I'm all about democratization of design-engineering. Great for speeding development of new tech...
Plenty of smart people out on the streets. Most aren't engineers. However, but engineering sciences behind their ideas and watch out! Same idea as WWII infantry being left alone to solve problems - decentralized command model.
Scenario: Reverse engineering a "classic design" to get better performance. If I wanted to RE an old classic boat hull with a scan into a point cloud, I still have to have someone verify the cloud is correct parametrically before I can begin doing fluid engineering on the planing surfaces?
@KMeintjes: Excuse my ignorance on this one, but to share a 3D model involves sharing parametric data. Am I understanding that correctly? It's one of the big obstacles to 3D scanning a physical model into a 3D model as well.
There seem to be a lot more CAD/PLM vendors talking about the cloud these days as a way to touch more users that are part of the engineering and product development cycle, but who aren't necessarily engineers.
@Beth: My concern is upfront costs. Infrastructure. Do I go after an expensive big player product, "doing it right first" and then find that I may not have a market or clientele large enough to be sustainable.
I'm interested in making the "design-to-market" processes as accessible to suburban and rural areas as possible. I need to start cheap, but not foolish.
I'm considering some sort of PLM solution that will incorporate CAD and CAE. I may consider cloud-based as far as the environment goes although IP protection, performance, disaster recovery and business resumption are all considerations I'm factoring in.
So far, I've had a look at Dassault's CATIA and ENOVIA solutions. I have a relationship with a SolidWorks vendor already, so I'm leaning in that direction. Any other considerations? My biggest concern is integration and seamless performance through all the steps in the design-engineering-testing-marketing set of processes.
In this age of CAD/CAE, what would a small company which depends on an external CAD program to make a model but has excellent FEA modeling and Basic as well as Advancecd Analysis capabilities do? How should it position itself, especially when all the major CAD vendors are having their own simulation solutions.
Regarding prototypes for cars and trucks, is it different components that may or not be prototyped, depending on how critical they are to safety, or is it different stages in the manufacturing of all of those components that do or don't get prototyped? In either case, what is the cutoff point for making the decision?
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