Four Threats to Manufacturing On-Time and On-Budget

Four Threats to Manufacturing On-Time and On-Budget

Avoid Million-Dollar Manufacturing Disasters In engineering, something as simple as declaring the wrong unit of measure can create a disaster costing millions of dollars. John Pike, space policy director at the Federation of American Scientists, stated, “It is very difficult for me to imagine how such a fundamental, basic discrepancy could have remained in the system for so long,” regarding the English to Metric units mistake at NASA [1]. Watch the video overview. Article continues below. Four Threats to On-Time and On-Budget Engineering disasters can often be traced back to design errors that creep into downstream manufacturing processes through...
5 Ways to Improve Your Engineering Department

5 Ways to Improve Your Engineering Department

In 5 Ways to Improve Your Engineering Department we have compiled some of the best and highest-ranking advice for engineering managers and team members. Here’s the overview: Hire Smart, Humble Workers who Demonstrate the Ability to Get Things Done Keep Communication Flowing Between Design and Production Teams Encourage Open Debate, Make a Decision, Stop the Debate and Explain the Decision Examine Workflows and Define Processes Facilitate Continuous Improvement   Hire for Smarts and Humility You want to hire the best possible person, so during the interview,  don’t ask yes/no questions, but ask open ended questions that will give you some indication...
How to Destroy a Spacecraft in 7 Easy Steps

How to Destroy a Spacecraft in 7 Easy Steps

The purpose of How to Destroy a Spacecraft in 7 Easy Steps is to emphasize how easy it is to inadvertently make bad design and manufacturing decisions which can not only affect astronauts in the space program, but can extend to all sectors and endanger lives, products and companies. We honor the men and women who’ve given their lives to advance our space program. Many of us know the story of how the Apollo 13 spacecraft blew her oxygen tanks near the moon, nearly costing the lives of three astronauts, but through heroic acts and ingenuity, managed to limp home with all her crew intact. The incident nearly derailed the Apollo space program – but few of us know...
What’s in the SuperView Eval?

What’s in the SuperView Eval?

What’s in the SuperView eval? Many people think that the TransMagic Superview eval must be some kind of limited version of TransMagic, but the standard SuperView eval is exactly the same as the one our customers use; it’s just limited to 7 days of use. Overview In the SuperView eval you get all of the normal features of Superview, as well as two add-ons: MagicHeal and MagicCheck.   Superview CAD Viewing Open and view any major 3D CAD format, including CATIA V4, V5, V6, JT, NX, Creo, SOLIDWORKS, Solid Edge, Inventor, ACIS, Parasolid, SMS, STEP and IGES, as well as NGRAIN and numerous polygonal formats. See a complete list of TransMagic’s...
How do you Compare CAD Models?

How do you Compare CAD Models?

The need to compare CAD models Imagine you are an estimator who works for a mold development company; a prospective customer sends you a CAD file and asks for a quote to have a mold made. You pull up the model on your CAD or viewing system, make a few measurements, and take your best guess at what it might cost to make a mold for this part. You send the quote to the prospect, and a few weeks later, they send you a revised part and ask for a new quote; they also communicate that the only change is the size of one hole. Your inclination is to do a quick visual check to verify there are no other changes, and quote a similar price to the prospect, since this is...
MagicCheck Micrometer Tool

MagicCheck Micrometer Tool

The MagicCheck Micrometer is a simple yet powerful tool that allows you to easily, instantly and precisely measure discrepancies between two parts. When the Micrometer tool is used with MagicCheck, it does more than simply calculate part thickness; because the context of MagicCheck is part-to-part comparison, the tool calculates part thickness for both the Source and Target parts, as well as the distance between those parts. The Source part is always assumed to be the first part selected via the Open Parts dialog box, and the Target part is the second part; the order of Source and Target parts can be modified in the Open Parts dialog. Micrometer Dialog Box...