MCAD Tech News #185

6 Sep, 2006 By: Jeffrey Rowe

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The Times They Are A-Changin’,
Part 1

Global competition, new consumer habits and evolving technology keep the automotive manufacturing industry on its toes

More than 40 years ago, Bob Dylan wrote “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” a compelling song that describes the changes in the social and political mores of the era. At that time, the United States’ industrial sector was still very strong, and it continued to chug along as it had for several decades.

Since then, however, times have been a-changin’ tremendously for the manufacturing sector in this country. Because of these changes, especially in regard to global competition increasing over the past several years, a new era seems to be emerging that may again make the United States a world leader. Read more>>
Cadalyst Labs Review: Autodesk Inventor 11

by Jeffrey Rowe

Compared with its 3D modeling competition, Autodesk Inventor got a late start out of the gate and has played catch-up since its first release. This time around, however, Inventor 11 has caught up with the competition in many respects, and in a couple of instances has surpassed it. Inventor 11 incorporates both the work of Autodesk developers and the fruits reaped from some of its acquisitions. This new version probably reflects the increased capabilities and options users can expect in the future, at least as far as the acquired technologies go. Inventor 11 is a result of all of the parts coming together, and it works in a cohesive and comprehensive manner. Read more>>

Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

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UGS Digital Manufacturing Symposium
September 13-14
Dearborn, Michigan
This fourth annual event will include a full day of customer presentations on the benefits of digital manufacturing technology, implementation lessons learned and future plans. In addition, UGS will host technical sessions covering Tecnomatix software. Read more

SolidWorks World Australia Conference
September 18
Sydney, Australia
The first SolidWorks World Australia Conference will serve as a platform for local users to network, exchange ideas and find new business opportunities. Read more

AUGI Manufacturing User Groups Bedford and Waltham Chapters Quarterly Meeting
October 3
Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
M2 Technologies partners with Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) to sponsor these new chapters’ first quarterly meeting. Attendees can take part in a seminar on Autodesk Inventor 11 and discussion with fellow users, as well as food, drink and door prizes. Read more

Aerospace Design Expo 2006
November 14-16
Anaheim, California
Covering the civil, military and space industries, this is a design-based solutions and sourcing event for new technology, equipment and services. Read more

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