Monthly Archives: April 2017

Good Luck Ratchet Rockers!

FIRST Robotics Team 1706, the Ratchet Rockers, will compete this weekend (April 26-29) in the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO. The Ratchet Rockers completed in 2 events this year. In Huntsville, MO they qualified #4 out of 50 teams but lost in the quarterfinals. In their other event in St. Louis they qualified #2 out of 52 teams and ended

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Understanding Autodesk Vault – Maintaining File Relationships

One of the first things I typically discuss with customers concerning file management is the relationship between files in their engineering data.  This is especially the case when working with data from 3D CAD systems like Autodesk Inventor. When you have Assemblies, parts, drawings, and presentations all with linked file relationships, it can be extremely challenging to manage this data without

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Trophic Level Energy Transfers, or Why Specialize?

“To specialize or not to specialize, that is the question.” The question of specializing vs. generalizing has arisen in so many aspects: biology, health, higher education, and of course, software.  When one has to decide between the two ends of the spectrum, the benefits and risks must be weighed. As environments have changed over time, animals have had to make

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PLM Supports Product Development – How About Services?

In this era of new levels of globalization, product companies are faced with market pressures from global competition and price deflation. Today they seek alternate sources of profitable revenue growth enabled by value-add service products. Developing a service-based revenue stream and then delivering product service that is both effective and profitable has its own challenges, however. Even mature service organizations

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Understanding Autodesk Vault – Local Workspace

Autodesk Vault uses the concept of a “Local Workspace” whenever files are opened or checked out.  Essentially, whenever a Vault file is accessed, a copy is cached in the workspace on the user’s local workstation.  From a user perspective, the workspace can be ignored for much regular work.  There are several benefits of a local workspace. Performance improvement over network

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