Posts in category: ‘How to’

Go for multiple monitors

It’s been the trend for some time now, and while everyone’s main question is about productivity increase, the simple fact that it’s not uncommon to see dual monitors at a friend’s house is a bullet proof evidence that it people find it useful (if not luxurious). Nowadays, even those who don’t handle more than one software often have two to even three monitors. Ever seen Fallout 4 on triple monitors? Of course you have. So why wouldn’t you use a bunch of monitors for CAD? Let’s break it down.

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Overclocking for CAD: let’s get dangerous

You’ve heard the stories: buy a cheap CPU, throw some insane cooling on it and boost it into the stratosphere. Such is the promise of overlocking, pushing CPU processors past their design specs in the name of edging out extra performance for low, low prices. But these aren’t the heady days of the Celeron 300A, where the megahertz flowed freely. With the invention of improved configuration aware microarchitecture, overclocking’s gone a bit corporate these days. There’s still some fun to be had, but more importantly, does it still make sense for your CAD workstation?

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Why ECC RAM matters, but probably not for most CAD design

When we put together a self-build kick-ass CAD workstation a couple weeks ago, we managed to raise a few eyebrows in our seemingly reckless disregard for random access memory. We didn’t bother to spec a system with ECC RAM, and some of you questioned why populate a CAD workstation with “the cheap stuff?” To get to the bottom of this we’re going to have to talk about billions and billions of bits, uncorrectable errors, hyperactive bananas, and supernovae. Quick, someone tweet at Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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Engineering your own kick-ass CAD workstation build on a budget

An engineer is particular about his/her tools, and there's no more important or personal an engineering tool these days than the CAD workstation. While you could just fork over your hard-earned cash for a turnkey CAD configuration designed for corporate sensibilities, you want a PC engineered your way. You want serious CAD power, but at reasonable prices. We can build it. We have the technology.

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How to disagree with a more experienced engineer

In engineering workplaces across the country, a burgeoning workforce of new engineers is looking to assert itself. Along the way, they are learning how to work alongside, occasionally disagreeing, with an increasingly entrenched generation of more experienced and extremely knowledgeable engineers with decades of technical experience.

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Designing the perfect 3D printing curriculum

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that you have at least a passing interest in 3D printing. I’m also willing to bet that you’d like to get better at it. But what kind of programs and information are out there to help you brush up your skills? Stick with me and I’ll not only set the scene for why it may be important for you to begin investigating a personal formal, informal, or combined learning program, I’ll also give you a leg up on the type of programs and content that's out there to help you.

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Workbench Makes Part Reuse Easy With Custom Properties Search

One of the big benefits of a PDM solution is that it makes it easy to find and reuse parts. Part reuse can save your team hours of work and help you finish new projects weeks earlier. In order to reuse a part you need to find it, though, so part reuse depends on really strong search capabilities. Today we’re happy to announce that GrabCAD Workbench now offers one of the most flexible part search tools in the industry.

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