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2008 - The Year of Direct Modeling? - direct modeling in the spotlight, hint of transferring features, parameters, intelligence using STEP, Paul Hamilton Blog, Dec 22, 2008

What I Learned: More on Social Networking and Engineering - getting innovative ideas from discussions, conversations, sharing knowledge, connecting people, Jim Brown, Manufacturing Business Technology, Dec 15, 2008

Twice As Smart - direct editing CAD tools are key to coping with economy, not a Dilbert-like demand to work smarter, Evan Yares, Evan on Engineering Software, Dec 10, 2008

Future of MCAD: Where Are We Going? - big changes in interfaces, social networking, hybrid combination of feature-based, mashups, open environments, more, Allan Behrens, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2008

Un-Section Parts in 2D Section Views - using Alibre Design to un-section specific parts, managing the section view, Max Freeman, Cadalyst, Dec 1, 2008

Ask for What You Want - enhancement request lets software developers know what user really want, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst, Nov 1, 2008

The Marriage of Math and Art in 3D Printing - using CAD softwares like Rhino, others for exploring art and mathematics to get various geometrical sculptures, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, Nov 13, 2008

3D Solid Modeling Terms & Definitions - various terms for history based modeling, history free modeling, Paul Hamilton Blog, Nov 12, 2008

David Tackles Goliath at Wargames Factory - using Freeform 3D modeling with haptics (force feedback) from SensAble technologies to make injection molded figurines, Cadalyst, Nov 4, 2008

Introduction to Digital Prototyping - ability to design, simulate, visualize, analyze, optimize using digital model before producing physical prototype, Sunith Babu, AUGI, Oct 31, 2008 requires free registration

History of MCAD: Where Have We Been? - market changes over last few decades, key to future is step change on usability, price-performance, Allan Behrens, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2008

Variational Direct Modeling - How to keep Design Intent in History-Free CAD - geometric modeling from users, developers prospective, parametric approach with flexibility, simplicity of direct geometry editing, Dmtry Ushakov, LEDAS, Oct 14, 2008 pdf

Parametric Technology Corp on the Advantages of Non-Parametric Modeling - PTC being first commercial parametric feature based CAD system now interested in explicit modeling, comparison, learning, maintaining flexible terms, working with multi-source CAD data using non-parametric modeling, Evan Yares, Evan on Engineering Software, Sep 26, 2008

Next Software for the Masses? How About 3D Design? - PTC competes against companies, notably SolidWorks but also SpaceClaim, who intend to 'democratize' 3D, Scott Kirsner, Boston.com, Sep 21, 2008

Is 2D Drawing Doomed? - in 3D modeling world 2D drawings find new roles, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst, Sep 1, 2008

SpaceClaim & Bunkspeed Bridge Design & Marketing - SpaceClaim to integrate HyperShot in SpaceClaim Professional for generating photorealistic images, Margaret Gurney, Desktop Engineering, Sep 3, 2008

Using Autodesk Ecotect Results With ParaCloud Modeler - converting solar data into solar numeric matrix, Eyal Nir, ParaCloud Community, Aug 12, 2008

Do You Need Modeling Standards? - documenting and organizing modeling standards help create quality models and downstream applications, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst, Aug 1, 2008

TriForma For Projects 101 #1: The Fundamentals - learning about surfaces, intelligent objects, TriForma objects, compound cells, more, Karen Fugle, Eat Your CAD, Aug 1, 2008, requires free registration

3D vs 2D - Are We Still on This Question? - 3D eases complex parts making, but 2D still reserves its place, Matt Lombard, Matt Writes Blog, July 30, 2008

Express Tools - Blocks - ZWCAD tools for blocks operations, ZWCAD Newsletter, July 18, 2008

Express Tools - Layers - ZWCAD tools for layers, ZWCAD Newsletter, June 2008

SpaceClaim, Solid Edge, Inventor: User Interface A-Go-Go - author questions CAD vendors who are copying Microsoft's ribbon bar, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, July 15, 2008

Working With DXF Geometry in SketchUp and ParaCloud Modeler V1.0.3 - video tutorial shows steps to sample DXF geometries from SketchUp and interact with ParaCloud Modeler, Eyal, ParaCloud Community, July 3, 2008

KeyCreator Dynamic Detailing Tips - timesavers for drawing time, various options, commands, more, Doctor Walt's, Kubotek USA, Jul 3, 2008

Challenge Video - Sheetmetal to Casting - tutorial, SpaceClaim, April 2008

Feature Inference Modeling - feature recognition and direct editing (available now or soon in SpaceClaim, KeyCreator, CoCreate, IronCAD, Solid Edge and NX) are the next big thing in MCAD, Evan on Engineering Software, June 12, 2008

The CAD Industry is Split By History - benefits of history-based modeling can not be ignored in spite of direct editing being easy and less expensive, Matt Writes, May 22, 2008

Are You Scratching the Surface? - 3D solid modeling solution uses surfaces to create biomorphic shapes, Mike Hudspeth, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2008

Logical Next Step or Nefarious Design? - stating myths of industrial design, Mike Hudspeth, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2008

The Impact of Globalization on Design - developing product in global world needs better communicating through 3D modeling, Adina Shorr of Objet Geometries, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2008

Why Direct/Parametric Modeling Hybrid is an Oxymoron - direct editing on parametric model makes it loose its parametric nature, Franco Folini, Novedge, May 1, 2008

Alibre Reacts to Synchronous Technology - Alibre considers 'direct modeling' technique important, but technique needs improvements in Alibre and SpaceClaim products, Deelip Menezes, May 1, 2008

Technical Uses for Nontechnical Software - Microsoft Office, MAXON's CINEMA 4D, NewTek's Lightwave, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, and Adobe Acrobat Pro for CAD-related work, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst, Apr 1, 2008

Applying 'Lean' to Design and Engineering - MCAD interoperability issues cause engineers rework more and innovate less, David Prawel, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2008

LabVIEW Enables System Simulation - simulation tools combined with MCAD software can improve development process, Chris Washington, Desktop Engineering, Mar 3, 2008

It Seems There Was a Bidding War For Seemage - Dassault and Autodesk sought to acquire Seemage, Randall Newton, 3D CAD News, Jan 30, 2008

Sizing Up the Modeling World - 3D modeling combined with math software can explain overall behavior and full geometric details of part, Jim Cooper of Maplesoft, Desktop Engineering, Mar 3, 2008

Conceptual Design: Part 2 - collaboration between designers and engineers needed early in design phase, Mike Hudspeth, Desktop Engineering, Mar 3, 2008

History, Nonhistory, or Both? - advantages of history, non-history-based and hybrid modelers, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst, Mar 1, 2008

Conceptual Design: Part 1 - defining conceptual design, methods, freeform tools, Mike Hudspeth, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2008

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