of 3D CAD has delivered product design tools easier to use and more in keeping with traditional design processes, Tim Hone, CADserver, August 6, 2003

How to Write a Recursive Routine in MicroStation VBA - tutorial to help manage complex element types in MicroStation, Yuedong Bi, MSM Online, May 5, 2003 (may require free registration)

Stadium Engineer Drives Toward 'Paperless' Project Sharing of 3-D - Chicago's Soldier Field makeover relied on 3D models to fit the new structure into the old one, Nadine M. Post, enr.com, April 14, 2003

The Bug Hunters - profiles of several CAD/CAM/CAE software testers - those engineers who find the bugs and suggest the features and fixes the code writers probably never considered, Laurie Toupin, Design News, April 7, 2003

The Silver Lining - engineering salaries are on the rise despite an uncertain economy, according to a recent salary survey, Machine Design, March 6, 2003

QuEST Focuses on High-end Engineering Services - once confined to high-volume, low-value projects, out-sourcing engineering work to India is moving toward more high-end services such as 3D modeling, 2D to 3D conversion and finite and CFD analysis, N. N. Sachitanand, The Hindu, March 13, 2003

Top Trends Impacting Design Engineers, Part 1 - a look at some of the trends likely to grab the spotlight in the coming months, including Lithium-polymer batteries, electromechanical drives and PLM software, Machine Design, February 6, 2003

Top Trends Impacting Design Engineers, Part 2 - explores more coming trends, such as hydraulics, servo-driven machines and Intelligent Transportation Systems,  Machine Design, February 2003

What Is Knowledge-Based Engineering? - this method for automated engineering design can reduce design and drafting time from weeks to hours, Jeannine Jones, TimeCompress, January 2003

More Engineering on the Internet - customers now expect companies to offer plenty of services and information on their websites, while companies are increasingly using the Web to streamline operations, Machine Design, January 9, 2003

2002

Understanding the Pressures of an Engineer - engineers must somehow find a way to balance performance, budgets and time-to-market - without getting too stressed out, John Connolly, timecompress.com, November 2002

Raise Productivity with Good Working Drawings - advice on improving efficiency in CAD drawings for electrical engineers, Mark Lamendola, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, Nov 1, 2002

Drawing on Experience - communication between engineer, CAD jockey and client remains a complicated issue, Robert O. Woods, Mechanical Engineering, November 2002

October 2002

Move With the Times - a recent survey found that a surprisingly high number of engineering companies are dragging their heels in adopting digital technology, including the Internet, Neil McPhater, e4engineering.com, October 15, 2002

Scanners Don't Live In Vain - a British firm is using 3D visualization techniques to help educate its employees and contractors about the potential hazards that exist on the company's gas process plants, Glenn Halton, e4engineering.com, October 15, 2002

Ticket to Ride - D.C. to Baltimore in under 20 minutes? Engineers are working to bring high-speed maglev trains to the U.S., Paul Sharke, Mechanical Engineering, October 2002

GM Designs Digital Future For Its Cars - and Future Employees - General Motors is changing how it prepares its next generation of engineers and technologists to design and build cars to compete in the global economy, Computer Graphics World, October 14, 2002

September 2002

Let the Bugs Do the Work - engineers at the Albany International Airport have implemented the world's first full-scale biological system for treating plane de-icing fluid, Tom Gibson, Progressive Engineer, September 2002

Converting Pollution to Profits - a profile of the chemical engineering professor Israel Wachs examines how he developed a catalytic process for converting pollutants in methanol wastewater at paper mills to chemicals the companies can use, Progressive Engineer, September 2002

 Sally Ride Toys with Engineering - astronaut Sally Ride has devised a design competition she hopes will encourage young students - especially girls - to pursue a career in engineering, Katie Dean, Wired.com, September 28, 2002

The Future of Engineering - will technology ultimately create the Engineer-in-a-Box?,  Robert W. Lucky, IEEE Spectrum Online, September 2002

The Virtue of Engineering Cynicism - engineers are natural cynics - and that's the key to their strength, David Weinberger, Darwin, September 25, 2002

 Engineering Evolves with the Internet - surveys show that engineers are depending on the Web more every day to do their jobs efficiently, Paula Porter, Design News, September 23, 2002 (pdf)

New Approaches Speed Product Engineering - CAD tools, collaboration and portals are helping automakers deliver cars to market faster, Rick Whiting, InformationWeek.com, September 23, 2002

Continued Growth in PLM Market -according to a recent study despite the general economic turndown, the product lifecycle management market grew 25% to reach $3.6 billion in 2001, John Krouse, Engineering Process Journal, September 2002

BOMs the Way for Supply Chain - bills of materials - the set of data that defines a product and its components - can be a potent tool for saving time and money and increasing productivity, Joanne Friedman, Janelle Hill, David Folger, David Cearley and Jack Gold, ZDNet, September 16, 2002

Designing for Sabotage - in the wake of 9/11, engineers are beginning to grasp how the prospect of terrorism fits into the scheme of designing for civilian and military projects, Emily M. Smith, Mechanical Engineering, September 2002

To Optimize, Analyze - engineers should look to the aerospace industry for the next trends in the CAD/CAM/CAE industry, Katherine Tyrka, Global Design News, September 1, 2002

Flexible Flyer - Lockheed-Martin engineers used CATIA to create the F-35 fighter, Rick DeMeis, Design News, September 9, 2002

August 2002

OpenHSF Initiative - The Future of 3D Viewing Over the Web? - the goal of those involved with OpenHSF is to create a standard format that is to engineering visualization what Adobe's PDF format is to document viewing over the Web, Greg Corke and Martyn Day,  CADserver, August 2002

Engineers of the Future - a competition that gives high school students hands-on experience building and designing robots is inspiring some of them to become engineers, Jamie Rudat, Design News,  August 19, 2002

Drew Landman: A Ground Effects Opportunity - an aerospace engineering professor has found a niche running the historic, newly revitalized Langley Full Scale wind tunnel, Progressive Engineer, August 2002

July 2002

Grooming Engineers: How the U.K. Does It - an organization in the UK, where there is a shortage of engineers, is trying to attract young people and women to the industry, Machine Design, July 25, 2002 (pdf)

Engineering Schools Change with the Times - colleges find ways to cope with teaching the new technologies, Machine Design, July 25, 2002 (pdf)

CFD Speeds US Navy Aircraft Modifications - using the programs Gridgen and Overflow to enhance the performance of the Navy's electronics surveillance workhorse, the E-2C Hawkeye, CFD Review, July 22, 2002

Tragedy or Comedy? - salary survey reveals 43% of Design News readers received less than 5% pay raise, Bruce Wiebusch, Design News, July 8, 2002

June 2002

MEMS' Rocky Road - taking a microelectromechanical design from concept to high-volume production can be a bumpy ride, John DeGaspari, Mechanical Engineering, June 2002

May 2002

Extreme Machines - earthquakes, intense fires, pressures of 400 atmospheres are daily considerations for engineers who work in extreme engineering. They are the designers and builders of technology that has to survive at 11,000m deep in the ocean or in collision with a freight train traveling at 100mph, Rob Coppinger, The Engineer, May 9, 2002

April 2002

Honey, I Shrunk the Technology - nanotechnology is the development and design carried out on the scale of less than 1 millionth of a meter, Ralph Underhill, The Engineer, April 11,  2002, in Mechanical

February 2002

Meet Your Newest Design Aid: PLM - product life-cycle management promises to speed up design through better collaboration and access to data, Paul E. Teague, Benjamin B. Ames and Louise Elliott, Design News, Feb 18, 2002

How PLM Helps - Frank Fernandez, Manager for PLM, MSC.Software Corp., Design News, Feb 18, 2002

January 2002

Salary Survey - average salary for plant engineers rose 6.4% in two years and now stands at $70,905, Richard L. Dunn, Plant Engineering, Jan 1, 2002

Forensic Expert Studying WTC Steel - forensics engineering expert studying WTC steel to determine precisely how towers failed, Deborah Snoonian, P.E., architecturalrecord.com, Jan 10, 2002

2001

What Every Plant Engineer Should Know About Selecting Software - includes checklist with many plant engineering software vendors, Jack Smith, Plant Engineering, Dec 1, 2001

Internet-enabled products get connected - engineers add remote monitoring, data collection and energy management to their designs, Adele Hars, Design News, October 15, 2001

e-Market Leaders - there may have been 2,000 e-market places but lack of buy-in has caused many casualties, Andrew Lee, The Engineer, Sep 20, 2001

Engineering Simulation in the Next Decade - how and when you do analysis is about to change, Paul Bemis, Design News, Sep 3, 2001

ASPs: Another Shallow Promise? - can application service providers live up to their claims? Kris VanHorn, Start, Aug 2001

Engineers Bank Better Salaries - annual reader survey reveals average salary of $64,490, up over 5% from last year, Design News Online, July 2, 2001

Engineering Website Resource Guide - the best engineering websites in five categories - includes TenLinks.com as best all around portal, Loren Werner, Tim Thompson, DE Online, June 2001

FEA Boosts Winston Cup Winner - engineering student uses FEA to strengthen part used in race car, Design News, June 18, 20

An ASP Hits the Fan  - the recent demise of CollabWare, an ASP vendor, may be proving that engineers are not yet ready to adopt web-based application, Benjamin Ames, Design News Online, May 9, 2001

CAD/CAM Starts Renaissance of Radical Design - how well design concepts can be transmitted to other team members plays a big part in the success of big engineering projects, Joe O'Holloran, Financial Times, May 1, 2001

A Fundamental Shift in the Product Design Paradigm - how solid modeling is affecting the way engineers, designers and manufacturers work, Michael Davis, MCAD Vision, May 2001

Key to Survival - engineers turn to the Internet in increasing numbers, Hailey Lynne McKeefry, EDN, May 2001

Are Engineers Stupid? - or are they just careful, wonders Dr. Joel Orr, Start, April, 2001

Collaborative Workflow Streamlines Engineering Change Process - CADinfo.NET, March 2001

Mechanical Design and Engineering - application service providers (ASPs), Joe Greco, CADENCE, March 2001

Measuring Electrical Currents with Current Probes, Part 1 - Mike Hertz and Don Whiteman, Desktop Engineer, February 2001 

Seeing Green: Annual Engineer Salary Survey - Machine Design, February 8, 2001

Engineering Goes Online Big Time - MachineDesign.com, January 11, 2001

 
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