Microsoft HoloLens for Engineering

Technophiles the world over are buzzing about Microsoft’s announcement of the HoloLens product. This holographic augmented reality platform is bubbling with cool factor, but could have a significant impact on engineering and manufacturing software. Although there is no official release date for the product yet, we can expect CAD and PLM vendors will be working […]

Stop Designing in 2D

I am always surprised, no make that astounded, by the number of companies that are still designing in 2D software.  3D CAD has been around, and relatively mainstream, for over two decades.  When I ask this question of my customers they tell me things like “Oh, Mike can crank out 16 drawings a day in […]

Dash Numbers

In today’s 3D CAD world, we have to question many of the “rules of thumb” put in place over the course of many years of 2D drafting. One challenge worth proposing relates to the concept of dash numbers for representing families of parts. While dash numbers have a place in many design environments, the use […]