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5 Seriously Useful Tools Every Creo User Needs to Know About

We asked Mark Morreale, our product manager and an experienced professional engineer, what tools he’d consider seriously useful for PTC Creo users. Here are Mark’s top 5 recommendations for tools you can use along with Creo.
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Collaborative Engineering 101: How to Make Your Brainstorm Sessions More Productive

The next time you’re kicking off a project or trying to get unstuck, try planning a brainstorm and putting these simple tips into action. You might be surprised at the difference a little bit of prep can make!
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Mental Health Week at CoLab

From May 3-9, it’s the 70th annual CHMA Mental Health Week. This year’s #GetReal theme highlights the importance of talking about our emotions: naming, expressing, and dealing with the good and the bad alike.
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Using Microsoft Teams to Collaborate on Mechanical Design: Pros vs. Cons

Now that the initial remote work scramble has cooled off and the global vaccine rollout is moving ahead, more and more businesses are looking beyond the immediate once again. Instead of being forced to make reactive choices, we’ve learned from the rapid shift to remote work and we’re getting back to strategic, proactive decision-making. So this seems like an apt time to consider the pros and cons of collaborating on mechanical design using Microsoft Teams. 
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My Last DFM PowerPoint (And Why I’ll Never Make Another One)

Despite the evolution of design and manufacturing in the past few decades, design review remains an archaic process compared to the advanced CAD and PLM tools that surround it. If your organization wants the benefits of efficient, reliable design review and real-time collaboration, start here.
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Why is Simple Digital Collaboration a Challenge for Engineering Teams?

Why is it so challenging for engineering design teams to find simple ways to collaborate virtually? It’s a complicated question, but our team talks to engineers about this on a daily basis. Here are three broad themes we consistently hear from design teams trying to solve their digital collaboration challenges.
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One Year Later: What Engineering Managers Can Learn from the Rapid Shift to Remote Collaboration

One year after a global pandemic forced businesses everywhere to change, what have we learned? Find out what engineering managers can take away from 2020 so their teams can work better, smarter, and more collaboratively.
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3 Risks for Industrial Manufacturers Who Hesitate on Digital Transformation

Digital transformation or digital overwhelm? If those two phrases feel like they mean the same thing, maybe it's time to take a bite-sized (or "byte-sized") approach to digital transformation. After all, hesitation comes with risks: don't be one of the companies left behind.
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6 Practical Tips to Improve Your Design Review Process

Despite the evolution of design and manufacturing in the past few decades, design review remains an archaic process compared to the advanced CAD and PLM tools that surround it. If your organization wants the benefits of efficient, reliable design review and real-time collaboration, start here.
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Top 5 Trends Shaping the Future of Engineering Collaboration

Effective collaboration is a vital component of the success of any program, yet the market for tools that facilitate that collaboration has just begun to recognize the massive opportunity in front of it.
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7 Design Review Problems That Block Engineering Teams

After speaking to hundreds of engineers, designers and managers this year, we’ve compiled the top 7 problems in the engineering design review process and brief insights into solutions for you to implement today.
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Rethinking Design Review: The Future is Lean and Agile

This October, CoLab hosted a webinar demonstrating the state of design review in 2020, and where we’re headed into the future. Hosted by CoLab CEO Adam Keating, Adam & the audience discussed key priorities for 2021 including improving overall efficiency, shortening review cycles, reducing change orders and enabling better supply-chain collaboration. 
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Hardware vs Software - Engineering Toolkit Comparison

Hardware engineering teams are working with tools that are 20 years behind their software engineering counterparts.
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5 Tips for a Remote Design Review

We’ve worked with hundreds of designers, engineers, product owners and managers this year to find new, better ways to collaborate in our new remote world. We’ve consolidated that information into 5 key practices to keep your reviews on track. 
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Engineer or Process Admin?

When you dreamed of becoming an engineer you probably imagined inventing new technology, building machines, and creating new solutions to solve the world’s problems. You probably didn’t imagine how many emails, issue spreadsheets, change orders, review meetings, and powerpoint decks would be involved along the way.
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The Future Of Drawing Reviews - Distributed, Digital & Collaborative

We are helping teams digitize their drawing review process so they can collaborate in real-time with their distributed team from anywhere in the world, including their own homes.
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6 Ways CoLab Can Help Your Manufacturing and Design Team Go Remote

Now more than ever, teams are looking to go remote. With travel restrictions, work-from-home policies and disjointed supply chains, communication and productivity challenges are at an all time high.
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5 Tips For Working Remotely

Its become increasingly clear that remote work is here to stay and will continue to grow - flexible hours and work environment are starting to become the norm. Here are 5 tips that worked for us when we first went remote during a state of emergency in January 2020.
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Automate Your Issue Tracking and Optimize Your Workflows

Design and manufacturing projects are often complex, and involve many distributed stakeholders, which can make tracking a team’s progress difficult and time-consuming. Learn how automating your issue tracking process could help you better manage your team and your projects.
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Jira For Design Teams - Why Jira Can't Manage Your Mechanical Team's Design Workflow

Jira may be a powerful project management tool for software teams, but it is missing one key component for mechanical design teams.
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Follow This Process To Hire A SolidWorks Star

Has your design team been feeling overwhelmed? Maybe it's finally time to find that new hire that could save your team some stress. We're here to help with some advice for finding that next SolidWorks Star for your team.
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PLM Won't Solve Your Team Design Challenges

Despite being a universal platform used in the product development process, PLM has limited value for daily design team collaboration.
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8 Crucial Design Review Questions

To ensure your next design project is a success, we've put together the 8 questions you should be asking ahead of a design review.

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