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How to Tell if Nastran Simulation is For You

Does it make sense to stuff more power into your existing CAD tool? Most people will answer yes if it will make their design life easier.
Autodesk Nastran
Take Autodesk’s Nastran Simulation software that runs inside Inventor and SolidWorks. You get the most trusted industry simulation brain right inside two of the most powerful CAD packages. If your designs live outside a box of bubble wrap, Nastran can save you from re-designs caused by product failure in the field. You can, with a few mouse clicks, get a picture of how your designs react to things like temperature, loads, twisting and everyday usage. It’s much better than the old trick of over-designing: beef up material, and then take a hit on cost and weight.

The fear most people have is learning a new piece of software. I have to admit that I was a little scared when asked to learn simulation. You are not going to find any Ph.Ds in my family tree. Lucky for me and other former C-grade students, the simulation software is in many ways easier than CAD software you are using today. You are really just following the same dance steps every time. Pick material, how everything is being assembled, and where the forces are applied.
Check out this great video where my friend, Jim Byrne, gives an excellent example of the power of Nastran In-CAD.

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3 Quick HSMWorks Tips (REV5)

A few HSMWorks tips that might make you CAM life even easier

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Podcast Episode 6 – How to learn Fusion 360 CAM and a bunch of Engineering News!


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How to learn Fusion 360 CAM and a bunch of Engineering News!

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How to learn Fusion 360 CAM – Basic -
Free Autodesk software for students and educators
GrabCAD Workbench
cadcamstuff blog post about GrabCAD Workbench inside SolidWorks
Autodesk Ember Printer
Autodesk Desktop Subscription
Tired of the computer just sitting there A 5 minute must see with Carl Bass

Big shout-out to my good friend, Kevin Holbrook, winner of Tenlinks Top 5 SolidWorks Blogger Award

3 Quick HSMWorks Tips (REV4)

A few HSMWorks tips that might make you CAM life even easier

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Podcast Episode 5 – The Advantage of a great Design, Engineering or manufacturing team and some Engineering News


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The Advantage of a great Design, Engineering or manufacturing team and some Engineering News

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Looking for some fun, check out Autodesk’s 123D Sculpt

Looking for The Advantage of great Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Teams? Blog post here
Tenlinks, Autodesk University 2014 Best of show

Podcast Episode 3 – What happened at Autodesk University and Manufacturing News You Want to Know About


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What happened at Autodesk University and Manufacturing News You Want to Know About!

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Autodesk University
Education
A360
Subscription
Inventor HSM Pro

Manufacturing News
Lenovo Thinkpad W550
Mastercam X8
Delcam Partmaker 2015

3 Quick HSMWorks Tips (REV-2)

A few HSMWorks tips that might make you CAM life even easier

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3 Quick HSMWorks Tips (REV-1)

A few HSMWorks tips that might make you CAM life even easier

Podcast Episode 2 – Preparing for Autodesk University & Engineering and Manufacturing News.


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We are preparing for Autodesk University, and don’t miss the last couple of weeks news in Engineering and Manufacturing News!

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Need to control your social media stream, try Hootsuite.

Top 10 Reasons to attend Autodesk University. By Glenn Letham.
The ultimate rookie’s survival guide to Autodesk University. By Paul Munford.
Autodesk Labs
3D Hub partner with Autodesk Spark

Learning SolidWorks 2015. By Dean Kerste
Best What’s New SolidWorks 2015. By Dan Herzberg

Podcast Episode 1 – What’s New SolidWorks 2015 and HSMWorks 2015


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My quick take on what is really interesting in the What’s New documents for SolidWorks 2015 and my favorite CAM tool, HSMWorks 2015!

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