Posts in category: ‘Software’

It’s time to drop the Excel BOM

Microsoft Excel is no doubt one of the most beloved of all engineering tools, it’s easy to use, almost infinitely adaptable, and yet extremely accessible. With 1 billion licenses of Office now in the wild, chances are Excel is lurking somewhere nearby. Unsurprisingly, Excel spreadsheets often become the default choice for bill of material (BOM) authoring at small engineering firms. But at what cost?

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Case Study: Biotech Mech Engineers get SolidWorks files organized

Andy Homyk and Tim Higgins are Mechanical Engineers at HemoSonics developing  point-of-care blood analysis systems that will guide patient care and prevent life-threatening clots in surgery and cancer patients. Challenging enough, right? Unfortunately their job was made more difficult when they found themselves lost in a sea of unmanaged CAD files.

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Get (and keep) your assemblies in order

We’ve written before about how hard it is to manage CAD models using standard file sharing tools. One of the big benefits of a PDM solution over non-CAD solutions is that it understands how different parts come together in an assembly. We’d like to share some tips for how to use GrabCAD Workbench to manage assemblies and keep your design in order.

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Workbench cross-highlights parts and subassemblies across the file, assembly, and graphic views.

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CAD in the Cloud? What you really want is cloud-based PDM!

There has been a lot of talk lately about “CAD in the cloud” – but I think there is an important distinction to make when discussing this. Are you talking about actual CAD design in the cloud, or referring to leveraging file storage and management on the cloud (while your CAD system still resides on your desktop)?  I think many of the people who talk about “CAD in the cloud” actually want “CAD files in the cloud” or “PDM in the cloud”.  Let me tell you why.

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Engineering.com to stream Hardi & Oleg talking CAD collaboration: March 11

You’ve probably noticed GrabCAD’s founder and CEO Hardi Meybaum going head to head with PLM blogger Oleg Shilovitsky through this blog, BeyondPLM.com and twitter. We thought, why not take this debate to the next level? We’re getting these two in a room, turning the camera on and letting the world watch them address your burning CAD collaboration questions.

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Engineering.com will be hosting and moderating this historical event on Tuesday March 11th at 2pm EST and registration is now open.

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New report reveals how CAD users are wasting time and what they can do about it

Do you ever find yourself doing tedious, menial tasks in order to share a CAD file? I’m talking about the kind of tasks you certainly didn’t get a degree to do – taking screenshots of CAD models, nagging IT to prioritize your FTP site, sifting through different versions of your file (only to find out someone already wrote over your most recent, painstaking work). We asked around and it turns out that if the above describes you, you’re not alone.

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