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Manage Data for 3D Harmony - engineering data management software like Synergis Adept is helping mid-sized manufacturers to manage their MCAD data in SolidWorks, Autodesk, or multi-CAD environments, Jerry Waxler, Desktop Engineering, December 2005

Users Know Best - Part 2 - SolidWorks, Autodesk, and PTC utilize user feedback to improve their products, Louise Elliott, Desktop Engineering, December 2005

The Spirits of CAD Past, Present, and Future - a Dickensian dream of CAD starting from 2D files from past to 3D color files in future, John J. McEleney of SolidWorks Corp., Desktop Engineering, December 2005

Download, Don't Draw - many readymade 3D models are available online to download, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst Manufacturing, December 1, 2005

Mechanical CAD Checkup - a survey of the leading MCAD companies and products, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst Manufacturing, November 1, 2005

Two New Whitepapers - CoCreate's whitepaper explains the 'Dynamic Modeling' phenomena, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, December 16, 2005

Reusing Hard-to-Reuse Models - six easy steps to reuse surfaces and features from lower geometric resolution models, David Szostak of CoCreate Software, Design News, December 5, 2005, pdf

Stay Competitive to Avoid the Far East Frenzy - addressing various issues involved in outsourcing work from Far East, Giovanni Opimitti of Vero International USA, Desktop Engineering, November 2005

Users Know Best - Part 1 - UGS, CATIA, Pro/E, SolidWorks, and Autodesk share their definition of 'best practices', Louise Elliott, Desktop Engineering, November 2005

Solid Modeling - Good Practices Part 2 - various basic tips for solid modeling, 3DCADTips.com, November 2005

Low-Cost 3D CAD: Could It Happen? - a low-cost 3D CAD with DWG import/export capability would be a great market opportunity, Robert Green, Cadalyst Management, November 9, 2005

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - UGS targets small to medium-sized companies and Dassault Systemes follows suit, Martyn Day, MCAD Online, October 24, 2005

Talking Heads - Offshoring: Part II - MCAD vendors give advice to engineering students and practitioners in the West facing global product development, Martyn Day, MCAD Online, October 24, 2005

Solid Modeling - Procedural and Wireframe Rules - some rules for efficiency while working with the wireframe data of large, high precision solid models, Richard Lowrey, 3DCADTips.com, October 2005

Solid Modeling - Geometry Construction Tips - tips for constructing solids such as draft surfaces, feature instances, fillets and CAD Geometry Construction Methodology, Howard W. Stolz, 3DCADTips.com, October 2005

Solid Modeling - Good Practices, Part 1 - some tips on using blocks, splitting a solid, and using local operations instead of Boolean operations, Nancy Anderson-Semple, 3DCADTips.com, October 2005

Troubleshooting Solid Models - Avoid Modeling Errors - don't trim features or surfaces, minimize concurrent intersections, more, Richard Lowrey & Don LaCourse, 3DCADTips.com, October 2005

Troubleshooting Solid Models - Avoid Accuracy Errors - minimize movement of profiles, accuracy vs speed, large vs small geometry, more, Richard Lowrey & Don LaCourse, 3DCADTips.com, October 2005

Troubleshooting Solid Models - Avoid Intersection Errors - intersection errors may be due to reduced accuracy that makes geometry slightly non-coincident or non-tangent, Richard Lowrey & Don LaCourse, 3DCADTips.com, October 2005

A Relationship Matures in CAE - CAM and MCAD worlds come closer as JT format and 3DXML data become means to exchange data, John Wedrychowski, Desktop Engineering, September 2005

Needs Analysis - analyzing needs helps to achieve customization goals, Olaf Bellstedt of VX Corporation, 3DCADTips.com, September 2005

Customization Tips - some tips on debugging macros, batch mode processing, and default models, Olaf Bellstedt of VX Corporation, 3DCADTips.com, September 2005

Customization Macros - generate a macro with the help of text editor with ASCII output to create very complex and powerful applications, Olaf Bellstedt of VX Corporation, 3DCADTips.com, September 2005

Customizing 3D CAD - customizing methods like adding commands, menus or programs can add functionality to your 3D CAD program, Olaf Bellstedt of VX Corporation, 3DCADTips.com, September 2005

Cautions for Solid Modeling Customization - customization in the field of interfaces and integration can be beneficial for users of solid modelers, Olaf Bellstedt of VX Corporation, 3DCADTips.com, September 2005

Talking Heads - Offshoring - MCAD vendors like SolidWorks, PTC and Dassault/IBM speak on Global Product Development (GPD) effects on USA and UK, Martyn Day, MCAD Online, September 19, 2005

MCAD with a Neutral View - sharing MCAD data is easier if model is stored as a neutral file, although the approach may be different among visualization and collaboration vendors, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, August 2005

Feature-based Interoperability Goes Global - as feature-based translation of MCAD data improves there is less need to recreate the model, David Prawel, Desktop Engineering, August 2005

Work Smarter, Not Harder - by investing in the right tools and procedures, organizations can reduce the communication issues, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst Manufacturing, July 1, 2005

The 3D Effect - China is now seeing explosive growth in the 3D software market, Li Weitao, China Daily, July 25, 2005

Hybrid Modeling - Where Solids Meet Surfaces - dealing with the relative strengths and weaknesses of solids and surfaces techniques and telling when can one be advantageous over the other, Matt Lombard, Desktop Engineering, June 2005

Editing in a Multi-CAD Environment - CoCreate’s Designer Modeling 3D CAD software helps engineers to cope with less-than-perfect models, Design News, June 14, 2005

CAD and the Art of Complex Machine Design - 3D CAD offers improved capacity to visualize, evaluate, and ‘interrogate’ assembly designs and leverage design data for downstream functions, Ved Narayan, domain-b.com, June 15, 2005

3D JT Data Format Receives High Interest Level - JT is used by thousands of users across the world for sharing data across the company and with business partners and suppliers, Jeffrey Rowe, MCAD Cafe, June 3, 2005 (more visualization articles)

First Steps in PLM: PDM with Collaboration Tools - major CAD vendors (Autodesk, UGS, SolidWorks and Dassault) have built-in product data management that makes it easier to veer users towards a PLM path, Louise Elliott, Desktop Engineering, May 2005

Designing Dreams: 3D CAD Aids the Process - modeling in 3D, helps designers understand how their products will function and interact before physical models are made, Zoe Fielding, ferret.com.au, March 24, 2005

The Integrated CAD/CAM Solution - MCAD vendors like SolidWorks, UGS/Solid Edge and Autodesk have integrated CAM products which helps manufacturers to reduce costs and increase productivity, Bruce Wiener, Desktop Engineering, May 2005

The High-End MCAD and cPDm Market Segments of the PLM Industry - report on enterprise MCAD and collaborative product definition management (cPDm) for the discrete manufacturing industries, CIMata, May 2005 (28 page pdf, may require free registration)

Boolean Operation Tips - Boolean groups and errors, using Booleans on coincident faces, Dr. Richard Lowrey, Nancy Anderson-Semple, 3DCADTips.com, April 20, 2005 (more MCAD articles)

Minimum Modeling Time - using multilevel construction will reduce modeling time, Dr. Richard Lowrey, 3DCADTips.com, April 24, 2005

Primitives - tips on how to think and work with 3D solid primitives, Richard Lowrey, George Mock, Don LaCourse, 3DCADTips.com, April 20, 2005

Geometric Operations Part 1 - considerations during blending, sweeping and extruding, Dr. Richard Lowrey, 3DCADTips.com, April 20, 2005 (more MCAD articles)

Geometric Operations Part 2 - considerations when creating profiles, chamfers, fillets, modifying splines and planning edge sequences, Richard St. Arnauld and George Mock, 3DCADTips.com, April 20, 2005 (more MCAD articles)

MCAD Salary Survey for 2004 - results from over 3,600 users reveal average US/Canada salary of $59K, MCAD Central, May 4, 2005 (more job and career articles)

IronCAD Donates 5,000 Seats of 3D Design Software to Educational Institutions in 2004 - commentary by Jeffrey Rowe, MCADCafe, May 3, 2005 (more IronCAD features)

Intelligent Modeling Software Makes Building Complicated Assemblies a Snap - latest MCAD packages allows designers to build assemblies quicker and more efficiently than ever, Mike Hudspeth, Machine Design, April 27, 2005

Developers Easing Move to 3D Design - companies like PTC, UGS, Alibre, Dassault Systems and SolidWorks attempts to convert 2D CAD users include features that mimic 2D software functions, Paul Teague, Design News, April 18, 2005

PTC and the Center for Automotive Research Forecast the Future of Automotive Product Development  - a more disciplined process, greater use of virtual prototypes, increased global outsourcing and an increased importance of design are some of the trends in product development this year, Jeffrey Rowe, MCADcafe.com, April 18, 2005

MCAD Industry View - A February 2005 Update  - a look at how MCAD companies fared financially during the last quarter of 2004 and the expectations for 2005, Russ Henke & Jack Horgan, MCADcafe.com, February 28, 2005

Inventor: Multiple Viewports - streaming tech tip illustrates how to create multiple windows or viewports of the same part or assembly, allowing you to view the same assembly from simultaneous camera position, Jerry Berns, Avatech Solutions, February 23, 2005

Patterning Work Features Along a 2D or 3D Sketch Path - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, February 4, 2005

Using Construction Geometry in Sketches - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, February 4, 2005

Installing Additional Standards - AutoCAD Electrical 2005 tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, February 4, 2005

Power Company Flips the 3-D Switch - a Canadian company that designs power plants made the challenging but ultimately rewarding switch from AutoCAD to CATIA and SmarTeam product lifecycle management tools, Poonam Khanna, Computing Canada, February 11, 2005

Forcing a Join - SolidWorks tip explores the join command, Jon Gifford, SolidWorks Community, February 16, 2005 (requires free registration)

Going Clean, Going Green - how Pro/ENGINEER users can prepare to make parts and assemblies compliant with the new, more stringent environmental regulations that will take effect in 2006, Jim Buchanan, PTC Express, February 2005

Assembly Features: Strategies for Optimizing Memory Use and Performance - Pro/ENGINEER tips, PTC Express, February 2005

Using the Search Tool in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0 - how to search through a part or assembly for a specific feature or component, PTC Express, February 2005

The Perils of Trying to Overcome the 2GB Memory Limit - Part 3 - tips on turning on the 3GB switch to boost power without causing glitches, Wayne Tiffany, SolidWorks Community, February 8, 2005 (Part 3 of 3) (requires free registration)

Creating a Custom Template and Folder in Inventor - Autodesk Inventor tip, Dennis Jeffrey, Inventor Connections, February 8, 2005 (requires free registration)

The CATIA Star VAR Interview - CATIA reseller discusses what a new purchaser of CATIA should expect of a reseller and what it takes to be an outstanding VAR, Lynda Rutledge, CATIA Solutions, February 8, 2005 (requires free registration)

Take Back the Old Functionality - Pro/Engineer tip, Synthesis Engineering Services, February 2005

Using the Slot Dimension Options in Alibre - tutorial illustrates how to use the Slot Dimension Options Dialog with Alibre Design Professional, NOVEDGE, February 2005

Opening a CATIA V4 Model File in UGS NX 1 - tips on translating a CATIA V4 model file into NX, or vice versa, Erick Martinez, UGS Community, February 2, 2005 (requires free registration)

2006 Features! SW World General Session - a report from today's events at SolidWorks World 2005, with a sneak peak of some of the features included in the next release, Dan Raker, SolidWorks Community, February 2, 2005  (requires free registration)

5 Tips for Autodesk Inventor Users - productivity tips range from resizing assembly work planes to creating a point force in Pro FEA, Hagerman Technology Bulletin, January 2005

Pow! SolidWorks Takes on AutoCAD Upgrade Woes - SolidWorks' free DWGgateway data translation plug-in enables AutoCAD users to open and work with DWG files created with any version of AutoCAD, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 31, 2005

Using Symbols - using Solid Edge Draft's extended workflow for symbols, SolidTools, January 2005

W3D Parse Error When Viewing a DWF File from Inventor - Autodesk Inventor tip, cadforum.cz, January 28, 2005

From Spatial to PlanetCAD to Avatech to Autodesk - Avatech Solutions today is selling its MCAD quality assurance software Proof Positive and intellectual property to Autodesk for approximately $1.9 million, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 28, 2005

The Laser Scanning and Point Cloud Data Roundup - explores some of the ways laser scanning is being put to use in the CAD realm, and how you can work with laser scan data within your copy of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, Alexandra Pratt, Pro/E Community, January 27, 2005 (requires free registration)

Deferring the Automatic Update of a Drawing - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, January 17, 2005

Associating Sketches to Drawing Views - Autodesk Inventor tips, Andrew de Leon, Envision Solutions, January 17, 2005

Pro/E Salary Survey 2004 - results of a Pro/E salary survey from users in the U.S. and across the globe, including participants' personal comments, Alexandra Pratt, Pro/E Community, January 12, 2005 (requires free registration)

Using Advanced Selection - SolidWorks tips on using the Advanced Component Selection and Advance Show/Hide functions, which provide flexibility when selecting assembly components, SolidWorks Express, January 2005

Assembly and Drawing Performance Checklist - SolidWorks tips on ways to increase your level of performance, SolidWorks Express, January 2005

Planning for Effective Training - a list of SolidWorks training resources, SolidWorks Express, January 2005

A Crisis in Innovation? - SolidWorks CEO believes the state of CAD product development is in good shape, and that its standardization provides the fertile ground needed for the incremental development of a steady stream of productivity-enhancing applications, John J. McEleney, Desktop Engineering, January 2005

Running 32-bit CAD on 64-bit Windows - with 3D models growing in size and complexity, MCAD users need all the computer power they can get - and the upcoming Windows XP Professional x64 Edition might be the answer, Greg Corke, CADserver, January 2005

Streamlining CAD/CAM With CAE - why today's analysis technology is no longer just for specialists, with advice on how to choose analysis tools suitable for your purposes, Jeffrey Rowe, Cadalyst MCAD Tech News #137, January 20, 2005

Apple Needs to Monitor CATIA Development in Architecture - CATIA does not run on Mac OS X, despite the fact that OS X is the most popular UNIX platform in the world and CATIA V5 does run on many other minority Unix operating systems, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, January 21, 2005

Using External Sketches in Wildfire 2.0 - Pro/ENGINEER tips, Florin Neamtu, Pro/E Community, January 12, 2005 (requires free registration)

AutoCAD Electrical: Custom Smart Blocks - streaming tech tip shows how the Black Box Builder allows users coming from AutoCAD to migrate their existing blocks to be used as "Smart blocks," Eric France, Avatech Solutions, January 13, 2005

UGS/Tecnomatix Deal Good for Mechanical Application Users - UGS' purchase of Tecnomatix will offer benefits to the company as well as to its customers, who will gain from tighter integration of complementary products, Laurie Balch, Gartner, January 11, 2005

File Conversion: SW2005/Earlier Releases - tips on backward compatibility with SolidWorks releases, George Smith, SolidWorks Community, January 11, 2005 (requires free registration)

Changing the Order of "Save a Copy" File Types - Pro/ENGINEER tips on using the config option "preferred_save_as_type," Greg Kemner, Profiles Magazine, Winter 2005

How to Update the Drawing System Parameter "&todays_date" Before Printing- offers a method for semi-automating the &todays_date functionality in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0 to reflect the date of the host computer prior to printing, Ceferino Sanchez, Profiles Magazine, Winter 2005

Easy Axis Justification - Pro/ENGINEER tip, Steve Register, Profiles Magazine, Winter 2005

Top 5 Secrets About Pro/ENGINEER Machining - Pro/E productivity tips, Jim Buchanan, PTC Express, January 2005

Creating Pro/ENGINEER Geometry with User Defined Features - explains a fast, flexible and accurate way to reproduce Pro/E geometry, Ronald Grabau, Profiles Magazine, Winter 2005

ransferring Loads From Mechanism Dynamics into Mechanica - Pro/E productivity tips, PTC Express, January 2005

Another Take on Decals - how to enhance the realism of Pro/ENGINEER models, Jason Baggett, Profiles Magazine, Winter 2005

Creating Mapkeys in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0 - how to suppress the last feature when using Mapkeys repeatedly in the same model, PTC Express, January 2005 

Effective Large-Scale Distribution of Wildfire and Other Large Tools - advice on efficiently upgrading software on a large scale, Israel Pabon, Profiles Magazine, Winter 2005 

Design Outsourcing Spurs PTC's Growth - PTC India has carved a niche for itself in the CAD/CAM/CAE and PLM markets over the past decade, Vinutha V, Express Computer, January 7, 2005

Running NX2 on Windows XP - what to do if your check boxes in the toolbar and other options are disappearing, Wayne Eubanks, UGS Community, January 5, 2005 (requires free registration)

Patterns to Follow a Curve - Pro/Engineer tip, Synthesis Engineering Services, January 2005

SolidWorks Toolbox - a roundup of where on the Web to find a variety of useful SolidWorks resources, from macros and add-ons to tips and tricks, Joe Greco, Desktop Engineering, January 2005

Two Quick Drawing Tips - Solid Edge productivity tips, Cadpo and Solid-Tools staff, Solid Edge Community, January 5, 2005 (requires free registration)

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