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December 2002

Pro/Engineer Tip-of-the-Month: "Select to Keep" by Default - how to make the "Select to Keep" button the Drawing Show/Erase default option, Synthesis Engineering Systems, December 2002

Introduction to iParts - Autodesk Inventor tutorial shows how to make a simple iPart and such concepts as filenames, properties, feature suppression and key selection, Sean Dotson, December 19, 2002 (pdf) (more Inventor tutorials)

Ask the PLM: Routed Systems Designer Technical Tips - Pro/ENGINEER tips on physical splices, datatables and portmaps, Jim Barrett-Smith, PTC Express, December 2002

Solid Edge Engineering Handbook - streaming video tech tips show how to use the Handbook's online engineering data to automatically create machinery parts, Solid Edge, December 17, 2002

 Creating Camera Views in an Inventor Presentation - tutorial on how to seamlessly switch camera views in a presentation animation, Elise Moss, CADdigest.com, December 11, 2002

Pro/ENGINEER 2002 Salary Survey - a survey of more than 1,700 Pro/E users found that the typical user is 26 to 35 years old and earns $60,000 per year, Jason Turk, ProfilesMagazine, Winter 2002

Driving Complex Models with 2D Curves - Pro/ENGINEER tutorial shows how you can use 2D curves for more than just shaping and trimming surfaces, Phillip Vaughan, ProfilesMagazine, Winter 2002

Inventor - Inventor 6 Welding Basics - streaming video tech tip explains how to take an Inventor 6 assembly and turn it into a weldment, Rob Henriksen, Avatech Solutions, December 3, 2002

Data Management and the Design of the Joint Strike Fighter - a consortium of some 30 companies are creating a new fleet of war planes, using CATIA for design and EDS's Teamcenter for data management, Louise Elliott, DE Online, December 2002

Making the Leap from AutoCAD to Autodesk Inventor: 10 Easy Steps - a basic overview and introduction to Inventor, Lynn Allen, CAD/CAM Solutions of Canada Inc., December 3, 2002

Solid Edge Intuitive 3D Modeling - streaming video tech tips on how to use process-specific workflows in Solid Edge to create accurate, ready-for-manufacture 3D models in minutes, Solid Edge, December 4, 2002

November 2002

Solid Edge Legacy Data - streaming video tech tips on how to import, format and convert legacy 2D data into 3D solid models, and how to create detail sheets from assembly and part models, Solid Edge, November 19, 2002

The Productivity Edge - explores how to use some of the additions and enhancements in Solid Edge V12 J. Fred White, CADENCE, November 2002

Solid Edge Design Rules - streaming video tech tips on how to use Solid Edge Design Aids and Sensors to automatically monitor key design variables while you design, Solid Edge, November 12, 2002

Solid Edge Sheet Metal Components - streaming video tech tips on how to model and develop sheet metal components, Solid Edge, November 6, 2002

Solid Edge Tubes, Wires and Cables - streaming video shows how to rapidly route and model tubes, wires and cables, Solid Edge, November 5, 2002

Using Threads in iParts - Autodesk Inventor tutorial explores controlling threads and using keys in iParts, Sean Dotson, November 11, 2002 (pdf)

Copying Dimension Text among Multiple Dimensions in SolidWorks - tips for working with drawings, John Nemeth, SOLID Digital Digest, November 20, 2002

Engineering Reading Matters - mechanical engineers reveal what kinds of publications they to turn to for a good, work-related read, CAD Spaghetti, November 2002

SolidWorks Solution: Keeping Those PDM Files - tips on backing up PDM files, Brad Johnson, SOLID Solutions Advanced, November 19, 2002

Applying Multi-body Techniques - SolidWorks tips on modeling more than one non-continuous solid body, Greg Jankowski, CADENCE, November 2002

Weldment Design with Autodesk Inventor 6 - tips on using the tools for weldment assembly, weld-bead specification, weld-edge preparation and post-weld machining, Jeff Wymer, CADENCE, November 2002

Plastic Part Design in SolidWorks - helpful tips on designing with plastic parts in SolidWorks, Matt Lombard, November 13, 2002

Introduction to 3D Sketches - An Autodesk Inventor tutorial, Sean Dotson, November 11, 2002 (pdf)

Considerations in Creating Photorealistic Renderings with I-DEAS Master Series - an I-DEAS technical paper, James L. Ross, WAMware, November 13, 2002

Demonstration of Driving I-DEAS from an Excel Spreadsheet - an I-DEAS tutorial, Mark Crawford, WAMware, November 13, 2002

MCAD Awareness in the UK - a survey found that mechanical engineers were very familiar with Autodesk and SolidWorks products, but familiarity with the rest of the MCAD systems lagged far behind, CAD Spaghetti, November 2002

Visualizing Small Model Changes - Pro/ENGINEER tips on how to visualize model changes after modification and regeneration, Synthesis Engineering Services, November 2002

CATIA Hints & Tips for Drafting - CATIA Users of Central Ontario, November 6, 2002

CATIA Model Clean Up - tips on how to repair a CATIA model that doesn't respond properly to standard functionality, CATIA Users of Central Ontario, November 6, 2002

Searching the Commonspace and Checking Out Models - Pro/ENGINEER streaming video tip (created by KinetiVision), Pro/E Central, November 4, 2002

October 2002

SolidWorks Tips & Tricks - a collection of tips on parts, assemblies, drawings and file management, GoEngineer, October 30, 2002

Toolbox Tutorial - explores concepts and terms used in the SolidWorks Toolbox add-in, with exercises on adding Toolbox content to designs, customizing standards and adding custom content, GoEngineer, October 29, 2002 (3.5MB zip file)

think3 Washed Up? Think Again - super salesman Joe Costello is pitting his upstart company think3 against heavyweights CATIA and Pro/ENGINEER for a share of the MCAD market, CADdigest.com, October 29, 2002

Advanced Drawing Help Guide -Pro/ENGINEER tutorials, PTC, October 28, 2002

Small Is Beautiful - Solid Edge was used to design the Nicam digital television, which houses a DVD/CD player, digital stereo/FM radio and a PC - all in a frame a mere 2.5 inches deep, C3, July/August 2002

How to List Configuration-Specific Dimensions - SolidWorks tutorial shows how to create text containing a list of the configuration-specific dimensions within a part, SolidWorks Express, October 2002

Groups With More Functions - Pro/ENGINEER tips on using the Group tools, Synthesis Engineering, October 2002

How to Increase Assembly Performance - SolidWorks tech tips on the performance-related settings that can have a positive effect on assembly performance, SolidWorks Express, October 2002

How to Plan Assemblies for Top-Down Design - SolidWorks tech tips on tying together interrelated components so that if one changes, the related components also change, SolidWorks Express, October 2002

Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire: Making the Switch Easy - more on the built-in features and new support services to help Pro/ENGINEER users make the transition to Wildfire, Jim Buchanan, PTC Express, October 2002

Pro/ENGINEER Tutorial 1 - A Simple Object - explores the basic Pro/E concepts of feature-based, associative- and constraint- (or parametric) based modeling, Eric Wiebe, October 10, 2002

Ask the PLM: Mechanism Design Technical Tips - advice on using Pro/ENGINEER's Mechanism Design tools, Michael Shay, PTC Express, October 2002

Drawing Views 101 - SolidWorks tutorial examines different options and types of views that can make detailing flexible and effective, Greg Jankowski, CADENCE, October 2002

Solid Edge XP - streaming video shows how to automate common design decisions in Solid Edge with situational inference and optimized process driven workflows, Solid Edge, October 24, 2002

Solid Edge Legacy Data - streaming video offers tips on moving 2D data into 3D models, Solid Edge, October 24, 2002

September 2002

Efficiently Managing Design Data - using Solid Edge and Solid Edge Insight, MacDon Industries increased its design productivity across its entire engineering organization, Dave Primrose, Sherry L. Baranek, timecompress.com, September 2002

Is MCAD a Misunderstood Function? - users tend to define MCAD software by their own expectations and requirements, which can result in conflicting evaluations of MCAD's capabilities and potential, John Connolly, timecompress.com, September 2002

Putting File Names in Drawing Notes - Pro/ENGINEER tips on adding file names to drawings and notes, Synthesis Engineering, September 2002

The Curse of the Polygon - a Rhinoceros 3D tutorial that offers advice on making meshes look smooth in shaded views and renderings, James Carruthers, Hydraulic Design

How to Model a Car in Rhinoceros 3D - a tutorial, Laurent Miagkoff

Modeling Tips for Everyone - explores visualization and presentation and managing product modeling data (part 7 of 7), Don LaCourse, MCADVision, September 2002

Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Helps Users Break From (Serial) Tradition - eighth in a series of articles exploring the analysis and simulation tools packed into Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, Jim Buchanan, PTC Express, September 2002

STHENO/Pro: Full 2D Drafting for Pro/ENGINEER - CAD Schroer's new STHENO/Pro provides a 2D tool for concept design, Mark Simpson e-Profiles, Fall 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

Putting File Names in Drawing Notes - Pro/E tips, Synthesis Engineering services, September 2002

August 2002

Creating Hole Patterns Around the Edge of a Plate - The Smart Way - a Pro/E tutorial, Davor Baros, e-Profiles, Summer 2002

SolidWorks Tips #13 - more than a dozen user-submitted tips, from emailing SolidWorks files to keyboard shortcuts, SolidWorks Tips and Things, August 5, 2002

Why Pick CATIA Over SolidWorks? - SolidWorks is less expensive and easier to use, but the advanced engineering software integrated with CATIA provides the tools for designing more complex products, CADCAMNet, August 22, 2002

State of the Art in MCAD: FEA and Other Analysis Tools - a look at six products - MSC.visualNastran 4D 2002, InCAD Designer Series, COSMOS/DesignSTAR 3.0, DesignSpace, Moldflow Plastics Advisers and Fluent - designed to reduce the product development cycle, Joe Greco, CADENCE, August 2002

Manufacturing, Design, and Documents - manufacturer A.J. Antunes switched from AutoCAD to Solid Edge to take advantage of the document-management capabilities of SharePoint, Demir Barlas, Line56, July 12, 2002

Mechanical Desktop - Cam Development - MDT streaming tech tips, Avatech Solutions, July 16, 2002

Rocky Mountain High! - a UK firm switched from AutoCAD LT to SolidWorks to increase their efficiency in designing rock-climbing, mountaineering and industrial-safety products, CAD User, July 2002

Commentary: Proficiency To Address Feature-Based CAD Translation for CATIA 5.0 - new conversion capability will be available by next summer, Ira Breskin, MCADCafe, August 2002

Shoot-out Between Inventor and SolidWorks - Inventor wins this although the scoring is close, Elise Moss, CADdigest.com, August 8, 2002

A Valuable Resource - SolidWorks User Groups - links and information on SolidWorks user groups locations, meetings and support, John McEleney, SolidWorks Corporation, August 6, 2002

How to Evaluate Your Hardware Requirements - tips for SolidWorks users for determining if hardware upgrade or replacement is necessary, Greg Jankowski, SolidWorks, Aug 2, 2002

Modeling Tips For Everyone - advice on parametrics and the importance of user-defined features, Don LaCourse, MCADVision, August 2002

Behind the Scenes at Jaguar - Where Virtual Engineering Drives Passion for Style and Performance - Matt Bailey, MCADVision, August 2002

Industrial Design And The Shape Of Things To Come - explores the specific CAD needs of industrial designers, Jeffrey Rowe, MCAD Vision, August 2002

July 2002

Making Machines Into "Smart" Partners - can the advances of the process control world and the networked office be applied to the shop floor?, Steve Krar and Arthur Gill, Advanced Manufacturing, July 2002

Feature Data Replacing Geometry as Key to CAD Interoperability - giving engineers the ability to reuse models with little or no effort requires a different philosophy; one based on the exchange of feature information, John J. McEleney, CEO, SolidWorks, timecompress.com, July 2002

June 2002

How To Design Cars And Scare Children - GM's cutting-edge 3-D virtual-reality technology center makes little girl scream as pterodactyl pokes head into audience, Steve Konicki, Information Week, June 3, 2002

Immersed In Their Work - virtual-reality environments allow engineers, suppliers and customers to actually interact with new virtual designs, Tim Stevens, Industry Week, June 1, 2002

Mechanical Design Challenge - think3 aims to convert 1.5 million CAD users from 2-D to 3-D by lowering cost, training and legacy barriers, John Teresko, Industry Week, June 1, 2002

May 2002

MCAD Training - a survey finds that more than half of the UK's MCAD users receive no instructor-led training, CAD Spaghetti, May 2002

How to Design Better Plastic Parts - the process of a good plastics part design can involve not only mechanical design but FEA, tools and molds, assembly and more, Greg Jankowski, SolidWorks Express, April 2002

How to Improve Freeform Modeling with SolidWorks 2001Plus - Greg Jankowski, SolidWorks Express, April 2002

Taking Stock of MCAD - a look at what has happened to each of the leading MCAD companies as well as short and long term goals, Joe Greco, CADENCE, May 2002

Design Driven - behind every great race car is a computer-aided design, engineering, and manufacturing team, David Cohn, CGW, May 2002

April 2002

Autodesk's Robert "Buzz" Kross Talks Strategy for Inventor Series - Ira Breskin, MCAD Cafe, April 25, 2002

Will Partnership with IBM/Dassault Transform RAND Worldwide? - Ira Breskin, MCAD Cafe, April 25, 2002

A New Generation of Collaboration CAD Tools Holds Promise for Future Innovation - Tilman Schad, CoCreate, DE Online, April 2002

Find Your Answers in Just a Few Clicks - PTC offers technical help, product information, and a simpler way to manage software licenses on their website, Jeff Pike, PTC, April 2002

Q&A from the Precision Learning Webcast and Demo - from the recent webcast on Pro/ENGINEER training, Jim Trant, PTC, April 2002

What is PLM? - the terms CAD, CAE, CAM don't seem to be good enough to describe what we are doing, so we're being subjected to having it called PLM. Should we go for it?, Martyn Day, Cadserver, April 15, 2002

How to Grow-Not! - what can be done to re-energize the flat MCAD market, Phil LoPiccolo, Computer Graphics World,  April 2002

2002 CATIA Operators Exchange Opens in Palm Springs - CATIA Digital Digest, April 15, 2002

EDS Tools Tie Suppliers To GM Design Network - GM expects to use the collaborative-design infrastructure to link as many as 10,000 suppliers into the network in the next two years, Steve Konicki, Information Week, April 11, 2002

Straight Talk from SolidWorks CEO John McEleney - SolidWorks worries about how fast rival Inventor is catching on, MCADcafe, April 11, 2002

A First Step for Design - A Giant Leap for the Manufacturing Enterprise - John McEleney, CEO of SolidWorks talks about the slow acceptance of 3D solid modeling by many designers, CAD User, April 2002

Revving Up - number 4 carmaker Toyota hopes to leapfrog competitors with digital-modeling software that links production and design, Steve Konicki, Information Week, April 1, 2002

3D Models on the Web - Peter Sheerin, the Sheerin Report, March 6, 2002

March 2002

Design Staff the Focus of Intense Pressure - users strive to squeeze every bit of productivity from design software, as witnessed at the SolidWorks user conference, Todd Phillips, Advanced Manufacturing, March 2002

Q & A with Ping Fu, President and CEO, Raindrop Geomagic - IEN Online, March 13, 2002

Mass Customization: A Revolution in the Making - Ping Fu, Raindrop Geomagic, March 2002

Standard Spurs 3D Content for Wireless Devices - the Web3D Consortium aims to bring eye-popping three-dimensional images to wireless devices, Jay Wrolstad, Wireless NewsFactor, Feb 27, 2002

February 2002

Solid Modeling, Slow Progress - the growth in the proportion of mechanical engineering sites using 3D seems to have stalled, CAD Spaghetti, February 2002

User Views on Rapid Prototyping - over 260 managers of design functions at mechanical engineering sites assess the potential of RP, CAD Spaghetti, February 2002

Bringing 3D to the Web - VRML is back from the dead - again, Paul Festa, CNET News.com, Feb 26, 2002

Moving From CAD to Pervasive 3D - an interview with Bernard Charlès, President, Dassault Systèmes, Global Design News, Feb 1, 2002

A Visual Guide to VectorWorks Mechanical - Joe Greco, MCAD Vision, Feb 2002

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