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A balancing act between cloud and CAD file system

A balancing act between cloud and CAD file system

CAD files is a real nightmare for any data management system. Because of complex relationships, dependencies and size, to manage CAD files is a very complex function. PDM products are trying to accomplish it for more than two decades with questionable success. Read my blog – CAD files: the root…

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CAD files – the root cause of PDM nightmares

CAD files – the root cause of PDM nightmares

The data is ultimately important. Ask any engineer in a manufacturing company and he will answer you that he needs data at his fingertips, searchable, accessible, available on mobile devices, etc. etc… However, if you come to the same manufacturing company and ask who wants to be responsible for engineering…

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Technological trajectories of distributed design

Technological trajectories of distributed design

Nobody is surprised by the amount of distributed work we do these days. The time when designers, engineers and manufacturing facilities were located at the same building are over. People are working everywhere and amount of communication between people and companies is growing. It drives the demand for better technologies…

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Cloud CAD impact on product data integration

Cloud CAD impact on product data integration

Business Advantage Group, a market research firm published results of survey conducted in November 2015 related to the adoption and growth of cloud-based CAD systems. The information about the research was published by 3D CAD World here. I didn’t find a link to survey itself. The following passage can give you…

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CAD “seats” and future business models

CAD “seats” and future business models

Historically, a business model of CAD, PDM and PLM vendors was to sell “seats”.  To sell CAD seats was a core business model for vendors for many years.Nothing wrong with that. It created great businesses in the past. Analysts and industry pundits are still using seat model to make predictions and…

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MCAD, EDA and engineering toolchains

MCAD, EDA and engineering toolchains

One of the news that caught my attention yesterday was Autodesk announcement to acquire CADSoft Eagle PCB design tool from Farnel. This is an interesting move. Although it touches a very bottom side of PCB / EDA market, I know Eagle PBC is quite popular among hobbyist and small makers….

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Internet browsers trajectories in cloud CAD and PLM

Internet browsers trajectories in cloud CAD and PLM

Internet browser is one of the most pervasive piece of software we use every day on our desktop, laptop and mobile devices.  CAD and PLM vendors are moving to the cloud. But the decision about Internet browser is not as simple as you may think. New technologies and product are…

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Data and Networks in Engineering Applications

Data and Networks in Engineering Applications

Cloud applications are getting better these days. However, most of existing mainstream engineering applications are still using files to store and retrieve information. Although a lot being said and done in the past about interoperability and data ownership, it is still a problem for most of organizations. If you think…

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Cloud CAD: Apples to Apples

Cloud CAD: Apples to Apples

Cloud is coming to CAD and design world. Slowly, but surely CAD vendors are getting more interested in how to use variety of cloud technologies to empower their CAD products. There is also certain role of competition in this “cloud CAD race”. Autodesk made a bold move introducing Fusion360 cloud….

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CAD, cloud, browser… Let’s sort it out

CAD, cloud, browser… Let’s sort it out

PTC Creo will be available in the cloud soon. That’s the news that came yesterday from PTC LiveWorx 2016 event. I haven’t had a chance to see it, but captured few messages from twitter from  PTC and Monica Schnitger as you can see below. The news itself is not shocking. CAD…

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