The Internet of Things Converges on NIWeek 2014

There is innovation in convergence. Look at the convergence of hardware and software, electrical and mechanical engineering, or data and design. As multiple ideas and technologies come together, they can create something greater than the sum of their parts. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

STAR Global Conference 2014 Focuses on Simulating Systems

When David Breashears, a famous mountaineer and filmmaker, took the stage at CD-adapco’s STAR Gobal Conference in Vienna, Austria, last week, there was one question on the minds of the more than 500 people at the sold-out conference:

What does climbing Mount Everest have to do with simulation?

Plenty, as it turns out. There are many parallels, especially given the theme of this year’s STAR Global Conference: Simulating Systems. Bringing together disparate engineering disciplines, technologies and stakeholders to accurately simulate systems requires communication and collaboration. In the end, teamwork is as important as the simulation software. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Introducing Hardi Meybaum, Author

Hardi Meybaum, founder and CEO of GrabCAD, now has a new job title. In a few weeks, when his first book The Art of Product Design (Wiley, 2014) goes on sale, he’ll proudly add “author” to his list of professional descriptions.

Most people know him as the man behind the popular 3D content exchange community GrabCAD. Since its birth in 2010, the online portal has grown at a remarkable pace. At last count (today), it houses 374,000 files from more than 1,066,000 members. But Hardi’s journey began in Estonia, a Baltic state that broke free from Soviet Russia in 1991. His brainchild GrabCAD is an immigrant success story for the era of Facebook and iPhone. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

GrabCAD, SimScale Challenge Promotes Cloud-based Design

GrabCAD and SimScale are teaming up on a design challenge that encourages participants to show off their CAD and simulation prowess by designing a new underrun protection device for trucks.

What’s important about the collaboration is the coming together of two upstarts with a common vision for how cloud-based 3D design and collaboration tools can radically transform how engineering teams work together to produce more robust and innovative products. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

SolidWorks World 2014: Two New Products and a Move Toward Subscription

Along the San Diego Bay and the popular Gaslamp Quarter, the week began with a cloudy sky. Inside the San Diego Convention Center’s 90,000 sq. ft. twin-ballroom theater, SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot kicked off the day with a warm welcome to the 6,000-plus customers who’d flown or driven into town for the annual user conference, SolidWorks World 2014.

Sicot said, “Our goal at SolidWorks World is to inspire you — to be more creative, to be more productive, to be more passionate. We believe inspired people create inspired design.”

Most attendees knew this year they might bear witness to the birth of a brand new product. The industry press had tipped them off a full year ago with tidbits about Mechanical Conceptual. But the company had another surprise in store. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading