Direct CAD News & Views from Kubotek USA

Rebirth of American Manufacturing - Software & Democratization

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Thu, Feb 07, 2013

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Linked-in has a couple of interesting articles today on manufacturing and corporate responsibility, the first was by Jeff Inmelt CEO of GE entitled Why We're Betting on Manufacturing

Inmelt's article discusses the drivers to turn the slow American recovery into a long and sustainable boom:

1. The rich reserves of shale oil - this can be sped up with a North American Pipeline.

2. Applying social media to the industrial world and creating a social internet for manufacturing.

3. Speed and simplification

4. The evolution of Advanced Manufacturing

As part of this evolution of Manufacturing, he mentions using new technologies like 3D printing of jet engine parts and the rise of analytics and software.

I couldn't agree more fully with the CEO and Chairman.  One of the driving forces of our company is to increase the productivity and knowledge of the manufacturing workforce. This is one reason that we worked with our software partner, AMPS Technologies and developed KeyCreator Analysis.  Our product, KeyCreator Analysis simplifies the complexity that has long prevented the use of CAD analysis in the initial design process.  We are training engineers through no cost webinars to perform simple analysis early in the design stage.  This will save time and money and provide a competitive advantage to the companies that are taking advantage of this technology.

In addition to the introduction of KeyCreator Analysis, we have also embarked on a program that provides an educational version of CAD software to students free of charge.

The Manufacturing internet that the GEO CEO mentions exists in bits and pieces all over the internet today and its power is becoming more real with the advent of crowd-sourcing. You can see this power in sites like Linked-in and the site GrabCAD in which designers share their designs for free.  A manufacturing community that interconnects the supply chain with all stakeholders in manufacturing is a powerful idea.   It will be interesting to see how this manufacturing internet could develop.

The other Linked-in article featured today was by Hiroshi Mikitani entitled Your Brand is Your Flag .

In his article he argues that soon countries will become subordinate to companies, so companies have a great responsibility to society.  This may seem like radical thinking, but international companies have a lot of influence and power today.  And with this great power they need to assume responsibility for the type of society that they want to foster.

At Kubotek, we often think of our role in the world of manufacturing and society.  We see our software and products as having the ability to democratize manufacturing.  By offering simple and powerful CAD software and simple engineering tools, like KeyCreator Analysis, we are enabling one person or a small very company to both design and manufacture their own products. This ability will free the creativity of the individual and it will have a very dramatic impact on society. We are coming closer and closer to this reality.

Combining the thoughts of these two articles provides an interesting outlook into the future.  Large and small companies can take advantage of the democratization of technology, with easier to use and simplified software. New technologies such as 3D printing and the new energy independence of America can be combined with higher skilled manufacturers--both big and small.  Utilizing the power of social media and the internet can create a rebirth and transformation of manufacturing in America, as well as create the next big boom in the American and world economy. The companies and individuals that choose to play in this new manufacturing world will reap great rewards and have great responsibilities. We chose to play and embrace the future.

Thank you for reading,

Scott Sweeney

VP Marketing

Kubotek Creation Engineering Division

Topics: Manufacturing, Manufacturing CAD, manufacturing in the USA, Manufacturing education, CAD software analysis

10 signs that your CAD Software is Wrong for your organization

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Wed, Dec 08, 2010

describe the imageCAD Software is a critical tool for manufacturers and product design companies.   Many companies have decided to standardize on a particular CAD Software tool or tools because it’s the most popular or because that is what they have used in the past.  In the past, 3D CAD meant history-based CAD.  With the evolution of Direct CAD modeling and other newer CAD viewing and Validation tools, your CAD environment can be more productive and help you to leverage the time, skills, and creativity of your organization - paying great business dividends.  Review these signs that your CAD tools aren’t up to snuff and see if it might be time for you to consider a CAD upgrade.

Your CAD software may be wrong for your organization if:

  1. What should be simple changes to designs sometimes take a day or week because they clash with the potential changes anticipated when the model was created.
  2. Your customer sent you a new CAD model and you can’t determine where the changes are without overlaying one drawing over another and changing their colors. And then you still aren’t sure that you found all of the changes.
  3. You support one CAD package for 3D and one for drawings and you pay for maintenance and education on both.
  4. You are still designing in 2D because 3D is too hard to learn.
  5. Your software is so old that it won’t run properly on  Windows 7. 
  6. In order to run a simulation someone needs to start from scratch and remodel the product to simplify it.
  7. Large files are crashing your system.
  8. When you walk by your designer’s computer it usually says “rebuilding.”  (And the designer is at the coffee machine.)
  9. You are losing jobs to the competition because you need a CAD operator to open a customer’s files in order to create quotations.
  10. You bought the most popular CAD package because “everyone is using it”, but your productivity plummeted and your CAD vendor tells you it’s because you need “more training.”

Does one or more of the situations above pertain to you?  Kubotek USA may have the CAD Software, Multi-CAD Viewer or CAD validation/comparison tool to boost your productivity in 2011.  Check out all of our products or request free trials today at www.kubotekusa.com .

Topics: CAD Software, 3D CAD, CAD software analysis, CAD Software issues