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Beth Stackpole is a contributing editor to Desktop Engineering. Send e-mail about this article to DE-Editors@deskeng.com.

Work with Large CAD Assemblies

Increasing product complexity and cross-disciplinary design are adding to the size and scope of CAD models, but new technology advances are facilitating engineers' interaction with large assemblies.

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3D Printers Get Personal

Led by the fanfare over low-cost, consumer 3D printers, a new genre of professional-grade desktop models is helping engineers more quickly iterate, test and optimize design concepts.

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Crowdsourcing Power to the People

Companies are experimenting with crowdsourcing and open innovation approaches to accelerate the flow of new product ideas -- and to get faster and better answers to tough engineering questions.

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Reuse 3D CAD Models

Engineering firms are breathing new life into existing 3D CAD models as part of a greater emphasis on design reuse.

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Robots to the Rescue

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and other recent events have led the U.S. Department of Defense to issue a challenge intended to foster innovation around humanoid disaster-response robots.

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