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The workstation market finds its groove in the third quarter

The workstation market finds its groove in the third quarter | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it
Unlike the broader PC market, workstations are not nearly as threatened by tablets and smartphones as general-purpose desktop and notebook computers. The clouds appear to be clearing.
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CAD Import .NET 9: DWG 2013 format support

CAD Import .NET 9: DWG 2013 format support | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it

Professional CAD Viewer supporting DWG, DXF, PLT, HPGL, CGM tools, libraries and components for .NET developers.

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Epson Enters Large-Format Technical Plotting Market with Groundbreaking Epson SureColor T-Series for Architects, Engineers and GIS Professionals

Epson America today introduced a new line of large-format color plotters designed to meet the specific requirements of today's engineering and scientific professionals – the Epson® SureColor® T3000, T5000 and T7000.

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Autodesk: A Case Study On Business Reorganization

Autodesk (ADSK) has a stronghold in construction and infrastructure design, especially with government projects adopting the use of BIM standard.
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How PLM Can Think Small?

How PLM Can Think Small? | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it

I’m going to attend PLM Innovation Americas event later this week in Atlanta, GA. This is going to be my 3rd PLM Innovation event. Thinking about innovation, this event is one of very few events in PLM space that is actually a vendor-neutral and not represents a single PLM vendor. This is a great opportunity to “mix PLM blood” and to reduce the competition pressure. Thinking about innovation in PLM, I wanted to come with the idea of “small PLM”.

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The Success of Spaceclaim: A Tale of Granularity for CAD?

Remember when Direct Modeling was rare. Seriously, more than five years ago, the modeling approach was pretty much relegated to being delivered to market by much smaller software providers. I'll never remember a conversation I had with a head of product management at one of the largest CAD software providers. "That war was fought, and feature-based modeling won a long time ago", he had said to me.

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Will Google lose in the enterprise (and PLM)?

Will Google lose in the enterprise (and PLM)? | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it
It was long time since I talked about Google and PLM. Probably, it was too long. Yesterday night, I got a tweet message Simon Floyd of Microsoft (@floydinnovation) suggesting me the following next blog title (Google gives up on PLM).
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DRM: Is it Good for 3D Printing?

DRM: Is it Good for 3D Printing? | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it

New Scientist’s Paul Marks has a new column about a curious little patent that could have huge consequences for the world of additive manufacturing.

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MathCAD Express: Free calculations and other goodness

MathCAD Express: Free calculations and other goodness | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it

It looks like PTC have launched an Express version of its engineering calculation software, MathCAD. If you’re into the calculations side of things (I’m personally hopeless at mathematics - that’s why I studied drawing and colouring in at University), then it’s worth a good look.

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Review: Rapidform XOV3

Review: Rapidform XOV3 | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it
Al Dean looks at the latest release of Rapidform’s CAD inspection software and finds a system that has many improvements and new features including LiveInspect…...
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CAx - The 'C' Stands for Community

Let's face it, designers and engineers can't lock themselves in their cubes anymore and resurface later with a brand new, fully functioning design. From integrated product teams to the internet, designers everywhere utilize community driven tools to enhance their efforts. Where do you go for inspiration?

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Need Logical PLM Advice? Go Where the Vulcans Go.

Need Logical PLM Advice? Go Where the Vulcans Go. | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it

One of the things I learned early in this line of work was that you must attend lots of industry events. Most of my colleagues consider it to be a part of the job that they must endure. But not me. I actually look forward to them.

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Mobile PLM: Apps vs. Mobile Browsers?

Mobile PLM: Apps vs. Mobile Browsers? | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it

I want to come back to the topic of mobile apps vs. mobile browsers again. Earlier this year I posted PLM: Mobile-Optimized Sites vs. Mobile Apps, which presented some interesting numbers about US mobile apps vs. mobile web consumption. It demonstrated a clear growth of mobile apps usage vs. web.

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Belmont Technology receives $9 million in venture funding

Belmont Technology receives $9 million in venture funding | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it
Belmont is the new company started by several SolidWorks co-founders. A former SolidWorks CFO led one of the deals. Belmont Technology, the new CAD industry start-up created by some of the founders of SolidWorks, has received venture capital funding.
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Why Are Blueprints Blue?

Why Are Blueprints Blue? | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it

Here's a little old-school knowledge for you kids. ...Waddaya mean why? You never know when you may be hanging out with your friends playing Trivial Pursuit, and this question may come up. ...What? You've never heard of Trivial Pursuit either?? You kids today don't know nothin'... Get off my lawn!

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No 3D Printer For You :)

No 3D Printer For You :) | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it

MOST MEDIA ATTENTION in 3D printing currently goes to home 3D printers. MakerBot just released their new Replicator 2 3D printer and opened a MakerBot retail store in New York. A year ago, they received $10M funding mostly from the Foundry Group.

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New PLM definition from Jim Brown and old PLM complexity issues

New PLM definition from Jim Brown and old PLM complexity issues | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it
People are collecting things. Beer bottles, matchboxes, car models, etc. As you probably know, I’m collecting PLM definitions. One of the first articles in my collection was this – How to define PLM? with amazing performance of Al Dean.
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Why Can’t We Just Use SharePoint?

Why Can’t We Just Use SharePoint? | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it
I’m often asked: Why can’t we use SharePoint as our PLM system? It’s a legitimate question. After all, SharePoint manages documents, has security, web interface, reporting … even a workflow. It smells like a PLM system and you...
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Need noise? Print a pair of headphones

Need noise? Print a pair of headphones | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it
The spoils of owning a 3D printer get even sweeter now that you can create a pair of working headphones. Read this article by Christopher MacManus on CNET.

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Wonder wall

Wonder wall | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it

With its long term aim of having a completely virtual product lifecycle, adidas has been working with RTT on the creation of a universal 3D file. Tanya Weaver finds out more

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Siemens PLM Software Puts Acquisition Plans in Motion

Siemens PLM Software Puts Acquisition Plans in Motion | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it
Siemens PLM Software acquires Kineo CAM in a move that bolsters its PLM suite with motion optimization, collision avoidance, and path planning capabilities for both product design and manufacturing applications.
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Siemens Teamcenter Going to the PLM Cloud » The TEC Blog

What Siemens alluded to us at its two-day Siemens PLM analyst summit in early September 2012 is now official—the vendor has announced that its flagship product lifecycle management (PLM) software Teamcenter is available on the cloud, adding another platform option for Teamcenter customers. Teamcenter on the cloud delivered through an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) model extends Siemens PLM Software’s “platform of choice” strategy.

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PLM and Open Source Checking Tips

PLM and Open Source Checking Tips | Mechanical CAD and PLM | Scoop.it

Open Source Software (OSS) is a wonderful thing. For the last decade, open source changed the world of software development. PLM industry has their own open source rock stars. While I can see less hype around ‘open source’, I keep watching open source initiatives in PLM space.

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