In many of the blogs I post here we discuss the need for improved speed to solution and project completion that is at the center of many trends in CAD. However, it doesn’t just stop at CAD, there is increasing levels of integration beyond CAD to CAM and even the actual manufacturing process. The news is not that this is happening, but the amazing level of integration that is actually being driven by the various software and machine suppliers.
From a tactical perspective for the CAD professional, this makes the ability of the workstation to run the latest version of CAD software ever more important, as new versions with increased integration are coming more frequently. This is driven by the key factors contributing to greater integration. Read full article »
The productivity of CAD professionals is tied closely to the capability of their tools, particularly their workstation. In fact, there are few professions that have such high correlation between the tools and the output. This puts a needed focus on just what tools CAD pros are using.
In addition to the regular demands of the design work, organizations today are finding that they are moving ever faster, with quicker product development schedules and shortened time frames for completing key tasks. Simply put, everything needs to happen faster and more efficiently. This is why I believe that maximizing the productivity of the workstation is essential to meeting these challenges. Read full article »
It has always been a bit surprising to me that the same productivity and need arguments that have driven the movement away from desktop PCs to mobile PCs has not impacted the workstation market in nearly the same way. As I posted a few weeks ago, the cost justification side is quite compelling. The “need” and the cost justification are not the inhibitors to the growth of mobile workstations.
One of the reasons that I believe has caused this delay in the take off for mobile workstations is the concern that the laptop form factor just doesn’t have enough performance to meet the demands of CAD professionals. This is an urban myth. Looking at the new generation of mobile workstations, the performance levels are clearly at a point where most work can be done on them, and they also have the flexibility to meet the unique demands of individual users. Read full article »
For a CAD professional, the delivery of a brand new CAD Workstation is always a red letter day! Even when the current system is just a few years old, the benefits of a new system and its improved performance always create a certain “rush”.
However, acquiring a new workstation is not nearly as simple as it used to be. Today, many organizations require not only a clear need, but also a cost justification. The complexity and detail in a cost justification will often vary from organization to organization, but there are some central elements that appear in nearly every cost justification process. We’ll review what I think are the most important elements here. Read full article »
In 2011, PTC took a self-proclaimed clean sheet of paper to the CAD software business and delivered the Creo solution. This product suite has become fairly popular and has gained substantial interest among CAD developers. Let’s catch up on some of the key goings on with Creo and what that means to CAD professionals.
You’ll find below some of the new features and capabilities that have the broadest impact for CAD Professionals. Of course there are other new extensions and features that may be helpful for your specific design tasks. Read full article »