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Don LaCourse


Don LaCourse is the editor of 3DCADTips (www.3DCADTips.com), a Web site with more than 25,000 CAD and graphics resources, including 11,000 tips and 6,000 tutorials for topics such as Adobe Acrobat. Don also is a Cadalyst contributing editor and has spent the last 29 years working with and writing about CAD/CAM operations. Don lives and works in Cookeville, Tennessee.


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MCAD Modeling Methods: Data Exchange Tips and Tricks   15 Sep, 2004
By: Don LaCourse

During the exchange process, a 3D model file is translated from one native CAD format (sending system) to an IGES or STEP file

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MCAD Modeling Methods: Design Optimization   16 Aug, 2004
By: Don LaCourse

Optimization for part and systems design in today's mechanical CAD applications relieves designers from the burden of examining multiple iterations of a part to achieve a desired specification and to perform systems-level problem solving.

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thinkdesign v9   16 Aug, 2004
By: Don LaCourse

Think3, an emerging leader in the midrange mechanical design market, offers an integrated product development environment for 2D and 3D MCAD design, PDM (product data management), and surface and solid modeling.

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MCAD Design Collaboration   1 Jun, 2004
By: Don LaCourse

Tools and tips for connecting design teams

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Virtual Parts and Online Catalogs   17 May, 2004
By: Don LaCourse

Don?t reinvent the wheel. Use these online services to find parts and suppliers.

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Barriers to Model Exchange   11 Apr, 2004
By: Don LaCourse

You know the drill. You need to exchange models with another designer, but you use different CAD systems. Why is this so hard?

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Solid Edge v15   1 Mar, 2004
By: Don LaCourse

Solid Edge V15 from UGS PLM Solutions picks up more from where v12 left off than v14. As you may recall, the company skipped v13. Last year, v14 made significant inroads into providing advanced surface modeling tools with the company's Rapid Blue technology (remember Blue Dots and Blue Surfs?). V11...more >>

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FEA Automates Analysis   1 Mar, 2004
By: Don LaCourse

The latest crop of FEA (finite-element analysis) tools breaks new ground with MCAD applications. No longer the cryptic, lumbering, budget-busting software of the 1980s, FEA now offers ease of use, tight integration, and a host of simulation and automation features. No, this is definitely not your...more >>

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PDM Manages MCAD Data   1 Feb, 2004
By: Don LaCourse

This month we focus on PDM (product data management) and how it helps you manage the design data explosion that's occurring in your engineering departments. I'm sure you've noticed that every viable MCAD offering today either has an add-on PDM application or provides one with the base package.

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When Surfaces and Solids Collide   1 Jan, 2004
By: Don LaCourse

Welcome to my updated column, Modeling Methods. Each month I'll dig deeper into the methods that today's mechanical CAD applications use to help product designers be more creative and productive in what they do best.

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