Posts in category: ‘CAD COLLABORATION’

How to hand off a project without infuriating the next engineer

Handing off a project to another engineer can be daunting. Aside from the personal attachment (the project is your baby), it can be difficult to articulate where the project has been and where it needs to go. My background is in design engineering for the retail fixture industry, so I have worked for companies that are project based, not product based.

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How should engineers work with graphic designers?

Engineers are an analytical bunch. Function always comes before form. Take street signs, for example. Virtually all of these signs were written in all capital letters. This didn't change until recently - when research proved that that a combination of uppercase and lowercase characters is easier for the elderly to read. Now, signs are being replaced with the easier to read text. The engineers at the Federal Highway Administration didn’t make the decision to switch to a more attractive type until someone provided research that proves that it’s easier to read.

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CAD training in a Twitch generation

There never seems to be enough CAD training to go around. As the complexity and availability of 3D tools proliferates, so does the demand for training. It's a problem for everyone: students new to the tools, veterans looking to increase the breadth and depth of their knowledge, and employers striving towards workforce efficiency. Yet few employers and even fewer individuals can afford the time and expense commonly associated with CAD training. Where does it end?

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Culture eats strategy AND technology for breakfast

We all understand the importance of collaboration. We know, at least intuitively, that by collaborating people can accomplish more than they could as separate individuals. Yet, product companies that try to achieve effective team collaboration often find that collaboration, like corporate brand, is not well-defined and frequently discounted as too touchy-feely for structured engineering work.

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The small team advantage

When I set out to write this blog series, the overall idea was to look at engineering organizations within large product companies and discuss practices and tools that would benefit engineering teams in small companies. Smaller organizations often feel that small team size and direct communication among engineers reduce the need for complex formal product data management software, and that such tools might even reduce the agility and flexibility of engineers.

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Building Products is a Team sport

GrabCAD is about "open engineering" - helping engineers break down barriers, communicate and share more easily, and build great products faster.  Even though engineering is a team sport, there are lots of challenges to being a great team, and we believe that open engineering can help overcome these barriers.  Sometimes the challenge is rooted in technology, sometimes it's around process or content, but sometimes it's just about finding and communicating with the right people.




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