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How to manage product versions

How to manage product versions

There is nothing permanent except of change. As we developing products, we are making changes all the time. To manage product versions is inevitable process in every product development and manufacturing organization. It sounds like a simple process, but as organization is uncovering more details, to manage product versions can…

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Onshape might be on track to create an open engineering platform

Onshape might be on track to create an open engineering platform

Time is running fast. It has been almost 6 years since I met Hardi Meybaum co-founder of GrabCAD in one of Starbucks shops in Chestnut Hill, Mass. We’ve been talking about Marketplaces and Engineering Software. You can read my old blog here. Looking back, I think the idea of GrabCAD as a community…

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CAD cold wars and future competitive frontiers

CAD cold wars and future competitive frontiers

Earlier this week, Autodesk and Siemens announced a strategic agreement that will allow to their product share data. You can read press releases from Siemens PLM and Autodesk. Engineering.com article Cold War Over? Autodesk and Siemens Sign Interoperability Agreement by Roopinder Tara can give you a perspective on a historical view of competition between CAD…

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Connecting dots between 3DEXPERIENCE, Zero Files and Solidworks Xdesign

Connecting dots between 3DEXPERIENCE, Zero Files and Solidworks Xdesign

I’m slowly digesting news from Solidworks World 2016, which took place last week. You can take a look on some of my earlier notes here. For the first time after 2010, Solidworks introduced browser based development work – Solidworks Xdesign based on 3DEXPERIENCE platform. I captured the following napkin chart…

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SOLIDWORKS cloud CAD development is in full swing

SOLIDWORKS cloud CAD development is in full swing

Solidworks was one of the first CAD companies that said in public word “cloud”. Six years ago at SWW 2010, the news about new team and technologies were announced. Lot of things changed since that time. The landscape of CAD, PDM and PLM application is changed. The adoption of cloud…

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Existing PDM paradigm is dying in the hands of Onshape

Existing PDM paradigm is dying in the hands of Onshape

Old concepts are sticky. Think about QUERTY keyboard. It was designed almost 150 years ago with a special reason – to prevent typewriter hammers to jam.  Characters were mounted on metal arms or type bars, which would clash and jam if neighboring arms were pressed at the same time or…

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CAD, PLM and platform litmus test

CAD, PLM and platform litmus test

Platform. It is a very confusing term. What is platform and how to define it. Is it just about the size? Can I call software or business platform if it is big enough? Wikipedia article Platform gives a little help with references to a variety of things from computing platforms and Facebook to…

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Cloud CAD, real-time collaboration and data management overhead

Cloud CAD, real-time collaboration and data management overhead

Collaboration is such as sweet word. Remember, collaborative design, collaborative PDM, collaborative PLM, collaborative engineering, etc. Nice buzzwords, but what does it really mean? For many people, the word “collaboration” is really confusing. Last month I raised the question – Is there a need for real-time collaboration between engineers? The comments…

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Can Frame make cloud CAD & PDM irrelevant?

Can Frame make cloud CAD & PDM irrelevant?

Few months ago, I discussed Frame – a technology to bring your existing CAD and maybe PDM / PLM environment into the cloud. My earlier post is here – Frame and bridge to CAD / PLM cloud. The advantages of Frame are clear – same software, no need to change…

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