Jul 30, 2013

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Engineers and pilots are looking to design a plane that can be built at home for under $15,000. They will offer their design for free, which will consist of a number of 3D-printed parts. Here is the original article on wired.com: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/07/open-source-airplane-design/

Read More

Engineers in Demand – Yahoo Finance Article

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

If you're looking to recruit an engineer right now, be prepared for a dog-eat-dog world. Experienced engineers are being offered sky-high salaries and are taking regular calls from headhunters as the booming shale gas industry fights for scarce talent, snapping up engineers from other sectors. "It's an all out war for talent," said Houston-based Gladney Darroh, president of Piper-Morgan Associates Personnel Consultants, a specialist in recruiting oil and gas engineers. via finance.yahoo.com CATI has always loved engineers…but perhaps you can […]

Read More

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

CATI loves product designers. We have a special place in our heart for those product designers that live and work in the Midwest…these folks make up the majority of our customers, and their innovation and creativity make us proud every day. All of us can be very proud of Elena Bodnar…I wish that this video was more current, but it's too good not to share. Enjoy:

Read More

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Great news from mfrtech.com today: SMB Manufacturers project to grow significantly in 2013. Here on some highlights: – Sixty-eight percent of respondents expect revenues to increase in 2013 – Eighty-seven percent of companies expect capital expenditures to grow or remain constant in 2013, with 39 percent planning to spend more than 2012 levels – Forty-three percent of companies plan to hire more employees in 2013 and 52 percent plan to maintain current employment levels – This is higher than the […]

Read More

Congratulations to Peter Fischer

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

SOLIDWORKS World 2013 is in the books.  For those of you that have never attended…start working on it for 2014.  For those of us in the Midwest, San Diego in January is as good a place to be as anywhere. Please take a moment to join me in congratulating Peter Fischer of FBG Consulting.  Peter is a long-time CATI customer and the leader of the Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group (CISUG).  Peter was honored this year by receiving the User […]

Read More

Discussion – The role of the CIO

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

CATI aims to provide solutions that reduce cost and provide time and material savings for our customers.  Often times, our solutions are pretty easy to justify:  If it takes someone a week to design and document a product using SolidWorks versus 4 weeks in traditional 2D tools…well, it's easy to see how this will pay for itself in time. One of the more difficult items on which to put a price tag is risk…how does one assess risk?  A customer […]

Read More

Everything that 3DVia can do in less than 4 minutes

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

The latest release of 3DVia Composer brings with it a ton of useful capabilities, including some incredible webstore functionality.   In less than 4 minutes, this video shows off nearly every example of how CATI customers are using Composer…if the music gets to you, mute your speakers.  The video is worth it.   http://www.3dmojo.com/2012/07/12/3dvia-v62013-release/  

Read More

Robot Pebbles

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

My daughter would argue that I have no idea what is and what is not cool.  I believe, however, that THIS is really freaking cool: Researchers at MIT have hyptohesized a "smart sand," which will allow you to clone real 3D objects.  A key use case is replacement broken mechanical parts, creating a very interesting future direction for rapid prototyping. Please read more here: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/smart-robotic-sand-0402.html

Read More

No One Wants to Buy 2D software

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

For the past several years, I have been blogging on both our InFlow Technology and CATI pages about my trials and tribulations faced as a PLM sales guy. So get this…last year, SOLIDWORKS and its parent company, Dassault Systemes, announced that they had developed DraftSight, a 2D application that would compete with market leaders in the 2D space. Further, the plan was to give away its 2D solution for free. Yep, download it for free. No demonstration. No negotiation. No […]

Read More

DriveWorks integration with SOLIDWORKS Enterprise EPDM

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Earlier this year, DriveWorks Ltd posted an article on a simple way to integrate EPDM with DriveWorks. This integration is something that our customers often inquire about…how do we manage the files that DriveWorks creates?  How do we maintain an accurate record of our "specials" or "one-offs" (plug in industry jargon between the quotation marks…you get the picture)? As you will see, the integration between the systems can be very simple: http://www.driveworkspro.com/index.php/partners/epdm-integration

Read More