Software Reviewer: Mechanical design engineer and former mechanical engineering instructor at British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Autodesk AutoCAD 2014 – let your fingers do the talking
Monday, 01 April 2013 10:48
In this era of ribbons and icons, people often refer to AutoCAD’s “archaic” command line method of typing in commands at the keyboard. The bottom line, however, is that most real “power users” such as Lynn Allen and dave espinoza-aguilar still use keyboard entry of commands and options.
Inventor 2014 has new ways for getting it all together
Monday, 01 April 2013 10:39
Autodesk Inventor 2014 introduces a new type of assembly constraint, as well as a new type of motion control. Okay, I lied; the new joint functionality does both at once, in one step.
Working out designs with MapleSim 6
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 16:26
When personal computers began to proliferate in the late 1980’s, two professors at Waterloo University realized that their number-crunching capabilities were ideally suited to the job of… well, of number crunching. Accordingly, they formed a company called Waterloo Maple Inc.
SolidWorks 2013 features electrified plastic
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 10:10
I recently flew to Waltham, MA (just outside Boston) to visit the new offices of the SolidWorks division of Dassault Systèmes and to attend a media session on the roll-out of the 2013 release of SolidWorks (www.solidworks.com).