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Cloud PDM competition is heating up

Cloud PDM competition is heating up

Just few years ago it was hard to imagine that a possibility to manage CAD files using cloud software. The common message supported by vendors and users was that CAD files are too large for cloud software and engineers unlikely to trust cloud software for IP such as 3D models. But…

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3 reasons PDM implementation can cost you more than you expected

3 reasons PDM implementation can cost you more than you expected

Engineers don’t like PDM (product data management) and consider it as an unnecessarily evil. At the same time, complexity of data in engineering environment is skyrocketing. Companies are losing time and money on searching and organizing engineering data. As a result, many manufacturing companies are looking how better organize engineering and…

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Can poor CAD file management stop system engineering efforts?

Can poor CAD file management stop system engineering efforts?

Product complexity is growing and software vendors are making a case for MBSE (model based system engineering) to bring modern PLM system architecture to manufacturing companies. David Ewig’s article Your legacy PDM system doesn’t support system engineering is a good example. It speaks about the need to upgrade legacy PDM /…

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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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CAD-PLM integration and microservices architecture

CAD-PLM integration and microservices architecture

Integration is hard. Especially when it comes to such complex environment as engineering and manufacturing. Zerowait-state article PLM Dilemma and Engineering Data by Stephen Porter provides an excellent description of complexity related to CAD data integration into PLM environment. The PLM must have a data model that can capture the design product…

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How many PDM systems does Solidworks customers need?

How many PDM systems does Solidworks customers need?

Product data management (PDM) domain is transforming these days. Back a decade ago, PDM was a system that can introduce an order into engineering chaos, helps to manage files, revisions and collaborate. Engineers didn’t like it much and considered it as a necessary evil. As a result of such position,…

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Save button is dead. Welcome to product lifecycle.

Save button is dead. Welcome to product lifecycle.

It is official. There is no need to have “save” button in a modern design software. The software is smart enough to take care of saving your work into local or cloud storage. Actually, you don’t want to take care of that differences too. If you are “connected”, the changes are…

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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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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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