Project Spotlight: The Biggest Co-created 3D-Printed Object on Earth

GrabCAD talked to Michiel van der Kley, the creator of Project EGG - one of the biggest co-created 3D printed objects on Earth. Thousands of people 3D printed small pieces of the EGG and shipped them to The Netherlands where Michiel assembled them. Project EGG is a spacious building consisting of 4760 unique "stones" which were all individually 3D-printed. Read more

You Wouldn’t Last a Day in Jail – So You Better Understand Compliance

Manufacturing companies face relentless pressures building competitive products and operate profitably in an increasingly complex global market. These are challenging enough, especially for smaller organizations. However, manufacturing companies are also subject to an unrelenting torrent of standards, regulations, due diligence requirements and practices they must comply with in order to produce and market their products. The complexity of managing and ensuring compliance and the risk of non-compliance are a major concern for manufacturers, especially for global companies, due to the increasing toll by local standards and regulations. Read more

Why PDM…For the Rest of Us

Newsflash. You've read it in your favorite blog, heard it from a trusted colleague or consultant, and before too long such advice might very well be floating in the sky or laser etched on the moon. When it comes down to improving engineering efficiency and quality in today's increasingly competitive market, the message is clear: You need Product Data Management (PDM). Read more

Why you need PDM now

We put together some quick tips for engineering teams who are asking the question, "Why PDM?" These snippets from Tech-Clarity’s Guide to Basic CAD Management are easy for you to consider and then put into action. Read more

Can This Job be Saved? When Your Boss Tells You to Rein it In.

Brian Neville-O’Neill recently sent me this Reddit conversation in which an engineer complains that he is consistently reprimanded by his boss “for over stepping my bounds.” As the sole engineer at his company, he interfaces with multiple departments yet has no job description or guidelines for working with other teams. Advice from fellow engineers? Find another job. Read more

Why PDM?

We put together some quick tips for engineering teams who are asking the question, "Why PDM?" These snippets from Tech-Clarity’s Guide to Basic CAD Management are easy for you to consider and then put into action. Take 5 minutes to learn why you should stop manually managing your CAD data. Read "Why PDM?" now Struggling with CAD file management?   Unmanaged CAD data can lead to wasted time and  expensive mistakes, but traditional PDM and PLM solutions are too costly for many companies. This guide, written by industry analyst Jim Brown, will help you find the solution that fits your needs.      

The Peter Principle: You Are Surrounded by Incompetence

That 's likely to be your natural conclusion after reading Laurence J Peter and Raymond Hull's nearly fifty-year old humorous treatise on managerial theory: The Peter Principle: Why Things Go Wrong. The central premise of the book is simple: in a company hierarchy, individuals are commonly promoted based on the performance and skills needed for their existing jobs, and not their future responsibilities. The implication is that everyone will inevitably be promoted to a position for which they are ill-suited, i.e."managers rise to the level of their incompetence." While sounding surprisingly Dilbert-esque, there's no need to consign yourself to an apocalypse of mutually assured incompetence. Engineering managers can do better. Read more