How to Choose a CAD System – Built in Applications

How to Choose a CAD System – Built in Applications

We’re reviewing an article written by Stephen Wolfe on How to Choose a CAD System. Since a lot has changed since the article was first published, we’re noting what’s still of value as well as bringing in new information. For the original article, click here. Here’s Stephen’s original list: Capable, efficient 3D design Compatibility with customers and suppliers Drafting tools that meet your standards Reliability and stability Built-in applications that help your business Pleasant business relationships Short learning curve Innovative R&D to protect your investment A dealer who can help you How to Choose a CAD System –...
How to Choose a CAD System: Reliability and Stability

How to Choose a CAD System: Reliability and Stability

We’re reviewing an article written by Stephen Wolfe on How to Choose a CAD System. Since a lot has changed since the article was first published, we’re noting what’s still of value as well as bringing in new information. For the original article and Stephen’s list, click here. Here’s Stephen’s original list: Capable, efficient 3D design Compatibility with customers and suppliers Drafting tools that meet your standards Reliability and stability Built in applications that help your business Pleasant business relationships Short learning curve Innovative R&D to protect your investment A dealer who can help you Reliability...
How to Choose a CAD System: Drafting Tools

How to Choose a CAD System: Drafting Tools

We’re reviewing an article written by Stephen Wolfe on How to Choose a CAD System. Since a lot has changed since the article was first published, we’re noting what’s still of value as well as bringing in new information. For the original article and Stephen’s list, click here. Here’s Stephen’s original list: Capable, efficient 3D design Compatibility with customers and suppliers Drafting tools that meet your standards Reliability and stability Built in applications that help your business Pleasant business relationships Short learning curve Innovative R&D to protect your investment A dealer who can help you Drafting...
How to Choose a CAD System: Compatibility

How to Choose a CAD System: Compatibility

We’re reviewing an article written by Stephen Wolfe on How to Choose a CAD System. Since a lot has changed since the article was first published, we’re noting what’s still of value as well as bringing in new information. For the first in this series, click here. Here’s Stephen’s original list: Capable, efficient 3D design Compatibility with customers and suppliers Drafting tools that meet your standards Reliability and stability Built in applications that help your business Pleasant business relationships Short learning curve Innovative R&D to protect your investment A dealer who can help you Compatibility with Customers and...
How to Choose a CAD System

How to Choose a CAD System

Engineering.com recently circulated the article ‘How to choose a CAD system’, penned by L. Stephen Wolfe, who was the primary force behind The CAD Report for over 20 years (The CAD Report was ‘the’ CAD resource during the 90’s that commented on the state of the MCAD industry and pulled no punches). This article offers advice for buying a CAD system. You can access a version of this article via Engineering.com, and you can also find a copy at solidworks.com here. Stephen’s advice is definitely sound, but since it appears to be a dated article (the paper refers to Stephen’s ‘new’ venture, CADCAMNET.com, which was sold in 2004...
How to View CAD PMI

How to View CAD PMI

Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) refers to metadata such as GD&T, dimensions and notes in the context of a 3D CAD model. PMI is a key component to MBD, or Model Based Design. It benefits design and engineering practices by tying the model metadata to the model itself, eliminating the need to maintain separate files for drawings, and making it easier to see where each dimension and tolerance note belongs. For more information on this, read Benefits of PMI and MBD. How to View CAD PMI Standard PMI Viewing Normally, all you have to do to view PMI is to open the model in TransMagic. System defaults should allow you to see PMI, if it exists. If you...