Author Archives: Larry Louzon

Recommended Action for Autodesk 3ds Max Users

We’ve become aware of an exploit that may corrupt Autodesk 3ds Max software installations and 3ds Max scene files. As a preventative measure, Autodesk recently emailed customers who have access to 3ds Max 2015SP1 to 2021 recommending they download and install the 3ds Max Security Tools application to help detect and resolve potential issues caused by this malicious code.  This recommendation also applies to Autodesk partners

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Learn SOLIDWORKS MBD and DimXpert

SOLIDWORKS® MBD (Model Based Definition) is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS 3D design software. With SOLIDWORKS MBD, you can communicate product and manufacturing information (PMI) directly in 3D, bypassing time-consuming 2D processes, and eliminating potential problems. Companies embracing model-based definition methodologies report savings in multiple areas, including reductions in manufacturing errors, decrease in scrap and rework costs, and

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60 Tips in 60 Minutes – Autodesk Inventor 2018 Quick Tips

Autodesk University Session: 60 Tips in 60 Minutes – Autodesk Inventor 2018 Quick Tips Whether new to Inventor software or a seasoned pro, you’ll learn something from this fast-paced course that will highlight 60 Inventor tips in 60 minutes. We’ll showcase some of the less obvious commands or features and their location within the Inventor environment. Along the way we’ll look

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Shadow Engineering

In a world of controlled, strict, non-flexible systems, people start to get creative.  For some, it’s the crushing weight of a massively customized ERP system that somehow spread out to every part of the organization, for others circumventing “inconvenient” safety devices; when things need to get done, sometimes we have to take matters into our own hands.  In the IT world, this

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Seminar: PLM Essentials with 3DEXPERIENCE

ENOVIA PLM Essentials, on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, is a package of essential PLM capabilities for mid-sized manufacturers using CATIA V5, SOLIDWORKS, and/or 3rd-partry CAD systems. Capabilities include CAD and doc management, BOM management, Change Management and Project Management, plus social collaboration; these capabilities help increase revenues, improve product quality, shorten time to market, drive innovation, and achieve a competitive advantage. Innovation is the

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Lost and found, on the manufacturing floor

There is an excellent story in leadership consulting lore. I’m not sure how true it is, but the lessons derived from it are incredibly valuable. There was once a detachment of Hungarian soldiers that struck out on a reconnaissance mission from their platoon in the Alps. While they were out, there was a massive snowstorm and the soldiers lost their way

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Additive Manufacturing: Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

This post was originally written in January of 2017. With all the buzz about Additive Manufacturing, or 3D Printing, in the manufacturing world today, there is a lot of mystery and confusion surrounding common practices and techniques. This week’s blog post will address a common type of 3D printing known as Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF³) . What is Electron Beam Freeform

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