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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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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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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 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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What’s New from CoLab - Release 2.18

It’s been a little while since you’ve heard from us, but I have a lot of new updates to share with you. We’ve improved presentation creation & markup tools, workspace file sharing, 3D issue creation, and more.
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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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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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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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