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Collaborative Engineering 101: Helping Paper Lovers Embrace Digital

If your team is still (or once again) trying to phase out paper-based work, you might be trying to figure out how to help everyone get on board with a new digital process. This post offers suggestions for guiding your team through a process change, like going paperless or adopting a new digital tool, so you can get the buy-in you need to get everyone aligned on the same page.
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Why Your Bill of Materials is as Critical as Your Design Data

CAD is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to creating physical products. While you may already understand that the Bill of Materials (BOM) plays an important role in product development, it’s worth taking time to consider where this critical item fits within your existing processes. After all, even with flawless design data, if your BOM isn’t right—your product won’t be, either.
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How Mechanical Engineers Can Prepare for a Model-Based Future

From Model-Based Definition (MBD) to the full-on Model-Based Enterprise (MBE), the engineering world has been steadily heading in this direction for years. The technology is starting to catch up to the vision, and we’re seeing industry leaders gaining the organizational capacity to make big shifts to the way their product development happens.
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Past, Present, Future: Tracking the Changes in How Engineering Teams Work Together

This post looks at the evolution of collaboration in mechanical design and engineering—from the changes that have already taken place in recent decades to insights on what’s next in the coming years.
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Collaborative Engineering 101: How to Get High-Quality Input from All Your Stakeholders

Getting input on a design from multiple collaborators and stakeholders can be challenging on its own. Just to get it done, it takes a lot of admin work, organization, email tag, meeting requests, and all that other fun stuff. But “just getting it done” is only half the battle—the quality of the input matters, too.
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21 Sentences You Never Want to See in an Email from Your Engineering Team Lead

While new tech solutions and modernized processes are changing the game for many teams, there are still plenty of face-palm-able moments that most engineers will be familiar with. So we’ve rounded up this list of highly-dreaded phrases that we hope will give you a little laugh and a little validation to know: you’re not alone.
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From “Going Paperless” to Today: Is the End in Sight for Engineering Drawings?

There’s been talk about “going paperless” for decades. The conversation has, of course, evolved over time—but what’s really at the root of the discussion? Putting buzzwords aside, what do all these paperless initiatives mean when it comes to engineering drawings?
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Multi-CAD Collaboration that Boosts Your Productivity Instead of Killing It

The idea that any engineering team today can work with one single CAD system and one single CAD system only? It’s basically a pipe dream. Maybe internally, your team can get by using the same CAD software across the company—but as soon as you start involving people outside your organization, the need for effective multi-CAD collaboration is clear.
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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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Success Story - Johnson Controls

In 2018, CoLab approached the Johnson Controls Chillers team with a question. What is your biggest pain point in product development? The answer: Communication. Together, CoLab and JCI committed to solving it. 
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Improve Your Design Review Process With 6 Helpful Tips

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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State of Engineering Collaboration - Insights from Alison Olechowski , Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto

This article is part of CoLab's new State of Engineering Collaboration Series which will interview a diverse mix of mechanical engineering professionals and industry thought leaders with a goal of better understanding the day to day challenges engineers face and to keep a pulse on the trends that will shape the profession in the years ahead. ‍The following is an interview we recently had with Alison Olechowski , Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto.
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State of Engineering Collaboration - Robert Hurlston, Co-founder of Fidelis Engineering Associates

This article is part of CoLab's new State of Engineering Collaboration Series which will interview a diverse mix of mechanical engineering professionals and industry thought leaders with a goal of better understanding the day to day challenges engineers face and to keep a pulse on the trends that will shape the profession in the years ahead. ‍The following is an interview we recently had with Robert Hurlston, co-founder of Fidelis Engineering Associates.
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State of Engineering Collaboration - Insights from Matt Bailey, Vice President, Mechanical Engineering at Design 1st

This article is part of CoLab's new State of Engineering Collaboration Series which will interview a diverse mix of mechanical engineering professionals and industry thought leaders with a goal of better understanding the day to day challenges engineers face and to keep a pulse on the trends that will shape the profession in the years ahead. The following is an interview we recently had with Matt Bailey, Vice President, Mechanical Engineering at Design 1st.
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State of Engineering Collaboration - Insights from Daniel Wright-Miller, Co-Founder & Principal Engineer at IDTech, LLC

This article is part of CoLab's new State of Engineering Collaboration Series which will interview a diverse mix of mechanical engineering professionals and industry thought leaders with a goal of better understanding the day to day challenges engineers face and to keep a pulse on the trends that will shape the profession in the years ahead.
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State of Engineering Collaboration - Insights From Christian Ruiz, Founder & Owner Ruiz Consulting Co.

This article is part of CoLab's new State of Engineering Collaboration Series which will interview a diverse mix of mechanical engineering professionals and industry thought leaders with a goal of better understanding the day to day challenges engineers face and to keep a pulse on the trends that will shape the profession in the years ahead.
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State of Engineering Collaboration - Insights From James Musser

James is a Mechanical Engineer/CAD Specialist with 10 years of general engineering experience and is currently one of 3,300 SolidWorks users worldwide with CSWE expert level certification from Dassault Systemes. He’s been working with local, domestic, and international clients for the past 4 and a half years as a freelance engineer.
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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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Webinar Recap - Rethinking Design Review

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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Success Story - Genoa Design International

Together, CoLab and Genoa are building the future of design and manufacturing collaboration, leading the shipbuilding industry forward.
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Hardware vs Software

Hardware engineering teams are working with tools that are 20 years behind their software engineering counterparts.
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Success Story - Kraken Robotics

How Kraken Robotics leads the industry in design review efficiency ahead of ISO certification.
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How to Hire SolidWorks Stars

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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