CAD Manager's Newsletter (#321)

14 May, 2014 By: Robert Green

CAD Is the Least of Our Problems, Part 2

It's time to set your own bring-your-own-device (BYOD) rules.

In the previous edition of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I made the case that CAD software may be the least challenging part of our job in the near future. With factors such as cloud software, file security, browser hacking, tablets, and smartphones complicating the picture, it seems that I'm often more of an IT manager than a CAD manager. And based on the e-mail and comments I've received so far, it seems that many of you agree.

As promised, in this edition of the CAD Manager's Newsletter I'll offer some suggestions about how to solve the problems I outlined last time so you can start building some coping strategies. Here goes. Read more »


:: CAD Manager's Toolbox

Bring-Your-Own-Device Advice

The issue of users accessing company files and conducting work communications on their own smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices is a serious concern for CAD managers.

I came across an article by Jonathan Hassell on that deals with specific legal and policy issues that arise from users bringing their own devices (BYOD) to the workplace — including some you may not have thought of. Read more »

Do you have a question or tip for the CAD Manager's Newsletter? Send it to me at If I use your tip in the newsletter you'll receive a cool Cadalyst prize!


:: Events

Ansys Convergence 2014 Regional Conferences
Through June 5, 2014
Various cities
Engineering experts will gather at these events to offer best practices in applying simulation technologies to create breakthrough products. Read more »

SolidProfessor Enterprise Overview
May 22, 2014
10:30 a.m. PT
This webinar will discuss some common challenges design teams face and will include videos that demonstrate how SolidProfessor can help. Read more »

What's New in solidThinking Inspire 2014
June 3, 2014
9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET
This webinar will demonstrate geometry simplification tools, smoothing options, linear static analysis, and concentrated mass parts. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to

:: What's New at

User Profile: DIY Guy
Want to play with the cool toys? Zach Burhop demonstrates how you can build them yourself. Read more »

Herrera on Hardware: How Much GPU Memory Do You Need for CAD?
To answer this question, start by learning how the technology affects your workflow. Read more »

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Use Master Modeling Techniques in Autodesk Inventor's Sheet Metal Environment
In this tutorial by Mark Flayler, you'll learn how to control parametric updates across multiple files and to speed up overall model creation and editing time. Watch the video »

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